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STUDENT ORIENTATION S Y D N E Y AU S T R A L I A GUIDE vu.edu.au/vu-sydney CRICOS Provider No. 00124K (Melbourne) CRICOS Provider No. 02475D (Sydney) RTO Code: 3113
WELCOME TO VICTORIA UNIVERSITY SYDNEY On behalf of the Victoria University Sydney community, I am delighted to welcome you. We value the intellectual and creative energy you bring as you embark upon a significant program of study. Victoria University’s Sydney Campus offers you a high quality academic experience in one of the world’s most exciting cities. Our degree and postgraduate programs are delivered by academic experts in international education and are carefully designed to prepare you for professional careers. As students, you are an important part of our community of scholars and we value your contribution and participation. We take great pride in supporting students from across the globe so that you can achieve the best outcomes. I urge you to set high goals for yourself, and to take advantage of all that at Victoria University Sydney has to offer. Felicity Orme Campus Director and Principal “We support students from all over the world to achieve the best possible educational outcomes. “
CONTENTS SECTION PAGE Important dates......................................................................................4 Enrolment..............................................................................................5 Pathways and advanced standing..............................................................7 International student fees and charges.......................................................7 Student essentials...................................................................................8 Student IT services..................................................................................9 Academic services.................................................................................11 Academic progression............................................................................12 Health and safety information ...............................................................14 Contact us ..........................................................................................16 ABOUT THIS GUIDE The University reserves the right to alter any course, dates, procedure, regulation or fee. Students should carefully read all official correspondence and consult student services as necessary. For the latest information visit www.vu.edu.au/vu-sydney
IMPORTANT DATES ENROLMENT REDUCED STUDY LOADS TRIMESTER 3, 2018/2019 Applications for a reduced study load can only be accepted in the following Enrolment is an essential step in maintaining your circumstances: DATE EVENT WEEK Australian student visa. All students must be correctly 08 November Orientation day for new students • Course structure - If you are unable to enrol in a full-time study load due to enrolled into each unit of study for their course before the the structure of your course or if a unit of study becomes unavailable 09 November Online enrolment for continuing students from 5pm 12 - 16 November Enrolment for new students in Campus deadline (see Important Dates table). • Academic progress - If you are at risk of making unsatisfactory progress, 14 - 16 November Supplementary & special exams (for continuing students from Tri 2, 2018) and academic staff recommend a reduced study load to help you meet View the enrolment schedule at course requirements 19 November Start of classes 1 vu.edu.au/vu-sydney-enrolment • Compassionate circumstances - If you are unable to study a full-time 23 November Release of supplementary & special exam results 1 load due to illness, injury, bereavement of close family members or 30 November Online enrolment closes for all students & fees due date 2 involvement in a traumatic experience, please see Manager Student 14 December Census date 4 It is your responsibility as a student to ensure that you are enrolled as a full- Services immediately. time student in the correct unit(s) of study and that all details are accurate. If 15 February End of Classes 12 The University will notify the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) when you you fail to complete your enrolment by the enrolment deadline in the important 18 - 19 February Study break dates table, you will be reported to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) for have been granted a reduced study load that affects your course duration. 20 - 1 March Exam period non-commencement of studies. 