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  1. 1. Student HandbookContact Details: (Po BOX 498) 43 - 45 Punt Road COBRAM VIC 3644 Phone: 03 5872 2224 Fax: 03 5871 1036 Email: cch@cch.vic.edu.au Web: www.cch.vic.edu.au www.cch.vic.edu.au
  2. 2. Cobram Community House Inc.Registered Training Organisation No 370843-45 Punt Road CobramPostal Address:P.O. Box 498Cobram VIC 3644Phone: 03 5872 2224Fax: 03 5871 1036Email: cch@cch.vic.edu.auWeb: www.cch.vic.edu.auExecutive Officer Sueanne JohnsTraining Coordinator Joanne Van DamTraining Support Officer Julie NorrisStudent Records Officer Nichole Vaughan Shakespeare invented the word ‘assassination’ and ‘bump’ Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 2
  3. 3. Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 3
  4. 4. Table of Contents Introduction................................................................................................ 5 Student Rights............................................................................................ 5 Student Responsibilities............................................................................. 6 Communication and interaction ……………………………………….....…… 6 Study ………………………………………………………………………………..………. 6 Safety ............................................................................................. 6 Confidentiality ............................................................................... 7 CCH Environment........................................................................... 7 Compliance with legislation and policies ...................................... 7 Occupational Health and Safety ................................................... 8 Smoking ........................................................................................ 8 Copyright ...................................................................................... 9 Harassment and Discrimination Policy......................................... 9 Specific Principles ......................................................................... 10 Privacy .......................................................................................... 11 Cobram Community House Inc’s Responsibilities ................................... 12 Access and Equity ......................................................................... 13 Complaints and Grievance Procedure .......................................... 13 Student Information and Requirements ……............................................ 15 Delivery and Recognition ............................................................. 15 Enrolment …………………………………................................................ 16 Types of Training ......................................................................... 16 Fees and Charges ......................................................................... 18 Admissions ................................................................................... 18 Student Assistance/Income Support ........................................... 18 Absence .................................................................................. 19 Attendance and Punctuality ........................................................ 19 Progress of Study ......................................................................... 19 Assessment .............................................................................19 Results and Awards ...................................................................... 22 Academic Appeals ........................................................................ 23Information Technology Access and Management Rights & Responsibilities……..26 Policy - Computer Usage .............................................................. 27 Policy - Internet/Email ................................................................. 27Safety: Everybody’s Responsibility ................................................................... 27 Emergency Evacuation Procedures ……………………………………………….28 Who is in Charge of a Fire Emergency …………………………………………..30What else can you do here besides study ……………………………………………………………..31 Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 4
  5. 5. IntroductionWelcome to Cobram Community House Inc (CCH), which was incorporated on the 7thNovember 1985. CCH is a not-for-profit Registered Training Organisation. Our aim is toprovide quality training to people in Cobram and surrounding districts. CCH is governed byan elected Committee of Management and is managed on a day-to-day basis by a numberof full-time and part-time staff, casual tutors and volunteers.CCH takes pride in the quality of the courses and services it delivers. We provide training inboth accredited and non-accredited programs and aim to deliver our programs in aflexible manner so that as many people as possible can take advantage of them. As anRTO, CCH works within the Australian Qualification Training Framework (AQTF). We hope you enjoy your learning at Cobram Community House Inc.Student RightsCCH has a diverse student and staff body. This diversity of beliefs and customs adds to therichness of our environment and we ask that you respect your fellow students and staff.As a student of CCH, you have rights and responsibilities.You have the right to: Be treated fairly with respect Learn in a supportive and safe environment, free of discrimination and harassment Have personal records kept private, subject to statutory requirements Have access to your personal records on request Be given information about assessment procedures at the beginning of study Have your existing skills and knowledge recognised Receive feedback on your academic progress Appeal academic decisions or procedural matters Make a complaint to or about any staff member without fear of victimisation Have complaints dealt with fairly, promptly, confidentially and without retribution Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 5
