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            Student Handbook 2021

Making a better world through active participation in a
life-transforming global Christian learning community
Student Handbook 2021 - Making a better world through active participation in a life-transforming global Christian learning community - Excelsia ...
Student Handbook 2021 - Making a better world through active participation in a life-transforming global Christian learning community - Excelsia ...
CONTENTS

ABOUT US                                          4    RESULTS                                 19
About Excelsia College                                 Transcripts and Results Summary
Our Vision
                                                       GRADUATION                              19
Our Mission
Our Values                                             LEARNING RESOURCES                      20
Our Graduate Attributes                                Learning Management System (LMS)
Our Teaching & Learning Goals                          Gordon Moyes Library
What We Believe
                                                       STUDENT & ACADEMIC CODE OF CONDUCT      21
GOVERNANCE & LEADERSHIP                           7    Academic and Personal Conduct
Board of Directors                                     Academic Integrity
Academic Staff                                         Personal Liability
Management and Administration Staff
                                                       WORK HEALTH & SAFETY (WHS)              22
COURSES                                           7    WHS Risk Assessment
Course Information                                     Key Emergency Contacts
Course Structure                                       Emergency Training
                                                       Gym Membership
FEES                                              7
                                                       First Aid Room
Tuition Fees
                                                       First Aid Kits
Administration Fees
                                                       Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment
Refund Policy
                                                       WHS Risk Assessment
Tuition Assurance
                                                       Critical Incidents
Financial Assistance
                                                       Security
IMPORTANT DATES                                   8
                                                       HELP DESK                               25
Census Date
                                                       Academic Enquiries
No Academic Penalty (NAP) Date
                                                       Administrative Enquiries
Academic Calendar
                                                       Other Support
Course Timetable
                                                       STUDENT SUPPORT                         26
DELIVERY METHODS                                  9
                                                       Discrimination, Harassment & Bullying
On Campus Units
                                                       Public Liability
Online Units
                                                       Student Support Centre
Intensive Units
                                                       Counselling Services
Extensive Units
                                                       Confidentiality
Directed Independent Studies (DISC)
                                                       Chaplain
Placements/Professional Experience
                                                       Academic Support
ADMISSIONS                                        10   English Language Support
General Information                                    Career Advice
Admission as Non-Award Student                         Disability Support
Credits and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)        Indigenous Support
                                                       Student Representative Council
ENROLMENTS                                        13
                                                       Community Gatherings
Enrolments of Units
                                                       Privacy
Variation to enrolment
                                                       Student Grievances
Deferral and Leave of Absence
                                                       Copyright
Course Withdrawal
                                                       FACILITIES                              29
PROGRESSION                                       15
                                                       General Information
Attendance
                                                       On Campus
Assessments
                                                       Parking
Grading
                                                       Changing Your Personal Details
Submitting Assignments
Extensions to Submission Deadlines                     FEEDBACK                                29
Academic Progression
                                                       MAPS                                    30
Activating Intervention Strategies
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ABOUT US

                                  Welcome
                                  The Excelsia College staff would like
                                  to welcome you, and let you know
                                  how excited we are to have you as
                                  part of the Excelsia College learning
                                  community. The College is committed
                                  to providing the kind of education
                                  experience that will transform your life
                                  and help you achieve your personal,
                                  professional and spiritual aspirations.

           About Excelsia College
           By joining Excelsia College, you will be part of a global Christian
           learning community.

           Excelsia College is an Affiliate of the Council for Christian Colleges
           and Universities (CCCU). CCCU is an international association
           which consists of 179 Christian colleges and universities around
           the world. the CCCU mission is to advance the cause of Christ-
           centred higher education and to help members transform their
           lives. The College is also a member of Independent Higher
           Education Australia (IHEA), the New South Wales Council of Deans
           of Education (NSWCDE), and many other professional bodies
           associated with its various teaching disciplines.

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Our Vision                                •	Service to the Community:                and ability to analyse issues
Excelsia contributes to making               using our skills and abilities in        logically, consider different
a better world through active                and beyond the Institution in the        options and viewpoints fairly,
participation in a life-transforming         service of others.                       and make informed decisions in
global Christian learning community.      •	Lifelong Learning: continually           relevant artistic, academic and/or
                                             seeking knowledge, wisdom                professional contexts and settings.
Our Mission
                                             and capability to flourish and         3.	Lifelong Learning. A commitment
Excelsia is an academic community            contribute in a changing world.            to lifelong learning characterised
benefiting the world by producing                                                       by a willingness and ability to
research characterised by exemplary       In actively pursuing its mission,
                                                                                        acquire, develop and apply
scholarship consistent with a Christian   Excelsia College abides by the
                                                                                        knowledge and skills that
world view and preparing graduates        following commitments with
                                                                                        facilitate positive adaptations
to lead in a range of professions.        respect to curriculum and learning
                                                                                        to a changing world.
                                          resources. The College provides:
Excelsia College seeks to fulfil its                                                4.	Effective Communication.
                                          •	courses and learning resources
mission in higher education by                                                          Aptitude in communicating
                                             of high quality and standing,
not only adopting the highest                                                           information, arguments and
                                             as determined by regulatory
educational standards benchmarked                                                       ideas effectively and ethically
                                             authorities, expert advisors,
on best practices from around the                                                       through writing, speech and/or
                                             staff and students;
world, but by listening to student                                                      artistic expression as appropriate
feedback, responding to student           •	curriculum and modes of                    within each discipline.
concerns, and lovingly challenging           delivery to maximise student
                                                                                    5.	Christian Ethical Action. A sound
our students to embrace learning             access to learning opportunities
                                                                                        knowledge and understanding of
goals that will guide them to                and support without
                                                                                        Christian values and beliefs, and
success in life and in a career that         compromising quality, equity or
                                                                                        the relevance of Christian faith to
benefits the community. We believe           regulatory requirements;
                                                                                        personal life, professional ethics,
there are matchless opportunities         •	a nurturing and safe teaching              and social concerns.
here for academic and personal               and learning environment for
                                                                                    6.	Self-Direction. A capacity for
development in a caring Christian            staff and students grounded in
                                                                                        self-directed learning and activity
environment. We take pride in our            Christian faith, compliance with
                                                                                        while working effectively with
graduates who adapt readily to               the law, regulatory requirements
                                                                                        others in scholarly, vocational,
the workplace, showing maturity              and undertakings;
                                                                                        civic and/or artistic pursuits and
and creativity in the application of      •	a focus on graduate outcomes.              endeavors.
their professional skills to practical       The key metrics for success for
situations.                                                                         7.	Technical Competence.
                                             Excelsia College are achievement
                                                                                        Competence and facility with
Our Values                                   of graduate attributes, student
                                                                                        materials, processes and
                                             satisfaction, course completions
Our values reflect our vision and                                                       technologies relevant to learned
                                             and career relevance.
mission:                                                                                disciplines, generic information
•	Christ-likeness: striving to           Ultimately, Excelsia College’s                literacy and professional practice.
   exemplify the life of Christ in our    success as a learning community is        8.	Responsible Innovation.
   commitments, our actions and           determined by the positive spiritual,         Oriented towards exhibiting
   our relationships.                     intellectual and professional                 intellectual and artistic
                                          difference it makes to the lives of           enterprise, innovation and
•	Innovation and Creativity:
                                          its students and staff.                       independence in constructive,
   working with passion and
   imagination in a range of              Our Graduate Attributes                       creative and responsible ways.
   influential professions, to further    1.	Deep Knowledge. A deep,               Our Teaching and Learning Goals
   God’s transformative work in               coherent and extensive                1.	Develop in each student a
   the world.                                 knowledge of studied disciplines          mastery of their discipline.
•	Scholarship: creating a culture            characterised by intellectual
                                                                                    2.	Foster the intellectual autonomy
   that values the search for truth,          openness, creativity and curiosity.
                                                                                        of students.
   supports academic freedom and          2.	Critical Analysis. Willingness
   rewards rigorous thinking.

