The College is a community of many people; each of whom has a right to study and socialise in a safe, non-threatening environment. In order to guide students – both part time and full time – in how to maintain such an environment, the College produces this Code of Conduct.
Remember that the Principal has final responsibility for the maintenance of good conduct by students. However, it is the responsibility of all staff to take positive steps to help students abide by this Code of Conduct.
This code forms part of your learning agreement with the College. It sets out the standards of behaviour expected by all students at the College.
The Code of Conduct equally applies to any residentials, study visits or work placements.
The Code and its meaning will be explained to all students at induction or their first session and will be reinforced by personal tutors and subject teachers.
Failure to maintain the standards and behaviour set out in this code may lead to action under the Student Conduct Procedure which will set formal targets for improvement in conduct.
Download Student Conduct and Disciplinary Policy (last updated June 2017)
While attending College, it is expected that you will:
- Wear your ID badge at all times while at college either on a lanyard or a clip and show it if asked by any member of staff.
- Play an active part in the Bath College’s Values and all equality and diversity opportunities by refusing to take part in behaviour that degrades others and by challenging and reporting bullying and discriminatory behaviour.
- Respect the rights of others and report inappropriate and unsafe behaviour
- Behave in a respectful, professional and mature manner
- Take opportunities offered to contribute to the learner voice process and the democratic process of change
- Take pride in the College – keep all areas clean, tidy and free from litter
- Have full attendance, above 90 per cent
- Be punctual for all classes bringing essential equipment with you i.e. pens and paper, and wearing the appropriate uniform/PPE, as required for your course.
- Make sure you contact the appropriate staff member at least 45 mins before the start of your day if you are absent
- Make learning successful for everyone by behaving in a way that promotes a cooperative, positive and productive learning environment
- Submit work on time
- Participate in all learning activities
- Seek help when you need it and take up the support offered
- Pay fees promptly
- Turn your mobile phone off in class unless otherwise directed to do so
- No eating or drinking (except bottled water) in any classrooms or in the Library
- Demonstrate a positive attitude towards learning and work
Examples of unacceptable behaviour which break this Code of Conduct include (this list is not exhaustive):
- Poor timekeeping, lateness to class, or planned activities
- Failure to bring essential equipment with you i.e. pens and paper, and wearing the appropriate uniform/PPE, as required for your course at all times
- Persistent failure to notify appropriate staff when absent, Breach of Attendance Guidelines (below 90%)
- Unreasonable conduct in class or around College
- Persistent talking and interruptions in class
- Failure to complete and submit work to deadline on a regular basis
- Failure to follow reasonable instructions of staff in class or around College
- Persistent bad language
- Inappropriate use of the IT, computers or any other technological device
- Persistent use of a mobile phone in class when requested not to use it
- Persistent littering
- Refusal to show ID card when requested by any member of staff
- Eating and/or drinking in classrooms or the library (other than bottled water)
- Smoking, including e-cigarettes, anywhere other than in the designated area
This is behaviour so serious that it may constitute a threat to the safety of other people, be illegal or dishonest.
Examples include (this list is not exhaustive):
- Bringing the college into disrepute whether carried out on College premises or not
- Any criminal or illegal activity whether carried out on college premises or not
- Acts of violence
- Any form of physical, emotional or verbal threat including abusive, offensive, aggressive language or behaviour to anyone.
- Carrying of offensive weapons
- Possessing, accessing extremist materials, or using extremist language or expressing extremist views
- Any form of bullying, harassment or discrimination
- Actions that break the college Health and Safety Policy
- Suspected of being under the influence of drugs, alcohol or substance misuse, possession or abuser
- the unacceptable disruption to the learning of others
- plagiarism or corruption
- inappropriate use of IT including (cyber bullying)
- The unacceptable use of mobile devices to record images / voice of anyone without their knowledge or permission
- wilful damage to property
In certain circumstances, a student may be sent home at the discretion of the Head of Department. This is not a formal suspension but a short term step to allow consideration of whether further action is appropriate or not. The Director of Teaching and Learning,Principal or Vice Principal Curriculum Operations may also formally suspend a student for a fixed period of time if their presence in College presents a risk to someone’s safety.
Questions concerning acceptable behaviour and conduct will be explored and reinforced for full-time students through their tutorial programme and with their personal tutor/ personal development coach with reference to the code of conduct. Individual subject teachers will also reinforce and implement this Code of Conduct in their classes. Students will also be informed of the support they can receive from College staff and external agencies.
If a student has any concerns, s/he should discuss them with their tutor/ personal development coach or subject teacher (if part-time) in the first instance.
Each full time student will be given access to an online student handbook at the start of their course. This contains:
- The Code of Conduct guidance on attendance
- Guidance on bullying and harassment
- Information about how to complain information about equal opportunities information about support for students information about our ICT Code of Conduct
Part time student groups will have access to the Code of Conduct on the student intranet and tutors will draw their attention to it during their induction. All full time students will be required to sign a copy of the Code of Conduct during induction to confirm that they have read it, they understand it and that they are committing to abide by it.
You will be given a summary of the College’s policy on absence in the online student handbook. This will be discussed during your induction to the College.
1) All students will receive a detailed timetable from their tutor or subject teacher specifying times, content and location of classes.
2) All students will provide their tutor/ personal development coach, or teacher if part time, with an up-to-date contact telephone number (day and evening) and address.
3) You are expected to attend all timetabled classes for your courses unless ill.
4) If you are too ill to attend College, you should contact your tutor/ personal development coach by 9.30am on first day of absence giving an indication of likely length of illness.
5) If you are absent through illness for more than seven consecutive days, you are required to produce a doctor’s note, which should be forwarded to your tutor/ personal development coach (full time students only).
6) You are expected to take holiday and make appointments for doctors/dentists/driving lessons outside your timetabled classes and term time.
7) Personal tutors/ personal development coaches are responsible for following up student absences. You will be contacted when you are absent without explanation. All absences and reasons for absence will be recorded on the student’s file (full time students only).
8) When a student is under 18 at the start of their course, if s/he cannot be contacted about an absence, parents/guardians will be contacted to make an initial inquiry.
9) If absences are having a negative impact on your studies, you are entitled to a persona ltutorial to identify what needs to be done to improve your attendance.
If you have a problem with lateness and absence you will be encouraged to improve, but if this persists, then the college student conduct and disciplinary procedure maybe applied, and parents/ guardians will be involved as appropriate.