  6. 6. Student ResponsibilitiesCommunication and interactionWhen communicating and interacting with CCH staff and other students in person, byletter, fax, telephone, email, via online conferencing or teleconferencing, you have theresponsibility to: Treat people with respect and fairness regardless of their background or culture Show respect for others by not swearing, using obscenities or making offensive remarks Not do anything that could offend, embarrass or threaten others Not harass or disrupt other in the performance of their duties or studies Avoid unacceptable behaviour IE: aggressive, threatening or abusive behaviour (including bullying or harassment) Respect and not damage or steal property of CCH or other personsStudyYou should: Attend class on time Achieve satisfactory progress in your studies through participation or attendance as required Do all assessment tasks by the due date (where date is specified) or ask for an extension of time if there are exceptional circumstances Do all assessment tasks and examinations honestly, without any form of cheating Not submit and claim as your own, work derived from another source or work done by another personSafetyWhen on CCH premises or any premises used by CCH, or on work experience, industry orvocational placement, you have the additional responsibility to: Follow any safety practices required, for example, wear approved clothing and protective equipment and follow directions, both written and spoken, given by CCH staff or the employer. You are entitled to challenge, respectfully, direction or decisions if they appear to be unlawful or unreasonable or endanger a person’s health or safety. Not enter these premises with illegal drugs, alcohol, weapons or be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 6
  7. 7. ConfidentialityAs an enrolled student of CCH, you may be required to attend practical work placementsas part of your studies. During these placements, you may become familiar withinformation that is confidential to that workplace. You must not divulge any informationthat you may become aware of during a placement.Breaches of confidentiality are considered to be an act of misconduct.CCH EnvironmentYou are required to assist in maintaining serviceable facilities and equipment by: Reporting breakage and/or faults with equipment to your tutor/trainer, to the Student Support Officer or to Administration Staff Leaving classrooms, workshops and program rooms neat and tidy after classes Not using or installing unlicensed software on CCH computers and checking all disks and usb flash drives for virus BEFORE use on CCH computersCompliance with legislation and policiesAs a student of CCH you are required to abide by State and Commonwealth legislationand policies and CCH Rules. Relevant national, state emergency services regulations Education and Training Reform Act 2006 Vocational Education and Training Act 1990 Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 Equal Opportunity Act 1995 Worker’s Compensation Act 1958 Copyright Act 1968 Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Commonwealth) Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Commonwealth) Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commissions Act 1986 (Commonwealth) Disability Discrimination Act 1922 (Commonwealth) Age Discrimination Act 2004 (Commonwealth) Disability Standards for Education 2005 (Commonwealth) Privacy Act 1988 (Commonwealth) Privacy (Private Sector) Regulations 2001 (Commonwealth) Victorian State Based Legislation Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 7
  8. 8. Occupational Health and Safety PolicyThe Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 applies to all staff and students of CCH.CCH has a duty of care to provide a safe and healthy working environment for allemployees, and the employee’s duty of care to take reasonable care for health and safetyof others within the workplace. This includes the provision of: A workplace that is safe to work in, with working procedures that are safe to use Adequate staff training, including topics such as safe work procedures, infection control procedures and appropriate hygiene Properly maintained facilities and equipment, including the provision of personal protective equipment such as gloves, eye protection and sharps containers A clean and suitably designed work place with the safe storage of goods such as chemicalsAll staff and students of CCH have a responsibility to ensure that they work safely,without risk of injury to themselves or people around them. When using or working nearequipment/machinery you are required to observe standard safety practices includingwearing approved clothing and protective equipment. You will be advised of the safetyrequirements for your class. All equipment/machinery is to be used in accordance withthese safety procedures.For more information go to: www.worksafe.vic.gov.auSmokingCCH prohibits you from smoking in or around CCH buildings. Smoking is permitted indesignated areas outside the buildings. Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 8
  9. 9. CopyrightYou may only copy materials in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968. The Act alsoapplies to information published on the internet. For study and research purposesstudents are allowed to copy 10% or one chapter of a book or one article per issue of ajournal. More extensive reproduction may be possible.You must comply with licenses for the use of intellectual property, including software. Allsoftware loaded onto CCH computers or provided by CCH is licenses and there is nopermission to copy software unless permitted by the license.If you need further information about your copyright obligations please see the AustralianCopyright Council website: www.copyright.org.auHarassment and Discrimination PolicyCCH is required under Australian Law to ensure that we provide a workplace that is freefrom all forms of harassment and discrimination (including victimisation and bullying) sothat the staff and participants feel valued, respected and are treated fairly.CCH will ensure that all staff understand their roles and responsibilities in creating such aworkplace, by a process of training, communication, mentoring and by example and wewill ensure all of our staff are aware of the processes and procedures for addressing anyform of harassment or discrimination.Staff and participants should be aware of the following definitions:‘Bullying’ - is unwelcome and offensive behaviour that intimidates, humiliates and/orundermines a person or group. Bullying involves a persistent pattern of behaviour over aperiod of time and may include verbal abuse, physical assault, unjustified criticism,sarcasm, insult, spreading false or malicious rumours about someone, isolating orignoring a person, putting people under unnecessary pressure with overwork orimpossible deadlines and sabotaging someone’s work or their ability to do their job bynot providing them with vital information and resources.‘Confidentiality’ - refers to information kept in trust and divulged only to those who needto know. Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 9