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ABOUT US (continued)

3.	Develop the independent
    learning skills of students and
    academic staff.
4.	Promote, encourage and support
    expressive competence in
    teaching and learning.
5.	Enhance the ethical awareness
    and social responsibility of
    students.
6.	Facilitate a positive student
    experience and challenge
    students to be active members
    of a diverse global community.
7.	Ensure graduate job readiness
    and the capacity for graduates
    to make a positive contribution
    to society.
8.	Provide relevant, challenging
    and inspirational teaching and
    learning opportunities.
The Learning and Teaching Plan
represents Goal 1 of the Excelsia
College Strategic Plan. In this
way, the Learning and Teaching
Plan represents a fully organised,
integrated and aligned approach
to learning and teaching across
the College that will secure and
sustain learning quality over the        he descended to the dead. On the         from heaven, was incarnate of the
life of the plan.                        third day he rose from the dead; he      Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and
What We Believe                          ascended into heaven and is seated       became truly human. For our sake
                                         at the right hand of the Father; from    he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
The Directors of Excelsia College
                                         there he will come to judge the living   he suffered death and was buried.
subscribe to the Excelsia College
                                         and the dead. I believe in the Holy      On the third day he rose again in
Constitution which affirms their
                                         Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the    accordance with the Scriptures; he
commitment and responsibility in
                                         communion of saints, the forgiveness     ascended into heaven and is seated
Clause 7.3 (w) to:
                                         of sins, the resurrection of the body,   at the right hand of the Father. He
“maintaining the academic ethos          and the life everlasting. Amen.          will come again in glory to judge the
of the Company and its staff with                                                 living and the dead and his kingdom
                                         The Nicene Creed
fidelity to the Scriptures as the Word                                            will have no end. We believe in the
of God, and with reference to the        We believe in one God, the Father,       Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
Apostles’ and the Nicene Creeds”.        the Almighty, maker of heaven and        who proceeds from the Father and
                                         earth of all that is, seen and unseen.   the Son, who with the Father and the
The Apostles’ Creed                      We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,    Son is worshipped and glorified, who
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,   the only Son of God, eternally           has spoken through the prophets.
creator of heaven and earth. I believe   begotten of the Father, God from         We believe in one holy catholic and
in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our     God, Light from Light, true God from     apostolic Church. We acknowledge
Lord, who was conceived by the           true God, begotten not made, of          one baptism for the forgiveness of
Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,    one being with the Father; through       sins. We look for the resurrection of
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was       him all things were made. For us         the dead, and the life of the world to
crucified, died, and was buried;         and for our salvation he came down       come. Amen.

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GOVERNANCE & LEADERSHIP

Board of Directors                       The Academic Board oversees the             Governance
The Board of Directors has overall       educational mission of the College          Details are available on our website.
responsibility for the pursuit of the    and is responsible for ensuring
                                         academic integrity and quality              Academic Staff
College’s mission and for governing
the strategic and operational            assurance in teaching and learning.         Please see the website for a list of
aspects of the College. It does this     The Academic Board is comprised             academic staff.
by delegating academic governance        of members who are independent
                                                                                     Management and
to its Academic Board, and strategic     of the ownership of Excelsia
                                                                                     Administration Staff
and operational governance to its        College. This Board communicates
                                         directly with the Board of Directors        Details are available on our website.
Executive Management.
                                         and, through the Chief Academic
                                         Officer, with academic staff.

COURSES
Course Information                       comprising 8 units/subjects each            Units weighted as one-and-a-half
Excelsia College offers you a suite of   of 6 credit points (or equivalent).         units may also be used in some
courses developed in consultation        Students will normally complete             courses, as follows:
with leaders in their field. The         4 units in each of two semesters,           •	One-and-a-half-unit = 9 credit
College will give you access to a        requiring them to spend 40 hours               points = 15 hours per week
vibrant, academically rigorous           per week on their studies.                     student workload.
community.                               •	One unit = 6 credit points = 10
                                                                                     Details of individual courses may be
                                            hours per week student workload
Please see the website for a full list                                               accessed from the Courses page.
                                            (contact hours + study hours).
of courses offered.
                                         •	One full-time semester = 4 units         Course Unit Outlines
Whether you are a work course               = 24 credit points = 40 hours per        A course unit outline is an
or a research student, it is your           week student workload.                   important document that outlines
responsibility to be familiar with the                                               necessary information about a
general regulations and the specific     Within this structure, some courses
                                                                                     unit, including: the nature of the
regulations for your course.             include half-units and/or double-
                                                                                     unit, the learning outcomes of the
                                         units that also count towards a full
Course Structures                                                                    unit and their link to the Excelsia
                                         semester load of 24 credit points:
                                                                                     College graduate attributes, how
The Course Structures Policy             •	Half-unit = 3 credit points = 5          the unit is delivered and assessed,
explains how our courses are                hours per week student workload.         specific requirements a student
designed. Usually, a full-time
                                         •	Double-unit = 12 credit points = 20      must meet in order to complete the
student load for a year requires
                                            hours per week student workload.         unit successfully; and information
the completion of 48 credit points,
                                                                                     specific to the unit.