15 March Release of exam results (from 5pm) To apply, international students must complete a Reduced Study Load or If you miss your enrolment session, please email VU Sydney Enrolments Officer Overload form along with the Unit of Study Amendment form found at TRIMESTER 1, 2019 immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org to seek advice. vu.edu.au/vu-sydney-forms 15 March Online enrolment opens for continuing students from 5pm It is advisable for students to maintain a personal file of all correspondence 18 March Orientation day for new students you receive from VU Sydney relating to enrolment, payment of fees, academic 19 - 22 March Enrolment for new students in Campus progress and results. NON-ENROLMENT AND WITHDRAWALS 20 - 22 March Supplementary & special exams (for continuing students from Tri 3, 2018/2019) Your student enrolment details must be finalised for each semester by the 25 March Start of classes 1 census date. If you withdraw from your course after this date, you will incur COURSE DURATION both academic and financial penalties. 29 March Release of supplementary & special exam results 1 05 April Online enrolment closes for all students & fees due date 2 International students are required by law to be enrolled in full-time study in order to complete their course within the expected duration outlined in their Failure to lodge withdrawal application for unit/s of study or the whole course 19 April Census date 4 before census date means you will be charged fees and receive fail grades for electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE). 16 June End of Classes 12 all units you are enrolled in whether you have attended classes or not. 17 - 18 June Study break 19 - 28 June Exam period ACCESSING YOUR TIMETABLE DEFERRING YOUR COURSE INTAKE 12 July Release of exam results (from 5pm) Timetables are available on the VU Sydney website and on the notice boards around the campus. You are responsible for your timetable and confirming the Deferring your course intake is available only to commencing students. If you TRIMESTER 2, 2019 location of lectures and tutorials. Visit the website regularly during the first few wish to defer your course, you are required to complete Defer Your Studies/ weeks of trimester as timetables may change during this time. Change of Course Preference form and submit it to admissions before your 12 July Online enrolment for continuing students from 5pm scheduled enrolment session. 15 July Orientation day for new students 16 - 19 July Enrolments for new students in Campus CHANGING YOUR ENROLMENT email@example.com 17 - 19 July Supplementary & special Exams (Continuing students from Tri 1 2019) If you wish to vary any part of your enrolment, you will need to complete 22 July Start of classes 1 the appropriate form. You can amend your enrolment without penalty until Please note the following information about deferments. 26 July Release of supplementary & special exams results 1 enrolment deadlines outlined in the above table. • If your course is not available in subsequent intakes, you may need to 2 August Online enrolment closes for all students and Fees due date 2 negotiate an alternative study option All information on changing your enrolment can be accessed at: 16 August Census date 4 • Applicants should not enrol before deferring. A deferment is a guarantee 13 October End of Classes 12 vu.edu.au/vu-sydney-change-enrolment that the place of offer will be available for the applicant to enrol subject to 14 - 15 October Study break course availability. 16 - 25 October Exam period The University has a legal responsibility to report any changes to your 8 November Release of exam results (from 5pm) enrolment to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). This includes changes in your study load and when you are no longer a student with the University. If PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AND HOLIDAYS • 25 December: Christmas Day • 20 April: Easter Saturday your enrolment at the University is reported to DHA, you will need to contact • 26 December: Boxing Day • 21 April: Easter Sunday DHA directly to discuss your student visa options. • 01 January: 2019 New Year’s Day • 22 April: Easter Monday • 25 - 01 January: University closure • 25 April: Anzac Day • 26 January: Australia Day • 10 June: Queen’s Birthday • 28 January: Australia Day Public Holiday • 7 October: Labour Day • 19 April: Good Friday Page 4 | www.vu.edu.au/vu-sydney Note: If you miss classes due to public holidays, an alternate mode of delivery for the content planned for www.vu.edu.au/vu-sydney | Page 5 those days will be communicated to you by your course coordinator.
