Student conduct policy

Advocate: A person chosen by the student against whom an allegation of misconduct has been made, to provide information and advice regarding the conduct process and, where appropriate, to speak on their behalf. In a student conduct process, a solicitor cannot be an advocate. The role of the advocate is detailed in the student conduct process. Student Rights Officers are available as advocates to students in RMIT University programs.

Assessment task: A specific instance of assessment such as an assignment, examination, portfolio, presentation, test, etc.; one component of assessment in a course.

Conflict of interest: In the context of this policy, where a person responsible for hearing a student conduct allegation may be perceived as not impartial, for example because of their previous direct involvement in the matter complained of.

Controlled entity: An entity that the University owns or has an interest in: specifically, RMIT Europe, RMIT Online, RMIT Training and RMIT Vietnam.

Cost of damage: The monetary value of any damage to, or loss of, any property (including the cost of repair or replacement).

Day: Working day; not a day when RMIT is closed.

Document fraud: Knowingly falsifying, forging or submitting documents that contain misleading or false information.

Executive suspension: A decision by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) to suspend a student immediately.

Expel: To terminate a student’s enrolment at RMIT, without any right to enrol or re-enrol, unless the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) otherwise orders.

Information and communication technology facilities: Include, but are not limited to, computers, computer systems, email and other communication networks and information facilities together with associated software, files, data storage and retrieval.

Officer: Means any person employed by RMIT, except staff of RMIT student unions.

Procedural fairness: Is present when processes ensure all parties have a reasonable opportunity to have their viewpoint heard fairly, by impartial decision-makers; are well informed about the processes; and have a reasonable time-frame in which to follow them; and parties in a decision-making process have a chance to review and respond to all evidence and submissions that are considered by the decision-makers...

Plagiarism: The presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is one’s own.

Principal student organisation: The main body representing students at the relevant RMIT campus.

Research Code: The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

RMIT Group: Includes RMIT University, RMIT Europe, RMIT Training, RMIT Vietnam, RMIT Online and other controlled entities (RMIT Foundation and Spatial Vision Innovations).

RMIT premises: Any building or area owned or controlled by RMIT; includes premises hired or temporarily possessed by RMIT for workshops, camps or examinations, or other learning or study activities.

Senior officer:

  • For RMIT University, executive deans, deans and heads of any school, deputy deans and deputy heads of any school, associate deans and discipline leaders, any member of the Vice Chancellor’s Executive, the Academic Registrar, the directors, planning and resources; the deputy pro vice-chancellors (learning and teaching), the Director Student Services, RMIT Librarian, any executive director, any person acting in any of these positions, and any other person in a senior position approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education).
  • For RMIT Vietnam, senior officers are nominated by the President.
  • For RMIT Europe, senior officers are nominated by the Executive Director,.
  • For RMIT Training, senior officers are nominated by the Chief Executive Officer.
  • For RMIT Online, senior officers are nominated by the Chief Executive Officer.

Serial academic misconduct: Academic misconduct, where the student has previously committed academic misconduct at RMIT.

Support person: A person chosen by a student against whom an allegation of misconduct has been made, to be present at conduct hearings; or a partner, immediate family member, health professional or Student Rights Officer who provides support to and advises the student outside of hearings. The student conduct process describes the role and rights of the support person.

Suspend: To prohibit a student for a specified period from attending any teaching or assessment activity or entering RMIT premises, using RMIT’s information and communication technology facilities, or representing RMIT.

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