Banning Procedures

All decisions made by the licensee (MANAGEMENT) are final and cannot be appealed.


The Licensee's decision on all bans is final. We reserve the legal right to refuse admission to our venues for any reason. If you're excluded from our venues every effort will be made to contact you within 48 working hours with the length of your ban, this however is not always possible so if you have any queries please contact and your question will be answered.

Please note that if you are involved in any activities which are illegal or contravene Union policies, procedures or values you may be banned; the length of your ban and the Union services which it covers will be determined on a case by case basis.

This new policy comes into affect on the 30th September 2018. Any bans issued under the previous policy will not be reviewed, this policy does not apply retrospectively. 


We recommend you read this before you purchase any tickets for events as refunds are not given if you are banned.

If you break the SU Venues Policies, UK Licensing Law, SU Policies or University Policies you may be subject to further action which could include a ban from some, or all of the SU Venues or spaces in addition to wider action from the University Proctor or national bodies such as the Police. 

Please note that the Licensing Act 2003 gives Licensees (the people that run the venue), the power to prevent entry to their venue for any reason that they see fit, this action may not be appealed. SIA Door Supervisors acting on behalf of the licensee may also refuse access for any reason. Whilst we have this authority we only exercise it with good reason. 


Being Banned from an SU Venue: 

As mentioned above if you break one of the polices listed above you may receive a ban. Incidents typically fall into one of two categories: 

* Minor Incident 

* Major Incident 


Depending on what has occurred the manager will decide whether it is a Minor or Major Incident. 

Some examples of MAJOR incidents are possession of drugs or a weapon, theft, a serious physical assault or sexual assault. 

Some examples of a MINOR incident would be sneaking into the venue without a ticket, urinating in the smoking area or using another students’ registration card. 


All incidents are looked at on a case by case basis and various factors are taken into consideration such as previous behaviour in the venue, complying with reasonable requests for information, repeated involvement in incidents and the seriousness of the incident. Following this review a licensee (manager) may decide to issue a ban. The length of the ban and which venues it will apply to will then be communicated to the Student. If an incident is extremely serious the SU may take the decision to issue a life ban. 


The managers will try to communicate this within 48hrs of the incident, although this is not always possible. Any tickets purchased for events will not be refunded in the instance that a student is banned. 

The Ban may not be appealed and the licensee’s decision is final. If you break your ban by trying to enter a venue whilst banned you may receive a further extension to your ban.


Where can I be banned from?

The severity of your actions or where they occurred will have an impact on where you are banned from or for how long. Where you are banned from will be communicated in your banning email

Repeat offences in one venue may lead to you being excluded from all venues or SU outlets.

 The main SU licensed Venues are:

  • SU Bar
  • MOA
  • Top Bar
  • Base
  • Sub Zero
  • The Summer Ball


The Summer Ball:

If you are banned from any SU venue you will not be able to attend the Summer Ball if it falls within your ban period. 


If you have any questions about bans you can contact 

If you think you might have a problem with alcohol or drugs you can contact SU Advice for confidential help and advice on

Please note for the majority of Ban's the length of the ban refers to "Term Time Weeks" eg if you were banned for two weeks on the final day of term this would roll over to the first two weeks of the new term. All Ban lengths will be communicated clearly in emails sent.