General Misconduct Policy
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1.  Purpose

The General Misconduct Policy outlines the institution’s approach for managing allegations of general (i.e. non-academic) misconduct against a student.  This policy should be read in conjunction with the General Misconduct Procedures and Student Code of Conduct.

2.  Scope

This policy relates to general misconduct and it applies to all students and staff. Incidences of academic misconduct are dealt with under the Academic Integrity Policy.

3.  Definitions

Academic integrity means acting with the values of honesty, respect, trust, responsibility and support in learning, teaching, and research. 

Institution means the college, institute or school registered as the trading or business name under the legal business entity of International College of Management, Sydney Pty Ltd the trustee for The ICTHM Trust (ABN No 54 174 259 919, CRICOS Provider Code: 01484M, TEQSA Provider ID: PRV12025 & RTO No: 90851).

Misconduct means unacceptable or improper behaviour. For the purposes of this policy, misconduct is general and non-academic in nature.

Procedural fairness means acting fairly in administrative decision making. It relates to the fairness of the procedure by which a decision is made.

4.  Policy statement

4.1 The institution values honesty and integrity. Students are expected to behave in a manner outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. Where a student breaches the Student Code of Conduct or acts in a manner deemed unacceptable to the institution, as detailed in the General Misconduct Procedures, they will be dealt with under this policy.

4.2 The institution will endeavour to make all students and staff aware of its Student Code of Conduct and the General Misconduct Policy and General Misconduct Procedures during orientation programs and through publication on the website.

4.3 Either a student or a staff member has the right to make an allegation of general misconduct (“misconduct”).

4.4 Allegations of misconduct will be handled with courtesy, confidentially, consistently and without fear of prejudicial treatment.

4.5 In considering allegations of misconduct, the institution will apply the following principles of procedural fairness:

  • allegations will be appropriately investigated;
  • ensure that the investigation process is fair, transparent and consistent;
  • provide opportunity for student to respond to any allegation against them;
  • decisions are made in a timely manner;
  • decisions will lack bias;
  • protect all parties involved from victimisation; and
  • decisions will be evidence based.

4.6 Penalties for proven cases of misconduct will be consistent and fair. The General Misconduct Procedures outline the levels of misconduct and the possible penalties or outcomes.

4.7 Students are entitled to review the outcome and/or penalty of a proven allegation in accordance with the Complaints and Appeals Policy and Complaints and Appeals Procedures.

4.8 The person making the allegation may, at any stage, opt to withdraw the allegation or decline to proceed with an investigation. However, the institution has the discretion of continuing the investigation.

4.9 Records will be kept of all investigations and outcomes, and will be kept securely and confidential in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Policy.

5.  Roles and responsibilities

5.1 Students are responsible for:

  • behaving with honesty and integrity;
  • acting in a manner outlined in the Student Code of Conduct; and
  • reporting allegations of misconduct to the institution.

5.2 Staff are responsible for:

  • educating students on expected levels of behaviour and promoting a safe and productive study environment for students; and
  • reporting and investigating allegations of misconduct according to the General Misconduct Procedures.

5.3 Chief Operating Officer is responsible for monitoring patterns of misconduct behaviour through analysis of the register and reporting to the Quality Audit and Risk Committee.

5.4 The Registrar is responsible for maintaining student records of misconduct and for updating the General Misconduct Register.

6.  Related documents

Academic Integrity Policy

Academic Integrity Procedures

General Misconduct Procedures

Student Code of Conduct

Complaints and Appeals Policy 

Complaints and Appeals Procedures

Under 18 Student Policy


Approved by the Board of Directors on 5 December 2018.