Student conduct policy

Intent and objectives

To identify expectations of conduct of RMIT students and behaviour by RMIT towards students, and to provide a framework for the management of allegations of student misconduct.

Scope

Applicable to all enrolled students, including students on leave of absence and higher degree research students who have submitted work for examination.

Exclusions

None

Policy provisions

1. Student experience at RMIT

1.1 In all its interactions with students, RMIT aspires to:

  • Foster independent thought and action through projects, studios and work placements to encourage a focus on and experience of achievement;
  • Nurture openness and creativity through the excitement of encountering diverse cultures and different ways of understanding and working;
  • Build a sense of belonging and commitment by making connections for students with their chosen professions and occupations and with their fellow students;
  • Develop in students the deep knowledge and the skills and attributes required for success in their chosen profession or occupation; and
  • Understand the experience and aspirations of our students, and use this knowledge to shape improvement in education and services.

1.2 To achieve these goals for student experience, RMIT expects that staff and students will work together to uphold the University’s values to be:

  • Creative;
  • Connected;
  • Fair;
  • Passionate; and
  • Committed to making a difference.

2. Expectations of student conduct

All RMIT students are expected to:

  • Treat all members of the University community with respect;
  • Value the diversity of students and staff;
  • Reject discrimination and harassment;
  • Champion independent thought;
  • Respect University facilities and resources and follow safety and security advice;
  • Act to support the reputation and standing of the University;
  • Be fully committed to their own learning and the decisions they make in relation to it as active and independent learners;
  • Work with honesty and integrity;
  • Give and receive feedback about their experience and participate in continuous improvement;
  • Provide up-to-date and timely student information when required;
  • Accept responsibility for decisions made about course and program choices; and
  • Comply with the requirements of the Statement of Responsibilities agreed at enrolment.

3. Expectations of RMIT

RMIT will support students as active and independent learners and:

  • Provide high quality and relevant programs, services and resources;
  • Treat students with respect and take seriously the time and financial commitment made by students to undertake study;
  • Provide a safe, supportive and sustainable environment that challenges and empowers students;
  • Recognise, celebrate and support the diversity of students and staff at all RMIT locations;
  • Reject discrimination and harassment;
  • Expect and model academic integrity and honesty;
  • Provide all relevant information to inform students’ selection of programs;
  • Maintain effective systems of communication with students and provide timely information about students’ progress, programs and services;
  • Reflect on practice, respond to feedback and continually improve the services delivered to students;
  • Address problems and complaints fairly and promptly;
  • Support student organisations and include student voices in decision making;
  • Champion independent thought.

4. Statement of Student Responsibilities

The Academic Registrar will publish a statement of student responsibilities to which all students agree as a condition of their enrolment.

5. Allegations of student misconduct

5.1 RMIT Statute No. 1 identifies three forms of misconduct by students: general misconduct, academic misconduct and high-risk misconduct. The Student Conduct Regulations define each form of misconduct.

5.2 Allegations of student misconduct will be managed in accordance with the University’s Student Conduct Regulations and the Student Conduct procedure.

5.3 The University will provide training for senior officers and other staff who have a role in managing or hearing allegations of misconduct by students.

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