Student Code of Conduct

St Ives School of Painting – Student Code of Conduct 

The School aims to provide all of its students with the support and guidance they need to achieve and succeed. This Student Code of Conduct sets out the standard of conduct the School expects of its students so that everyone can undertake their learning experience in a supportive and non-threatening environment. 

This Code of Conduct is intended to provide fair procedures for maintaining reasonable behaviour by students while they are enrolled with the School. 

Students are expected to behave in accordance with the School’s Rules and Regulations, and in particular in respect of: 

1.Health and Safety 

2. Equal Opportunities 

3. Safeguarding Procedures 

4. All School facilities including teaching facilities, studios, catering areas and communal areas in the school. 

5. Any facilities that the School hires to deliver its courses.  

It is the responsibility of all students to ensure that they are aware of any such standards and to adhere to them.  

Any behaviour which infringes the School’s policies, rules or regulations, causes distress to individuals, or disruption or disturbance in the learning or social environments of the School, is unacceptable, and may result in the student being asked to leave the course. The course fee will not be reimbursed in this event. We also reserve the right not to accept a student on future courses. 

The School’s Terms and Conditions describes the School’s commitment to its students and its expectations of students in return. Terms and Conditions ( 

Expectations of students 

In any situation, in any part of the School, the School expects that:

1.Students behave with good sense, behave with consideration towards others and respect their differences and take care in the use of the School’s facilities or services 

2. Students will be considerate and respectful to the needs of fellow students, staff, and visitors to the School 

3. Students will comply with Government and School advice relating to Health & Safety of others, including any temporary requirements put in place 

4. Students will comply with reasonable requests or instructions from members of School staff 

5. Students will behave and communicate in ways that do not unreasonably offend others and will conduct themselves appropriately in all forms of communication, including social media. Examples of unreasonably offensive behaviours include using abusive or obscene language, bullying, disruptive behaviour and engaging in any form of discriminatory behaviour 

6. Students will act within the law and not engage in activity or behaviour that is likely to bring the School into disrepute 


The School considers the forms of inappropriate conduct that are set out below to constitute misconduct that is likely to lead to possible expulsion from your Course and/or the School. The list should not be regarded as exhaustive:  

1.Inappropriate, abusive, offensive, indecent, harassing, threatening or stalking behaviour against members of the School or its visitors, including via social media. 

2.Failure to respect the rights of others; discriminatory or abusive behaviour towards others, including on the basis of age, disability, gender, gender identity, pregnancy, maternity, race, religion, belief, or sexual orientation 

3. Causing, attempting or threatening to cause physical harm, injury, or mental distress, including where this was caused by controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour towards members of the School or its visitors 

4. Any conduct which constitutes sexual violence or misconduct against members of the School or its visitors 

5. Any behaviour which is intended to or is likely to disrupt teaching, learning, or any other activities undertaken by or within the School 

6. Any conduct which adversely affects or puts at risk the safety, welfare or well-being of members of the School or its visitors 

7. Damage to School property or facilities, whether caused intentionally or recklessly, or the use of property or facilities for unapproved purposes 

8. Possession or use of any illegal drugs, substances or offensive weapons on School premises 

9. Complaints against the School or its members which are vexatious in nature or where there is evidence to suggest a false claim. For example complaints motivated by malice or designed specifically to cause disruption, annoyance or to discredit an individual 

10. Any behaviour that interferes with the normal working of the School or any of its facilities or services 

11. Failure to comply with a temporary suspension or restriction or ban from the school.  

12. Any behaviour that damages, or has the potential to damage the School’s reputation  

Use of Mobile Phones and Social Media 

We acknowledge the benefits enhanced communication and creativity technology and social media can bring. However, the School expects students to adhere to the following when using mobile phones and / or social media whilst undertaking courses at the School: 

1.Occasional personal use of social media during Course time is permitted so long as it does not involve unprofessional or inappropriate content, does not interfere with the Course and complies with this policy. 

2. If you are in a life drawing class, you must not use your mobile phone or take photographs of the life model in the studio at any time. Please follow the notices on display in the studio. 

3. Students may wish to take the odd photograph during their time in the studio to capture their experience.  Students should opt out at the start of classes by notifying the tutor if they do not wish to be photographed by fellow students during the course. Please follow the notices on display in the studio.  

4. Be respectful to others when making any statement on social media and be aware that you are personally responsible for all communications which will be published on the internet for anyone to see. 

5. You must not use social media to defame or disparage the School, our staff or any third party; to harass, bully or unlawfully discriminate against staff, other students, or third parties; to make false or misleading statements; or to impersonate colleagues or third parties. 

6. Whilst there is a natural communicative nature of social media and some Courses expressly use them for communication, you should be careful not to interact inappropriately with fellow students or Tutors 

Intellectual Property 

Any intellectual property created during the teaching of the Courses, including in any Course materials is owned by the School and/or the Tutor. You must ensure you do not breach intellectual property law when sharing any materials outside of the Course.  

If you are unsure what you can or cannot share outside of your Course, please speak with your Tutor. 

Student’s right of complaint 

If a student feels s/he is a victim of inappropriate or unacceptable behaviour s/he has the right to use the School’s Complaints Procedure.