INTERMISSION (LEAVE OF ABSENCE) eCoE EXTENSIONS PATHWAYS AND ADVANCED VU reserves the right to annually adjust course fees to take into account increases in university and course delivery costs. Course tuition fees are invoiced Some students may require an extension of their eCoE. Applications for eCoE In some limited circumstances, you may need time away from your studies. This is known as leave of absence or intermission. We advise you to speak to the extensions should be lodged as early as possible, up to six weeks before your STANDING per semester based on the enrolment for that particular semester. Manager Student Services before you apply. student visa expires by completing an International Request for an Electronic If your fees are not paid by the due date, your enrolment will be cancelled and Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) extension application form. WHAT IS A PATHWAY? this will affect your student visa. VU is required to report any student who is no You may be able to apply for intermission if you have been affected by: longer enrolled to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). If your cancellation Pathways link the qualifications that you have already obtained or are in the • serious illness or injury CHANGE OF PERSONAL DETAILS process of obtaining with approved courses at Victoria University. These links of enrolment is reported to DHA by the University, you will need to contact DHA It is important that personal details are kept current as important information allow articulation and credit transfer between courses. directly to discuss your student visa options. • death of a close family member such as parents or grandparents, will be sent to the nominated address for correspondence. VU also sends email husband/wife or child • major political upheaval or natural disaster in your home country requiring and SMS messages when necessary so it is important that you also update this For more information on pathways, please speak with your course coordinator. INTERNATIONAL STUDENT REFUNDS information. emergency travel and which has affected your studies International students who have paid their tuition fee up front for a given Students can change contact details via the following: ADVANCED STANDING • traumatic experiences such as being involved in an accident or being the semester and withdraw before the census date may be entitled to a full or victim of a serious crime. MYVU PORTAL Advanced Standing is an assessment process that applies to individuals who partial refund according to the International Student Refund Policy. Your application must be approved by the Associate Director Students. If you 1. Login via myvu.edu.au may have prior study, or other relevant experience, but who do not have access to credit transfer arrangements for the chosen course. You are encouraged vu.edu.au/vu-sydney-forms decide to apply, you must submit an Application for Intermission Form to VU 2. Enter your student ID and password. Sydney Manager Student Services with certified or original copies of any of the 3. Click on My Details to discuss possible applications with your Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) relevant supporting documents such as death or medical certificates. 4. Click on Personal Profile officer at enrolment and may be required to provide syllabus details of your 5. Make the changes and save qualification. Your application for intermission must be received by census date as per dates on Page 4. The University will notify the Department of Home Affairs If your application for advanced standing is successful, and your course duration IN PERSON is reduced, your eCoE will be updated with a new course end date. You will (DHA) that you have been granted an Intermission (also known as a leave of absence). Intermission may affect your student visa. For advice, please phone Collect a Personal Details Amendment form from Student Services or download need to contact the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) to check whether your DHA on 131 881. the form from visa status is affected. vu.edu.au/vu-sydney-forms Amendments to change of name, title, date of birth and gender must be done in person by submitting the Personal Details Amendment form together with ELIGIBILITY supporting documents such as (passport, birth certificate or extract, deed poll All students enrolled in higher education courses at Victoria University are documents) to student services department. You will also be asked to show eligible to apply for advanced standing (credentialed or experiential). your student ID card. Any awards/certificates produced at the conclusion of your course will be issued under the new amended name. CERTIFIED COPIES OF RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS Please include certified copies of your qualifications with your application. i.e. Do not send original documents. A photocopy of an original document can be certified (signed and dated) as a true copy of the original document by an authorised person (i.e. Justice of the Peace, police officer, doctor, accountant, school principal, bank manager, etc.) This person must sight both the original and the photocopy. You may be asked to provide the original documents at a later stage. Please note: Victoria University may contact your former institution(s) for further information regarding your application for advanced standing. INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FEES AND CHARGES As a student of VU Sydney you are required to pay international student fees for your program of study. Fees and charges vary depending on your course. When you enrol or re-enrol you will receive an invoice from Education Centre of Australia. This details all fees and charges and the due date for payment. All fees are listed in Australian dollars (A$), are indicative and may be subject to change. Payment options are listed on your invoice. After your first semester, the University will invoice you (or your sponsor) each semester according to your enrolment in that semester. Page 6 | www.vu.edu.au/vu-sydney www.vu.edu.au/vu-sydney | Page 7
