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MSC Outreach Events: Online Code of Conduct

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The Medical Schools Council works with schools, universities and external organisations to develop and deliver a range of activities and events for people from underrepresented groups who could benefit from greater access to information and support. We firmly believe that any students with the ability to become an excellent doctor should be supported to progress to higher education, irrespective of their background.

We define widening participation outreach as:

“Any activity that involves raising aspirations and attainment and encouraging students from underrepresented groups to apply to higher education.”

We value participation in our events and want all students, staff and other participants to have an informative and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all participants are expected to show respect and courtesy to others at all times and at all events, whether officially organised and hosted by MSC or not.

Our harassment policy

MSC does not tolerate harassment of anyone in any form, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality or religion.

  • Harassment includes offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
  • All communication given by staff, students, visitors and other participants should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language, jokes and imagery are not appropriate for any event.
  • Be kind to others.
  • Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. Participants violating these rules may be asked to cease participation in the event or activity at the sole discretion of MSC or medical school staff.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, you should contact the Medical Schools Council by email on admin@medschools.ac.uk or by phoning +44 (0)20 7419 5494.

Our commitments

To deliver the online sessions, our default platform is Zoom Videoconferencing Software. To ensure your safety and that of other participants, we will:

  • Provide participants with login details one hour before the session.
  • Where possible, enable a waiting room facility for each session to be able to monitor arriving participants.
  • Participants will be asked to alter their names so that they are identifiable to the organisers.
  • Provide clear instructions for the use of Q&A function and chat, including how participants can seek technical support.
  • Inform participants where sessions will be recorded.
  • Inform participants that they do not need to have their webcam on during the sessions.
  • Ensure that all MSC staff and any guest speakers will be clearly identified at the start of the session and through their screen names.
  • Provide contact details to participants in case they have any concerns they would like to raise.

Participant commitments

To participate in MSC online events you therefore agree:

  • To be respectful of others and to not use words or share content that is offensive or inflammatory.
  • To not disrupt the delivery of the session or the participation of others.
  • To not give out or record any personal information, such as full name, phone number, email address and/or any other contact details.
  • That if we deem you have breached the Code of Conduct, you will be removed from the session and any further action will be taken as necessary.

Please note that if you have any concerns and/or are upset by any of the content covered, please contact the MSC Team directly either through the direct chat on the platform or via email: admin@medschools.ac.uk.