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Living in the College community

Like every well-governed institution, the College has developed a number of policies setting out our position on topics of general or particular concern within a community . This is a brief introduction to the various College policies and the rules which govern student conduct at St Catharine's.

College Policies

Like every well-governed institution, the College has developed a number of policies setting out our position on topics of general or particular concern within a community. All the policies have been discussed in committee with both graduate and undergraduate students and subsequently approved by the College's Governing Body. Where appropriate, they have been circulated to relevant members of staff for information. Their purpose is essentially twofold: to comply with the law, and to establish sensible norms of academic and personal conduct in a small and interdependent community.

  • Academic attainment
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Fitness to Study
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Student complaints

You should ensure that you have read these College policies before you arrive – they are available at:

Any problems or questions which you may have concerning any one of them can be confidentially raised with the Senior Tutor, Graduate Tutors or any other Fellow of the College.


St Catharine's is a welcoming and tolerant community. And, like any community, it needs to have some ground-rules setting out how people are expected to behave towards one another. Those rules are essentially very simple: they require students to show due respect to one another, to Fellows and to members of staff; to conduct themselves in a quiet and orderly manner, and to avoid doing anything that would be prejudicial to discipline or good order, or that would tend to bring the College into disrepute. Those general requirements are supplemented by a series of further disciplinary rules which are set out in the Dean's Notice. This can be found on the College website at:

The Dean is the fellow who is responsible for disciplinary matters (although the most serious matters are dealt with instead by the College's Discipline Committee). Any student who is concerned that another student may have behaved in a way that would justify disciplinary action should contact the Dean, John Xuereb. His e-mail address is:

Other aspects of living in College…

Guest rooms: Spare rooms in the graduate residences may be booked for students' guests at a rate of £20/night by contacting the Graduate Administrator. In addition, some guest rooms on the main site are available for students’ guests and may be booked, for short periods, at the Porters’ Lodge. Regulations concerning guests are included in the Dean’s notices.

Private parties: Private dinners, and parties at which more than eight people are present, require the permission of the Dean, and no party in private College rooms may exceed twenty people (joint parties with more than one host in neighbouring rooms will be counted as one).

Public rooms: The Christopher Waddams Room, which is under the supervision of the Presidents of the MCR Committee, and the College Bar are open to all students of the College. Club, society or private dinners may be held in the College’s various public rooms with the permission of the Dean. There are also two public rooms in the Octagon at St Chad’s, one of which is intended for relatively formal concerts and plays. Rooms should be booked via the Room Booking Form on the College website.

Courts: Students may not walk on the grass in the College courts, and bicycles must not be ridden or wheeled in the court. Eating food in Main Court is not allowed.

Mail: There is no box for outgoing mail in College, but there is a public postbox opposite the main gates. A free inter-college mail service operates during full term – just write ‘UMS’ at the top-right of the envelope and leave it with the porters.

Musical instruments: There are restrictions on the hours during which music of any kind may be played in College. Details will be found in the Dean’s notices. Any student who wishes to have a piano in a College room should consult the Director of Music. Music should be inaudible in neighbouring rooms. There is a dedicated music practice room on the main College site.

Bicycles: A covered bicycle park with racks is provided at Russell Street, Barton Road and underneath the Fellows' Car park on the main College site. Bicycles should not be kept in student rooms, common areas or placed against the walls of the College buildings or in the College courts.

Mopeds, etc.: The College bicycle park is not suitable for mopeds and there is no parking space elsewhere in the College.

Motor vehicles: No motor vehicles of any type may be kept or used in Cambridge by a student without permission from both the tutor and the University Motor Proctor. Permission is normally granted to Graduate students but is also dependent upon arrangements for adequate parking. You can apply for a license from the University Motor Proctor at the following link:

Car parking: There are no facilities for parking visitors’ cars in the College and public parking in the immediate vicinity of the College is very limited. Similarly, car parking at the Graduate residences is limited.

Smoking: All College buildings and grounds are smoke free. Smoking (including of electronic cigarettes/pipes) is not permitted across the College estate.

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