STUDENT ESSENTIALS diverse countries and cultures, educational and socio-economic backgrounds, and for the natural environment. It is expected that students will: STUDENT IT SERVICES Once you are successfully enrolled, your IT access accounts is created. The best STUDENT SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (LEVEL 1) 1. engage actively with the educational, social and cultural life of the place for the latest information on services available is: University There are a variety of programs and services available for all students: www.vu.edu.au/student-tools 2. be fully committed to their own learning including taking responsibility for • Orientation/Enrolment monitoring their own progress This guide provides information on default login details and how to get help for 3. respect the diversity of all students and staff and support an systems used within VU. It also provides information in relation to using Active • Library environment free from discrimination and harassment in accordance with Directory (AD) to logon to VU Collaborate and MYVU Portal. • Student email Commonwealth and State Legislation and associated University policy • MYVU Portal 4. acknowledge that membership of the Victoria University community ONLINE ID CARD SUBMISSION • ASKVU requires commitment to the ethical values of honesty, trust, fairness and • Academic transcripts responsibility including treating other students with respect VU Sydney students must apply for their ID card online through the ASKVU website. Please follow instructions in your student essentials. • Graduation services 5. respect all university staff, property and facilities • Student Welfare Services 6. provide honest and constructive feedback about their academic programs You must have a VU Student ID card to sit for your examinations. • Student complaints resolution policy and participate in the continuous quality assurance processes of the University Any issues please contact VU Sydney Student Services Administration. • Social events and activities. 7. acquaint themselves with university policies and procedures relevant to STUDENT SERVICES ACADEMIC (LEVEL 3, 3.02), (LEVEL their enrolment and course of study and adhere to the rules and regulations STUDENT EMAIL – MICROSOFT LIVE 8, 8.02) of the University as they apply to students 8. take responsibility for meeting reasonable attendance requirements VU provides you with a free email account upon enrolment. You will have access • Class timetable to: 9. take responsibility for keeping their own record of submitted work • Exam timetable 10. Activate and utilise the VU Student E-mail account for the duration of • 50GB of email storage • Special consideration enrolment to ensure timely and accurate communication • Special exams • instant messaging and photo sharing • VU Collaborate • calendars STUDENT WELFARE SERVICE • Academic support & study skills As a student, you are expected to regularly check your account for updates on Student Welfare Service is available to all enrolled students to assist when life the management of your course, key student administration matters (e.g. census • Course advice dates, results, re-enrolment, fees, graduations etc.), individual emails from your manages to get in the way of your studies. Our dedicated Manager Student • Course Coordinators Services can assist you as an advocate; mediator or supporting person with a lecturers and fellow students, and advice from the IT Service Desk. You are • Grades enquiry range of issues you may encounter during your studies. strongly encouraged to use your student email account as your primary account to • Extension of assignments ensure you are receiving important emails from within the VU community. This is These issues may include: the fastest and safest way to communicate with VU staff and students. • Lecturers • Academic Services Officer • applying for intermission (also known as leave of absence) For more information visit HOW TO ACCESS MICROSOFT LIVE EMAIL • late tuition fee enquires vu.edu.au/vu-sydney-campus Information on accessing your email account can be found by clicking on the • enquiries on Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Student email link at www.vu.edu.au/student-tools STUDENT CHARTER • applying for Reduce study load The Student Welfare Service is also available to provide advice and available MYVU PORTAL The Student Charter represents a spirit of goodwill between the University and options if you are: students that reflects the sentiment of mutual obligation for genuine support and MYVU Portal allows you to view all your enrolment details and results. You can action. We ask that all staff and students model their behaviour to reflect our • accused of non-academic misconduct modify the portal view using drag and drop, add content, add and remove tab etc. values. • at risk MYVU Portal can be accessed at myvu.edu.au • on a conditional enrolment NEW STUDENTS ACCESS • suspended or excluded from studies Victoria University is an accessible and friendly university to students and staff Login = s eg. s1234567 • thinking of withdrawing from your studies Password = date of birth (Tempddmmyyyy) from diverse countries and cultures, socio-economic and educational backgrounds, as well as to our industry, government and community partners. • wanting to take leave from your studies • wanting to be involved in on-campus activities and social events. CONTINUING STUDENTS EXCELLENCE You can contact Manager Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org Login = s eg. s1234567 Victoria University is committed to excellence in education, research and Password = your existing MyVU Portal password knowledge exchange. STUDENT COUNSELLING SERVICE If you have difficulties, contact the ITS Service desk on RESPECT In partnership with the Education Centre of Australia (ECA), an on-campus counselling email@example.com or +61 3 9919 2777 or ask a question on ASKVU. The staff and students of Victoria University demonstrate respect for others from service is available to Victoria University Sydney students. This service is free of Page 8 | www.vu.edu.au/vu-sydney charge. Our appointed counsellor is an expert in international student related issues. www.vu.edu.au/vu-sydney | Page 9 Appointments can be organised through the Manager Student Services.
