Student Code of Conduct

 

Students Code of Conduct

Purpose

The purpose of this code of practice, requirements of behaviour and rules is to ensure that all students at the Brighten Institute Australia conduct themselves in a mature manner and with respect for all other students, trainers, assessors, staff and all businesses within the 12 – 14 O’Connell Street Sydney NSW 2000.

Scope

This code applies to all persons whom have and are studying at Brighten Institute Australia.

Definitions

For the purposes of this document ‘Code of Conduct’ means the general demeanour in which students should conduct themselves. “Rules” are the specific instructions for students to follow in the classroom.

Harassment is any form of behaviour which is unwelcome, unreciprocated, and usually (though not entirely) repeated, which makes the situation unpleasant, humiliating of intimidating for the person who is the target of that behaviour.

Harassment can be sexual or may arise from discrimination on the basis of gender, race, disability, sexual preference or other unwelcome behaviour.

Discrimination is the act of treating a person unfairly because of their race, colour, nationality, descent, ethnicity, ethno-religious background, sexual preference, socio-economic background, disability, or other personal characteristics.

 

Students Rights and Responsibilities

All Students have the right to:

  1. Be treated fairly with respect from others and without discrimination or harassment, regardless of religious, cultural, racial and sexual difference, age, disability or socio-economic status
  2. Be free from all forms of intimidation
  3. Work in a safe, clean, orderly and cooperative environment
  4. Have personal property (including computer files and your work) and the Registered Training Organisation property protected from damage or other misuse
  5. Have any disputes settled in a fair and rational manner (this is accomplished by the Complaints Procedure)
  6. Learn in an environment that is conducive to success
  7. Work and learn in a supportive environment without interference from others
  8. Apply to have existing skills and knowledge recognised;
  9. Privacy concerning records containing personal information, (subject to other statutory requirements and other agreed uses
  10. Be given information about assessment procedures at the beginning of the unit and progressive results as they occur
  11. Appeal within fourteen days of receiving notification of any decision made about late or missed assessment
  12. lodge a complaint and have it investigated effectively without fear of retaliation or victimisation
  13. express and share ideas and to ask questions

All Students have the responsibility to:

This includes but is not limited to:

  1. Treat staff and fellow Students with respect and fairness. following reasonable directions from a member of staff;
  2. Not behaving in any way that may offend, embarrass or threaten others;
  3. Not harassing fellow students or staff;
  4. Taking care of facilities by not damaging, stealing, modifying or misusing property; and
  5. Acting in a safe manner that does not place you or others at risk.
  6. Ensure personal details are current and correct;
  7. Participate in all assessment tasks as scheduled, honestly and to the best of your ability;
  8. No smoking
  9. Not be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs; and
  10. Follow normal safety practices.

 

Classroom Requirements for when On Campus

When on campus, Brighten Institute Australia has adopted a range of requirements to promote an ideal learning environment for all.

 

On Campus classroom requirements

 

General On-Campus Housekeeping

Noise

  • Consider the other businesses when leaving the classroom and or premises.
  • Other businesses share the floor and building so please show respect for them and keep noise to a minimum

Mobile Phones

  • All mobile phones are turned off at the beginning of each class and not turned back on until the class has finished
  • Responding to call, SMS or other electronic messages may result in you being as to leave the class and a warning letter issued

Mobile Phone with Cameras / Cameras

  • Under NO circumstances are cameras or mobile phone cameras to be used on Brighten Institute Australia premises.
  • Students are advised not to take pictures of the notes, the lecturer or other students in the classroom

Sound Systems

  • Students are advised not to use IPods or any other MP3 players or personal sound systems during the class

Eating or Drinking

  • Under No circumstances is eating or drinking permitted at any time in any of the classrooms
  • Eating and drinking only to be Students Lounge area

Kitchen, Students Lounge and Toilets

  • Please keep the toilet areas clean. Again other businesses use them

 

On Campus Classroom

Punctuality

Students are to ensure that they are on time for the start of class and after lecture breaks. Students who arrive after a class has started may be prevented from joining it until the next break.

