Code of Student Behaviour

Mission Statement

Killester College of Further Education is a centre of learning committed to providing education and training of the highest quality.  As a College of the City of Dublin ETB, we continue to strive to excel in responding to the educational needs of the community.  The programmes we offer are learner- centred and provided in a friendly, inclusive and supportive environment.

The maintenance and development of an inclusive learning community is greatly facilitated by a Code of Student Behaviour which fosters relationships between its staff and students which are characterised by mutual courtesy, respect and fairness.

The College Code of Student Behaviour aims to support students in the achievement of their goals, be they educational, personal or vocational.  This policy and procedure aims to protect the dignity of each member of the college community an foster and atmosphere of trust and co-operation.

Rationale

Discipline procedures are only used when a student has failed to respond to advice or warnings from college staff.

Discipline procedures are then invoked to support the student who has failed to cope with the behavioural expectations necessary for satisfactory participation as a student of a College of Further Education.

Procedures are then invoked to protect the rights of other students or staff to a supportive, safe environment where each person can reach his or her full potential.

Goals and Objectives of the Code of Behaviour

To promote high expectations of student behaviour

To support students who do not meet the challenges associated with student membership of a College of Further Education.

To encourage students to take responsibility for their own behaviour

To facilitate effective teaching and learning for all staff and students in a productive and safe learning environment

To maintain class morale and performance

To protect the rights of compliant students who are motivated to succeed

To prepare students for the workplace by encouraging appropriate behaviour in all aspects of college life

Code of Student Behaviour

Equality of Treatment:  Killester College is an organisation of teachers and students working together so that all students can make the most of the opportunities that arise and realise their full potential.  Students come from different parts of Dublin, different parts of Ireland and different countries.  Such diversity enriches the College.  Each person is entitled to equal courtesy and respect irrespective of disability, gender, age, religion, nationality, race, sexual orientation, family background or membership of the travelling community.  Any student who feels unfairly treated should make this known to the Class Teacher, Course Director, Deputy Principal or Principal as appropriate.

Respect:  Students are expected to have respect for the property of others and of the College.  Students are further expected to behave responsibly at all times and not to engage in any activity that would interfere with the learning opportunity of their fellow students.

Mobile Phones: Mobile phones may not be used as calculators and must be switched off during class time and examinations.

Photographic devices:  The use of any device with photographic capabilities, including mobile phones with an integrated camera, is strictly prohibited except where authorised for the purposes of course work.

Attendance:  Our experience is that students who do best in examinations, in securing college places and in employment opportunities are those whose attendance is regular and punctual throughout the year.  Students are expected to attend regularly all timetabled classes.  In the event that a student is absent, an explanation must be given to the Class Teacher.  It should be noted that under City of Dublin ETB regulations, a student who has been absent without satisfactory explanation for any fifteen days will be deemed to have opted out of the course.  In general, a minimum of 75% attendance is required.  Re-affirmation of enrolment can occur only with the permission of the Principal.  Absence for reasons covered by a medical certificate fall outside minimum attendance requirements.

Timekeeping:  Students are expected to be on time for all classes.  Students who arrive late may be admitted to class at the sole discretion of the teacher.

Books and Materials:  Students must provide themselves with such books, stationery, equipment, and materials as may be required by the College.

Assignment Deadlines: Students are expected to submit all the required assignments on or before the stated deadline.  No assignments will be accepted after the deadline has passed.  Application for a deadline extension must be made in writing to the Deputy Principal.  Assignments may only be submitted to the relevant subject teacher during class time.  Once submitted an assignment must be held by the College for inspection by the external examiner.  Consequently, students are encouraged to keep a copy of all assignments submitted.

Learning Resource Centre (LRC):  The College LRC is available to students from 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 8.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. on Fridays.  Eating and/or drinking in the LRC is not permitted.  As with all libraries, students should do their work quietly so as not to disturb other students.  There are a number of computers available in the LRC which students can use for assignment work.  The books in the LRC are for reference only.

Use of Computer Facilities:  All students using the College’s computer facilities are expected to do so in accordance with the City of Dublin ETB’s “Computer and Network Usage Policy” and the Killester College Computer Room Code of Practice.

Examinations:  Students must comply with the rules and regulations of the examining body relevant to the course being attended.

Smoking:  Killester College is a smoke free building.  Consequently, smoking is not permitted indoors in the College.  This ban includes the use of Ecigarettes.  However, anyone wishing to smoke may do so at the side entrance.

