Student Code of Conduct Policy
1.0 Policy Statement
Altus Education Partnership (the trust) is committed to high expectations in all aspects of a student’s journey at Rochdale Sixth Form College and promoting the equality and fair treatment of all
individuals. The trust has a working Single Equality Scheme and opposes all forms of unlawful discrimination, harassment and bullying. This policy aims to prevent any forms of harassment and bullying at Rochdale Sixth Form College and detail the action to be taken to prevent any recurrence. It will address all forms of harassment and bullying within the College and cover all College users and employees, including students, parents, teachers, all other staff, Governors and visitors. The trust believe that every one of our students has a right to be safe, healthy and able to discuss any problems or concerns relating to the use and misuse of drugs. We play an important role in supporting and promoting attitudes, practices and understanding which encourage our students to make informed decisions enabling them to choose a healthy lifestyle.
1.1 Scope and Purpose
This policy provides a set of procedures to ensure that students who fail to meet the expectations of Rochdale Sixth Form College are treated with fairness and consistency, whilst taking into account the
individual circumstances of each student. Good learning depends on reasonable standards of behaviour, both in, and outside of the classroom, good attendance and high standards of work. We have high expectations at RSFC and all staff are expected to challenge unacceptable behaviour, attendance and academic underperformance. Academic underperformance may be caused by issues such as poor attendance and punctuality, a lack of work, poor time management or too many outside commitments. This type of problem will inevitably impact upon the outcomes for the student and the reaction to it by RSFC is to minimise the impact and to provide supportive systems to enable improvement in academic performance. By signing the learning agreement (the ‘RSFC 10’), students are accepting the terms and conditions of this policy which aims to ensure that staff and students can work in a safe and considerate environment that supports learning.
2.0 Student Disciplinary Procedure
It is the responsibility of all members of staff to challenge and deal with inappropriate behaviour and academic underachievement by students. In addition, if the situation warrants, a record of the incident should be logged on Cedar for information purposes. If serious misconduct is observed by a member of staff or by a member of the public or a student, or a student continues to not meet our expectations the relevant Student Performance and Development Leader (SPDL) should be informed giving the name of the student and ID (if known) and details of the incident. If immediate action is needed, the SPDL will make the Senior Student Performance and Development Leader aware of the situation. If they are not available, any member of the Senior Leadership Team can be informed. The Senior Leadership Team member will decide whether the formal disciplinary procedure needs to be followed. If not, they will communicate with the SPDL and decide on an appropriate action and record their decision and outcomes on Cedar. If the member of the Senior Leadership Team decides the formal disciplinary procedure needs to be followed, the procedure outlined below will be invoked.
2.1 Informal Verbal Warning
In most cases, the SPDL will make a professional judgement about whether an informal verbal warning is required. Where this is appropriate parents/carers are notified by the SPDL and the reasons for the informal verbal warning explained. A record will be logged on Cedar that will detail the action that needs to be taken to improve behaviour or their academic performance, this may involve outside agencies as required or study periods being used to complete independent work set out in an action plan and an appropriate date for review (normally three months). A student may be placed on a contract if they fail to respond to verbal warnings from their SPDL. A student may be placed directly onto a stage 2 if gross misconduct has occurred or there is an escalation in inappropriate behaviour.
2.2 Stage 1 Contract
The contract should be a written statement of the expectations and improvements required from the student, and should be tailored to address the details of the specific case with an additional action plan. The student must be made aware that they have entered the formal disciplinary procedure, and their future at the College could ultimately be at risk if they fail to comply. The details of the contract should be recorded on Cedar using the ‘Pastoral log’ and ‘Manage Contract’ (Conduct and Behaviour or Academic Underperformance). Once this discussion has been had with the student and the bespoke criteria of the contract decided, the ‘notification of student contract’ letter should be sent home as soon as is practical. If it is deemed appropriate that the parents/carers need to attend, a meeting to discuss the criteria of the contract then this will be agreed and the same process followed. The contract must have a review date, when the SPDL will meet with the student to assess progress. Depending on the level of improvement made, the SPDL may decide to extend the contract, refer the contract to stage two or complete the contract where the requirements would end. In the instance of extending a contract, a new review date must be set. In exceptional circumstances, where it is deemed that the student is failing to respond positively to the support on offer and no progress is being made, the SPDL in consultation with the Senior Student Performance and Development Leader may decide to escalate this to a Stage 2 contract.
