You, The Law & Social Responsibility
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“I can’t graduate coz I was acting the maggot”

Although being a student gives you a sense of invincibility the reality is you are still a human who must abide by all the rules and regulations of society. Quite unfortunate we know, but such is life and there is nothing fun about being arrested.

Here is what you need to know so you don’t get arrested and end up not being allowed to graduate which is technically what you are here for in the first place.

There is a list of things not to do under the Public Order Act. To put it simply, use your common sense. Some of the things which you can be arrested for include;

  • Being intoxicated in a public place
  • Excessive noise
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Possession of illegal substances

Most importantly, if you get a criminal record you cannot be a teacher or take up other public jobs.

That’s the law bit over with but what is REALLY important to remember is that although the craic is ninety when everyone is out mid-week, there are still tons of people living in the city and surrounding areas who have a real job to get up to in the morning. To disturb them or their property is not only unacceptable on a legal level (they have every right to call the guards) but it’s not ok on a social level. College may be a laugh but remember, you are also deemed a responsible adult by society at this point so act like one.

Our neighbours here are pretty cool. You have to hand it to them, we are not mice and they are usually much more accepting of our boisterous antics than they have to be, so appreciate that.

Finally, if you are reported for unruly behaviour outside of the college grounds, it CAN still affect your degree. Fact! It is considered as bringing the college into disrepute. So the next time in the wee hours of the morning when you’re walking home (even though the SU have told you to get a taxi) and one of your buddies looks at you with that look of devilment and says “Will we…for the laugh?” … just think about it.

Also, the SU has a Personal Accident Insurance policy. It covers all full time students 24/7 so if you ever need to avail of it just call into the office!