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Student Discipline

Please click here to download CIT Student Regulations Booklet May 2015

 

Institute Commitment

Cork Institute of Technology is an academic institution catering at any time for large numbers who occupy the buildings and grounds. The Institute authorities are committed to providing a safe, pleasant and friendly environment for all who occupy the building or use its external environs for whatever reason. The Institute is committed to fulfilling its mission as an academic institution and complying with all its lawful obligations.

Student Responsibility

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with responsible behaviour towards other persons and property within and outside the Institute campuses at all times. Students are required to adopt a responsible attitude to their studies in respect of lectures, practical classes or such other academic activities for which they are timetabled. Students must not engage in any behaviour which may constitute inconvenience or nuisance to any person(s) within or outside the Institute. Students are advised that as well as observing these general Institute wide regulations they are also bound to observe specific regulations attached to particular areas, activities and departments.

Basis of Jurisdiction

All students are subject to the jurisdiction of the Institute in respect of both their studies and conduct. The Institute has power to discipline any student deemed to have been guilty of misconduct, and has power to expel a student deemed to have been guilty of grave misconduct. Under the Regional Technical College’s Act the Institute may make disciplinary regulations from time to time, and members of the academic and support staff, and other persons authorised for the purpose have authority to check disorderly or improper conduct or any breach of regulations.

Conduct

The Institute requires students to conduct themselves with propriety both in and around Institute buildings and also in public places. Examples of conduct which will render a student liable to disciplinary action are:
4.1 any conduct which disrupts or is likely to disrupt teaching or research or the administration of the Institute;
4.2 intolerant or discriminatory behaviour which reflects any prejudice;
4.3 use or attempted use of unauthorised or unfair means in connection with examinations or other assessed work;
4.4 violent, reckless or negligent conduct causing, or intending to cause, damage to persons or property, or disorderly conduct;
4.5 falsification, misappropriation or misuse of Institute documents or records or other such materials;
4.6 theft, misappropriation or misapplication of, or negligence in dealing with the funds or property of others;
4.7 gross or repeated offensive behaviour towards any member of the Institute staff;
4.8 failure to comply with a request to produce student identification card or any reasonable request made by any member of the Institute staff who is authorised to make such a request;
4.9 refusal to leave any Institute building or the grounds when requested to do so by a member of the Institute staff;
4.10 failure to comply with any of the Institute Regulations, including those concerning no-smoking rules, parking of vehicles and use of Institute thoroughfares, freedom of speech, discrimination and harassment, examinations, the use of the library, computing facilities, and such other regulations which may be issued from time to time.

Consumption of Alcohol

There are designated areas in the Institute where the consumption of alcohol is permitted. These are the Hotel and Catering Training areas and other such areas of the Institute as may be designated from time to time. The consumption of alcohol in any other area of the Institute or its grounds is not permitted and may lead to disciplinary action.

If a club or society wishes to hold an event in the Institute where alcohol will be served, permission to do so must be obtained from the President, or nominee, seven days before the event is due to take place. Any student found to be under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted to participate in any class, workshop, laboratory or any other form of teaching activity. 

Consumption of Controlled Substances

The possession, consumption or distribution of narcotics or other illicit or banned substances is illegal. Any person(s) found in possession, consuming, receiving or distributing such products or found under the influence of narcotics or other such substance within any of the buildings or any of the grounds under the jurisdiction of Cork Institute of Technology will be immediately reported to the appropriate Authorities.

Any infringement of these regulations will be considered to be a serious breach of the discipline code and will likely result in the expulsion from the Institute of the person(s) concerned.

Copyright

Students are advised that any unauthorised use of copyright material is prohibited. The Institute will actively discourage all breaches of copyright in respect of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, computer software and any other works which constitute intellectual property. Infringement of copyright may lead to criminal prosecution or civil action by the copyright owner. Any student who faces legal action for infringement of copyright may also be disciplined by the Institute.

Safety

The Institute is committed to ensuring that all those who come onto Institute property can do so without any fear as to their personal safety. In particular the Institute is bound by the terms of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989 and the Fire Services Act, 1981. Students shall not engage in any act of vandalism or other such act which would leave the Institute open to prosecution under these acts.

Attendance

To be allowed to sit for an examination subject, a student is required to have satisfactory attendance in the subject. Attendance requirements will be communicated to each student by the Head of Department or a member of the academic staff acting on his/her behalf. Not withstanding the foregoing those students in receipt of European Social Fund (ESF) grants must comply with all the requirements attached to these grants. These requirements may be obtained from the Accounts Office.

Use of Mobile Phones

The use of mobile phones is not permitted while a class, laboratory, workshop or other teaching activity is taking place. Mobile phone use is not permitted in any area of the Institute where a sign prohibiting use is displayed.

Personal Property

The Institute does not accept responsibility for the personal belongings, books and equipment of students whilst on Institute premises.

Observance of the Law

Students are expected at all times to obey and uphold the law while within the perimeters of Cork Institute of Technology. Breaches of the law especially those leading to criminal prosecution and conviction may lead to disciplinary proceedings being initiated against the offending student.

Summary Procedures

The Disciplinary Committee is responsible to the President for the establishment of operating procedures related to disciplinary matters, for adjudication on referred breaches of regulations by students, for the establishment of appropriate penalties and their imposition where appropriate. The Disciplinary Procedure can be found in Appendix 1 of the Student Regulations Booklet .

The Disciplinary Committee will establish, with the approval of the President, a manual of prescribed offences together with appropriate penalties. These penalties may be directly applied to the offender by any Head of Department, a member of the academic staff or support staff subject to the approval of his/her Head of Department, or the Librarian, the Caretaker and the Canteen Manager with the approval of the Registrar.

Unlisted offences which are likely to be of a serious nature will be referred to the Disciplinary Committee who will undertake a full enquiry following the established student discipline procedure and may impose a penalty on the offender.

Apart from the rights any individual may have in relation to appealing to the statutory courts a student may exercise the option of appealing the decision of the Disciplinary Committee to the Disciplinary Appeals Committee which responds directly to the Governing Body. 

Students should note that the non-payment of penalty fines, where imposed, constitutes a debt owing to the Institute and may render them liable to further sanctions and/or withdrawal of services.