Foundation in Trades Memorandum of Understanding


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This is a memorandum of understanding that includes our expectations,rights and responsibilities for our seven sessions together in the Foundation Studies in Horticulture component of a [

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Foundation in Trades Memorandum of Understanding

  1. 1. Memorandum of Understanding For Foundation Trades in HorticultureLast week we all got together and discussed our expectations, rights and responsibilities with aview that we would all agree on some ground rules for our seven sessions together.I would like to call this our memorandum of understanding (MOU) which is a documentdescribing an agreement between all of us. It expresses a convergence of will between people,indicating an intended common line of action. If everyone agrees to the MOU we will all signthis before proceeding with our project.Nic Orbell will be our go-to-guy if the MOU is not honoured.Cell Phones:The class has decided that these can stay on in class as long as you are doing what you havebeen asked to do and are engaging in the following:Respect:• Respect for property• Respect for each other• Respect what others have to say and use appropriate language.• Do not attend class if you are under the influence of drugs (this includes alcohol) or are extremely fatigued.Listen:If someone else is talking we will listen to that person before it is our turn to talk. It is veryimportant to listen to your lecturers at all times as they may be explaining an activity orexercise that relates to health and safety. Plus Kim is very interesting.Your Rightsour commitment to you is to create an environment where you have all the information andtools required to succeed in your study. The services you should expect are to receive clear,accurate and up to date course advice for all coursesto have quality learning and teaching experiences from enthusiastic teachers who communicateeffectively with youto be informed about what is expected of you as a studentto have access to information that will assist in your course, including relevant policy andprocedures that affect you as a studentto be supported in your learning with up-to-date information and course content by staff whoare sufficiently current and up-to-date in their respective areas of expertiseto receive clear information on how and when assessments will be conductedto receive fair, timely and constructive information on your performance in your courseto be able to provide feedback about the course / programme and teaching that you are engaged
  2. 2. with, without fear or anxiety about giving that feedbackto receive feedback on changes to the course / programme as a consequence of feedbackprovided by studentsto have reasonable opportunities to have a say about how the Polytechnic operatesto be treated with respect by students and staffto learn in an environment that is free from bullying, harassment or discriminationto have access to clear and appropriate procedures for dealing with grievancesto have reasonable access to facilities, student support services, and appropriate resourcesto be members of a students‟ associationYou have the right to a safe and supportive environment, and should feel comfortable askingquestions or clarifying information with staff. Should you have any concerns or feel you arebeing disadvantaged, a good place to start is talking to the Programme Manager, your Head ofschool, OPSA or Student Services.Our Responsibilitiesto be self-motivated and self-directed including undertaking preparation work when expectedto actively participate in your course of studyto put your best efforts into your studyto meet all obligations about when work is dueto submit work which is your ownto keep to time with classes and timetables or agreed appointmentsto treat all individuals and property with respectto have awareness for the well-being and safety of othersto participate in providing constructive and useful feedback on teaching, courses andprogrammes when askedto promote an environment that is safe and free from bullying, harassment and discriminationto make yourself aware of policies procedures and rules and to abide by themand to use the resources and facilities of the Polytechnic with regard to others
  3. 3. you are responsible for informing the school if you are unable to attend class, practicals orassessmentsto ensure that you have sufficient personal insurance cover for loss of property in the event thatyour own property is damaged, lost or stolenawareness and compliance with the Copyright Act 1994, covered in policy AP0200 CopyrightUnacceptable BehavioursThe following behaviours are not acceptable at Otago Polytechnic, and may result indisciplinary action being taken: *• disruptive behaviour which interferes with the rights and learning opportunities of others• language and imagery which is offensive (may be verbal, written or electronic)• hand gestures of an offensive nature• carrying or being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol• any threatening or acts of aggression, bullying or intimidatory behaviour• stealing• vandalism• any other criminal behaviour that is likely to result in police or legal investigation.Attendance / EngagementDuring your time at Otago Polytechnic you will engage in different types of learning - a mix oftraditional face-to-face teaching, self directed learning and computer-mediated activities suchas online discussions or assessments.The polytechnic expects full and active participation from students. Our experience clearlyshows that failure to attend or participate in required activities will impact on your ability tosuccessfully meet the requirements of your course and may result in failure of the course.If you are sick and unable to attend or there is some other valid reason preventing you fromattending, you should let your teaching staff know as soon as practicable.Health and SafetyAll activities involve some risks and some courses or situations are potentially more dangerousthan others, eg. avalanche safety training or mechanical engineering workshops. ThePolytechnic has policies and procedures to minimise hazards and risk.When you sign the enrolment form, you agree to comply with and be bound by the policies andstatutes of Otago Polytechnic, which include Health and Safety policies.Please make sure that you understand the safety rules in your work areasFollow the emergency evacuation or earthquake procedures.Wear the required protective clothing (such as gloves, glasses, hearing protectors, headgear andfootwear) during practical classes.If you behave in an unsafe manner, you may be stopped from participating in class/activities.If you find any unsafe areas or practices, you must tell a staff member urgently.
  4. 4. If the matter is not resolved, write a formal letter of concern to the Polytechnic’s Health andSafety Advisor, Terry Buckingham ( freeOtago Polytechnic is Smoke free, which prohibits smoking in all campus areas and includes: • all buildings, including balconies • all outdoor areas on siteThe Polytechnic encourages smokers to be considerate of others in open spaces not controlledby the Polytechnic, such as public footpaths, and encourages smokers to consider the effects onthe environment when disposing of cigarette butts and to be aware thatthere is a risk of fire if cigarettes/butts are placed in rubbish bins and storm water drains andgutters lead directly to waterways and cigarette butts harm these.Support is available for students who wish to stop smoking from Student Health and Quitline0800 778 778 offers a free service with after hours support.I agree to the conditions of the MOUSigned: