John’s is a close community and so most of the rules here are designed to prevent disruption in College. People complain about some of them, but John’s is a fairly relaxed place and there won’t be anyone looking over your shoulder. All the rules and regulations can be found in the Student Handbook, but the following ones are among the most important to remember:

  • Don’t play your music too loud after midnight. No one will mind if it’s on low, but the porters will knock on your door if they can hear it from outside.
  • Don’t ride your bike through College. You may see some fellows astride their bikes, but you’ll be stopped if you do.
  • Know your limits when it comes to alcohol – it’s against the rules to be drunk in college and if you are “drunk to incapacity” i.e. cannot walk or talk then you will be assigned a student carer and be charged a £100 fine by college for disregarding the rules.  It really isn’t worth it and if an ambulance needs to be called for you, you will be the one waking up to not only the world’s worst hangover, but also a big bill.  So by all means enjoy yourselves, just do it responsibly.
  • Be careful about putting flyers/posters around College, even if you’re advertising a College activity. Stick stuff on notice boards and if you really want to put anything on exterior walls, you need the Dean’s permission. If you’re looking to publicise something get in touch with Soph (JCR Publicity Officer) and she’ll be happy to help!
  • Cripps Roof is out of bounds (except G and H), for safety reasons.
Discipline in Hall

Discipline for dining in Hall has tightened over the last year; please take the rules seriously. The main points to remember are:

  • Wear your gown and be seated by 7.30 on weeknights .  If you are later than this, you will not be allowed in.
  • Stand in silence during grace
  • Generally try not to disturb other diners, especially the fellows
  • Don’t take any photos until after the fellows have left
  • Dress appropriately.  You don’t have to look like you’re going to an opera to attend hall but rocking up in flip flops and shorts isn’t advised.


Plagiarism is taken incredibly seriously and you don’t want to end up in trouble for it, especially if you’ve only forgotten to reference someone else’s work. Supervisors are very vigilant about this, so it’s worth checking all your work carefully to make sure you can’t be accused of plagiarism.


…and if you break the rules?

If you’re discovered breaking College rules, you’ll receive a note from the Dean of Discipline asking you to call round in the next couple of days. This is affectionately known as a ‘deaning’ and can be a pretty intimidating experience. In most cases you’ll get away with a telling off, and maybe a small “reparation order” (not strictly a “fine”). If you can’t pay straight out, don’t worry; they’re generous enough to let you pay in installments!

You may also be asked to perform some sort of College community service, like litter collection or toilet scrubbing. For really serious offences, the Dean might decide to refer the case to the Disciplinary Committee, a group of fellows and junior members who decide the punishment. Members of the JCRC sit on it, so you can be sure that you will be fairly represented.

If at any time you feel that a punishment does not fit the crime, or are intimidated by the system, you can get help from the JCRC. In really serious cases, CUSU provides advocacy and will liaise with the College on your behalf.