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Student Code Of Conduct

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

Purpose

This code of conduct is published in order to give students notice of general conduct which is prohibited. It is not an exhaustive list of misconduct. For example, Inspiritive rules, policies and other codes of conduct published by Inspiritive may specify other behaviour which will be misconduct.

Students are accountable for their misconduct. Any misconduct may be subject to disciplinary action by Inspiritive under its student disciplinary policy.

It is a student's responsibility to be familiar with this code of conduct and other behaviour standards required by Inspiritive.

Compliance with this code of conduct is a policy of Inspiritive. It is binding on all students.

Guiding Principles

Inspiritive by publishing this code of conduct seeks to provide an environment that:

  1. (a) , serves the educational mission of Inspiritive;
  2. (b) , promotes integrity and academic achievement;
  3. (c) , is protective of free inquiry; and
  4. (d) , is respectful of the rights and welfare of members of Inspiritive community and others.

Misconduct

A student must not intentionally or recklessly:

Disruption and harm

  1. (a) , disrupt or hinder any Inspiritive activities;
  2. (b) , interfere with the ability of any member of Inspiritive community or any associate of Inspiritive to engage in or enjoy any Inspiritive activities or to access, occupy, use or move about Inspiritive property;
  3. (c) , disrupt or hinder the exercise of the right to freedom of expression by any member of Inspiritive community or any associate of Inspiritive;
  4. (d) , engage in disorderly conduct including by:
    1. (i) , fighting with any person;
    2. (ii) , disrupting a lawful assembly of persons; or

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(iii) doing anything which disturbs the peace;

(e) do anything which may bring Inspiritive into disrepute including by making or publishing false or misleading statements relating to Inspiritive;

Dishonesty

(f) engage in any dishonest behaviour including by:

  1. (i) , being dishonest in dealings with Inspiritive;
  2. (ii) , stealing or taking or using without permission any property of any
  3. person or possessing property which is stolen or taken without
  4. permission;
  5. (iii) , using or providing false or misleading documentation or
  6. information for the purpose of obtaining a benefit or advantage for
  7. any person;
  8. (iv) , impersonating another person or relying on the academic record or
  9. any other aspect of another person for the purpose of obtaining a
  10. benefit or advantage for any person; or
  11. (v) , improperly influencing any Inspiritive Representative;

Safety

  1. (g) , do anything which may endanger the physical or mental health, safety or well being of any person (including the student);
  2. (h) , possess, store or use on Inspiritive premises any weapon, explosive materials, fireworks, dangerous chemicals or biological agents or other dangerous thing, without authorisation from Inspiritive;

Breach of rights

  1. (i) , cause physical harm to any person or bully, stalk, sexually harass or haze (including hazing to which the person being hazed has consented) any person;
  2. (j) , engage in violent or threatening behaviour including by using threatening or abusive language;
  3. (k) , not conduct himself or herself in an offensive manner or use offensive language, on or near, or within view or hearing from Inspiritive premises or whilst engaged in Inspiritive activities, without a reasonable excuse;
  4. (l) , make allegations of misconduct by another person to Inspiritive or of unlawful conduct to the police or any other government body if:

(A) (1) the alleged misconduct or unlawful conduct is trivial; or

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(2) the allegation is made without reasonable grounds; and (B) the allegation is made or pursued to harass or annoy, cause delay

or detriment to another person or for another ulterior purpose;

  1. (m) , make any sexual contact with any person without that person's consent;
  2. (n) , vilify another person or class of persons because of the actual or perceived gender (including the characteristics of the actual or perceived gender), gender identity, intersex status, sexual orientation, race, marital or relationship status or religious beliefs or activities, disability or age of that person or class of persons;
  3. (o) , disclose or purport to disclose to any person the sexual orientation, gender identification or intersex status of any person who is gay, lesbian, transgender or intersex, without that person's authorisation unless it is public knowledge because of a public disclosure by or authorised by that person;
  4. (p) , victimise a person by subjecting that person to any detriment because he or she, or a person associated (whether as a relative or otherwise) with him or her, does or proposes to do any of the following:
    1. (i) , condemn, express disagreement with or take any step to prevent misconduct by any person;
    2. (ii) , inform Inspiritive of the misconduct;
    3. (iii) , participate in an investigation into alleged misconduct or
    4. participate in disciplinary proceedings or legal proceedings
    5. relating to misconduct by any person; or
    6. (iv) , engage in an Inspiritive activity;