ASKVU NATIONAL BORROWING SCHEME ACADEMIC SERVICES ASKVU is an interactive web portal for current Victoria University students to Victoria University students also have access to library facilities as listed on view frequently asked questions (FAQs) and make and manage enquiries. You the National Borrowing Scheme. This is a cooperative arrangement that allows can login or search ASKVU at any time to find answers to your questions, or to ask a question. students and staff of Australian and NZ universities to borrow in person from any other participating university library. VU COLLABORATE Your question will be responded to within one business day, excluding In 2014 VU transitioned to a new Learning Management System (LMS) called weekends, university and public holidays. You can register for the National Borrowing Scheme directly at the host VU Collaborate. institution and is a simple process. You will need to provide a photo ID as well ASKVU provides answers to questions about student administration, enrolments, as proof of current enrolment - this could be student card from your home Using VU Collaborate you can: fees, admissions, graduations, alumni/graduates and library for onshore institution, enrolment advice or other proof from your university. students. www.vu.edu.au/askvu • view content and materials related to your studies Some libraries may charge a fee for registration (this is indicated with an • upload and conduct assessments online, such as assignment submission SETTING UP AN ASK VU ACCOUNT asterisk on the list of participating libraries). and quizzes To make enquiries specifically related to your personal enrolment record or • communicate and collaborate with your peers, tutors and instructors circumstances you will need to set up an ASKVU account. • stay up to date with your learning progress. LOG INTO ASKVU LOGGING IN You need to login (using your VU username and password) if you want to make • We recommend that you use Google Chrome as the preferred browser. an enquiry. Responses from ASKVU are emailed to your email account. • Use MYVU Portal to login to VU Collaborate. • Log in with your “s” number (s1234567) and your Password. • Once logged in to MYVU Portal, click on the ‘VU Collaborate’ link under ‘My Learning’. ACCESS UNITS OR ONLINE SPACES • Click on MY LEARNING TROUBLESHOOTING Ask your lecturers or coordinators for help if you can’t access any of your units on VU Collaborate ITS SERVICE DESK HELP Contact ITS Service Desk on +61 3 9919 2777 if you: • have issues logging in • experience system errors or technical errors • cannot find information related to your issues and continue to have problems. For help relating to VU Collaborate: • Contact your lecturer/unit coordinator • Go to the VU Collaborate Student Help site (also available within VU Collaborate under the Support link ) • Contact Academics Services Officer in VU Sydney. Page 10 | www.vu.edu.au/vu-sydney www.vu.edu.au/vu-sydney | Page 11
PLAGIARISM Once the application for special consideration has been assessed; students UNSATISFACTORY PROGRESS DEFINITION will be notified of the outcome within five (5) working days of WHAT IS PLAGIARISM? A student is considered to have made unsatisfactory progress, whilst enrolled in receipt of the application. The outcome notification will be through your VU a particular program of study, if that student: Many people think of plagiarism as copying another’s work, or borrowing email address. someone else’s original ideas. But terms like “copying” and “borrowing” can a. fails the same Unit of Study on more than one occasion; and/or disguise the seriousness of the offence: Only submit correctly completed applications - any incomplete or late forms will be rejected unless exceptional circumstances apply. b. fails 50% or more of the enrolled program load for the relevant teaching In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone period; and/or else’s work and lying about it afterward. ACADEMIC PROGRESSION c. fails to comply with a conditional enrolment agreement set by the Academic Adviser, Program Coordinator, Progress Committee or Faculty All of the following are considered plagiarism: Board of Studies. There is a course coordinator assigned to each course at Victoria University • turning in someone else’s work as your own Sydney for students to consult with at any point during their studies. Course Students who are failing to make satisfactory academic progress can risk • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit Coordinators: having their eCoE