FEES

Tuition Fees                                units (Australian citizens only), or     Invoices are issued each semester
                                         c.	Request a FEE-HELP loan to cover        for tuition fees, and payment
Tuition fees are payable each
                                             the full tuition fees (Australian       must be arranged by the end of
semester in advance. You can pay
                                             citizens and eligible students only).   Financial Check-in (Orientation
your fees in one of three ways.
                                                                                     Week). In accordance with College
a.	Pay the full fees in advance to      Eligible students will receive the          policy, students who have not paid
    Excelsia College, or                 FEE-HELP Information Booklet and            their fees, or taken a FEE-HELP loan,
b.	Pay the tuition fees for some of     Application from the Registrar’s            by the end of Financial Check-in will
    your enrolled units up-front and     Office. For further information             be restricted from accessing classes
    request a FEE-HELP loan for the      about FEE-HELP visit the Study              until financial arrangements have
    tuition fees for the remaining       Assist website.                             been made.

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FEES (continued)
Students using FEE-HELP can check        withdraws from study between            Financial Assistance
their account balances online, to        accepting a place in the course         Here are the main categories of
see how much of the FEE-HELP             and the Census Date.                    assistance that may apply to you.
limit they have used and the units     b.	Throughout your studies you
for which they have incurred a FEE-                                              •	Eligible students have access to
                                           can vary your enrolment in
HELP debt. Please note there is a                                                   an interest-free loan from the
                                           course units, but a Variation to
delay between the time of incurring                                                 Commonwealth Government. FEE-
                                           Enrolment Fine applies if you do
the debt and the record appearing                                                   HELP is a loan scheme that assists
                                           this after a certain date.
on the website. If you have a                                                       eligible students to pay their
query concerning your entitlement      Refund Policy                                tuition fees. FEE-HELP can cover
balances, you should contact the       In certain circumstances a student           all or part of a student’s tuition
Assistant Registrar for your School.   may be eligible for a refund of              fees. A loan fee of 25% applies to
                                       prepaid tuition fees or the reversal of      FEE-HELP loans for undergraduate
To log in to myUniAssist you will                                                   courses. No loan fee applies to
                                       a FEE-HELP debt. The Refund Policy
need your Commonwealth Higher                                                       postgraduate courses.
                                       sets out such circumstances and the
Education Student Support Number
                                       details of the refund process.            •	Australian citizens and
(CHESSN). This number appears on
your Commonwealth Assistance           Tuition Assurance                            permanent residents can apply
Notice (CAN).                                                                       for Student Income Support
                                       To protect students in the event
                                                                                    (Youth Allowance, Austudy
Administration Fees                    that Excelsia College ceases to
                                                                                    or Abstudy) if they meet the
                                       provide a course of study in which
There are a few fees that may apply                                                 eligibility criteria. Students
                                       students are enrolled and have
to you at some stage. For example,                                                  needing to live away from home
                                       prepaid their fees, the College has
if you change your study choices                                                    while studying at Excelsia College
                                       tuition assurance provisions.
the following fees may apply.                                                       may be eligible for a relocation
a.	A Course Withdrawal Fee            For more information visit the               scholarship and rent assistance.
    is payable if a new student        Tuition Protection Service.

IMPORTANT DATES

Census Date                            fees or a reversal of your FEE-HELP       No Academic Penalty (NAP) Date
Census date is the last date on        debt for the relevant units.              The NAP (No Academic Penalty)
which you can withdraw from a unit     The Higher Education Support              Date is the last date on which you
without incurring financial penalty    Act 2003 defines the special              can withdraw from a unit without
(this excludes students withdrawing    circumstances that qualify for the        incurring academic penalty. If you
from their entire course of study      refund of fees, or reversal of a FEE-     withdraw from one or more units
– see the Refund Policy for more       HELP debt as circumstances which:         after the NAP date you will receive a
information). If you withdraw from     • were beyond your control, and           WN (Withdrawn Fail) grade for each
one or more units after the census                                               unit and this will be reported on
                                       •	did not make their full impact until
date you will be liable for the full                                             your academic transcript, as well as
                                          on or after the census date, and
fees of the enrolled units, whether                                              count towards your overall GPA.
you pay them directly to Excelsia or   •	were such that they made it
                                          impractical for you to complete        Exceptions to this can be made
defer payment through FEE-HELP.
                                          your study requirements.               under special circumstances in the
You cannot withdraw after the
                                                                                 same manner as outlined above
census date without incurring          To be considered for special
                                                                                 for Census Date. Only applications
a fees debt.                           circumstances under the Act, you
                                                                                 that meet the above criteria will
However, if after the census date      must make application to the
                                                                                 be considered. Applications can
you become seriously ill, or other     Registrar within 12 months of the
                                                                                 be made using the Application for
unforeseen circumstances over          date you withdrew from the unit(s)
                                                                                 Special Consideration form.
which you have no control result in    concerned, using the Application
you being unable to continue your      for Special Consideration with            Calendars and Timetables
studies, you can apply for special     supporting evidence attached.             Please see the website for your
consideration which, if granted,       Please see the Academic Calendars         relevant academic calendar and
could result in a refund of prepaid    for the census dates applying to          course timetable.
                                       your course.

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DELIVERY METHODS
Excelsia College course units which     Intensive Units                           discipline and motivation needed
form part of accredited awards may      Classes are held over a short             to succeed and will also look for a
be presented using different            (intense) period. Pre-reading is          suitably qualified lecturer who can
delivery modes, with the differences    normally required, and study              act as supervisor. Once this has
being mainly about access rather        and assignment tasks completed            been established, application for a
than content or outcomes. Most          in the remaining weeks of the             DISC is as follows.
units are delivered through weekly      teaching period.                          a.	Student takes a Directed
classes on campus. Others are                                                         Independent Study Contract
                                        Extensive Units
delivered online. The College is                                                      to the Lecturer.
moving towards a blended delivery       Classes are held over a few weeks
mode that includes online support       or weekends. Again, pre- reading is       b. Lecturer draws up the unit
for face-to-face delivery. The main     usual, and at least one assessment             requirements with demand
types of units are:                     task will normally be completed                hours equivalent to those of the
                                        during the extensive, with the                 unit offered in class sessions.
On Campus Units
                                        balance of assessment completed
Classes are usually scheduled                                                     c.	Student and Lecturer sign the
                                        in the remaining weeks of the
weekly throughout                                                                     contract, which will be used to
                                        teaching period.
the semester.                                                                         guide the unit assessment.
                                        Directed Independent Studies (DISC)
Online Units                                                                      d.	Student completes an Enrolment
                                        Completion of a DISC involves a
Learning and content are delivered                                                    or Variation to Enrolment form,
                                        single student working under the
wholly online through our Learning                                                    attaches a copy of the contract,
                                        direction of a suitably qualified
Management System. Learning                                                           and gives to the Registrar.
                                        member of the faculty for the
is facilitated by a qualified faculty   duration of the semester. This is         e.	Registrar facilitates online
member and is available for the         a demanding mode of study, and                enrolment in the DISC.
duration of the unit to assist with     usually a student is only permitted
learning and understanding of                                                     Placements/Professional Experience
                                        to take two such studies in their
content, usually via a combination      course. The student approaches            These are completed in an external
of online conferences, webinars,        the Head of School to discuss the         agency under supervision.
and discussion forums.                  possibility of taking a particular unit   Assessment generally involves both
                                        by directed independent study. The        the Supervisor in the field and the
                                        Head will look for evidence of the        College’s Placement Coordinator.