Alcohol and drugs

  1. (q) , be drunk on any public part of Inspiritive premises;
  2. (r) , consume or distribute alcohol on any public part of Inspiritive premises:
  3. (s) , use, possess, grow, manufacture, store or distribute illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia;
  4. (t) , give another person or cause another person to be given or to consume food or drink which contains an intoxicating substance if the recipient is not aware the food or drink contains the intoxicating substance or that the food or drink contains more of an intoxicating substance than the recipient would reasonably expect it to contain;

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Property

(u) (i) damage, destroy, endanger, vandalise, put at risk, pollute or obstruct; or

(ii) hinder, disrupt or otherwise interfere with the operation or availability of,

any Inspiritive property or any property of any member of Inspiritive community or any associate of Inspiritive;

  1. (v) , enter, occupy, use or interfere with any Inspiritive property or enable any other person to do so, without authorisation from Inspiritive;
  2. (w) , possess, duplicate or use or provide other persons with access codes, keys, access cards, passwords or similar information or devices to any Inspiritive property, without authorisation from Inspiritive;

Co-operation

  1. (x) , fail to comply with any agreement between the student and Inspiritive;
  2. (y) , disobey a reasonable direction given within their authority by an Inspiritive representative;
  3. (z) , refuse to disclose his or her name or age or show proof of identity or age to an Inspiritive representative if it is reasonable to request it to be given (it will be taken to be a reasonable request if the student is on Inspiritive premises or engaged in or present at Inspiritive activities);
  4. (aa) , possess or provide to any Inspiritive representative false or misleading proof of identity or age;

(bb) obstruct any Inspiritive representative in the performance of his or her duties;

Compliance

(cc) do anything on Inspiritive premises which is unlawful in New South Wales or, if done outside of New South Wales, would be unlawful if it was done in New South Wales;

(dd) (i) either: (A) drive a motor vehicle; or

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(B) occupy the driving seat of a motor vehicle and attempt to put the motor vehicle in motion,

whilst drunk;

  1. (ii) , as a driver of a vehicle fail to comply with published speed limits
  2. applicable to Inspiritive premises including those indicated on signs on Inspiritive premises; or
  3. (iii) , do anything on Inspiritive premises as a driver of a vehicle or a passenger in or on a vehicle, which would be unlawful if done on a road in New South Wales,
  4. (terms used in this provision have the same meaning as in the Road Traffic Act 2013);

(ee) breach any Inspiritive regulation;

(ff) breach any applicable standards of professional conduct; Disciplinary process (gg) without reasonable excuse fail to:

  1. (i) , appear before or otherwise co-operate with an Inspiritive disciplinary body or person carrying out any disciplinary function of Inspiritive, as directed; or
  2. (ii) , comply with or complete a disciplinary direction or sanction given or imposed by Inspiritive;

Investigation

(hh) without reasonable excuse fail to co-operate with a person carrying out an investigation on behalf of Inspiritive, as directed;

General

(ii) incite, persuade, conspire with or assist any other person to engage in misconduct;

(jj) attempt or threaten to do anything which is misconduct;

(kk) be party to any cover-up of misconduct or the destruction, concealment, alteration or withholding of any evidence of misconduct or otherwise conceal the identity or whereabouts of any person who is alleged to have engaged in misconduct;

(ll) publish or display material which could be understood by a reasonable person as indicating that somebody intends to engage in misconduct.

Provisions independent

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Each of the provisions set out above must be read separately and none of those provisions is limited by reference to or inference from any other of those provisions or any other Inspiritive regulation.

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Unincorporated associations

The provisions of this code of conduct relating to misconduct apply in relation to an unincorporated association as if the association is a person.

Freedom of expression

Every member of Inspiritive community and associate of Inspiritive has a right to freedom of expression. It is not misconduct under this code of conduct for a person to exercise that right. This code of conduct must be interpreted in a manner which is consistent with that right.

Definitions and Interpretation

Definitions

In this code of conduct the following definitions apply. “academic exercise” means:

  1. (a) , an examination, that is, a time limited assessment task conducted under invigilation including tests, practical assessments and final examinations; and
  2. (b) , the submission and assessment of a thesis, dissertation, essay, practical work or other coursework and any other exercise (including in the case of graduate students transfer and confirmation of status exercises) which is not undertaken in formal examination conditions but counts towards or constitutes the work for an academic award and includes related research;

“alcohol” means a beverage which is reasonably believed, to contain more than 1.15% ethanol by volume at 20,°celsius and includes, beer, wine, spirits and pre-mixed spirit based drinks;

“associate of Inspiritive” includes:

  1. (a) , any person on Inspiritive premises with authorisation from the
  2. Inspiritive; and
  3. (b) , any person engaged in any dealing or discourse with Inspiritive or
  4. a member of Inspiritive community;

“bullying” means any unwelcome act directed at a person that:

  1. (a) , would cause a reasonable person in the circumstances to be humiliated, intimidated or seriously offended;
  2. (b) , place a reasonable person in the circumstances in fear of physical or emotional harm to himself or herself or of damage to his or her property; or
  3. (c) , create a hostile or demeaning environment for a reasonable person in the circumstances,

and includes bullying either in person or via the internet, email or other electronic means;

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“college” means any college of Inspiritive, office or training facilities of Inspiritive or used by Inspiritive.

