Code of Conduct

CoLab members should read and observe the provisions of this Code of Conduct.


This CoLab Code of Conduct should be read in conjunction the Falmouth & Exeter Students’ Union’s (‘the SU’) overarching Code of Conduct, which it supplements.

Similarly, CoLab members should observe their University’s regulations relating to academic and non-academic misconduct.

This CoLab Code of Conduct applies to all CoLab members. Code violations may affect a student’s membership status and could result in disciplinary action.

CoLab – its purpose and nature

CoLab is a springboard for you to find other students to work with to pursue innovative and exciting projects. 

The CoLab community is a unique and diverse student space.  CoLab members should play an active role in creating and nurturing an environment in which all students feel welcome and valued.

The nature of CoLab is such that most of your use of it will involve collaborating ‘off-site’ (i.e. away from the CoLab site).  Nevertheless, you should continue to observe this Code of Conduct in those off-site spaces.

Reporting violations

If you observe or are subject to a violation of these rules, please report the matter to the SU by emailing

Behaviour and conduct

Be welcoming, friendly and patient

CoLab strives to be a student community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, colour, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.

Be considerate

Your posts will be viewed by other students and SU staff. Your posts should be professional and informative with the intention of collaborating with other students. 

Be understanding and respectful

From time-to-time, CoLab members working together will have disagreements and sometimes ‘fall out’. You should approach such situations professionally and strive to resolve disagreements constructively. 

If you disagree with someone, seek to understand their perspective and share yours respectfully. Avoid conduct that might be interpreted as rude, threatening or intimidating. In short, conflict should be dealt with professionally. A community in which people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. 

Be transparent 

You should be clear about how you intend to use your collaborators’ work and how you expect to benefit from it. Similarly, you should endeavour to be clear about any intellectual property rights related implications of your proposed collaboration.

Intellectual Property PDF

Be careful in the words that you use

Conduct yourself professionally at all times and be kind to others. You should avoid uploading, posting or transmitting through the Site, anything that:

Violates or infringes in any way the rights of others, including any statements which may defame, harass, stalk or threaten others; 

  1. You know to be false, misleading or inaccurate; 
  2. Contains expressions of bigotry, racism, racially or ethnically offensive content, hate speech, abusiveness, vulgarity or profanity; 
  3. Contains or advocates pornography or sexually explicit content, paedophilia, incest, bestiality, or that is otherwise obscene or lewd; 
  4. Violates any law or advocates or provides instruction on dangerous, illegal, or predatory acts, or discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit them; 
  5. Advocates violent behaviour; or 
  6. Might threaten personal or public safety.

Be professional, strive for excellence and have fun

As a member you are a part of the unique CoLab community – a community that has been created to promote collaboration between you and your fellow students. 

We can’t wait to see the amazing projects that you get involved in and generate.