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ADMISSIONS
General Information                      a particular published standard.          student has been offered and taken
To qualify for admission to one of       In determining the eligibility of a       up a place in the award. Non-award
the College’s accredited courses,        student to access FEE-HELP the            units are not covered by FEE-HELP.
you have to meet the course              Admissions Committee shall ensure
                                                                                   Credits and Recognition of Prior
admission requirements. In general,      that the student conforms to
                                                                                   Learning (RPL)
undergraduate admissions require         sections 104-1(1) and 104-5 of the
                                         Higher Education Support Act 2003.        The Teaching and Learning
evidence of completion of the
                                                                                   Committee grants academic credit
Australian Year 12 examination           If an applicant is granted                for equivalent studies completed
or its interstate or overseas            conditional entry pending                 with an approved higher education
equivalent. Admission to some            the fulfilment of admission               institution, and RPL (Recognition of
courses requires a minimum ATAR          requirements, his/her student             Prior Learning) for learning achieved
(Australian Tertiary Admissions          status remains conditional until          outside the formal education and
Rank) score or equivalent ranking.       all requirements have been met.           training system. Credit or RPL
Postgraduate admissions normally         Specific conditions are detailed          awarded will depend on the extent
require completion of a qualifying       in the Offer Letter and Written           to which such prior learning or
undergraduate degree. Applicants         Agreement issued to you when              studies satisfy the outcomes of units
with overseas qualifications may be      your enrolment is accepted.               in the College’s courses. The amount
admitted provided the Admissions
                                         The College processes admissions          of credit granted is subject to the
Review Committee accepts the
                                         in accordance with its Student            published maximum levels. Certified
applicant’s qualifications as being
                                         Selection and Admission Policy            copies of previous study transcripts
the equivalent of the Australian
                                         and Procedure. If successful, the         are required for credit applications,
qualification required for entry to
                                         applicant is given an offer of a place.   while applications for RPL must be
the course. The College uses the
                                                                                   supported by documentary evidence
AEI-NOOSR Country Education              Once the place has been accepted          of the learning outcomes claimed.
Profiles Online to research overseas     further information will be provided
qualifications. The admission            about such matters as orientation,        The Head of School or the Registrar
requirements may be accessed from        enrolment, credit applications and        can assist with questions about
the Courses page on the website.         FEE-HELP.                                 credit and RPL. With prior approval,
                                                                                   a student may be permitted to
ESOS legislative framework               Please note that only original            enrol in a unit at another tertiary
https://internationaleducation.gov.      documents or certified copies of          institution and, on satisfactory
au/regulatory-information/pages/         original documents will be accepted       completion of that unit, have it
regulatoryinformation.aspx               as evidence of compliance with an         counted towards an Excelsia College
The admissions process for               admission requirement. Academic           course. This is known as Cross-
international students involves          documents in languages other than         institutional study. Application for
additional steps. For further details,   English must be accompanied by a          credit for cross-institutional study
please see the International student     notarised English translation.            is one of the options on the credit
section of our website.                  Admission as a Non-Award Student          application form.

Applicants whose qualifying studies      Applicants may be admitted as non-        Applications for credit and cross-
were completed in a language             award students to study individual        institutional study are made to the
other than English will normally be      units without being admitted into         Registrar using the Application for
required to demonstrate English          the accredited award to which the         Credit. When applying for RPL credit,
language proficiency as part of their    units belong. They would normally         use the Application for Recognition
admission requirements.                  have to satisfy the prerequisites         of Prior Learning.
                                         for the unit(s) and may be required
The required level of language                                                     Applications should reach the
                                         to also satisfy the admission
proficiency is published for each                                                  Registrar by the end of Orientation
                                         requirements for the accredited
course as a minimum level of                                                       to allow them to be processed
                                         award. Attendance and assessment
achievement in the IELTS test or                                                   during the first semester of study.
                                         requirements apply to non-award
its equivalent.                          studies, and students receive             Applications submitted after the first
The College reserves the right           a grade on completion. Tuition            semester of study may experience
to refuse the offer of a place to        fees for all units are published          significant delays in approval,
those applicants who have not            on the website, and there is no           which could affect the course
fulfilled the published admissions       difference between fees for award         load requirements or the course
requirements and may limit the           or non-award studies. Non-award           completion date.
number of places offered in any          units may be articulated into the
one course to those who achieve          corresponding award once the

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Where credit granted to              Your academic advisors will indicate   Units that correspond substantially
international students shortens      whether the application for credit     with units for which credit has
the time needed to complete the      is likely to be approved. Students     been given cannot be undertaken.
course through full-time study,      should not enrol in units for which    See the Credit and RPL Policy and
the Registrar’s Office is required   they expect to be given credit. The    Procedure for further details.
to report the new course duration    Assistant Registrar can help with
and end-date to the Department of    advice in relation to enrolment.
Home Affairs through PRISMS.