  10. 10. ‘Discrimination’ - is treating someone unfairly or unequally simply because they belong toa group or category of people. Equal opportunity laws prohibit discrimination on thegrounds of sex, marital status, pregnancy, family responsibility, family status, race,religious beliefs, political conviction, gender history, impairment, age or sexualorientation. Victimisation is also treated as another ground of discrimination.‘Harassment’ - is any unwelcome or uninvited comment or action that results in a personbeing intimidated, offended, humiliated or embarrassed. Equal opportunity laws prohibitharassment on the grounds of sex and race.‘Personnel’ - refers to all employees of CCH.‘Racial Harassment’ - occurs when a person is threatened, abused, insulted or taunted inrelation to their race, descent or nationality, colour, language or ethnic origin or a racialcharacteristic. It may include derogatory remarks, innuendo and slur, intolerance,mimicry or mockery, displays of material prejudicial to a particular race, racial jokes,allocating least favourable jobs or singling out for unfair treatment.‘Sexual Harassment’ - is any verbal or physical sexual conduct that is unwelcome anduninvited. It may include kissing, embracing, patting, touching, leering or gestures,questions about a person’s private or sexual life, requests for sexual favours, smuttyjokes, phone calls, emails, facsimiles or messages, offensive noises or displays of sexuallygraphic or suggestive material.‘Victimisation’ - includes any unfavourable treatment of a person as a result of theirinvolvement in an equal opportunity complaint. Unfavourable treatment could included:adverse changes to the work environment, denial of access to resources or work.Specific PrinciplesAll students, staff and volunteers have a right to work in an environment free of any formof harassment and discrimination: All reports of harassment and discrimination will be treated seriously, impartially and sensitively. Harassment and discrimination, including victimisation and bullying, is unwelcome, uninvited and unacceptable behaviour that will not be tolerated Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 10
  11. 11. When CCH is informed of any harassment or discrimination management has the responsibility to take immediate and appropriate action to address it In dealing with all complaints, the rights of all individuals should be respected and confidentiality maintained Whenever possible, all complaints should be resolved by a process of discussion, cooperation and conciliation. The aim is to achieve an acceptable outcome while minimising any potential damage to CCH. Both the person making the complaint and the person against whom the complaint has been made, will receive information, support and assistance in resolving the issue Victimisation is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. No person making a complaint, or assisting in the investigation of a complaint, should be victimised Harassment or discrimination should not be confused with legitimate comments and advice (including feedback) given appropriately by management or trainers. Students, staff and volunteers should not make any frivolous or malicious complaints. All students, staff and volunteers are expected to participate in the complaint resolution process in good faith.PrivacyCCH takes the privacy of our participants very seriously and we will comply with alllegislative requirements.These include the Privacy Act 1988 and the National Privacy Principles 2001, for moreinformation refer to: www.privacy.gov.auIn some cases as required by law and as required by the Australian Quality TrainingFramework (AQTF) CCH will need to make your information available to others, such asthe Australian Government’s State, Territory and Commonwealth Agencies.In all other case we ensure that we will seek the written permission of the participant. The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 11
  12. 12. Cobram Community House Inc.’s ResponsibilitiesIt is the responsibility of CCH to provide you with a safe and supportive learningenvironment. CCH provides a variety of support services to achieve this and it will provideyou with information about the support available and how to access it.Privacy - Student Personal InformationCCH will collect information from you at enrolment for general student administration.This information may also be used for planning, communication, research, evaluation andmarketing activities. Your personal information is stored securely and only authorisedCCH staffs have access to your information.Your personal information may be disclosed to Commonwealth and State GovernmentAgencies.If you are funded or sponsored by another Organisation, your personal information,attendance details, progress and results may be disclosed to that Organisation.In accordance with the Information Privacy Principles, no further access to yourenrolment information will be provided to any other organisation or persons, withoutyour consent, unless authorised or required by law.Cobram Community House Inc Eight Privacy Principles are defined below: Collection - CCH will collect only the information necessary for one or more of its functions. The individual will be told the purposes for which the information is collected. Use and disclosure - Personal information will not be used or disclosed for a secondary purpose unless the individual has consented or a prescribed exception applies. Data quality – CCH will take all reasonable steps to make sure that the personal information it collects uses or discloses is accurate, complete and up to date. Data Security – CCH will take all reasonable steps to protect the personal information it holds from misuse and loss and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 12
