SOUTHAMPTON'S two universities have underlined the important roles students play in ensuring safety during the pandemic.

The University of Southampton and Solent University have released a joint commitment, underlining the important role students play in ensuring the safety of themselves and others during the pandemic.

Students joining these two institutions are being asked to read the commitment to make sure they understand their responsibilities.

Professor Mark E. Smith CBE, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, comments: "We have worked tirelessly to create a COVID-secure environment for our students to study and live in, and where our staff can work.

"We are making it clear to all our students that they should show respect to our local communities [Southampton and Winchester] and follow our student charter and the latest COVID-19 government guidance and advice."

Professor Karen Stanton, Vice-Chancellor of Solent University, says: "We are asking our students to adhere to this commitment to protect themselves and others, as well as helping to keep our universities open during this difficult time.

"As well as giving them the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills to succeed in their chosen careers, we support them in becoming responsible citizens and future leaders."

Both universities are working with police to address any problems and claim that disciplinary procedures will be taken if students don't follow guidelines.