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ENROLMENTS
Enrolment of Units                        students however, there are           is granted for a period of 6 months,
Enrolment involves the selection          limitations on this, as overseas      but can be extended to a maximum
of units (subjects) for study in a        students must maintain                of 12 months in exceptional
semester. Enrolment for each              compliance with the ESOS Act          circumstances. For some courses,
semester at Excelsia College begins       and the conditions of their           only 12-month deferrals are
with a pre-enrolment process,             Student Visa, which requires          permitted. Please consult your
whereby the Registrar’s office            them to maintain a full-time          Program Coordinator for specific
pre-enrols students into their next       load of study.                        details regarding your course.
sequence of units to study based        •	Credit Points                        After the completion of at least one
on their individual progression         	It is important to ensure that        semester of studies students may
through the course. Students have         you maintain enrolment in the         apply for leave of absence from the
the ability to either accept this         necessary number of credit points     course using the Leave of Absence
enrolment or apply for a variation.       each semester. For full-time and      Request. Leave of absence may be
It is the student’s responsibility to     international students, this means    granted for up to 6 months, with
ensure this is correct, so please         that you MUST enrol in units to a     this period not being counted
check it carefully.                       total of 24 credit points. Failure    towards the overall time taken to
Variation to Enrolment                    to do so may jeopardise your          complete the course. The
                                          enrolment, and for international      Department of Home Affairs will
After your initial pre-enrolment in       students, can also jeopardise your    only allow international students to
units for a given study period or         visa status. If at any stage you      take leave from study under very
semester, it is sometimes necessary       need to reduce your study load        exceptional circumstances. The
to vary your enrolment by adding          to less than 24 credit points, you    Registrar’s office can provide you
and/or withdrawing from units.            must seek approval to do so by        with more details.
This can be done by students by           completing the Reduced Study
                                                                                Course Withdrawal
making a Variation to Enrolment           Load Request form (evidence of
application, but with the following       compelling or compassionate           Students must notify the Registrar’s
limitations:                              circumstances must be provided).      office of their intention to withdraw
                                                                                from their course using the Course
• Adding Units                          For students who are on a               Withdrawal Form. Withdrawal from
	You can enrol in new units up         scholarship, it is important that you   your course should be carefully
  until the end of the first week       also maintain a full-time enrolment,    considered, and it is advisable that
  of the teaching period. After         otherwise your scholarship funding      students first discuss this with a
  this time, you need to apply for      may be cancelled.                       staff member of their school or
  special consideration to enrol
                                        If you need more information, please    a member of Student Support.
  in the unit, and this is up to the
                                        see your Program Coordinator or the     Withdrawal from a course is final, so
  discretion of the Head of School.
                                        Assistant Registrar.                    any decision to return to the course
  You must have evidence of
                                                                                in the future will require a new
  compelling or compassionate           Deferral and Leave of Absence           application, approval of which is not
  circumstances in order to do this.
                                        Before the commencement of              guaranteed. The withdrawal will take
•	Withdrawing from Units               studies, an applicant who has taken     effect from the date the Registrar’s
	You can withdraw from units           the offer of a place may defer the      Office receives the form. A course
   at any time without financial        commencement of their course. A         withdrawal fee may apply, and
   penalty up until Census Date         deferral can only be requested if       refunds will be subject to the Refund
   and without academic penalty         the student has not yet begun any       Policy stipulated in your Offer Letter
   up until NAP Date. For overseas      study in their course. Normally this    and Written Agreement.

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14
PROGRESSION
Attendance                                during the semester. Assignments          results submitted, and progress of
Class attendance and participation        are assessed by the lecturer or           individual students.
is critical for student success.          supervisor, and students are given
                                                                                    Lecturers are required to ensure
As such, full attendance and              detailed feedback. Students must
                                                                                    that marking reflects achievement
participation in all classes is a clear   make a reasonable attempt at ALL
                                                                                    against approved assessment
College expectation, and students         assessment tasks in order to qualify
                                                                                    criteria published in unit outlines.
could FAIL units on the basis of          for a passing grade. Students who
inadequate class attendance and/          do not submit all tasks, despite their    Moderation is a three-phase
or participation. Unless otherwise        overall mark, will fail the unit and be   process that ensures students are
stipulated by the school, students        required to repeat.                       appropriately and consistently
who do not attend a minimum of                                                      assessed against the course
                                          Every effort is made to vary the
80% of all classes may be penalized                                                 objectives and learning outcomes
                                          nature of assessment tasks to allow
with a fail grade, unless evidence                                                  they are required to demonstrate
                                          for different learning styles and to
of compelling or compassionate                                                      in each unit. These phases include
                                          ensure a balance in the assessment
circumstances is provided.                                                          pre-assessment (before term),
                                          between theoretical understanding
                                                                                    assessment (during term) and post-
Enrolment in a unit indicates             and effective practice. The course
                                                                                    assessment (end of term).
the student’s acceptance of               unit outlines contain details, criteria
responsibility for attending all class    and resources for each assessment         Before each study period,
sessions as required, participating       task. Students are encouraged to          moderation involves preparing
fully in all class activities, and        ask the lecturer any questions they       to conduct assessments and
completing to an acceptable               may have, and to seek clarification       provide guidance for students and
standard all in-class (and other)         or discuss difficulties in regard         assessors. This includes ensuring
assessment tasks and activities.          to any aspect of a unit, including        that assessment criteria are clear
                                          assessment tasks. Alternative             and transparent to students
In addition, absences from class          assessment tasks, deemed to be            before they start to undertake any
may be used as evidence in cases          equivalent to those published in          assessment task.
involving unsatisfactory academic         the unit outline, may sometimes be
progress and/or academic                                                            During the study period, moderation
                                          negotiated between lecturer and
misconduct.                                                                         activities focus on consistent
                                          students, provided such tasks are in
                                                                                    marking, and quality, timely
Please check your unit outlines           accordance with the stated purpose
                                                                                    feedback for students. It occurs
carefully for the attendance              and learning outcomes of the unit.
                                                                                    before feedback on the assessment
regulations for each unit to avoid        Assessment and progression                task is released.
incurring academic penalties.             through the program are not
                                                                                    Feedback includes both marks and
Excelsia College requires attendance      conditional on acceptance of a
                                                                                    comments. This is to ensure rubrics
at a minimum of 80 per cent of all        particular set of beliefs or values,
                                                                                    are consistently applied, regardless
seminars, workshops or lectures,          but on fulfilling the requirements
                                                                                    of who is marking the assessment.
unless otherwise stated in a Course       and satisfying the assessment
Unit Outline. A passing grade             criteria of each unit. There is no        At the end of the study period,
can only be achieved in a unit if         discrimination against students           post-assessment moderation aims
a student has participated in all         whose views are at variance with          to ensure final grades are complete
unit requirements and satisfied           the College’s Christian commitment,       and accurate to finalise grades.
all the published assessment              or with the particular ways in which
                                                                                    This moderation is important
requirements. The Course Unit             this commitment is expressed.
                                                                                    because it quality-assures the
Regulations governing all studies are     The Academic Board values                 results for each unit of study
included with each unit in ExO.           consistency in the student                and confirms each student’s final
Assessment                                assessment processes across               grade. The Learning and Teaching
                                          the course and seeks to maintain          Committee then approves the
Assessment of student performance
                                          assessment standards comparable           final outcomes based on the prior
in any unit is continuous or
                                          with those of Australian universities.    moderation of assessments.
progressive and is determined at
                                          The Head of School monitors
the end of the semester in which                                                    The marks and feedback from the
                                          assessment issues across the
the unit is completed. The grade                                                    last assessment task for a unit will
                                          school, checking to ensure that
for that unit is based on the total                                                 not be available until final grades
                                          assessment tasks are appropriately
marks gained. Coursework units                                                      are confirmed. Opportunities for
                                          spread rather than clustered into
are assessed on the basis of varied                                                 improvement are identified and
                                          one or two weeks, and discussing
tasks presented at different times                                                  reviewed to improve units of study.
                                          with the faculty expected standards,