  13. 13. Access and correction - The individual will be given access to the information held except to the extent that prescribed exceptions apply. We will correct and update information errors described by the individual. Unique Identifiers - Commonwealth Government identifiers (Medicare number or tax file number) will only be used for the purposes for which they were issued. We will not assign unique identifiers except where it is necessary to carry out functions efficiently. Anonymity - Wherever possible, the organisations will provide the opportunity for the individual to interact with them without identifying themselves. Sensitive Information – We will seek the consent of the individual when collecting sensitive information about the individual such as health information, or information about the individual’s racial or ethnic background, or criminal record.Access and EquityCCH is committed to ensuring that we offer training opportunities to all people on anequal and fair basis. This includes women, where under-represented, people with allabilities, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, Indigenous Australians, ruraland remote learners and those that are underprivileged.All participants have equal access to our courses irrespective of their gender, culture,linguistic background, race, socio-economic background, disability, age, marital status,pregnancy, sexual orientation or carer’s responsibilities.All participants who meet our entry requirements will be accepted into any of ourcourses. Where our courses have a limited number of available places, these will be filledin order of completed bookings/enrolments.Any issues or questions raised regarding access and equity can be directed to our StudentSupport Officer.Complaints/Grievance ProceduresA grievance may arise if you believe that an incorrect decision or inappropriate behaviorhas adversely affected your rights.The grievance process is made up of formal and informal academic and non-academicappeals process. Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 13
  14. 14. Informal Appeal ProcessYou should first try to achieve resolution of any grievance (academic or non-academic)through an informal approach to the staff member or person responsible for the action.Alternatively you can provide feedback to CCH through CCH’s feedback mechanism. If allor part of the grievance remains unresolved, you may wish to submit a formal appeal toresolve the grievance.Formal Appeal ProcessIf you have been unable to resolve your grievance through an informal process, you havethe right to submit a written complaint to the Training Coordinator of CCH. The TrainingCoordinator will notify the relevant staff member of the grievance and, depending on thenature of the complaint, will decide the appropriate action to resolve the grievance. TheTraining Coordinator will respond to you within seven days of receiving your writtencomplaint.If you consider that the response to a disciplinary or misconduct decision isunsatisfactory, you have the right to appeal to the Executive Officer.The Executive Officer will review the circumstances of the dispute and make a decision onthe matter. Should you require a hearing, a meeting will be organised to discuss thematter.If you still feel that the Executive’s Officer decision is unsatisfactory you should contactthe Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) or theNational Training Complaints Hotline.DEECD: www.education.vic.gov.auNational Training Complaints Hotline: 1800 000 674 (toll free)For current information on State and Commonwealth Acts go to:www.legislation.vic.gov.auwww.austlii.edu.au A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor. Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 14
  15. 15. Student Information and RequirementsDelivery and RecognitionDelivery of ProgramsPrograms can be delivered in a classroom setting, in a real or simulated workplaceenvironment, face-to-face, on-line, flexible or blended delivery.Recognition of Skills and ExperienceThere are several processes that recognise qualifications or Statements of Attainmentissued by another Registered Training Organisation that are the same as the competenciesin the program you are enrolled in.To receive credit for previous study, you will need to be enrolled in the program andprovide certified copies of your qualifications, Statement of Attainment or StatementResults to CCH.You cannot receive credit for your whole program of study; at least one competency mustbe achieved through normal enrolment or Recognition of Prior Learning.Credit TransferCredit transfer is the process that recognises accredited study equivalent to thecompetencies in the program you are enrolled in.Because of the requirement for skills to be current, as a general rule, credit transfer maynot be granted for competency results, which were obtained more than five years earlier,irrespective of perceived equivalency.You cannot receive credit for your whole program or study; at least one competency mustbe achieved through normal enrolment or Recognition of Prior Learning.Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)Recognition of Prior Learning is the process that recognises skills and experience youcurrently have regardless of where and when the learning occurred. Applications for RPLare based on whole competencies. Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 15
  16. 16. You can base your application on any combination of formal or informal training andeducation, work experience or general life experience. You will need to contact CCH forinformation on the RPL process. To apply for Recognition of Prior Learning you will needto complete the RPL form and attach your supporting evidence.Unsuccessful applications have the right to formally appeal the RPL assessment, throughthe academic appeals process. You may be required to pay for the re-evaluation ofassessment. If your appeal is approved and recognition is granted, CCH will refund any re-evaluation charge and amend and re-issue your results at no cost to you. If your appeal isunsuccessful, you will not receive a refund and your result will remain unchanged. Anysubsequent application for RPL you lodge will be treated as a new application and will beprocessed accordingly.EnrolmentYou can take your enrolment form directly to CCH, or if you are paying with a credit card,you can enrol over the phone, by fax, post or via email.When enrolling you are required to: Complete the enrolment form Pay in full (or make arrangements for a payment plan) all required enrolment (and associated) fees at the time of enrolment Complete you enrolment prior to commencing studyYou must re-enrol to gain competency if resubmitted assessment items were notsubmitted by the due date or were unsuccessful.Types of TrainingAll qualifications and Statements of Attainment offered by CCH are nationally recognisedWhen you complete a nationally recognised qualification or statement of attainment itwill be recognised by other registered training organisations across Australia.Choosing nationally recognised training delivered by a registered training organisation isimportant if you want recognition for training you have successfully completed. Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 16
