Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates for staff and students

Guidelines for our community during times of pandemic

Guidelines are now available on how our University community can act responsibly to help slow the spread of Covid-19.

Our Good Citizen Guide provides details on the Covid-19 guidelines in Scotland and what is expected of our students, how to report breaches to the University, and how failure to comply with these guidelines will be dealt with, including possible disciplinary action.

Students have been receiving comprehensive guidance on what they can expect when they arrive on campus or engage with their studies online.

Our Guide encourages our students to be extra vigilant and to work as part of our community to suppress the virus. The current version of this Guide is available in the link below.

Good Citizen Guide

Failure to comply with Covid-19 guidelines

Everyone will be asked to adapt their behaviour to ensure the health and wellbeing of the whole University community. We expect the great majority will behave in line with the guidelines, however there may be occasions where individuals do not. 

The Good Citizen Guide makes clear that if a student intentionally or repeatedly fails to comply with Covid-19 safety measures, they may be in breach of the Code of Student Conduct and could face an investigation and possible disciplinary action.


It is important to recognise that people who are not adhering to the measures will generally just need reminding of what the expectations are and we are encouraging everyone to do this in the first instance.

Where someone continues to behave in a way which you feel places others at risk, or appears to be intentionally failing to follow the rules, for example where a student has ignored requests to keep a safe distance from other people, you should report this to the University using this webform:

Good Citizen's Guide reporting form

You can also:

  • email
  • contact ResLife if you are in University Accommodation.

If you have an urgent or immediate concern for your safety or that of others, you should contact the emergency services by calling 999, or University Security on 0131 650 2257 (or 2222 from an internal telephone).