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Fines Related to Covid-19

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Dear Somerville 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

Freedom of Information, Somerville College, Oxford

Dear Mr Moseley,

 

Please find below a response to your FOI enquiry. Of 16.02.2021.

 

Kind regards

Matt Phipps

 

Michaelmas term 2020:

October – 59 x £10 for the entire Vaughan building for mixing households
in Freshers’ week. 26 x £100, 22 for mixing households, 4 for having a
guest (1st breach of regulations, not including the £10 collective
fine).  1 x £200 for having a guest (2nd breach of regulations)

November – 10 x £100 for mixing households (first breach of regulations),
3 x £200 for mixing households, 2nd breach of regulations)

December – 2 x £100 for having a guest (1st breach of regulations), 2 x
£200 for having a guest (one of these is a second breach, the other is a
third breach, and the student will also be moved from accommodation in
Vaughan due to repeated breaches.  Any further breaches will result in the
right to live in College being placed under review)

In addition, in November we sent two students home early due to repeat
offences with noise, parties and household mixing.  An additional 7
students were been told that they would be moved out of Vaughan
accommodation and dispersed as their bubble continued to cause disruption
throughout Michaelmas term in respect of parties in the corridor, unruly
behaviour, mixing households and noise.  They had all already received at
least one fine.

 

Hilary term 2021:

No fines or other sanctions have been imposed to date.

 

No students have been sent down for Covid related offences.

 

In Michaelmas term 2019 two £50 cleaning charges were handed to students.

 

No charges or fines were imposed in Hilary term 2020

 

It should be noted that the College does not ‘earn’ through decanal fines.
Any moneys received through Covid fines are divided equally between three
local charities, while Decanal fines are allocated towards part-funding
joint student and staff events, according to our customary practice. 

 

 

 

 

Freedom of Information, Somerville College, Oxford

Dear Mr Moseley,

 

I am writing in response to your enquiry of the 16 February regarding
fines related to Covid-19.

 

Please find below a detailed breakdown of the information as requested.

 

Kind regards

Matt Phipps

 

Total numbers of fines, including breakdowns

 

Michaelmas term 2020:

 

October – 59 x £10 for the entire Vaughan building for mixing households
in Freshers’ week. 26 x £100, 22 for mixing households, 4 for having a
guest (1st breach of regulations, not including the £10 collective fine). 
1 x £200 for having a guest (2nd breach of regulations)

 

November – 10 x £100 for mixing households (first breach of regulations),
3 x £200 for mixing households, 2nd breach of regulations)

 

December – 2 x £100 for having a guest (1st breach of regulations), 2 x
£200 for having a guest (one of these is a second breach, the other is a
third breach, and the student will also be moved from accommodation in
Vaughan due to repeated breaches.  Any further breaches will result in the
right to live in College being placed under review) In addition, in
November we sent two students home early due to repeat offences with
noise, parties and household mixing.  An additional 7 students were been
told that they would be moved out of Vaughan accommodation and dispersed
as their bubble continued to cause disruption throughout Michaelmas term
in respect of parties in the corridor, unruly behaviour, mixing households
and noise.  They had all already received at least one fine.

 

Hilary term 2021:

No fines or other sanctions have been imposed to date.

 

Other punishments

No other forms of punishment have been imposed to date.

 

Students sent down

No students have been sent down for Covid-related offences according to
our definition of the term. According to your definition of 'sent down',
however, which includes students being sent home early, two students were
sent home a week early during Michaelmas 2020 due to repeat offences with
noise, parties and household mixing. However, we would take issue with
this definition and regard as a misrepresentation any characterisation of
this act as sending students down.

 

Decanal fines

o In Michaelmas term 2019 two £50 cleaning charges were handed to
students.
o No charges or fines were imposed in Hilary term 2020.
o Please note that the College does not ‘earn’ through decanal fines,
they benefit the entire Somerville community by part-funding joint
student and staff events.  All Covid related fines have been equally
donated to three local charities.

 

 

   

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