Code of conduct: Employee–student relationships

Posted on August 03, 2015


Your attention is brought to a new code of conduct which is applicable to all employees and students of the University of Pretoria (UP).

This code governs employee–student relationships, and is effective immediately.

The University is respectful of the individual’s right to privacy and does not generally concern itself with the private lives of its employees and students unless they affect its operations, management of risk and/or reputation.

There may be some instances where a relationship between an employee and student is (or is perceived to be) inappropriate or potentially exploitative. The fiduciary relationship between employees and students confers upon both parties certain moral and ethical obligations. This policy aims to ensure that the following obligations are met by parties:

  • to conduct themselves in a professional manner
  • to treat each other equitably and impartially
  • to refrain from any form of unfair discriminatory conduct towards each other

We encourage you to read the new code which is available on the staff intranet and the web site.

This code has been developed in consultation with UPWO (the UP Workers’ Organisation), NEHAWU (the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union) and Solidarity, and has received the approval of all necessary stakeholders. It is important that you familiarise yourself with it as there will be consequences for failure to comply.

Should you have any concerns, please contact Ronel  Jordaan on 012 420 4931 or at [email protected].

Thank you for your contribution in making the University of Pretoria a preferred place of employment and study.


Kind regards

Ms Patience Mushungwa
Executive Director: Human Capital and Transformation



- Author Human Capital and Transformation

Copyright © University of Pretoria 2024. All rights reserved.

FAQ's Email Us Virtual Campus Share Cookie Preferences