NCBT’s Disciplinary Policy and Student Code of Conduct:
NCBT’s Disciplinary Policy is based on the principles of Consistency, Fairness, Impartiality, Promptness, Prevention and Advance Warnings.
The disciplinary procedures at NCBT will be applied in an equitable and fair manner to all students.
NCBT’s policies provide rules relating to student conduct on campus in order that the rights of all individuals to enjoy their time on campus and their opportunities to achieve their aspirations are preserved.
Some serious offences, such as physical violence or assault, theft, drug violations, gambling, violation of I.T. security systems and some driving offences, are the province of public law enforcement and the New Zealand judicial system. Additionally, such breaches of the law may give rise to disciplinary action by NCBT and may also constitute sufficient grounds for a visa getting revoked by Immigration New Zealand, that may result in deportation from New Zealand.
NCBT reserves the right to test students for alcohol or substance use/abuse as required in order to inform relevant authorities and ensure a safe environment for all students and staff.
The degree of disciplinary action will be related to the nature of the offence and considering the following:
Has there been any other discipline problems and/or issues in the past and over how long a time span
Is the student’s behaviour interfering with the learning of the other students? Is the behaviour abusive of other people?
Is the current problem and/or issue part of an emerging pattern?
Is the student presently subject to any previous warning?
What has been the quality of the student’s performance and conduct?
Has the student been given an opportunity to explain his/her side of the story?
What impact will any decision have on other NCBT students?
Has the student been informed of their right to have representation?
Staff will treat students fairly and give them adequate warning if they are failing to abide by the Student Code of Conduct
The preferred outcome is to prevent re-occurrence and not to take disciplinary measures.
Students shall abide by the NCBT Code of Conduct below and available in the Student Handbook:
1.Students are expected to behave while at NCBT as they would if they were working for an employer. Standards of dress and personal hygiene must reflect this.
2.Staff and students should respect each other at all times. Always show consideration to other students, tutors, other staff and visitors. Harassment of students or staff is not permitted. Harassment is defined as unwanted and unsolicited behaviour that interferes with the rights of an individual to benefit from the educational opportunities offered by NCBT.
3.Issues and concerns should be addressed in a polite and respectful manner. Use of strong and abusive language or inappropriate body language can lead to a disciplinary meeting.
4.Students must abide by the Health and Safety Policy of NCBT especially with respect to the access of visitors to the building.
5.Students must provide their current contact details (address, e-mail, telephone) and notify the NCBT Student Support Coordinator of any changes immediately.
6.Immigration New Zealand expects every holder of a student visa to attend their place of study at all times as required unless there is a genuine reason absences.
7.Students to be aware that their attendance will be monitored closely with any subsequent visa application.
8.If students are unable to come to college because of illness they MUST telephone the school before 9:00 am that day and leave a voice message. (Ph: 09 303 1934)
9.Mobile phones MUST be switched OFF at all times during the lesson. If the phone sounds, student will be asked to leave immediately. It is considered extremely bad manners to interrupt your class with a phone or other disturbances.
10.Students must NEVER bring weapons or dangerous materials of any kind to NCBT, including knives.
11.No food or drinks to be taken into any classroom or Computer Labs.
12.Students must never remove books, magazines or school property from NCBT. It is theft and may be immediately reported to the Police. Students may be terminated from school without compensation.
13. NCBT is a smoke free building. Smoking is not permitted in the building or in the car park.
14.Students are not permitted to record any confidential, proprietary or personal information, images or voices that belong to NCBT or its employees or students.
15.Any medical situation caused by illness, injury or accident should be reported to Welfare Support
16.Any personal situation leading to non-attendance should be reported to Welfare Support.
17.Students shall not provide false or misleading information to NCBT. This may to lead to an instant termination.
18.Plagiarism and Cheating are regarded as serious breaches of the NCBT Code of Conduct and are subject to the Student Discipline Procedure.
19. alcohol or banned substances ( drugs) may not be bought or consumed on NCBT premises at any time.
20. Inappropriate behaviour / abuse of computers and other technology is a serious breach
21. NCBT Laptops not returned at the end of the day to NCBT’s IT Support Staff will be considered misplaced/stolen
23.Failure to comply with the directions of a NCBT staff member with regards to responding to concerns around academic progress, Welfare/ disciplinary meeting may lead to termination
24.Failure to observe/ interfering with safety regulations, emergency evacuations, and/or equipment will be considered a serious offence
25.Violation of NZ law on NCBT campus resulting in arrest, prosecution, or the imposition of a penalty will lead to instant termination
26.Students must not disrupt the peace and good order of NCBT and surrounding communities
The following responsibilities represent the standard of conduct at NCBT:
1. To maintain a level of behavior consistent with NCBT’s Student Code of Conduct
2. To observe the laws of New Zealand
3. To read, become familiar with, and adhere to NCBT’s policies
4. To respect the personal and property rights of others
5. To stay informed by reading communications from NCBT
NCBT reserves the right to change the Student Code of Conduct at any time during the academic year. It is each student’s responsibility to keep informed and comply with the Student Code of Conduct as well as other published rules and policies. A current copy of the Student Code of Conduct can be found at reception or in the most updated student handbook.
All disputes or grievances will be handled professionally and confidentially in order to achieve a satisfactory resolution. Students will be provided with details of external authorities they may approach if required. NCBT will resolve any grievances fairly and equitably within five (5) working days. Students may raise any matters of concern relating to training delivery and assessment, the quality of the teaching, student amenities, discrimination, harassment and any other issues relating to their stay in New Zealand.
Students shall be encouraged to contact:
New Zealand Qualifications Authority (PO Box 160, Wellington) or iStudent Complaints on 0800 00 66 75
For more information about making a complaint about a provider's compliance with the Code of Practice can be found at http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/make-a-complaint/make-a-complaint-about-a-provider/
If it is a financial dispute – you can contact iStudent Complaints
What is the Code?
The Code is a document, which provides a framework for service delivery byeducation- al providers and their agents to international students. The Code sets out the minimum standards of advice and care that are expected of educational providers with respect to international students. The Code applies to pastoral care and provision of information only, and not to academic standards.
Who does the Code apply to?
The Code applies to all education providers in New Zealand with students enrolledon international student visas. The Code is mandatory to these providers and must be signed by them.
What is an “international student”?
An “international student” is a foreign student studying in New Zealand on a student visa from the Immigration New Zealand.
How can I get a copy of the Code?
You can request for a copy of the Code from NCBT. The Code is also available online from http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2016/0057/latest/DLM6748147.html
How do I know if an educational provider has signed the Code?
NZQA will maintain a register of all signatories to the Code. This list will be available from http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/education-code-of-practice/signatories-to-the-code-of-practice/
If the educational provider that you are seeking toenrol with is not a signatory to the Code, you will not be granted
a visa from the Immigration New Zealand and you will not be able to study at that institution.
What do I do if something goes wrong?
If you have concerns about your treatment by your educational provider or by an agent of the provider, the first thing you must do is contact the welfare staff or any other person who has been identified to you as someone that you can approach about complaints at your institution. The Code requires all institutions to have fair and equitable internal grievance procedures for students and you need to go through these internal processes before you can take the complaint any further.
Please visit www.nzqa.govt.nz for more information on the Code of Practice 2016.