STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT POLICY
1.1. Eastside Lutheran College (the College) is committed to ensuring a safe and harmonious environment of learning and community. We aim to provide an open, welcoming, inclusive and safe environment for all members of the College Community.
1.2. Students should understand that there are consequences which flow from all behaviours. Consequences of student behaviours which are unacceptable to the well-being of the College community can include verbal reminders, warnings, additional duties, detentions, suspension and expulsion. In addition, consultation with parents and student counselling may be required. A breach of this Student Code of Conduct may require the College to implement its Behaviour Management Policy. When considering a breach of the Code of Conduct, the College aims at all times to be fair and consistent whilst appreciating that every situation also needs to be judged on its own merits.
1.3. All members of the College community are encouraged to accept responsibility for their own actions, consider their behaviour towards others, and respect authority. The College community’s expectations about standards of behaviour are drawn from the Lutheran teachings on which the College is founded.
1.4. This Code of Conduct is intended to provide a set of general principles and guidelines to guide students in their interaction with staff, other students, parents and the wider College community. It applies to all students currently enrolled at the College, herein after referred to as “Students”.
1.5. This Student Code of Conduct outlines the way in which the College requires Students to conduct themselves when attending the College campus, participating in College activities and communicating with members of our community (including staff, parents and other students).
2. Acceptable conduct
2.1. Students are required to:
2.2. Students must not:
3. When using social media
3.1. Students recognise the potential for damage to be caused, directly or indirectly, to the College and others as a result of their personal use of social media especially in circumstances when they can be identified as a student of the College.
3.2. When using social media, students must:
3.3. Students must not post on social media defamatory, offensive, inappropriate or other material that may damage the reputation of the College. [This includes not disparaging the College’s Christian teaching or acting in a manner which is disrespectful or contradictory to the College’s Christian ethos.] Students understand that the College may remove or report to the eSafety Commissioner any post on social media that breaches this requirement.
4. Making a complaint
4.1. When making a complaint to the College, students are required to act in a manner consistent to the Student Code of Conduct.
4.2. Disputes between Students and the College are dealt with on an individual case basis. The normal procedure is through the College Grievance and Complaints Policy and Procedures. If a student is unable to resolve a grievance he or she may seek resolution through discussion with the Principal or their representative.
5.1. Students should report any cases of behaviour in breach of the Student Code of Conduct to a teacher or staff member in confidence.
5.2. Any person may notify the Principal of a possible breach of the Student Code of Conduct.
5.3. The Director of Student and Staff Welfare or their representative will investigate the complaint to determine whether there has been a breach of the Student Code of Conduct or other policy.
5.4. If satisfied that a breach has occurred, the Director of Student and Staff Welfare or their representative may implement disciplinary action against the respondent such as a warning, direction to provide an apology, exclusion from extra-curricular programs or suspension from the College grounds for a period of time. The Principal may make the decision to expel a student. Any decision made under this clause will be made in line with the College’s Behaviour Management Policy.
5.5. The College reserves the right to vary disciplinary procedures for a particular misdemeanour by weighing the interests of individual students against those of the wider College community.
5.6. If a respondent or their parents are unhappy in the application of this Code, they should raise the issue in accordance with the procedure set out in the College’s Grievance and Complaints Policy.
5.7. In accordance with applicable legislation, the Police or Department of Human and Health
Services will be informed of any unlawful breaches of the Student Code of Conduct.