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PROGRESSION (continued)
Grading
Student performance in a course unit is graded and notified according to the following scale. A new scale has come
into effect from 2019 onwards. Units completed prior to 2019 are graded using the old grade scales as indicated
below. Only letter grades are published, not numerical marks. The level and meaning of each grade is as follows:

Final Grades

H         High Distinction           85-100%+                 Outstanding level of achievement

D         Distinction                75-84%                   High level of achievement

C         Credit                     65-74%                   Intermediate level of achievement

P         Pass                       50-64%                   Adequate level of achievement

PC        Conceded Pass              47-49%                   A conceded pass is awarded at the discretion of the
                                                              School to a student to pass the unit

N         Fail
Further information about                • Back-up your work regularly.              for endorsement, and then to
assessment is available in the           •	Ensure you have security software        the Head for approval. Keep the
Assessment Policy and Procedure.            to protect against viruses.              original of the approved form and
                                                                                     provide a copy to the Lecturer.
If there is an error in grading,         •	Get into the habit of printing
students may appeal the result              sections of substantial works            When submitting work, simply
using Appeal of Assessment Grade.           and/or keep comprehensive                attach the approved Application
                                            notes to indicate work done              for Extension to the front of the
Submitting Assignments                      before “the computer crashed”.           assignment. Extensions are not
Details of assessment tasks and          •	Keep a printed copy as well as an        granted after the due date of the
due dates are published in the              electronic copy of work submitted.       assessment. For further details, see
course unit outlines on Excelsia                                                     the Course Unit Regulations and the
College Online (ExO). Written            Your assignments will usually be            Extensions Policy and Procedure.
assignments are expected to              graded and returned to you with
                                         written feedback within one month           Academic Progression
conform to the protocols and
standards set out in the Style           of the due date. If this is not possible,   The Academic Progress
Manual, and to the minimum               you will be advised accordingly.            Monitoring and Intervention
assignment standards included                                                        Policy and Procedure establishes
                                         Extensions to Submission
in the Course Unit Regulations.                                                      the expectation on students to
                                         Deadlines
                                                                                     maintain satisfactory academic
Type-written assignments are             Excelsia College requires all               progress through a course of
submitted via ExO by midnight            students to complete scheduled              study in order to complete in the
on the due date. Assessments             unit assessment requirements                minimum time, and outline the
must be checked through Turnitin         by the due dates set. The policy            procedures for intervention when
(text matching software) where           is that 5% of the possible total-           students are considered to be at
provided. After receiving the Turnitin   mark is deducted for each day               risk of not maintaining satisfactory
Submission Receipt, students must        the assignment is late without an           academic progress.
write the Receipt ID number on           approved extension.
the Assessment Title Page and,                                                       Students are responsible for
                                         In general, extensions to                   maintaining satisfactory progress
only then, proceed to submit the         submission deadlines are only
assessment by the due date in the                                                    in the course. Academic staff are
                                         granted for circumstances for which         responsible for monitoring student
relevant week of the unit.               the student is not responsible, and         progress in each unit during the
Each assignment must be                  which prevent the student from              semester and employing early
accompanied by an Assessment             completing an assessment task by            intervention strategies if needed.
Title Page on which the student          the due date. Such circumstances            Lecturers can identify and offer
makes certain declarations               may be summarised under the                 support to those at risk of not
about the work being your own,           following headings:                         progressing satisfactorily. They look
submitted for the first time, and        1.	Medical (with a Medical Certificate     for indicators that a student may
acknowledging sources. It is the             as supporting evidence);                be at risk of failing a unit, including
student’s responsibility to keep a       2.	Bereavement (supported by               failing to:
copy of each assignment.                     funeral or similar notice);             •	maintain participation in class
Each assignment must be                  3.	Official (evidence of studies              activities;
accompanied by an Assessment                 being significantly interrupted         •	complete or submit assessment
Title Page on which the student              by court, jury duty, immigration           tasks;
makes certain declarations                   requirements, or similar official       •	achieve satisfactory results
about the work being your own,               business over the timing of which          against published assessment
submitted for the first time, and            the student has no control);               criteria for assessment tasks.
acknowledging sources. It is the         4.	Unforeseen circumstances of
student’s responsibility to keep a                                                   The Head of School checks student
                                             a serious nature (beyond a
copy of each assignment.                                                             progress across all enrolled units at
                                             student’s control, for which the
                                                                                     semester end.
Remember, it is your responsibility          student is not responsible, and
to keep a copy of each of your               which will prevent the student          Minimum academic progress is
assignments.                                 from timely submission of an            defined as passing over 50% of all
Some tips that may help:                     assessment task).                       enrolled units in every semester.

•	Save regularly while you are          If you need an extension, complete          The first time a student fails to
   working.                              the Application for Extension,              maintain minimum academic
                                         present it to the relevant Lecturer         progress (ie. fails over 50% or more