2.3 Stage 2 Contract
The Stage 2 contract follows the same procedure as the Stage 1 contract, however, it includes an explicit statement that failure to meet its requirements could result in the recommendation that the
student leaves the College. Before initiating a Stage 2 contract, the Senior Student Performance and Development Leader or Lead SPDL will normally call a meeting to which the student, SPDL and their parents/carers will be invited. Following the meeting, and where a Stage 2 contract is deemed appropriate, this should be recorded on Cedar using the ‘Pastoral log’ and ‘Manage Contract’ (Conduct and Behaviour or Academic Underperformance). Once this discussion has been had with the student and the bespoke criteria of the contract decided, the ‘notification of student contract’ letter should be sent home as soon as is practical. The contract must have a review date, when the SPDL will interview the student to assess progress. In the unlikely event that the student fails to meet the requirements of the Stage 2 Contract, the
Deputy Principal may call a further meeting to review the case. Consequently, a recommendation may be made to the Principal that the student should leave the College. The Principal will then review all documentation and meet with the student and parents/carers. The outcome of this meeting will be either to allow the student to return to RSFC with specific conditions or to permanently exclude the student from the College. The decision of the Principal will be confirmed in writing to the student, copied to parents/carers within 5 working days of the meeting.
When it is alleged that gross misconduct has occurred (See appendix 1), the Principal may suspend a student from the College immediately. During the suspension the College will carry out an investigation into the allegations as detailed in 2.5 below. During suspension, it is expected that a student will work from home and respond to communications from their SPDL within a reasonable timescale, normally one working day. It would be expected that parents/carers be informed as soon as is practical if a student is suspended.
In the Investigation event of a student being suspended, an investigation must be conducted by a member of the Senior Leadership Team who will be appointed by the Deputy Principal prior to any formal disciplinary action being taken. The interviews will be held with the student and any witnesses and detailed notes will be recorded. Following investigation, the decision may be made, that the matter can be resolved in the interests of and by agreement with all parties, without the need for a Disciplinary Meeting but by following procedures outlined above.
2.6 Disciplinary Meeting
Normally the meeting will be chaired by the Principal or designate and will provide an opportunity for the evidence to be presented by the SLT member who conducted the investigation, the student and any witnesses. If the student failsto attend, after receiving due notice and without good cause, the meeting may take place in his/her absence. The outcome of the meeting will be either to exclude the student permanently or, to allow the student to return to the College either immediately or at a date determined by the Principal or designate. Where a student is allowed to return to the College the student may be placed on a contract with additional sanctions/conditions. Where a student is permanently excluded, they will also be withdrawn from all examinations. Following the meeting, a letter will be sent to the student, copied to the parent/carer outlining the reason for the decision and any additional sanctions/conditions/actions as appropriate and within 5 working days of the meeting. The meeting will follow the format set out in
Appendix 2.2.7 Right to Appeal
An appeal may be made by the student against the penalty imposed by the Principal. This must be made in writing to the Chair of the Local Academy Council within 10 working days of the meeting.
2.8 Appeals Process
Where an appeal is made to the Chair of the Local Academy council, an appeal panel will be formed of 3 Governors. An appeal hearing will normally be held within 10 working days of receipt of the request. The student and their parents/carers will be informed in writing of the date, time and place of the appeal hearing. The student and their parent/carer will be given a copy of the Code of Conduct Policy. The hearing will follow the format set out in Appendix 3. The outcome of the appeal hearing will be provided in writing within 5 working days of the date of the hearing. There is no further right of appeal from the decision of the appeal panel.
