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COLLEGE POLICIES

COMPLAINTS & APPEALS POLICY

 

Students need to be aware that complaints made by them in regards to assessment, treatment or other aspects will be undertaken with due regard for fairness by members of College staff.  Vexatious complaints will be dealt with along the Managing Student Behaviour process.  The complaint may be dealt with by discussion, mediation or by sanctions where necessary.

 

Where a complaint is deemed to be of sufficient scale, students should ensure the student or staff member is aware that they feel aggrieved by their action, whether it be surrounding course work, skills assessment, behavioural treatment etc.  Go directly to the Staff member, or to the student involved in order to seek resolution.

 

  1. Seek verbal explanation as to why a judgment has been made from where the dispute arose.  Always attempt to resolve the dispute at the lowest level.

  2. Where a verbal explanation is insufficient, a written request should be forwarded and a reply received which formalises the process.  A meeting held and minutes kept. Formal notification takes place to all concerned.  Mediation may also take place, or resolution by Management.

  3. In the event that the outcome to the dispute is still unsatisfactory, an appeal needs to be made to the next highest person on the “Chain of Command’ within the College from levels 1 through 4.

Level 1 Teacher/Technical Officer/Residential Supervisor

Level 2 Head of Department/ Farm Manager or Assistant, Corporate Services Manager/Programme   Coordinator

Level 3 Vice Principal

Level 4 Principal

   4. In the event that the outcome to the dispute is still unsatisfactory, application needs to be made to the next highest person on          the “Chain of Command” outside of the College which will most likely be the Complaints Management Unit in Central Office,            the Training Accreditation Council,   the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, Police, Ombudsman etc.

MOBILE PHONE AND SMART WATCH POLICY

Students are not to carry mobile phones with them during school hours. This enables full focus on learning activities and reduces opportunities for inappropriate behaviours. It also prepares students for the increasing number of employers who are banning mobile phones in the workplace.

 

Expectation:

Students are not to have a mobile phone on their person or in their bag during school hours- 8am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, 8am to 2.30pm Fridays, or during dairy roster or weekend stock.

 

Students are not to use their mobile phone during meal times or prep time in residential hours.

 

Students are not to use their mobile phones for bullying or harassment of staff or students, or for recording inappropriate behaviour, or for forwarding or receiving inappropriate material. Students who use their phone for bullying or vilification purposes will also be dealt with for as bullying.

 

Considerations:

  • For the purposes of this policy, the term mobile phones includes smart watches, and other electronic communication devices.

  • Students with diagnosed medical conditions who require a mobile phone will be permitted to carry them during the school day.

  • Day students have the option of leaving their phones at the front office, in their allocated phone locker, in their car, or not bringing them to school.

  • Boarding students will leave their phones in their dorm room.

  • Students can access cameras from staff in all areas for recording learning/training progress.

  • Handheld CB radios are available on Beef and Sheep (and spares for other sections) in the event that a task requires students and staff to be separated and need to communicate.

  • Parents can communicate with their child via the front office.

  • Parents/carers of residential students may request to have their child’s phone held by staff overnight.

 

Sanctions:

If a student is found in possession of a mobile phone the following sanctions apply.

  • First offence                          1 week loss of Good Standing

  • Second offence                    2 weeks loss of Good Standing

  • Third offence                        3 weeks loss of Good Standing- plus half day internal withdrawal

  • Fourth and subsequent      4 weeks loss of Good Standing- plus full day internal withdrawal

    

Note: On each occasion, phones will be confiscated when found on students and handed back at the end of the day once parents have been contacted.

 

GOOD STANDING

Students on Good Standing have full access to all College activities and facilities. 

A student who has lost their Good Standing:

  • Cannot leave the campus or the inner residential area during the week except for essential purposes or fixtured team events. This includes not being able to access motorbike and mountain bike tracks.

  • Cannot drive Farm vehicles and tractors.

  • Horses may only be fed and not ridden.

  • On weekends can still participate in all recreational activities.

  • Will not be able to attend any non-essential activities or excursions such as Country Week, College Ball, agricultural shows and competitions.

  • Will lose the privilege of having a motor vehicle at the College as per student Motor Vehicle Policy.

  • May be required to go home for weekends depending on the circumstance.

 

Students lose Good Standing when they fail to meet their obligations to the Code of behaviour and the PBS expected behaviours. Students can also lose their Good Standing when their unapproved absences exceed a threshold.

The length of time off Good Standing is determined by the type and nature of the transgressions and/or the length of the period of suspension which precedes it.  For a transgression leading to a suspension, the student will lose Good Standing for one week for each day of suspension, commencing from when they return from suspension. Periods of withdrawal for a day or more will also result in a loss of Good Standing.

Students return to Good Standing through the passage of time or through negotiation of additional duties to benefit the College community. In general, an hour’s additional duty will result in the reduction of one day the student is off Good Standing.

Status changes can only be made by the Principal, Vice Principal, Head of Boarding and Manager Student Services.

  

POSTING MATERIAL ON SOCIAL MEDIA

The College does not condone the uploading onto any social media of inappropriate photos or information of staff or students or that detracts from the College reputation in the community.   Students who do this will be expected to take down the post. 

 

Staff are not permitted to be friends with students using social media.

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