  17. 17. Full Fee TrainingMost CCH training courses involve training that is not subsidised by the Government. In thiscase students are charged for the full cost of training.Government Funded TrainingThe Government sometimes funds CCH to deliver accredited training to meet strategic andregional training priorities. When you enroll in these subsidised programs you will normallybe charged an administration fee and sometimes a materials fee.Certificate QualificationsCertificate qualifications are offered at levels I - IV and are ideal for professionaldevelopment, career enhancement, work entry and re-entry into the workforce. You canenroll at a level that suits your current skills and knowledge and exit at a level that suitsyour goals.Diploma QualificationsDiploma course prepares students for industry, enterprise and para-professional careers.Diplomas require 18 to 24 months of full-time study and include a practical placementcomponent.Short CoursesShort courses can be either accredited or non-accredited. An accredited short course has aStatement of Attainment for outcome. There are short courses in a wide range of subjectareas, from information technology to hospitality, business and financial skills. There arealso programs that develop skills such as reading, writing and maths.Non-Accredited CoursesNon-accredited training is training that has not been formally recognized by the TrainingRecognition Council or another accrediting body. You will not automatically receiverecognition of this training from a Registered Training Organisation, however you may beable to use this training and other experience why applying for recognition of prior learning.Some of our General Course programs are examples of non-accredited training that wedeliver. Programs typically run for two to three hours a week for six to eight weeks. The electric chair was invented by a dentist Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 17
  18. 18. Fees and ChargesAll fees and charges are listed in the course brochure available at the beginning of eachterm (or prior to commencement of a new course).Payment of FeesYou can arrange a payment plan if you are unable to pay the full course fee in one payment.This option needs to be discussed with one of the Training Team staff prior tocommencement. A deposit for courses is mandatory.RefundsRefund if CCH cancels the training. If we cancel the training before it has commenced, CCHmust refund the fees you paid for the cancelled training.Refund if enrolment is cancelled more than five days before the training starts. If you cancelyour enrolment at least five days before the training starts, CCH must refund the fees youhave paid for the training after deducting an administration charge.Refund if enrolment is cancelled less than five days before the training starts. You are notentitled to a refund if you cancel your enrolment in less than five days before the course isdue to start.Outstanding/Overdue PaymentsIf you have outstanding/overdue payments to CCH, you may not be eligible to: Undertake/submit assessment Continue study Enrol in further study with CCHAdmissionsYou are required to apply for program entry by completing an application form.You may need to meet any/all specified pre-requisites, co-requisites and entryrequirements to be eligible for consideration for program admission.Student Assistance/Income SupportEligibility requirements for student assistance external to CCH (IE: Austudy, YouthAllowance and Abstudy) may vary across agencies (IE: Centrelink and Veteran’s Affairs);therefore prior to enrolment it is YOUR responsibility to: Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 18
  19. 19. Discuss your study options with the relevant agency Discuss your study requirements (for example attendance rates/study load) with the relevant agencyIf you are receiving student assistance from another agency you should notify themimmediately of any changes to your study load or student status to avoid penalties.AbsenceIt is your responsibility to notify your trainers of any absence/s. You may be required tosubmit an explanatory note or doctors certificate as soon as practicable.Attendance and PunctualityAll participants are required to attend ALL classes to maintain a level of attendance of 80%or above at all times.Progress of StudyYou are expected to achieve satisfactory progress in your studies through the requiredparticipation/attendance. If you are having difficulty maintaining acceptable progress youshould discuss the situation with your trainer as soon as possible.AssessmentThe following information is for students who are enrolled in Accredited Courses at CCH.Our accredited courses are nationally recognised, which means you can take a Certificate orStatement of Attainment you awarded here to any Registered Training Organisation (RTO)in Australia and you won’t have to repeat the units of work you have studied with us.The majority of programs offered by CCH incorporate competency based assessment. Thepurpose of assessing competency is to confirm that you can perform to the standardsexpected in the workplace. Assessment is defined as the process of making judgementsabout whether competency has been achieved. You will be given the option of providingevidence that you meet the requirements of competency through Recognition of Skills orExperience or you can undertake training and assessment against the competency. Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 19