Car Park:  The College is fortunate to be able to offer limited car parking facilities to students.  Students wishing to use this facility should note that the first set back on the left in the car park is reserved for staff cars.  Students are asked to park their cars in accordance with the College’s Car Park Code of Practice.

Work Experience: While on work experience students are deemed to be representing the College and as such are expected to behave in a manner which will not bring the good name of the College into disrepute.

Change of Registration Details: All correspondence including examination results and certificates will be posted to the address on the student registration card in the General Office. : Students must immediately notify the General Office of the College as well as the Class Teacher of any change in registration details (e.g. address or telephone number.)  The CDETB or Killester College cannot be held responsible for any consequence due to any failure on the part of the student to make such notification.

City of Dublin ETB: As a student of Killester College you are bound by the Rules and Regulations of the City of Dublin ETB, a copy of which is available upon request from the Principal.

Note:
(i) Any breach of this code will result in the College imposing appropriate sanctions.
(ii) Should any student feel that she/he has been unfairly treated she/he has the right to appeal to the Class Teacher, the Course Director, the Deputy Principal and the Principal, in that order.
(iii) The College reserves the right to contact the parents/guardian of any student where appropriate.
(iv) It is the responsibility of the student to make himself/herself aware of the contents of this Code of Conduct.

The College will ensure compliance with the Killester College Code of Conduct and all CDETB Rules, Regulations or Orders through the following Discipline Procedure:

Code of Student Behaviour – Procedure

Informal Stage

It would be normal practice for small day-to-day issues to be dealt with between the teacher and the student by unambiguous communications and clearly stated expectations.  If a more focused discussion is required it would be normal practice for the teacher to take the student aside and have a private word in an effort to clarify the situation.  The student’s point of view will be listened to and taken into account as a matter of natural justice.

Formal Stage

In some cases it may be necessary to place the matter on a more formal footing.

Stage 1: Teacher

In the event of persistent minor misbehaviour or non-cooperation, e.g. rudeness, verbal aggression, bad language, the teacher should issue a formal verbal warning to the student.  The student should be advised that this warning will be recorded on his/her file and will be taken into account in any further breaches.  The class tutor is to be advised of the sanction.

Stage 2: Class Tutor

If there are recurrences, and the teacher considers it appropriate, the matter is referred to the class tutor.  This referral should be in writing and should include an account of the relevant incidents to date.  Upon receipt of this referral the class tutor will discuss it with the teacher and the student.  Consultation may be sufficient to produce a resolution.  If considered necessary, the class tutor may impose an appropriate sanction such as, requiring the student to write a letter of apology or give a written undertaking of good behaviour.  If deemed appropriate, the class tutor may issue a formal written warning and place it on the student’s file.  The student should be advised that this sanction will be recorded on his/her file and will be taken into account in any further breaches. The course director is to be advised of the sanction.

Stage 3: Course Director

Where a class tutor receives additional reports from a single teacher or multiple reports from a selection of teachers, in relation to a particular student, the matter must be referred in writing to the course director.  Upon receipt of this referral the course director should meet with the course tutor and the student.  The student is to be advised that at this stage they can be accompanied to the meeting if he/she chooses.  If considered appropriate, the course director may impose a sanction such as a second formal written warning.  The student should be advised that a record of the proceedings is being kept and that they may form part of the case for referral to the Deputy Principal.

Stage 4: Deputy Principal

In the event that a student’s misbehaviour is persistent despite receiving a number of sanctions, the matter is referred in writing to the Deputy Principal.  The Deputy Principal invites the student to a meeting with the course director and the class tutor.  The student is to be advised that they can be accompanied to the meeting if he/she chooses.  In the event that it is deemed that a satisfactory explanation is not given and an assurance of cooperation into the future is not forthcoming, the Deputy Principal may recommend a sanction to the Principal.

Stage 5: Principal

Following a written referral from the Deputy Principal the matter is discussed and the Principal makes a decision on the appropriate sanction to impose.  Such a sanction may include either suspension or to initiate exclusion proceedings in line with CDETB policy and relevant legislation.  The student is advised in writing of this decision.  In the event of exclusion proceedings being initiated the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Dublin ETB must be informed.

Serious Breaches of the Code of Student Behaviour

– Immediate referral to the Deputy Principal (bypass stages 1-3)

Examples of serious breaches of the Code of Student Behaviour would include:

Bullying and harassment – in person or electronically
Assault
Theft
Damage to property
Bringing illegal substances into the College
Behaviour deemed dangerous to the student and/or others
Racist and/or discriminatory behaviour
Intoxication

Appeals

In the event that a student feels that they have been unfairly treated they may appeal the decision and/or action to the staff member at the next stage in the process.