3.0 Bullying and Harassment
Bullying is a form of harassment, which sets out to intimidate, coerce, humiliate or undermine the individual to whom it is directed. Bullying is deliberately hurtful behaviour which when repeated over time causes distress, and can lead to a range of unpleasant psychological or physical outcomes. Harassment can be defined as any conduct related to age, disability, nationality, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or any other personal characteristics which is unwanted, unreasonable or offensive to the recipient or any conduct which affects the dignity of any individual or group.
3.1 Types of Bullying/harassment
• Online/Cyber – Posting on social media, sharing photos, the use of mobile phones through either messages or calls and social exclusion.
• Physical – Threats of or the direct use of violence. E.g. pushing, kicking, hitting, biting etc.
• Verbal – Name-calling, sarcasm, threats, spreading rumours, teasing, belittling etc.
• Emotional – Isolating others, tormenting, hiding books, threatening gestures, ridicule, humiliation, intimidating, excluding, manipulation and coercion.
• Sexual – Unwanted physical contact, inappropriate touching, abusive comments, homophobic
abuse, exposure to inappropriate films etc.
• Racist – racial remarks, gestures or any victimisation.
• Sexting – (also known as youth produced sexual imagery)
• Upskirting (‘where someone takes a picture under a person’s clothing (not necessarily a skirt) without their permission and/or knowledge, with the intention of viewing their genitals or buttocks (with or without underwear) to obtain sexual gratification, or cause the victim humiliation, distress or alarm. It is a criminal offence. Anyone of any gender, can be a victim.’ (Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2020)
The list above are examples of types of bullying but this is not an exhaustive list. Bullying will not be tolerated and all reported instances of bullying will be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated.All staff, students and parents should follow the process as outlined in 3.3 below. The policy applies to all students whilst on the College roll irrespective of whether the bullying takes place on or off College premises.
All staff have key roles to play in the identification of students who have been bullied or who are bullying others. In all cases of bullying of students, the relevant Student Performance and Development Leader should be informed and the Senior Student Performance and Development Leader will be involved where appropriate.
3.2 Signs that a person is being bullied may include:
• Becoming withdrawn, anxious and lacking in confidence
• Becoming anxious or withdrawn
• Feeling ill
• Becoming aggressive or unreasonable
• Unexplained cuts or bruises
• Loses or has damaged possessions
• Asks for or steals money
• Is afraid to use the internet or mobile phone
• Being frightened when arriving or leaving College
• Changes to their usual routine
• Unusually poor performance
• Gives improbable excuses for any of the above
Bullying will be treated very seriously and appropriate disciplinary action taken under the College disciplinary procedures where bullying is identified. All members of College staff have a responsibility to ensure that suspected bullying or harassment is investigated and dealt with immediately.
3.3 Bullying investigation Process
If a student, staff member or parent/carer reports an incident or it is observed by a member of staff the following process should be followed;
• Incident is recorded by member of staff and information passed to SPDL.
• Incident is investigated by SPDLs and Senior SPDL, speaking to both the victim and the alleged bully/ies
• Actions to be taken are agreed by Senior SPDL
• SPDL records the information/outcome on CPOMS using the bullying/harassment lozenge
• Action is monitored and reviewed
In some minor cases of bullying challenging the bully may be sufficient for the behaviour to stop, as they may be unaware that their behaviour is offensive. In serious cases of bullying, the College’s disciplinary procedures should be followed outlined in section 188.8.131.52 Drugs and illegal substances
The trust defines the term ‘drug’ as any substance, which affects the way in which the body functions physically, emotionally or mentally and includes tobacco, alcohol, solvents, over-the-counter and prescribed medicines as well as illegal substances. This policy will apply on the College premises and beyond, whenever students are within the care of trust staff. The trust also has an interest in the health and well being of our students beyond these College boundaries.
This policy applies to students, staff, parents/carers, trustees and partner agencies working with the trust on the College premises and within the perimeters and also includes any journeys made in College time, trips and work experience.