  20. 20. If you don’t wanted to be assessed, you will need to tell your trainer. If you choose not tobe assessed, you won’t be able to get a Certificate or Statement of Attainment. You can geta Statement of Attendance for the units of work you have attended.The trainer will advise prior to the commencement of training how the competency is to beassessed. Assessment will generally be progressive and involve more than one assessmentitem for each competency. Assessment items can include, but are not limited to: projects,case studies, oral questions, assignments, portfolios, written examinations, role plays,practical demonstrations or observations of activities in the workplace or simulated workenvironment.Assessment ItemsAssessment items must be submitted to the assessor BY THE DUE DATE specified for aresult to be recorded, unless an extension has been granted.Extensions will only be granted due to personal illness, or for other extenuatingcircumstances. Formal requests for extensions must be submitted to your trainer in writing48 hours prior the advertised deadline. The length of the extension is at the discretion ofthe trainer.You are responsible for: Complying with the procedures for assessment item submission and collection Requesting feedback and negotiating resubmission of the assessment item (if a re- evaluation is required) The retention of the assessment item for minimum period of 14 days after you have receive your result unless an appeal is being lodged. In this case the items should be retained until the appeal is finalTo avoid plagiarism you must properly acknowledge all information sources.If you don’t submit your assessment item by the due date and you don’t have an approvedextension, you will receive an unsuccessful result for that assessment item. If this is the onlyassessment item for this unit, you will be given the result of withdrawal with participation. Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 20
  21. 21. If you have submitted your assessment item by the due date, and it is assessed as requiringadditional work you can request an opportunity to resubmit the item.If you don’t resubmit your assessment item by the due date you will be given the result of‘not yet competent’ for that competency and you will have to re-enrol to gain competency.Assessment FeedbackYou have the right to receive written feedback for an assessment item.You should contact your assessor if you are dissatisfied with the result of an assessmentitem and the feedback given.Re-evaluation of ResultIf you are dissatisfied with the result of an assessment item you can submit a writtenapplication for re-evaluation of the result to the Training Support Officer. You must lodgeyour application within 14 days of notification of the result. If the re-evaluation of assessment takes in excess of one hour, the assessor may vary the amount of the scheduled charge to be at actual cost.Where possible an assessor other than the original assessor should undertake the re-evaluation.If you are dissatisfied with the re-evaluation outcome, you have a further right to appeal tothe Training Coordinator. The notice of appeal should be in writing and addressed to the Training Coordinator and submitted within seven days of the re-evaluation decision If the appeal is not lodged within the specified time, the result will stand and you must re-enrol in the competencyAlternative AssessmentIf you consider you will be disadvantaged, due to a disability or unusual circumstance, youmay request an alternative assessment.For more information on the national code of good practice for responding to complaintsabout vocational education and training quality please go to:www.dest.gov.auhttp://www.dest.gov.au/sectors/training_skills/publications_resources/profiles/national_complaints_code.htm Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 21
  22. 22. Results and AwardsTypes of ResultsStatement of AttendanceA Statement of Attendance is issued (if requested) on the successful completion of nonaccredited training.Statement of AttainmentA Statement of Attainment is issued on the successful completion of accredited training inone or more Units of Competency (but less than the number of units required underpackaging rules for a full Qualification)Certificate/DiplomaA Certificate/Diploma is issued on the successful completion of a full qualification based onaccredited training. The back of the Certificate/Diploma will list all Units of Competencysuccessfully completed.Issuing of AwardsAwards are issued to students who complete the necessary requirements. However, if afinancial debt is owed to CCH the award will not be issued at that time. Awards will bereissued when the debt is cleared.Replacement awards can be obtained to: Recognise a name change Replace a damaged award Replace a lost awardYou must include the original award with your application or a witnessed StatutoryDeclaration, declaring the circumstances if the original has been lost or destroyed. You willneed to include a certified copy of evidence of name change if necessary. A fee may beapplicable.Cancellation of Qualification or Statement of AttainmentCCH may cancel an award if it was issued in error or it was found that the award was basedon false or misleading representations.If CCH cancels your award, you will be advised in writing.You must return the cancelled award to CCH within 21 days of receiving written noticefrom CCH. You have the right to appeal this decision through the Executive Officer. Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 22