“dishonesty” includes unethical behaviour;

“drug paraphernalia” means any drug equipment, products and materials which are used, intended for use or designed for use in:

  1. (a) , planting, propagating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing,
  2. compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analysing, repackaging, storing, containing or concealing any illegal drug or plant; or
  3. (b) , injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body an illegal drug;

“drunk” means in respect of a person, that:

  1. (a) , the person's speech, balance, co-ordination or behaviour is noticeably affected; and
  2. (b) , it is reasonable in all the circumstances to believe that the affected speech, balance, co-ordination or behaviour is the result of the drinking, injection, ingestation, inhaling or other consumption of alcohol or another drug or a combination of drugs;

“hazing” means any act which:

(a) (i)

endangers or is likely to cause mental, emotional or physical harm

to the person being hazed;

  1. (ii) , involves the humiliation of the person being hazed; or
  2. (iii) , destroys, damages or endangers property of any person; and

(b) relates to the initiation of, admission into, affiliation with or as a condition for continued membership of or affiliation with, a group or organization,

and includes any assault, physical activity, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, beverage or other substance or subjecting the person to mental stress by extended deprivation of sleep or rest, extended isolation or otherwise;

“illegal drug” means:

(a) a plant, drug or substance the possession, use or distribution of which is unlawful or, if only available on prescription for which the student does not have a prescription; and

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(b) a substance the chemical structure of which is substantially similar to the chemical structure of an illegal drug and has a substantially similar effect to the illegal drug;

“improperly influence” means:

  1. (a) , corruptly giving or offering, receiving or soliciting an inducement or
  2. reward for doing something; or
  3. (b) , (i) making a demand for the purpose of influencing the exercise of a duty by any person or otherwise obtaining a benefit or advantage for any person; and
  4. (ii) making or allowing to be made an express or implied threat of detriment to another person if the demand is not complied with;

“intoxicating” includes stupefying; “misconduct” means any conduct which is prohibited under this code of conduct or under any Inspiritive regulation and includes proposed misconduct;

“offensive” means in respect of any conduct or language, anything which a reasonable person would regard as offensive in the circumstances and includes, in the case of conduct or language directed at any person, anything which a reasonable person would consider insulting or humiliating in the circumstances;

“possession” of anything by a person includes that person being in control of that thing or it being in the vicinity of that person in circumstances where it is reasonable to assume that it has in the recent past been in that person's possession or control;

“premises” means any:

  1. (a) , structure, building, aircraft, vehicle or vessel; or
  2. (b) , land or place (whether or not it is enclosed, built on or covered by water);

“property” includes facilities, resources, equipment, intellectual property and online and physical infrastructure;

“public part of Inspiritive premises” means any part of Inspiritive premises that Inspiritive community is entitled to access (whether on payment of money, by virtue of membership of a student organisation or other body or otherwise) or which is within sight or hearing of such a place;

“race” includes:

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  1. (a) , colour;
  2. (b) , descent or ancestry;
  3. (c) , nationality or national origin; and
  4. (d) , ethnicity or ethnic origin;

“reckless” means in relation to any act by a person, that person doing that act despite the fact that he or she foresees or a reasonable person would foresee, the possible consequences of that act;

“religious belief or activity” means:

  1. (a) , holding or not holding a religious belief or view; or
  2. (b) , engaging in, not engaging in or refusing to engage in a religious activity including wearing clothing or adopting any other aspect of personal appearance in accordance with a religious belief;

“right to freedom of expression” means the right of a person to lawfully say or do something reasonably and in good faith:

in the course of any statement, publication, discussion or debate made or held for any genuine academic, artistic or scientific purpose or any other genuine purpose in the public interest;

in the performance, exhibition or distribution of an artistic work; in making or publishing:

