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Student Conduct

Navitas Professional Institute (NPI) Student Code of Conduct

For ACAP students 

1. Purpose and Scope

Navitas Professional Institute (NPI) is committed to creating a safe and supportive environment which empowers, encourages and promotes the personal and professional development of students.

The Student Code of Conduct establishes the standard of conduct expected of all students of NPI.

All students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which reflects, and is consistent with, this Code of Conduct.

The Student Code of Conduct details the principles that guide the behaviour and responsibilities of students, and the standards of conduct and ethical standards expected of students.

2. Standards of conduct

NPI reaffirms its commitment to the provision of education and the promotion of critical reflection, freedom of inquiry, academic excellence, research and a culture of scholarship.

NPI expects that students, as members of a community of learning, will conduct themselves in a manner which:

  • allows all members of NPI reasonable freedom to pursue their activities safely and without unreasonable disruption or discrimination
  • is fair, honest and consistent with the principles of academic integrity
  • ensures that college facilities, property and services are used appropriately.

The standards of behaviour for all NPI students set out in this Code are intended to promote an environment of mutual respect between all students and staff of NPI. Students should follow the Code of Conduct in their interactions with other students, staff, visitors and other members of the NPI community, including the clients, patients and staff of placement organisations.

3. Responsibilities of students

All students are members of the NPI community and are responsible for maintaining a safe, harmonious and tolerant environment. In addition students are expected to:

  • act in accordance with this Student Code of Conduct
  • acquaint themselves and comply with NPI rules, policies and procedures and all course and unit requirements relevant to their enrolment and program of study
  • ensure personal details (including electronic contact details) are current
  • read relevant correspondence sent to them by NPI

4. Conduct expected of students

In all interpersonal interactions with other members of the NPI community, students are expected to:

  • treat all other students and staff of NPI with respect, dignity, courtesy and sensitivity
  • act with impartiality, integrity and honesty in all their dealings with other students and with NPI staff
  • respect the privacy of other students and staff
  • maintain a collaborative and cooperative approach
  • behave in a manner which does not adversely affect the freedom of other members of the NPI community to pursue their studies, duties or activities
  • comply with directions given by NPI officers to promote the good order and management of NPI
  • comply with all health and safety requirements and instructions given by NPI staff and act in accordance with the Work Health and Safety Policy
  • maintain the highest standards of professional ethics relevant to the profession or industry for which they are being trained

5. Conduct expected of students in academic matters

Ethical conduct, academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of NPI and are qualities expected of graduates. All students are required to abide by these principles in all matters related to their study.

In undertaking their studies, students are expected to:

  • meet unit and course requirements to the best of their abilities
  • make genuine attempts to progress successfully in their course by meeting course requirements and deadlines for assessment and by regular attendance and/or engagement with learning activities
  • undertake academic work in a manner consistent with the principles of academic integrity
  • conduct themselves in a professional manner while undertaking industrial or clinical placements, field trips, practicums or other forms of work integrated learning,
  • use NPI Information and Technology (IT) resources and other learning or support facilities provided by NPI, including library and computer laboratory facilities, in a responsible and appropriate manner that does not prevent or impair other students from pursuing learning opportunities or using learning and teaching resources
  • provide constructive and meaningful feedback to academic staff on their teaching and the quality of units of study by participating in NPI’s evaluation processes.

Examples of actions which are contrary to the code of conduct for students include:

  • act in a way that jeopardises the safety of other students, staff, visitors, and other members of the NPI community including clients and staff of placement organisations
  • vilify, harass, sexual harass, bully, intimidate, discriminate against, or encourage any such behaviour, either directly, in class, on campus and online including social media
  • hinder or disrupt study or work of students and staff either directly, or indirectly, for example, by being disorderly or creating a disturbance,
  • deliberately, negligently or unlawfully access, use or disclose information of or about other students or clients/patients while on placement 
  • engage in behaviour that unfairly advantages or disadvantages other students
  • initiates activities that are outside the scope of practice for an enrolled nurse in training
  • damage facilities or property, or impeding access to facilities either deliberately or through negligence
  • misuse IT resources or use IT resources in a manner which is inconsistent with the acceptable use of IT resources for the  purposes of study
  • use NPI's libraries, computer laboratories or other learning support resources and facilities in a manner which is inconsistent with any condition or use notified to students for use of the facility or resource
  • harm the reputation of NPI
  • make a false or fraudulent representation, or submit falsified or fraudulent information or documentation, in connection with any NPI matter
  • engage in offensive behaviour, consume illicit drugs or any other unlawful activity on NPI campuses or areas related to NPI such as placement organisations, internships and student exchange programs
  • assault, cause or attempt to cause physical harm to another student, NPI staff or any other person at NPI
  • breach any laws in undertaking any NPI activity, including criminal law and laws relating to copyright, discrimination, harassment and defamation
  • breach any policy of NPI which applies to students
  • engage in academic misconduct as set out in NPI’s or any of its Colleges policies relating to academic misconduct
  •  including:
    • cheating in examinations and assessments,
    • using, reproducing or adapting the work or ideas of another person without due acknowledgment, or representing the work of another person as the student's own work,
    • misrepresenting, falsifying,  not accurately stating or fabricating data, results or information used for the purposes of assessment
    • completing work for other students or providing access to their own work that can knowingly lead to copying/plagiarism by other students

6. Ethical standards that apply in conjunction with this code

Students are also expected to abide by the ethical standards of professional bodies which professionally accredit the courses in which they are enrolled. These include:

7. Consequences of non-compliance

Students who do not act in accordance with this NPI Student Code of Conduct may face disciplinary action in accordance with the policies relating to academic and non-academic misconduct.

8. Related documents

(found on the policy page of College websites)

  • Academic Misconduct Policy
  • Non-academic Misconduct Policy
  • Fair Treatment Policy
  • Principles of Procedural Fairness
  • Academic or Non-Academic Appeals And Grievances Policies And Procedures
  • Conduct of research
  • Copyright policy

9. Related Laws and Regulations

  • The ethical and professional guidelines established by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
  •  The Code of Ethics of the Australian Psychological Society (APS); and

10. Registration Information

The Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) and Navitas College of Public Safety (NCPS) are registered businesses of Navitas Professional Institute Pty Ltd (NPI), ABN 94 057 495 299, National CRICOS Provider Code 01328A, RTO 0500.