  23. 23. Academic AppealsThis process is for appeals by students in relation to academic decisions or proceduralmatters.For appeals against academic decisions, you should first follow the re-evaluation ofresults process.How to lodge an Academic AppealIf you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the re-evaluation process, you have a right toappeal to the Executive Officer: The notice of appeal should be in writing addressed to the Training Coordinator for referral to the Executive Officer and submitted within seven days of notification of the outcome of the re-evaluation process. If the appeal is not lodged in the specified time, the result will stand and you must re-enroll in the competency. In extraordinary circumstances, such as in cases of serious illness or injury, you must forward a medical certificate in support of a deferred appeal. The notice of appeal must be made within three working days of the concluding date shown on the medical certificate.If the Executive Officer was involved in the matter of your appeal, a nominated delegatemay be put in place for the duration of your appeal.The decision of the Executive Officer is final.MisconductStudent misconduct includes student academic misconduct and behavioural misconduct.Academic Misconduct - Cheating, Plagiarism and CollusionAcademic misconduct is a very serious academic offence. The penalties for academicmisconduct include but are not limited to: Failing the assessment item. You may, at the discretion of CCH, be given the opportunity to complete supplementary assessment. Supplementary assessment will be treated as resubmitted assessment. Failing the competency Exclusion from CCH for a specified time determined by CCH. Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 23
  24. 24. Behavioural MisconductBehavioural misconduct is broadly defined as actions that breach the StudentResponsibilities and Obligations listed in this document, or impair the reasonable freedomof other persons to pursue their studies and participate in the activities of CCH.How to lodge a misconduct complaintCCH employees or students may report an alleged occurrence of misconduct byforwarding a signed, written account of the incident(s) to the Training Coordinator.Following receipt of the advice of an act of misconduct, the Training Coordinator mustadvise the student in writing of the alleged incident of misconduct.The student has five working days to make oral or written representations regarding thealleged incident of misconduct.After this period, the Training Coordinator may take action including: modify or dismissthe charge; reprimand and warn the student against repetition of the breach of discipline;suspend the student from attending classes or any combination of the above.The student must be informed of their right to appeal the decision.Misconduct AppealsIf you have been found guilty of misconduct you can appeal the decision or the decisionprocess in writing to the Training Coordinator. The Training Coordinator will refer yourappeal to the Executive Officer (depending on the nature of the misconduct, theExecutive Officer may form a subcommittee to assist with the appeal or obtain externaladvice/assistance).A date for a meeting will be set as quickly as possible and you will be notified of the time,date and venue in writing. Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 24
  25. 25. If a subcommittee is formed you will be notified of this; the subcommittee may includethe Executive Officer or delegated officer, a CCH staff member from an unrelated trainingarea of CCH and a member of the training team; if deemed necessary a member of theCommittee of Management may also be invited.If the Executive Officer requires the assistance from an external agency you will benotified of this.You have the right to be accompanied by a representative and you may call witnesses, oryou can provide a written submission instead of attending the meeting.If you do not attend the meeting or provide a written submission, the Executive Officer(or panel) may assess the matter and where necessary impose a penalty as if you hadparticipated.Executive Officer will advise you in writing of the decision within two working days of thedate of the decision.The decision of the Executive Officer (or subcommittee) shall be final.Contact DetailsCobram Community House IncPO Box 498COBRAM VIC 3644PH: 03 5872 2224Email: cch@cch.vic.edu.au The Canary Islands were not named for a bird called canary. They were named after a breed of large dogs. The Latin name was Canariae insulae - “Island of Dogs”. Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 25
  26. 26. Information Technology Access and Management Rights & Responsibilities:Students, staff, volunteers and the Community have the right to: Access information and ideasStudents, staff, volunteers and the Community have the responsibility to: Access computers in an ethical and legal fashion Respect the physical and intellectual property of others Respect other computer users Access computers according to CCH timetable Pay appropriate due fees for usage Report all computer breakdowns/stoppages immediatelyCCH has the responsibility to: Allow computer access without discrimination Provide support where practicable Provide the use of computers as training/research/development tool for studentsCCH has the right to: Exclude users who: Do not respect the physical or intellectual property of others Access computers in an unethical or illegal way, and disrupt or harass other users Monitor internet email messages on its workstations Organise appropriate computer access in line with CCH timetable Set appropriate feesNO FOOD OR DRINKS PERMITTED IN THE COMPUTER ROOMPolicy - Computer Usage:All computer time must be booked in advance by the intended user. System files and datefiles belonging to other users may not be changed, corrupted or deleted. Nofiles/programs may be loaded/downloaded without permission from the Training SupportOfficer (who may need to seek permission from Management). Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 26
  27. 27. Policy - Internet/emailThe use of the Internet and email facility may not be used inappropriately.Inappropriate Use may include (but is not limited to): Infiltration of another computer/computer system/network Violation of software license agreements and copyright laws Access to and/or downloading of pornographic material Messages that are defamatory, derogatory, harassing, pornographic or contain confidential information about a member of the community Use for purposes of advertising or political lobbyingStorage of email messages is to be limited as they take up space and may be deleted aftertwo weeks.Safety: Everybody’s ResponsibilityThe Committee of Management of CCH seeks cooperation from all employees andstudents to obtain Health and Safety Objectives and create a safe work and trainingenvironment.To ensure the safety of staff, students, volunteers and visitors at all times; you mustfamiliarise yourself with the following principles:Accidents/Injuries must be reported and recorded in the incident report register. Shouldyou require a medical treatment an ambulance will be called.First Aid is located at Front Reception, and on the job/site.Robbery or Armed Hold-upsNo heroics please! It is better to lose money than your life. Stay calm, make no suddenmoves that might panic a robber and do exactly as ordered. Observe and remember asmuch about the robber as possible, particularly identifying marks and physicalcharacteristics.Record details as soon as possible without discussing it with other persons. Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 27