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PROGRESSION (continued)
of enrolled units), the student will     Activating Intervention Strategies        explaining to them the seriousness
receive an Academic Warning,             • During Semester                         of this to their continued enrolment.
informing them that they are failing
                                         The lecturer monitors progress at         This end-of-semester intervention
satisfactory course progress. After
                                         the unit level. If a student ceases       strategy aims to warn students of
a second consecutive time, they will
                                         to maintain satisfactory progress         the seriousness of the situation, and
be placed on Academic Probation
                                         in a unit during the semester, the        to highlight the need for the student
for the following semester, and
                                         lecturer will normally activate an        to access support services and work
intervention strategies activated to
                                         early intervention strategy through       closely with staff to ensure they
assist them to achieve satisfactory
                                         discussion of the issues with the         succeed in meeting the requirements
progress. Should the student’s
                                         student. Strategies might include         of the provisional status.
academic progress again be
                                         arranging for the student to attend
unsatisfactory in the following                                                    The Head of School may assign
                                         a tutorial or study group or receive
semester, the student will be                                                      a case manager to monitor the
                                         mentoring.
invited to show cause to the Chief                                                 progress of a student on probation
Academic Officer (or delegate)           If difficulties persist the lecturer      and, where appropriate, encourage
why they should be allowed to            will normally consult with the            the student to identify and address
continue in the course. A student        Head of School, who will work             any personal issues that may be
who is given permission to continue      with the student to provide the           influencing academic progress.
studies in the course at that point      best opportunity for the student
                                                                                   Students who wish to take a Leave
is normally required to pass all         to successfully maintain academic
                                                                                   of Absence or apply to reduce their
enrolled units in the next semester      progress. Strategies here may
                                                                                   study load can discuss this with
or forfeit their place.                  include advising the student to:
                                                                                   their Head of School.
Additionally, a second failure           a.	complete an academic skills
                                             program;                              For international students who
in a core unit is regarded as
                                                                                   have failed over 50% or more
unsatisfactory academic progress,        b.	receive individual case
                                                                                   of the course requirements in a
and the student will receive a              management;
                                                                                   study period, the written formal
letter warning them that they are        c. attend counselling;                    notification includes a warning that
at risk of losing their place in the
                                         d.	receive assistance with personal      failure to satisfy the requirements
course. The student will be placed
                                            issues which are influencing           of their probationary status will
on probation for the following
                                            progress;                              result in them being excluded
semester, and intervention
                                         e.	be placed in a suitable alternative   from their course and reported to
strategies activated. A third failure
                                             unit within a course or a suitable    the Department of Home Affairs.
in the unit will result in the student
                                             alternative course;                   This will normally lead to the
being invited to show cause why
                                                                                   cancellation of the student’s visa.
they should be allowed to continue       f. reduce their course load.
in the course. Re-enrolment will                                                   Any formal notification from the
                                         Where a student behaves in a
be by permission of the Chief                                                      Registrar will refer students to the
                                         manner that would adversely affect
Academic Officer, and conditions                                                   College’s appeals processes and
                                         learning outcomes, the Head of
will apply.                                                                        advise them that they are able to
                                         School will issue a written warning.
                                                                                   access the Student Grievance
International students must              It should be noted, however, that a
                                                                                   Policy and Procedures within 20
maintain minimum academic                student heeding this warning may
                                                                                   working days.
progress as a student visa               have already missed too much class
condition. The warning letter            work to succeed in passing the unit.      In summary, the College encourages
sent out the first time a student’s                                                open dialogue between staff and
                                         • End of Semester
academic progress is unsatisfactory                                                students at all stages of the students’
notifies the student that a repeat       At semester end students who fail         academic program so that problems
of the unsatisfactory academic           over 50% of their enrolled units          and difficulties can be identified and
progress during the semester of          are reported to the Learning and          overcome before they affect course
probation may lead to the student        Teaching Committee as failing             progression. Staff will document
being reported to the Department         to maintain minimum academic              their monitoring and intervention
of Home Affairs. This may result in      progress. They receive with their         strategies to ensure students receive
the student’s visa being cancelled.      results a written formal notification     the best possible assistance to
                                         from the Registrar referring them to      achieve their study goals.
                                         the academic progress policy, and

18
RESULTS
Transcripts and Results Summary         This record includes the results        any other time, please complete a
At the end of each semester students    for previous semesters, and so          Request for Transcript. There is a
will be able to access a Results        builds to a complete study record.      charge for this service, with details
Summary for the semester through        If you need an Official Transcript at   on the form.
the Student Portal.

GRADUATION
The College’s academic awards are      ceremony. Graduates receive a            and indebtedness to the College
conferred by the Excelsia College      testamur certifying their completion     to the satisfaction of the Finance
Board in a formal graduation           of the award, as well as a signed        Department. Although Heads of
ceremony. Students wishing             and sealed transcript.                   Schools and the Registrar’s Office
to graduate need to submit an          To qualify for graduation a student      provide academic guidance to
Application for Graduation to the      must complete all requirements           assist students in fulfilling course
Registrar’s office by the end of       of the course to the satisfaction        and graduation requirements, the
October preceding the graduation       of the Academic Board, return            ultimate responsibility for these
ceremony. The Registrar will           all borrowed resources, and              matters rests with the student.
confirm eligibility to graduate by     discharge all financial obligations
the end of February preceding the

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LEARNING RESOURCES
Learning Management System (LMS)
Excelsia College provides course
materials, assessment submission,
and many resources for the use
of students via the College’s LMS,
Excelsia Online (ExO). Students are
also given access to an Excelsia
College Office 365 account, which
provides email, document creation
and storage using Microsoft Office,
and other applications for their use
during their time at the College.
The student orientation will include
a session on these features. It is
expected that students will use
their College email address for all
communication with staff during
their study.
For any issues relating to ExO or
any similar IT problems, please visit
the online Helpdesk. If you are using
the Helpdesk for the first time, you
will need to go through a sign-up
process. You can access this by            assignments. The library has              the library (for use in the library
clicking the ‘Help’ button in ExO.         printing and photocopying facilities      only). The library may also provide
The Helpdesk also provides many            as well as group study rooms and          a full text electronic copy of the
useful articles to assist you with         computing facilities.                     prescribed texts if they are available
common queries.                                                                      electronically via SUMMON.
                                           Students are registered as library
Gordon Moyes Library                       borrowers upon enrolment and              SUMMON is software that will allow
                                           are entitled to borrow library            library users to search for library
The Gordon Moyes Library
                                           materials and books for two weeks         resources across all platforms
provides full academic services
                                           or 7 days (depending on the nature        including the library catalogue,
for students and staff, both on
                                           of the material). 7 days loans are        electronic books and electronic
campus and remotely. The Excelsia
                                           high demand items and cannot              databases. It is available via the
library home page has all the
                                           be renewed. Online students               Excelsia Library home page.
links you will need to access the
                                           may borrow material for 3 weeks.
resources of the library including                                                   http://excelsia.summon.
                                           Books can be posted out to online
the electronic resources. The                                                        serialssolutions.com/#!/
                                           students if necessary.
library has approximately 17,000
                                                                                     SUMMON saves time in searching
physical items and 180,000 full text       Students are responsible for
                                                                                     for resources and allows students
electronic books as well as many           returning all borrowed materials to
                                                                                     to find a wider range of material.
electronic databases which will            the library.
assist you to find reliable articles for                                             Each student will be sent a
                                           Students are encouraged to register
your research. All library resources                                                 password (this will be sent to the
                                           and access the NSW State Library.
are accessible via Summon.                                                           Excelsia email address) and this
                                           You can access their e-resources,
                                                                                     password along with your student
The library is staffed 9am to 5pm,         including the databases and
                                                                                     number will allow you to access the
Monday to Friday, but remains              electronic books, by applying for a
                                                                                     electronic resources when you are
open (unstaffed) until 10pm,               library card via the link below. It’s a
                                                                                     off campus. This password will also
including on Saturday. The college         free service for all NSW residents.
                                                                                     allow students to register and use
and the library are not accessible
                                           http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/join-us          the printers.
on Sundays. The library staff
can assist you to locate relevant          Students are responsible for              Your school will advise you where
materials, including book and              obtaining their own textbooks.            you can purchase the books you
journal articles, as well as assist                                                  need. Please contact the library at
                                           A copy of each prescribed text is
you with searching the databases                                                     library@excelsia.edu.au or phone us
                                           normally held in closed reserve in
and with the referencing of your                                                     on 9819 8827 for further assistance.