cancelled and their student visa revoked. By law (under the ESOS Act) the University is required to report international students to DHA if • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks • Provide students with accurate information about course progression and they breach the conditions of their student visa. • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation degree requirements • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without • Assist students in understanding academic policies and procedures USEFUL STUDY RESOURCES giving credit • Help students access academic resources which will enhance their ability TUTORING SERVICE • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the to be academically successful majority of your work, whether you give credit or not. If at any point you feel you need some assistance with your study, and want • Assist students in overcoming educational and personal problems via Most cases of plagiarism can be avoided by citing sources. Simply to improve your understanding of a unit, VU Sydney provides a free tutoring referral to counsellor or tutoring service. acknowledging that certain material has been borrowed, and providing your service for all students. audience with the information necessary to find that source, is usually enough STUDENTS AT RISK to prevent plagiarism. Contacts for tutors can be found on the Tutoring Service Poster on the A student designated as “at risk” is one whose academic performance is such Noticeboards. that it appears he or she may require the provision of specific learning support TURNITIN and assistance as a consequence of: ASSISTANCE WITH STUDY SKILLS The Plagiarism prevention software used by VU is Turnitin which calculates the Ian Steep (Senior Support Coordinator) Ian.firstname.lastname@example.org percentage of ‘similarity’ between an essay and multiple sources. You may a. A student’s semester results displaying a level of achievement that is judged to be less than, or only marginally, satisfactory. Mozammal Hoque (Learning Support Advisor) be asked to submit assignments via Turnitin on VU Collaborate. Turnitin allows email@example.com lecturers to check for improper citation by comparing it against continuously b. The student’s self review and subsequent declaration that some form of updated databases using the industry’s most advanced search technology. support is needed. c. Observational assessment by teaching staff that the student appears to POLICIES SPECIAL CONSIDERATION be vulnerable in terms of achieving satisfactory learning progress. Please familiarise yourself with the University’s policies that relate to you as a Students whose performance at an examination is seriously affected by illness student. Policies include: or other special causes or are prevented from attending an examintation by illness or other special causes should apply online for Special Consideration • Student Charter within three working days of their examintation - Applications for special • Academic Honesty and Preventing Plagiarism consideration must be lodged online. • Enrolment - Onshore • International Student Refund Policy Reasons for Special Consideration may be: • Student Assessment and Progress • death of an immediate family member • Student Complaint Resolution • medical reasons (either yourself or someone in your immediate family) • Student Equity and Social Inclusion • personal trauma or crisis (eg. victim of crime, severe disruption to • Learning and Teaching domestic arrangements) • Children on Campus • serious illness or psychological condition (eg. hospital admission, serious • Copyright Material (Use of) injury/illness, severe anxiety or depression) • Use of Email (Staff and Students) • loss or bereavement (eg. death of close family member, family/ • Privacy relationship breakdown). All information on special consideration can be accessed on the VU Sydney You can view all university policies at policy.vu.edu.au website at vu.edu.au/alternative-exams Page 12 | www.vu.edu.au/vu-sydney www.vu.edu.au/vu-sydney | Page 13