  1. (i) , a fair and accurate report of any event or matter of public interest;
  2. (ii) , a fair comment on any event or matter of public interest if the comment is an expression of a genuine belief held by the person making the comment; or
  3. (iii) , material for the purpose of discouraging misconduct;

in making or publishing a fair and accurate criticism of or a complaint about Inspiritive or any member of Inspiritive community;

“sexual contact” means any touching of an erogenous zone of another person (including the inner thigh, buttocks, pubic region or, if the person is a female, breasts), either directly or through clothing or by causing anything to touch such a zone;

“sexual harassment” means a person:

  1. (a) , making an unwelcome sexual advance, or an unwelcome request for
  2. sexual favours, to another person; or
  3. (b) , engaging in other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature (including making a statement of a sexual nature to or in the presence of another person) in relation to another person,

and a reasonable person in the circumstances would be intimidated or offended by that conduct;

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“stalking” means a course of unwelcome conduct that is directed at a person and that would cause a reasonable person in the circumstances to be seriously alarmed, annoyed, distressed or feel harassed and includes:

  1. (a) , contacting, communicating or causing a communication with another person for no legitimate purpose after being asked to stop;
  2. (b) , continuing to follow another person for no legitimate purpose after being asked to stop;
  3. (c) , surveiling or causing another person to surveil a person for no legitimate purpose;
  4. (d) , the surveiling or frequenting of the vicinity of, or an approach to, a person's place of residence, study or work or any place that a person frequents for the purposes of any social or leisure activity, for no legitimate purpose; or
  5. (e) , sending gifts to a person for no legitimate purpose after being asked to stop;

“student” includes:

  1. (a) , a person who is enrolled in or auditing a program or a unit of study provided by Inspiritive;
  2. (b) , a person who is enrolled in a program or a unit of study at or offered by an affiliated educational institution which is approved as an award program or a unit of study by Inspiritive;
  3. (c) , a person who has accepted an offer of admission to Inspiritive but who has not yet enrolled in any program or unit of study;
  4. (d) , a student of another educational institution who is authorised by Inspiritive to be on or to have access to or use of Inspiritive property;
  5. (e) , a person who was a student at the time of any alleged misconduct ;
  6. (f) , a person who became admitted or enrolled as a student after having
  7. done so by misleading or dishonest means;
  8. (g) , any person who has been suspended or excluded from a program or
  9. unit of study at Inspiritive;
  10. (h) , a person who is on leave of absence from or who has deferred
  11. enrolment in a program or unit of study offered by Inspiritive or by an affiliated educational institution which is approved as an award program or unit of study by Inspiritive;
  12. (i) , any person who undertakes any academic exercise on Inspiritive premises or which is part of a program or unit of study provided, supervised or assessed by Inspiritive; or
  13. (j) , a person who has consented to be subject to this code of conduct.

“student organisation” means any incorporated or unincorporated association or group of persons the majority of whom are students:

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  1. (a) , which is affiliated with or otherwise associated with Inspiritive; or
  2. (b) , which takes or attempts to take action in a collective manner on
  3. Inspiritive premises or at any Inspiritive activity;

“Inspiritive” means:

  1. (a) , Inspiritive;
  2. (b) , its controlled entities;
  3. (c) , any affiliated institution;
  4. (d) , any college; and
  5. (e) , any educational institution located on Inspiritive premises;

“Inspiritive activities” means the activities of Inspiritive, any student organisation or any member of Inspiritive community including:

  1. (a) , teaching, study and research at Inspiritive;
  2. (b) , the conduct of any academic exercise;
  3. (c) , recreational, commercial, disciplinary, commercial or ceremonial activities of Inspiritive or Inspiritive community;
  4. (d) , any clinical, professional or practical work, research, workshops,
  5. camps or field or vocational placements and any other activities arranged, sponsored, controlled or supervised by Inspiritive whether or not it is part of a program or unit of study at Inspiritive;
  6. (e) , the provision by Inspiritive of services to the general community;
  7. (f) , the use or enjoyment of any Inspiritive property by any person
  8. authorised by Inspiritive; and
  9. (g) , the management or administration of Inspiritive;

“Inspiritive community” means collectively the:

  1. (a) , councillors, officers and staff of Inspiritive;
  2. (b) , students;
  3. (c) , student organisations;
  4. (d) , tenants and licensees of Inspiritive premises and their officers and
  5. staff; and
  6. (e) , persons conducting business or other authorised activities upon
  7. Inspiritive premises;

“Inspiritive premises” includes:

  1. (a) , any premises owned, operated, supervised, occupied or controlled by
  2. Inspiritive or in which it has an interest including premises of
  3. which Inspiritive is the landlord;
  4. (b) , any premises on which Inspiritive activities take place; and
  5. (c) , any college premises;

