Fines Related to Covid-19

Jonathan Moseley made this Freedom of Information request to Pembroke College, Oxford

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Dear Pembroke College, Oxford,

I am requesting:
1) The total number of fines issued related to restrictions put in place due to Covid-19 (e.g. students exceeding household sizes, lack of social distancing, failing to wear a mask etc.) since 1 October 2020;
2) The number of fines broken down by size and type (e.g. suspended, part-suspended, or levied) as well as the total value of these fines;
3) Have any other forms of disciplinary action been taken (e.g. any form of community service, or warning letters being issued)?
4) How many students have been sent down* for Covid-19 related offences during this time period (*this includes any variation of rusticating, temporarily suspended, being asked to leave college accommodation or any other meaning of 'sent down')?
5) How much did the college earn through decanal fines in the same time period, last year.

Could you also break down this information into a termly basis i.e. the answers for the above in Michaelmas 2020, in Hilary 2021 and then a total for both terms?

If you need any clarification do not hesitate to contact me. Under section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act it is your duty to provide advice and assistance and so I would expect you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way.

Yours faithfully,

Jonathan Moseley

Pembroke Communications, Pembroke College, Oxford

Dear Jonathan Moseley

During this academic year at Pembroke we have taken a collaborative approach with our student body on covid-safety. The College has issued regular communications about safety measures in place, with the College Dean sending particular updates and reminders on two occasions each term. The vast majority of our students have worked hard to comply with our new procedures. Any breaches have been taken very seriously and the health and safety of all members of our community has been prioritised. Since October 2020 the Dean has issued the following:
• 4 verbal reminders in meetings about adherence with covid-safety rules and associated College regulations
• 5 written reminders about adherence with covid-safety rules
• 2 written warnings that breaking household mixing rules would result in being asked to vacate College accommodation
• 14 fines (up to £200 each) for holding a party in College rooms, each also warned that further breach would result in being asked to vacate College accommodation

Best wishes
Catherine Beckett
Head of Communications
+44 (0) 1865 616853
+44 (0) 7500 121930
St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX11DW

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