HEALTH AND SAFETY MEDICAL EMERGENCY INFORMATION If a situation is life threatening, follow these procedures: • Contact the Ambulance Service first on 000. SAFETY AT VICTORIA UNIVERSITY SYDNEY • Remember to clearly state your location street address and the nature of the emergency. Be prepared to answer other questions. Do not hang up Victoria University is committed to providing a safe working environment to unless advised to do so by the Ambulance Service. protect the health and well being of students. This obligation extends to it’s staff, students, contractors, and visitors to ensure: • A 24-hour emergency hotline is also available to you through your OSHC policy (if your policy is with our preferred provider Allianz Global a. Health and safety within the workplace and Assistance, then the contact phone number for this service is 1800 814 781). b. To avoid adversely affecting the health and safety of others. • All incidents, near misses and any first aid given are to be reported to your Teacher/Lecturer and must be recorded, regardless of severity of outcome. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO KEEP SAFE? • A University Incident Report form is to be completed by your Teacher/ Be informed – VU has Work Health and Safety (WHS) policies and procedures Lecturer. to reduce the likelihood students and staff being put at risk. • In the cases of students under 18 years of age, a parent/guardian will be At VU we all acknowledge our responsibilities and obligations under the Work contacted. Health and Safety Act 2011. • Please note: Student Services are not the first point of call in cases of severe injury and/or acute illness. We will all take reasonable and practicable precautions to manage hazards and Contact the Ambulance Service first on 000. risks for the health of each one of us. VU is committed to constantly working towards maintaining a safe university. Achieving these key objectives requires: THEFT PREVENTION Many thieves are opportunistic and there are many ways to reduce the chance • Acceptance of WHS responsibilities by everyone at VU of being a victim of theft by taking a few simple steps. • Consultation with all stakeholders including staff, students and contractors • Continuous improvement based on sound safety management and planning • Mark your property using a permanent dye and record any serial numbers, • Provision of resources to further develop, monitor and maintain the makes, models, colour, value etc. This will help in the identification of effective management of health and safety. your property. • Make property difficult to steal by using locks to secure computer notebooks and similar equipment. EMERGENCY CONTACT • If working in a library or open area, don’t leave bags, phones, wallets or Fire, Police and Ambulance: 000 computers unattended. • Be alert to suspicious people in your work area. If you see anyone that EVACUATION PROCEDURE looks suspicious, contact Student Services on Level 1. There is a map in each area showing the nearest assembly point. PERSONAL SAFETY Leave your classroom in an orderly fashion and pay attention to your teacher/ lecturer and/or the emergency warden coordinating the evacuation. Remember All staff and students are entitled to feel safe and secure, whether they are the following important points: on campus, at home, on public transport or just in your local community. An important part of feeling safe is to develop a personal safety plan. This may • Don’t panic be as simple as thinking about what you would do and where you would go if • Leave the upper levels of the building by using the stairs only confronted by a potential attacker. Planning ahead will help you to think clearly. • Do not use the lifts under any circumstances • Be aware of your surroundings and know where you are going • Leave by the nearest safe exit to your room • If walking at night, walk with a group or a friend and keep to well-lit • Regroup with your class members and your emergency warden/teacher/ paths and roads. lecturer at the designated assembly point or area designated by the • Be aware of who is behind you when using ATM’s. emergency warden as soon as you are clear of the building. • Avoid travelling alone at night • Do not re-enter the building under any circumstances until the “All Clear” • Carry a mobile phone when you are travelling signal has been given by the Fire Brigade or Emergency Warden. • Make sure someone knows your whereabouts • Stand in an area which is brightly lit • Sit close to train guard’s compartment • Sit near other passengers and do not isolate yourself Page 14 | www.vu.edu.au/vu-sydney www.vu.edu.au/vu-sydney | Page 15
CONTACT US Level 1,3,8 -9 160 - 166 Sussex Street Sydney NSW 2000 PHONE +61 2 8265 3222 ENQUIRIES firstname.lastname@example.org APPLICATIONS email@example.com STUDENT SERVICES firstname.lastname@example.org Page 16 | www.vu.edu.au/vu-sydney www.vu.edu.au/vu-sydney Victoria University CRICOS Provider No. 02475D
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