Behaviour & Discipline
While it is hard to provide an environment that pleases every single Member of the College all the time, our aim is to do so. Our underlying values of courtesy, consideration for others and common sense (the three Cs) are usually sufficient to ensure a friendly, quiet, safe and respectful environment for everyone to thrive in. In this regard, the College expects Members to voluntarily respect College property, the rights of others and College norms, customs, expectations and rules.
On College premises, or while representing the College or on any trip or at any function organised by the College or Student Exec, or outside the College, Members are expected to conduct themselves in such a manner that:
is not detrimental to the reputation of the College;
does not endanger the safety of any person or any property;
does not interfere with any other person's rights or enjoyment of their property; and
is in keeping with the standards maintained at the College.
While the vast majority of Members never have to be spoken to about discipline matters, there are certain times when sanctions are required. Such sanctions may include (but are not limited to):
- formal and informal warnings
- requirements to undertake work and/or attend programmes or counselling
- fines and reparation (including those made on groups of which the Member is part of in respect of damage the cause of which cannot be specifically attributed) and directions to make reparations to third parties
- restrictions on activities, including alcohol bans and non-association or non-attendance requirements
- suspension of the right of resident, or termination of the Member’s Accommodation Agreement neither of which shall affect a Member’s ongoing liability for fees.
The process to be followed in relation to any specific incident shall be appropriate to the nature of the allegation involved and the range of penalties under contemplation, provided that in any process the Member shall be entitled to be fairly informed of the matter of concern, and shall have the opportunity to provide a response or explanation before any penalty is imposed.
Where a Member faces an allegation that amounts to criminal behaviour, or where the circumstances otherwise make it inappropriate for the Member to remain in the College while the matter is considered, the Master may suspend the Member from the College until such time as it may be appropriate to return to the College. In certain instances, in the best interests of the College community and/or the Member/s concerned and irrespective of the nature of the suspended Member’s role in an incident, it may be inappropriate for the Member to return to the College in which case their Accommodation Agreement will be terminated.
If students at any time feel unjustly treated by any person, they should see the Master. If they would like someone to speak on their behalf or have a support person, they should contact their floor's College Leader.
If Members feel unjustly treated by the Master, they should write to the President of the College Council.
The College subscribes to all appropriate policies of the University of Otago regarding student behaviour and discipline, for example the Ethical Behaviour Policy and the Code of Student Conduct. These policies are available on the University’s website. Members are expected to be aware of these policies and abide by them.