Study Materials

Always bring text book and any other study material required for you to undertake your class

Sleeping

Under NO circumstances is sleeping permitted anywhere on BIA premises whatsoever

Bathroom Breaks

Leaving the If you need to leave the room during session’s times, please do so quietly and not interrupt the session.

English

All courses both in Australia and Offshore are delivered in English

Classroom Tidiness

Classrooms must be kept tidy at all times, prior to leaving the classroom, pick up all rubbish from where you are seated, and place it in the rubbish tin..

 

Non Compliance of Student Code of Conduct

The following procedures have been prepared to deal with student’s non-compliance of code the conduct.

 

  1. Academic Misconduct
    • Cheating
    • Plagiarism
  2. Alcohol / Drugs
  3. Alleged Illegal Activity
  4. Authorisation or assisting (Discrimination)
  5. Behaviour
  6. Classroom Requirements
  7. Conduct dangerous to others
  8. Copyright
  9. Discrimination
    • Direct and Indirect Discrimination
10. Dress Standards
11. Firearms and Dangerous Weapons
12. Harassment
13. Misuse of BIA Property
14. Identification
15. Noise Levels
16. Offensive Material
17. Respect for Staff
18. Sexual Harassment
19. Smoking
20. Victimisation
21.Unacceptable Behaviour

 

Academic misconduct

 

Academic misconduct includes

  1. Regular lateness in attending classes and lateness in submitting assignments and assessable work
  2. Failure to attend classes or other contact sessions and failure to submit assessable work according to deadlines
  3. Using mobile phones or other electronic devises in classrooms as they must be switched OFF prior to entering classrooms.

Cheating

Cheating means gaining a unfair advantage in an assessment by deception or a breach of the rules governing the assessment

            Plagiarism

  1. Plagiarism is when using some else’s work, ideas, writing or inventions as your own and failing to acknowledge the source is unacceptable.

Alcohol and Drugs

  1. Brighten Institute Australia has a ZERO tolerance to alcohol and drugs being consumed on Institute premises at any time.
  2. The possession, use or sales of illicit substances is forbidden and will be immediately referred to the police.
  3. Students are advised to speak with our Students Service Officer if they are requires to take any prescription medication that affects their behaviour.

Alleged Illegal Activity

  1. If a student is to have engaged in illegal activity under the laws of any State, Territory or Commonwealth jurisdiction, the matter shall be reported to the police of that jurisdiction for investigation.

Authorising and assisting (Discrimination)

2. It is against the law to authorise or assist another person to discriminate against or sexually harass someone. This means a person must not ask, instruct and or encourage anyone else to undertake these actions.

Behaviour

  • We request that all students behave in a mature, respectable and responsible manner at all times when on campus.
  • Behaviour deemed unsatisfactory will result in termination and No Refund will apply.

Conduct dangerous to others

  1. Conduct which constitutes a danger to anyone’s health, safety or personnel well-being, will not be tolerated. It includes physical abuse, threatening behaviour, harassment, discrimination, possession of dangerous weapons, or the creation of a condition that endangers or threatens the health safety or wellbeing of self or others

Copyright

2. You may only copy Brighten Institute Australia materials in accordance with Copyright Act 1968 https://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/C2015C00586

Discrimination

Over the past 30 years the Commonwealth Government and the state and territory governments have introduced laws to help protect people from discrimination and harassment.

The following laws operate at a federal level and the Australian Human Rights Commission has statutory responsibilities under them:

  • Age Discrimination Act 2004
  • Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1992
  • Racial Discrimination Act 1975
  • Sex Discrimination Act 1984.

The following laws operate at a state and territory level, with state and territory equal opportunity and anti-discrimination agencies having statutory responsibilities under them:

  • Australian Capital Territory – Discrimination Act 1991
  • New South Wales – Anti-Discrimination Act 1977
  • Northern Territory – Anti-Discrimination Act 1996
  • Queensland – Anti-Discrimination Act 1991
  • South Australia – Equal Opportunity Act 1984
  • Tasmania – Anti-Discrimination Act 1998
  • Victoria – Equal Opportunity Act 2010
  • Western Australia – Equal Opportunity Act 1984.