“Inspiritive property” means any facility, resource or property which is:

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  1. 1. (a) , owned by Inspiritive or in which Inspiritive has an interest or right;
  2. (b) , in the custody or control of Inspiritive;
  3. (c) , provided by Inspiritive; or
  4. (d) , on Inspiritive premises,

and includes any Inspiritive premises;

“Inspiritive regulation” means a rule, policy or code of conduct published by Inspiritive and intended by Inspiritive to be binding on students;

“Inspiritive representative” means any officer, employee, contractor or agent of Inspiritive or any employer or subcontractor of a contractor to Inspiritive who:

  1. (a) , in the circumstances would appear to a reasonable person to be an Inspiritive representative; or
  2. (b) , if requested by a student, identifies himself or herself to the student as an Inspiritive representative;

“vilify” means engage in conduct that incites hatred against, serious contempt for or revulsion or severe ridicule of, a person;

“weapon” means any object or substance designed to wound, cause injury or incapacitate including any firearm, ammunition, pellet gun, spear, sword, knife or other blade, stun gun and any chemicals such as capsicum spray, Mace or tear gas.

Jurisdiction

This code of conduct applies in any context relevant to:

  1. (a) , the management, good governance or discipline of Inspiritive;
  2. (b) , the reputation of Inspiritive;
  3. (c) , the rights, health, safety or well being of members of Inspiritive
  4. community or of associates of Inspiritive;
  5. (d) , the safety of the property of Inspiritive, members of Inspiritive
  6. community or of associates of Inspiritive,

and includes any conduct:

  1. (e) , anywhere (including on or off Inspiritive premises or the premises of any college) or at any time (including when Inspiritive is in or not in session) in any of those contexts;
  2. (f) , relating to Inspiritive activities; or
  3. (g) , in circumstances where:

(i) a student is acting as or identifies himself or herself or is otherwise readily identifiable as being a member of the

Inspiritive community (including where a student is representing Inspiritive or a student organisation in any capacity); or

(ii) any act affects a person acting as or who identifies himself or herself as being a member of Inspiritive community or is otherwise readily identifiable as a member of Inspiritive community.

Broad interpretation

This code of conduct must be interpreted broadly and as operating to the full extent of, but so as not to exceed, the powers of Inspiritive.

If any part of this code of conduct or the application of any part to any person, subject matter or circumstance, would, but for this provision, be interpreted as exceeding the powers of Inspiritive:

  1. (a) , it will be a valid provision to the extent to which it does not exceed that power; and
  2. (b) , the remainder of this code of conduct and the application of the provision to other persons, subject matters or circumstances, will not be affected.

Inclusive wording

In this code of conduct:

  1. (a) , the mention of anything after the word “include” or any derivative of it
  2. does not limit the nature or class of things included; and
  3. (b) , a reference to anything includes a part of it.

Consent

A person consents to something if the person voluntarily gives his or her agreement to it.

Consent will be taken not to have been given by a person to another person if that other person has no reasonable grounds for believing that consent has been given. Any self-induced intoxication of that other person will not be taken into account in determining whether that other person has reasonable grounds for such a belief.

A person does not consent:

  1. (a) , if the person does not have the capacity to consent including because
  2. of an inability to make or communicate decisions about himself or herself or to appraise or control his or her conduct, because of intoxication or otherwise;
  3. (b) , if the person does not have the opportunity to consent because the person is unconscious, asleep or otherwise physically unable to communicate that he or she does not consent;

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(c) if the person consents because of terror or threats of force (whether the terror is instilled in or the threats are against that person or another person); or

(d) if the person consents because the person is unlawfully detained.

A person who does not offer actual physical resistance to sexual contact is not, by reason only of that fact, to be regarded as consenting to that sexual contact.

This provision does not limit the grounds on which it may be established that a person does not consent.

Directions

A direction given to a student by an Inspiritive representative is reasonable if a reasonable person would consider it to be appropriate in all the circumstances and will be taken to be reasonable if it is a direction to a student to:

  1. (a) , cease engaging in an Inspiritive activity; or
  2. (b) , leave Inspiritive premises,

because the student is drunk or putting himself, herself or others at risk of harm.

Intention

A student will be taken to have intended misconduct if a person in the position of the student can reasonably be supposed to have intended that misconduct in the circumstances.

Contact Officer:, Chris Collingwood, Director Inspiritive

Date Approved: 29th December 2015

Approval Authority: Board of Directors, Inspiritive Pty Ltd

Date of Commencement: 01/01/2016

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