The possession, use or supply of illegal and other unauthorised drugs within college/academy boundaries is unacceptable. It is unacceptable for any member of staff or student to be in possession of or under the influence of alcohol on the College site. Anyone in possession of alcohol will be dealt with in accordance with thetrust’s Disciplinary Policies and parents/carers of students under 18 will be notified. Staff and students may be suspended pending further investigation. The College site has a dedicated smoking area. Failure to follow the regulation regarding smoking will be considered a breach of our Student Agreement and Staff Code of Conduct and may result in disciplinary action.
In every case of an incident involving drugs, the trust’s priority is the health and safety of the students and staff, meeting any medical emergency with first aid and summoning appropriate help before addressing further issues. Drug education will be delivered by the trust’s Student Performance and Development Leaders as part of the tutorial programme and will focus on increasing our students’ knowledge and understanding of drugs and drug usage.
4.3 Procedures for dealing with drug-related incidents
The designated senior members of staff with overall responsibility for all drug issues within the trust are the Principal/CEO and the Deputy Principal. Anyone who suspects individuals of taking, possessing or supplying drugs should inform any member of the Senior Leadership Team. Any member of staff or student under the influence of illegal substances will be dealt with in accordance with the trust’s Disciplinary Policies. The police may also be involved although the trust is under no legal obligation to do this. Staff and students will be suspended pending investigation. A careful investigation will take place to judge the nature and seriousness of each incident, the needs of those involved and the most appropriate response. If during the course of the investigation the trust decides that the police should be involved they should cease their investigation immediately, to enable the police to conduct a full detailed enquiry. Any response will balance the needs of the individual with those of the wider trust community, and aim to provide students with the opportunity to learn from their mistakes and develop as individuals. Possible responses may include: early intervention and targeted prevention, referral, counselling and agency programmes, suspension or permanent exclusion.
The supply or possession of any illegal substances on a trust site will be viewed as a criminal offence and the police will be contacted immediately. Individuals who pass illegal substances onto another even without reward would be deemed to be someone who is supplying drugs. Parents/carers of students under 18 will be notified. Staff and students will be suspended pending investigation. Where a student is sent home, parents/carers of students under 18 will be informed that they are being sent home and given the reason why. If any paraphernalia associated with drugs is found by anyone on the trust site, under no
circumstances should it be touched. The designated senior members of staff should be contacted immediately, who will arrange for its safe removal. The law permits trust staff to take temporary possession of a substance suspected of being an illegal substance for the purposes of preventing an offence from being committed or continued in relation to that drug providing that all reasonable steps are taken to destroy the drug or deliver it to a person lawfully entitled to take custody of it. In taking temporary possession and disposing of suspected illegal substances, members of staff must:
• Ensure that a second adult witness is present throughout
• Without delay notify the police, and take guidance on the next steps to be taken. The law does not require a college to divulge to the police the name of the student from whom the drugs were taken.
• Record full details of the incident on CPOMS
• Inform parents/carers if the student is under 18, unless this would jeopardise the safety/welfare of the student
It is not appropriate for a member of staff to carry out a personal search of a student or staff member or his/her property. However, every effort will be made to persuade the person to hand over any drugs voluntarily. Where the student or staff member refuses, the drug is believed to be illegal and the trust wishes to proceed along formal lines, then the police will be called, along with any parents/carers if the student is under 18. Members of staff cannot and should not promise total confidentiality. The boundaries of confidentiality should be made clear to the student. If the student discloses information that is sensitive, not generally known and which the student asks not to be passed on, the request should be honoured unless this is unavoidable in order for teachers to fulfil their professional responsibilities in relation to safeguarding, cooperation with a police investigation and referral to external agencies. Prescription drugs are allowed on the College site when a doctor has prescribed these to that named individual. If a student has medication prescribed for a known condition they should inform their Student Performance and Development Leader. Unauthorised prescription drugs would be viewed as possession of a class C substance and therefore may result in disciplinary action.
