CCSU Sport and Societies Code of Practice
This Code of Practice seeks to outline the various roles and responsibilities of all parties involved with CCSU Sports and Society activities to actively promote the activities of the clubs and societies and promote and foster good community relationships.
Christ Church Students’ Union agrees to:
- Provide insurance cover for all club and society activities.
- Register all relevant sports clubs for BUCS, SESSA and other pertinent leagues.
- Arrange transport for all matches.
- Provide access to minibus training courses for all eligible students.
- Ensure all tours are organised within the appropriate deadlines and with reputable companies.
- Assist with the general administration for all clubs and societies.
- Ensure results are submitted in a timely fashion.
- Ensure minibus are run and maintained in a safe and legal fashion.
- The Union will, where possible, source appropriate drop off and puck up points, away from local residents (for example, Old Sessions House).
- Ensure Risk Assessments are conducted for all activities relating to sports and societies and maintain up-to-date records of such risk assessments.
Canterbury Christ Church University Agrees to:
- Provide and maintain adequate space for sports clubs and societies to train and compete in that is safe and well-equipped for the clubs purpose where possible.
- Allow students to be released from their academic commitments on Wednesday afternoons where practicably in order to partake in competitive sport.
- Publicise successes enjoyed by the Sports and Societies Federations in conjunction with the SU.
- Ensure that sporting provision at other sites is considered and where possible source the best local service relevant to the students studying at a particular site.
Christ Church Sports and Society Federation Members Agree to:
- Behave in such a manner as is professional and appropriate for representatives of Canterbury Christ Church University and Christ Church Students’ Union.
- Abide by Union Financial Procedures.
- Attend Wednesday Fixture Nights and support the activities of other teams and societies.
- Where possible, raise a positive profile of Christ Church sport and societies in the community and within Higher Education.
- Ensure coaches, minibuses, pitches and other areas are kept free from litter and rubbish.
- Respect coaches, minibuses and drivers at all times.
- Abide by all league and team rules and regulations and demonstrate good sportsmanship.
- Respect fellow team mates and other Christ Church Sports Teams and Societies.
- Abide by the Union Initiations Policy when inducting new students into the club or society, including providing transparency with all activities and submitting detailed plans of the initiations procedure to the Sports Sabbatical for approval at least 48 hours prior to the activity taking place. The decision of the Sports Sabbatical is final, and any club or society found to be in breach of the Initiations Policy will face a sanction as outlined below.
This Code of Practice does not overrule the Union or the University Disciplinary Procedures or the law. Sanctions for breach of these regulations are outlined in the Union By-Laws. Sanctions for breaching this Code of Practice can include but are not limited to:
- Temporary suspension from club or society activity
- Permanent suspension from club or society activity
- Community Service
- Removal from a league, trip or activity
- Removal of transport privileges
- Restriction of club or society access to funds
- Temporary suspension from the Union
- Permanent suspension from the Union
- The Union and the University Disciplinary procedures.
The level of sanction issued will be decided by the Vice President Sports or the Vice President Student Activities, and will vary in severity depending on the severity of the behavioural breach and the impact it has had upon the individual, the team, the club, the society or the reputation of the Union or the University.
A student, team, club or society may appeal to the Sports or Societies Council via the Union President within 3 working days of the sanction being issued against either themselves, or the club or society as a whole. However, the decision of Sports or Societies Council is final.
Clubs or Societies who abide by the Code of Practice will be considered for the achievement of Club or Society of the Year.
All members of the Societies and Sports Federation will need to agree to this Code of Practice upon point of registration with their chosen club or society.