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STUDENT & ACADEMIC CODE OF CONDUCT
Academic and Personal Conduct         page. The Style Manual includes a         undertake supervised practice
The Student Code of Conduct sets      section on plagiarism and how to          placements. Check with your
out Excelsia College’s expectations   avoid it, and detailed guidelines for     Head of School to see whether
of students with respect to their     correct referencing procedures.           professional indemnity insurance
academic and personal conduct,                                                  is needed.
                                      Personal Liability
and outlines the College’s                                                    • P
                                                                                 rohibited Employment
                                      •	Personal Property. Students
responsibilities to students.                                                   Declarations and Employment
                                         are responsible for their
                                                                                Screening. If you are considering
Academic Integrity                       personal property at all times.
                                                                                a course that prepares you for a
Academic integrity at Excelsia           Excelsia College can take no
                                                                                profession involving the teaching
College is based on a respect for        responsibility for any personal
                                                                                or care of children, the sick,
individual achievement that lies         property and is not liable for any
                                                                                or other people in vulnerable
at the heart of academic culture.        loss of or damage to students’
                                                                                positions, you should be aware
Every academic staff and student,        personal property (including
                                                                                that prospective employers,
both graduate and undergraduate,         bicycles, motor vehicles, musical
                                                                                accreditation and registration
belongs to a community of scholars       instruments, personal computers
                                                                                bodies and agencies providing
where academic integrity is a            and mobile phones).
                                                                                clinical placements, internships or
fundamental commitment. Excelsia      •	Private Health Insurance.              professional practice may require
College believes that excellence         International students are             you to submit a Prohibited
in learning and teaching can be          required to take private health        Employment Declaration and give
achieved only in an intellectual         insurance for the duration             consent to employment screening
environment where academic               of their studies. The College          before they employ you, agree
integrity is highly valued and           recommends that all students           to host a placement for you or
carefully upheld. Therefore, it          consider private health insurance      register you to practice. Excelsia
penalises all forms of academic          that provides them with cover          College will arrange for all Master
dishonesty. The Academic Integrity       additional to Medicare.                of Teaching and Bachelor of Early
Policy and Procedure defines          •	Professional Indemnity                 Childhood Education students
academic dishonesty, sets out            Insurance. Students in some            to have a Working with Children
penalties, and provides links to         courses will require professional      Check at the commencement of
helpful guidelines, with further         indemnity insurance in order to        their course.
details available on the Library

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WORK, HEALTH & SAFETY (WHS)
Excelsia College is committed to          4.	The entry doors require security      First Aid Room
ensuring the health, safety and               swipe access, with your student       The First Aid Room is located
welfare of our staff, students,               ID Card. The main doors are           on the ground floor, next to the
volunteers, visitors and others               locked and alarmed after 10pm,        Student Support Centre. This room
within our workplace (WHS Policy).            with the less visible, security-      is provided for staff and students
We seek to achieve this by working            camera monitored side entrance        who are not feeling well and need
in consultation with our staff to:            also available for entry and exit;    a space to recover. You may only
•	Identify hazards in our workplace      5.	Offices are locked after hours to     access the room during the hours of
   arising from our activities;               minimise any attractiveness to        9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. The
•	Assess the risks posed by these            potential intruders.                  room is managed by the First Aid
   hazards;                                                                         Officers who may grant student and
                                          All staff and students on campus          staff access to the room as required
•	Eliminate these hazards, or            have a ‘duty of care’ to each other.      and monitor their wellness.
   implement control measures to          This means we are legally obliged to
   reduce the risk;                       assist each other and any visitors in     First Aid Kits
•	Continually monitor and improve        the event of a potentially dangerous      First aid kits are located in the
   our health and safety                  situation. The Emergency                  Registrar’s Office, Library, Staff
   performance.                           Evacuation Procedure is posted in         Area, the Auditorium, Student
                                          various locations on campus. Please       Support Centre and the First Aid
We are committed to ensuring:
                                          observe all safety regulations            Room. Ice packs are available
•	Our premises are safe and              posted around the campus. The             through the Registrar’s Office.
   without risk to health;                doors leading to fire escape stairs
                                                                                    • First Aid Officers
•	Safe systems of work and a safe        are alarmed, so don’t use these
   working environment are                unless instructed to do so by an          The First Aid Officer contact details
   maintained;                            evacuation warden.                        are available on the Health and
                                                                                    Safety section of our website.
•	Information, instruction, training     Key Emergency Contacts
   and supervision are provided to                                                  In the case of an incident leading
                                          For your safety and the safety of
   ensure the health and safety of                                                  to injury or having the potential
                                          others, it is important that you find
   employees, students, volunteers,                                                 to lead to injury occurring on
                                          out who your emergency contacts
   service users and visitors.                                                      campus or off-campus while
                                          are including your:
                                                                                    involved in course requirements,
Staff and student safety and security     • First-aid Officer;                      the lecturer or student must report
are a high priority for Excelsia. The
                                          • Emergency Warden.                       the occurrence by submitting an
College encourages staff and
                                                                                    Incident Report located on the
students to act positively and            Emergency Training
                                                                                    College website within 24 hours.
responsibly to enhance their own          All students will be required to          Incident Reports are available
safety and the safety of others.          complete the WHS Training as part         online. The Incident Reporting
Safety on campus is managed by            of Orientation to ensure that you         Procedure is available here.
full-time facilities staff, who are       receive vital information pertaining to
dedicated to providing a safe and         your health and safety. You may also      If you identify a potentially
amenable campus for the College           need to attend additional Emergency       hazardous situation at the College,
community. Specific safety features       Training courses or drills.               complete the online Hazard Log
and measures that apply on campus                                                   form available on the College
include the following:                    Gym Membership                            website. The Hazard Reporting
                                          Anytime Fitness located at Level          Procedure is found here.
1.	After hours public transport is
                                          1, Building 1, 35-41 Waterloo Rd,
    available a few minutes’ walk                                                   Sexual Assault and Sexual
                                          Macquarie Park (corner Lane Cove
    from the College on fully-lit                                                   Harassment
                                          and Waterloo Rd), offers corporate
    suburban roads;                                                                 Excelsia College aims to maintain a
                                          membership to Excelsia College staff
2.	The car park is enclosed within       and students. You can purchase            safe campus expecting all members
    the College grounds providing         membership directly with the              of the Excelsia community to be
    ease of access and security for       gym manager on 02 9889 1880,              respectful to one another.
    staff and students walking to cars;   9870 8794 or macquariepark@               Any form of sexual assault or
                                          anytimefitness.com.au. The                sexual harassment is not tolerated.
3.	The campus is fully lit during and
                                          membership will give you access to        If an incident of sexual assault or
    after hours, including in the car
                                          all Anytime Fitness gyms in Australia.    sexual harassment is disclosed by
    park area;
                                                                                    any Excelsia College member, the

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