5.0 Fitness to Study
Students are encouraged to disclose any known illness, physical or mental health need as part of their application. This disclosure will in no way affect any decision about the application. The information will be used to establish how best we can respond to the student’s individual needs and what reasonable adjustments can be made. If a student does not disclose a pre-existing physical or mental health condition on application, then the College cannot ensure appropriate support is put in place. Early disclosure of issues is therefore vital to allow us to assess how best to accommodate students and also to avoid exacerbating the issue through a lack of knowledge.
We may require further information from health professionals supporting a student to be able to create the most appropriate support plan. Evidence/information may include:
• Education, Health and Care Plan
• Medical evidence
• Psychiatric/Psychological evidence and assessment
• Reports from schools
• Specialist treatments and therapies
• Details of physical, emotional and social needs
• Details of vulnerability and Safeguarding concerns
5.2 Onset of disability or illness whilst at college
It is the responsibility of the student to make the College aware of any significant illness, health concern or disability as soon as possible. The member of staff who is approached will seek consent from the student to share the key relevant information with the appropriate staff, so that they can best make adjustments. In exceptional safeguarding circumstances, confidentiality may need to be broken without the student’s consent. In these circumstances the student will always be informed. Should the College be informed by a third party of concerns about a student’s fitness to study then the College will contact the student and offer appropriate support with the same considerations as if the referral had come directly from them. Each student’s case will depend upon the specific circumstances and context out of which concern arose. The Student Performance and Development Leader will meet with the student to discuss their needs. If these needs require adjustments to be made by the College in terms of its delivery of education to
the student then evidence must be provided. The evidence submitted must be from a recognised health professional who has sufficient knowledge of the nature and extent of the student’s previous problems and the College’s concerns about them to be able to make an informed statement. The final decision on a student’s educational programme will always be made by the College. This may lead to a support plan being agreed and other staff in the College, such as a College Counsellor or Safeguarding lead, becoming involved in providing support. The support plan may also involve referral to outside agencies. Consent will always be sought from the student to involve parents and carers in these decisions, however, in certain cases, where the law allows, confidentiality will need to be respected if the student requests it. The College is aware of its Equality Act duties to make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities.
Whether medical conditions are raised before a student joins the College, or whilst at College, there needs to be reasonable limits set to the amount of support that can be offered. As a guide therefore, the following minimum expectations should be set:
• Attendance and academic progress: Each case needs to be considered on its merits, but it is clear that a minimum level of attendance and engagement needs to be maintained in order for a student to benefit from being a college student. Academic success depends on engagement in classroom activity, so excessively long periods of absence or very poor attendance will make a student’s studies untenable. With regards to coursework / homework / assessments, if students fall significantly behind with their deadlines, despite extensions being offered, then there comes a point at which catching up is not viable. The specific expectations regarding attendance and assessment will be set in each case depending on the circumstances.
• Support: It is reasonable for teaching staff, on a short-term temporary basis (and within college normal working hours) to liaise with students, via email and Microsoft Teams.
• Pastoral Support – The student’s Student Performance and Development Leader will provide support and will refer the student to the college counsellor if this is necessary. Where further support is required, the SPDL will refer to external agencies and maintain communication with them. In some cases it may be more beneficial for a student’s health and wellbeing to discontinue their studies at the College. This decision will be made with the involvement of the student and their parent/carers.
5.4 Interruption of Studies
In exceptional circumstances it may be possible for a student to interrupt their studies and restart at the College. Students can only ever do this once and they must restart in the following academic year and before they turn 19 years old. When the student interrupts their studies, guidance will be given both on what support might be appropriate to ensure fitness to study on return. This decision will be made by the Deputy Principal.
6.0 Multi Faith Room
Rochdale Sixth Form College welcomes students from all faiths and backgrounds. Our multi-faith room is open to College students and staff, of all faiths, for prayer, meditation and reflection during the College day.
6.1 Guidelines for use:
• On entering the multi faith room, please respect the fact that other individuals may already be using the space.
• Please do not fix anything to the walls.