Any form of discrimination is not acceptable at Brighten Institute Australia and will not be tolerated.

Serious cases of discrimination will be viewed as misconduct and dealt with accordingly by the CEO and is of a serious nature will be referred to the Australian Human Rights Commission.

 

Direct and Indirect Discrimination

3. Direct discrimination is when a person treats, or proposes to treat, someone unfavourably because of a personal characteristic protected by law. Direct discrimination often happens because people make unfair assumptions about what people with certain personal characteristics can and cannot do.

4. Indirect discrimination occurs when an unreasonable condition is imposed that disadvantages a person with a personal characteristic protect by law. Indirect discrimination happens when a workplace policy, practice or behaviour seems to treat all workers the same way, but it actually unfairly disadvantages someone because of a personal characteristic protected by law.

Dress Standards

2. When attending the Institute you are expected to attire in a standards that is neat, clean and safe at all times as would be expected in the workplace.

Firearms and Dangerous Weapons

  1. Firearms or replicas of firearms (including ammunition or magazines), weapons, flammables, explosives or dangerous instruments are prohibited in the Institute.

Harassment

2. Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated and will be subject to disciplinary action. Please refer to the Grievance Policy and Procedures for more information on bullying and harassment.

Misuse of BIA Property

Any act of misuse, vandalism, theft, malicious or unwarranted damage or destruction, defacing (including graffiti), disfiguring or unsafe or unauthorised use of property belonging to BIA is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

Noise Levels

Please keep noise to a minimum. Any complaints will be recorded and if persists will result as inappropriate behaviour and is considered inappropriate. 

Common Areas

3. When arriving or leaving the building or the floor, please be mindful of other businesses in the immediate vicinity and avoid noise.

Classroom / Students Lounge

4. Interruptions and excessive noise in the classroom and nor student lounge will result in you being asked to leave and you will be marked absent.

Offensive Material

5. Offensive material will not be displayed or produced in any part of the Institute.

Respect for Staff

6. Students of Brighten Institute Australia are required to treat all members of staff with respect. This means that they should not talk through classes, and show any disrespect to lecturers. Speaking consistently while lectures are in progress will not be tolerated and students will be asked to leave the classroom if they continually interrupt the lecturer or other classmates.

Sanctions

Serious offenses

5. Please appreciate that serious offenses such as assault, theft, wilful damage and unlawful activities are highly likely to attract a suspension and or expulsion where this action is impacting on your ability to continue or complete your studies.

6. Where a serious breach has been committed a No Refund policy will apply.

       Minor Offenses

7. For minor offenses you will receive a Letter of Warning requesting you to immediately rectify your behaviour.

8. Sanctions may apply including suspension for consistent minor breaches of the Code of Conduct.

Sexual harassment

  1. Sexual harassmentis unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It involves behaviour that could reasonably be expected to make a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. Sexual harassment can be physical, verbal or written.

Smoking

  1. Smoking is prohibited in the building (including toilets, kitchens and stairwell).
  2. Students who smoke must do so outside the building, at least three metres away from the doorway and only in the designated smoking area.

Student Identification

7. Please keep your Student Identification on you at all times when attending on campus sessions, failure to do so will result in you being requested to vacate the floor.

Unacceptable Behaviour

8. Conduct which disrupts staff and hinders them delivering education and training programs and services or other services in an orderly manner is a breach of conduct.

9. This applies not only in classrooms but in all parts of Brighten Institute Australia during study visits and student activities.

10. Any individual or group behaviour which is abusive, indecent, violent, excessively noisy, disorderly, dangerous, and offensive or which unreasonably disturbs other groups or individuals is prohibited.

Victimisation

  1. Victimisation is subjecting, or threatening to subject someone, to something detrimental because they have asserted their rights under equal opportunity law, made a complaint, helped someone else make a complaint or refused to do something because it would be discrimination, sexual harassment or victimisation.
  • Victimisation is against the law.