  28. 28. Note which direction the robber leaves and if you can, safely, make a note of thedescription and license number of any motor vehicle used. Do not talk to any personfrom the Media. An incident report is to be completed.Bomb ThreatsPlease report all unusual occurrences, packages or persons to the Police as soon aspossible.Security AwarenessSecurity is not the job of any one person in any establishment. ALL staff, students andvolunteers have a responsibility for making this a safe workplace by staying alert anddeveloping their security consciousness. Be aware of strangers loitering and politelyapproach anyone you consider suspicious and ask if you can be of assistance. Studentsmay ask a member of staff to approach anyone suspicious. Never give out your keys toanyone, or personal details of other staff or students. Keep all doors locked at all timeswhen not in use. Report anything of a suspicious nature to the police.Emergency Evacuation ProceduresThe assembly area for staff, students, volunteers and visitors is the car park adjacent tothe childcare centre or in the showgrounds behind the building as designated on theEmergency Evacuation Plans posted throughout the building.Tutors are responsible for evacuating their student/s in a quiet, orderly manner, to theEvacuation Assembly points via the nearest EXITS.Administration Staff shall alert classes and visiting Services and shall call the necessaryEmergency Services required.Tutors are to take the class attendance sheets for the verification of students evacuation.The Executive Officer (or delegated Officer) is to ensure all occupants are out of thebuilding (including checking toilets are empty) and report status to attending ServiceOfficers.All persons are to remain in the assembly area and wait for further directions/instructionsfrom the appropriate person in charge. Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 28
  29. 29. FLOORPLAN OF COBRAM COMMUNITY HOUSE INC NOVEMBER 2010Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 29
  30. 30. Who is in Charge of a Fire Emergency?In any fire emergency, the senior staff person on duty shall have the final and absoluteauthority for the building, occupants and employees. They make the decision as towhether or not the immediate area of the fire or the entire building is to be evacuatedpending arrival of the fire brigade. Once confirmed - evacuate.A FIRE!Ring 000 and state:a. Location of fire, exact addressb. Nature of fire (IE: material or electrical)c. Your name and destinationAlert others in the immediate vicinity of the fire. NEVER panic or shout ‘Fire’ as this couldlead to chaos and people getting hurt needlessly.If a fire is small - isolate it by shutting doors and windows, obtain a fire extinguisher andattempt to put the fire out, but only if it is safe to do so. Be careful not to shut off yourretreat or allow yourself to be overcome by smoke or fumes. ALWAYS inform someone ofthe fire before any attempt is considered AND always ask for help.If threatened by smoke or flames, close the door, leave the building by the nearest fireexit and go to the assembly area in front or back of building as designated.ALL STAFF: With directions from the Person-in-Charge, all occupants are to congregate inthe assembly areas:Assembly area 1 - Back of building in the ShowgroundsAssembly area 2 - Out the front of the building down beside the Childcare Centre in theCar Park. The blood of mammals is red, the blood of insects is yellow and the blood of lobsters is blue Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 30
  31. 31. What else can you do here besides study? Become a CCH member. This gives you the right to stand for election to the Committee of Management (CoM) and vote at elections for CoM. You may also receive some discounts for being a member. Ask at reception for a membership application form. Come to the Annual General Meeting in October - a celebration of the previous year’s achievements. Join in on the regular community events in which CCH participate, such as: Biggest Morning Tea, Housing Week and Volunteer Week etc. Come to the celebrations we organise or you can even offer to help with the planning and the running of them. Keep an eye out for notices regarding upcoming events. VOLUNTEER at CCH, we heavily rely on the support and assistance that Volunteers provide. Let us know what your other skills are. You may be able to volunteer in our Community Garden, work with Groups & Programs, Administration Tasks, Emergency Relief and much more. The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet Owls have eyeballs that are tubular in shape, because of this, they cannot move their eyes A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime Ants don’t sleep Cats urine glows under a black light The largest cockroach on record is one measured at 3.81 inches in length. General knowledge facts obtained from: http://www.knowledgebase-script.com/demo/article-485.html Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 31
  32. 32. Acknowledgement DeclarationI acknowledge that I, __________________________ have read andfully understand the contents of this Student Handbook, which outlinesthe conditions my rights and responsibilities as a participant of CobramCommunity House Inc. and that I have also received induction into mycourse at Cobram Community House Inc.SIGNATURE: _________________________ DATE: ____________Member of Training Team/Executive OfficerNAME: ________________________ ROLE: __________________SIGNATURE: _________________________ DATE: ____________ Inquiries: 03 5872 2224 32

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