• Please leave the multi faith room as you found it, return any furniture etc. to its original location, and make sure that the room is clean and tidy when you leave
• Please do not light candles or burn incense in the room at any time
• Please do not consume food or drink (other than water) in the multi faith room
• Please take care to keep the multi faith room clean and tidy at all times. Any suggestions, complaints, or conflicts of use should be referred to the Senior Student Performance and Development Leader.
7.0 Student Acceptable Use and e-Safety
ICT and the related technologies such as the internet and email are an important part of learning in our College. We expect all students to be responsible for their behaviour when using ICT and the internet. Technology presents risks to vulnerable groups as well as benefits therefore in order to safeguard all students it is essential that students are aware of e-Safety and know how to stay safe when using any ICT. The College routinely monitors network access and activity to ensure the network is a safe environment to learn. The College recognises that as part of its safeguarding procedures it has a duty to keep students safe, and under the PREVENT duty to safeguard children from being drawn into terrorism both violent and non-violent. This policy will be outlined to you by your Student Performance and Development Leader (SPDL) as part of the College induction process. Your attention will be drawn to the fact that at every login opportunity you will be directed to accept the terms of this policy by clicking ok. Any concerns or explanation can be discussed with your SPDL. The terms can be found in appendix 4. The provision of ICT resources and facilities are a privilege, not a right. Students are encouraged to access various technologies in lessons, private study and in the completion of assignments and independent research, and are therefore expected to follow the College Acceptable Use Policy. To this end the students should participate fully in e-safety activities and report any suspected misuse to a member of staff immediately.
8.0 Online Learning
The trust may on occasion direct students to work online from home. The RSFC 10 standards and expectations are still applicable when a student is working from home and these should be followed at all times. During induction, the Student Performance and Development Leaders communicated additional expectations of students when working at home. Failure to follow these expectations may result in the College disciplinary procedures being followed.8.1 Online Expectations
• Log in on time
• Be active – mic on during feedback and questioning
• Take responsibility – report any IT issues to SPDL and the IT helpdesk email
• Be respectful in the chat function
• Have resources to hand
• Have a productive workspace
• Where possible use a laptop/desktop
• No screenshots/videos to be taken Appendix 1 Instances, which might be considered gross misconduct, and therefore sufficiently serious to lead to suspension or permanent exclusion and referral to an investigation/disciplinary meeting include the following:
1. Violent, dangerous, threatening or intimidating conduct.
2. Bringing onto the College site any knives or other weapons.
3. Sexual, racial or other harassment of a member of the public, another student or a member of staff. (Verbal and through social media/electronic means).
4. Theft or unauthorised possession of any property of a student, the College or a member of staff or damage to College property (including the College building).
5. Persistent refusal to carry out reasonable instructions of a member of staff.
6. Abuse of, or dealing in, illegal drugs, serious incapability because of being intoxicated because of alcohol or illegal drugs.
7. Serious misconduct when the student is involved in an off-site activity organised by the College.
8. Abuse of College computer systems, involving for example, interference with or destruction of files or operating systems, and downloading or processing obscene or offensive materials.
9. Involvement in any activity, which may bring the College into disrepute or impact negatively on other students.
10. Cheating in examinations and/or plagiarism.
11. Smoking or vaping anywhere on the College site (except the designated smoking area).
12. Inappropriate dress.
13. Inappropriate sexual behaviour. This is not an exhaustive list and RSFC will determine whether an incident is deemed to be of sufficient seriousness.RSFC staff have the right to search students with their consent and authorised members of staff will have the right to search students without consent if they have reason to believe that they will find stolen or prohibited articles. In some instances of gross misconduct, RSFC may feel the need to refer the issue to the police or other relevant outside agency. Appendix 2 Format for Disciplinary hearing The chair of the hearing can have an appropriate advisor /note taker present at the hearing. The role of the advisor will be to provide guidance on the procedure to follow and take any notes.
1. Welcome by the Principal:
• ask everyone present to introduce themselves
• explain purpose of hearing
2. Presentation of case by investigating officer including evidence from witnesses
3. Questions from student/parent/carer to investigating officer
4. Questions from the Principal to the investigating officer
5. Presentation of student’s case by student or their parent/carer
6. Questions to student or their parent/carer from investigating officer
7. Questions to student or their parent/carer from the Principal
8. Summing up by investigating officer (no new evidence)
9. Hearing ended
10. Principal consider evidence, make a decision on level of sanction (if appropriate)
11. Notes from the meeting are used to confirm outcome in writing and sent to student and their parent/carer within five working daysAppendix 3 Format for Appeal hearing The chair of the hearing can have an appropriate advisor or note taker present at the hearing. The role of the advisor will be to provide guidance on the procedure to follow and take any notes.
1. Welcome by the Chair of the Trust Board:
• ask everyone present to introduce themselves
• explain purpose of hearing
2. Presentation of case by Principal including evidence from witnesses
3. Questions from student/parent/carer to Principal
4. Questions from the Chair/Panel to the Principal
5. Presentation of student’s case by student or their parent/carer
6. Questions to student or their parent/carer from the Principal
7. Questions to student or their parent/carer from the Chair/Panel
8. Summing up by Chair of Trust Board (no new evidence)
9. Hearing ended
10. Chair of Trust Board/ Panel consider evidence, make a decision on appeal
11. Notes from the meeting are used to confirm outcome in writing and sent to student and their parent/carer within five working daysAppendix 4 – ICT Acceptable use terms
• I will only access the college network using my own user name and password.
• I will only use the college’s ICT systems including the internet, email, digital video etc for college purposes
• I will follow the colleges ICT security procedures and not reveal my passwords to anyone.
• I will only use my college email address for the purposes of communicating with staff and college work and whilst using my own device connected to the college network.
• I will not connect by wire a personal computer, laptop or device to the network without permission of the IT Network Manager.
• I will make sure that all ICT communications with students, teachers or others is responsible.
• I will be responsible for my behaviour when using the internet. This includes resources I access and the language I use.
• I will not deliberately browse, download or upload material that could be considered offensive or illegal. If I accidentally come across any such material I will report it immediately to a member of college staff.
• I understand that the college network or facilities should not be used to attempt to access terrorist or extremist materials unless it is part of a legitimate programme of study which would be authorised by my subject teacher and the Deputy Principal.
• I will not use the mobile network whilst on college premises to access extremist or inappropriate material
• I will not attempt to access sites which are blocked through using proxy sites and other tools to bypass web filtering. I understand that this is a serious breach of the Acceptable Use Policy and eSafety Rules and the Student Disciplinary Procedure may be invoked.
• I understand that all my use of the Internet and other related technologies is monitored and logged and that the college routinely monitors all student access to promote e-Safety and promote Safeguarding.
• I understand that these rules are designed to keep me safe and that if they are not followed, college sanctions will be applied and my parent/carer may be contacted. Serious breaches of the acceptable use policy will be dealt with through the Student Disciplinary Procedure.
• I will report any materials which are accessible on the college network or available through the internet using college resources which are harmful to my safety to my SPDL.
• I will not use portable storage devices such as USB sticks.
• I will not send to students, teachers or others material that could be considered offensive or illegal.
• I will not give out any personal information such as name, phone number or address through the use of ICT equipment belonging to the college or through the use of other ICT equipment connected to the college network.
• I will not arrange to meet someone unless this is part of a college project approved by my teacher.
• I understand that college ICT equipment should be used for learning and academic work outside timetabled classes.
• I will not eat or drink whilst using or near computer equipment.
• I will not download any software from the internet or attempt to load any software onto collegeICT equipment.
• I will not attempt to access any areas of the network of ICT equipment which has not been authorised by the college.
• I will not use computer equipment that is labelled out of order or is clearly in an unsafe condition.
• I understand that the college is not liable for any loss or damage to any ICT equipment I bring onto college premises.
• I understand that if I make offensive or inappropriate comments on any social media site owned by the college or other individual or organisation then the Student Disciplinary Procedure may in invoked.
• I will take responsibility for ICT equipment whilst in my possession and understand that I may be charged for any loss or damage to ICT equipment that has been deemed due to my neglect.