Otago Polytechnic
  Introduction

This document provides key information, lists the rights and responsibilities and an overview of some of the policies that affect all students at Otago Polytechnic, both domestic and international. These policies are available in full on the Polytechnic’s website http://www.op.ac.nz/about-us/governance-and- management/policies/ or can be obtained from the Otago Polytechnic Students’ Association (OPSA) or school offices. Policies are subject to review and revision. For any significant change there is a consultation phase which enables you to have your say. Following approval of new or changed policies that affect students, OPSA and the Student subgroup are notified. Assistance with any of the issues covered in this document can be obtained from Polytechnic staff or the OPSA office (located in the Mason Centre, Forth Street, phone 03 477 6974, e-mail opsa.presidents@opsa.org.nz).

An Arrival Guide for International Students outlining specific rights and responsibilities is given to all prospective and enrolling international students. This Arrival Guidehttps://www.op.ac.nz/assets/marketing/2015/Pre-Departure-Arrival-Guide-FA-WEB.pdf for International Students contains specific information which the Ministry of Educations Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 requires. Further information on the code is available at http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/education-code-of-practice/

  Building Capability (work readiness)

Our programmes are designed to help you build your capabilities so that you are ready for work when you graduate. At Otago Polytechnic being capable (work ready) means that you are personally effective, future focused and able to practise sustainably. Capability means being able to take action in your work and your personal life.

As a personally effective individual you will be skilled at making the best use of the time and resources at your disposal to achieve goals. You will have strong interpersonal skills and build positive relationships, taking responsibility for your actions and seeking feedback to improve your performance.

As a future focused individual you will be able to look forward and will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and attributes to seize learning opportunities throughout life to broaden your abilities and to adapt to change.

In practising sustainably you will be able to apply frameworks of sustainable practice (ecological, social, political and economic) to the context of your industry or field of study, in order to challenge existing practices and develop more sustainable ways of operating.

Our programmes are designed to purposefully build learner capability. They do this by incorporating a variety of authentic work experiences including practical learning, individual and group projects, simulations and real world work placements. These, and other self-managed learning opportunities, will enable you to acquire the skills, knowledge, attitudes and confidence to follow your chosen career pathway and to be ready for employment or self-employment.

In addition to the specific knowledge and skills needed for your qualification you will learn about sustainability because we recognise the need to prepare our graduates to contribute to a sustainable future, where economic, social, political and environmental dimensions are in balance.

Adult literacy and numeracy skills are important to maintain a healthy society, to help individuals to develop, and to build a skilled and productive workforce. Literacy and numeracy is embedded in all our courses at levels 1-3 and all students in these programmes are required to complete the adult literacy and numeracy assessment at both the beginning and end of their programme. These assessments measure gains in literacy and numeracy made during the programme.

Digital information literacy is essential for modern life. As a student you will use computer and internet skills to access your learning material, produce your course work, and to communicate with your teachers. Graduates from Otago Polytechnic will be well equipped with digital information literacy to participate in a knowledge-based society.

We have a memorandum of understanding with Kai Tahu and demonstrate this relationship in many ways by attending to appropriate protocols such as mihi whakatau and by ensuring that curriculum content and delivery includes appropriate Treaty of Waitangi related learning.

We work closely with professions, industries and employers and advisory groups to ensure our programmes and teachers remain current and that we know what our graduates need to be able to do. We strive to provide you with a learning environment that challenges, inspires and motivates you to gain the qualification and skills that are sought after by employers or that will equip you to establish your own business.

We take pride in the personalised approach to learning and we recognise the teacher: student relationship as an important partnership to help you to realise your potential and achieve your goals. Our on-campus programmes have a mix of online, face to face, self-managed learning activities and authentic work epxeriences designed to help you learn and to develop capability.

We are developing ways to measure learner capability with the intention that you will be able to assess yourself and track your progress and development. A final assessment on completion of your qualification will give you information you can share with a future employer about your broader capability skills and readiness for work.

  Structure of the Polytechnic

The Otago Polytechnic Council is the governing body of Otago Polytechnic. Members of the Council are appointed by the Minister of Education. Council usually meets monthly and has defined responsibilities for governing the Polytechnic.

Council employs the Chief Executive, Phil Ker, who is responsible for leading and managing the Polytechnic. The Chief Executive employs all other staff. Included in the Chief Executive’s Strategic Leadership Team are:

> Deputy Chief Executive Learner Experience

> Deputy Chief Executive Learning and Teaching Services

> Deputy Chief Executive M¯aori Development/Kaitohutohu

> Deputy Chief Executive People, Performance and Development

> Deputy Chief Executive Chief Operating Officer Corporate Services

The organisational chart below illustrates the reporting lines to the Chief Executive’s Strategic Leadership team.

The Polytechnic is required to have an Academic Board which ensures that you have quality programmes; it is made up of representatives of key groups and student representatives. It meets monthly and is usually chaired by the Chief Executive. Academic Board has a number of Standing Committees such as Research and Postgraduate  Committee, and ProgrammeApprovals Committee. A number of other committees are convened for specific purposes such as the  Research Ethics Committee, the Library Committee or an Appeals Committee when necessary. Should you wish to raise a matter with any of these committees, please contact the Chief Executive’s Office who will be able to put you in touch with the relevant person.

The Polytechnic is divided into ten academic areas referred to as either school, institute or college, plus a Central Otago regional campus in Cromwell and an international campus in Auckland. Otago Polytechnic also has Community Learning Centres located in Mosgiel and Cromwell. Each academic area has a Head of School/College who is responsible for the academic management within their area. The Head of School/College reports to the Deputy Chief Executive Learner Experience, as noted above.

  Your Rights and Responsibilities

Otago Polytechnic provides a range of support services for its domestic and international students, some of which are outlined below. Remember that if you are unsure of what to do, you can contact the Customer Services Centre located on the ground floor of the Geoff Mason Centre, your school office, members of the Student Success Team or the Otago Polytechnic Students Association (OPSA) who are there to help and advocate for you. The Student Success Team is located in the Hub on the ground floor of H block and OPSA is located on the ground floor of the Geoff Mason Centre.

The services below, and others, are also described in the Prospectus “Career Pathways” and in pamphlets available at the various facilities. There is a vast amount of information available for students on the Otago Polytechnic website www.otagopolytechnic.ac.nz; the student hub www.op.ac.nz/studenthub and Moodle, our Learning Management System. We encourage you to become familiar with these information sources.

Otago Polytechnic is committed to providing an environment that is enjoyable, safe and secure for all students, staff and visitors. All Polytechnic students should be guided by principles of openness, fairness and respect, and should be able to engage in the activities of learning in a manner that strives for excellence.

The rights and responsibilities in this document apply to ‘all’ students, and act as a guide to the policies and practices within the Polytechnic.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

While these rights and responsibilities apply to ‘all’ students, Otago Polytechnic as a signatory to The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016,  http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2016/0057/latest/DLM6748147.html has additional responsibilities towards  international students. Code of Practice resources are available in different languages http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/education-code-of-practice/code-of-practice-resources-languages/

Likewise international students also have additional responsibilities to maintain the conditions of their study visa.

Any issues regarding international fees that are not able to be resolved refer to MP0354 Student Fees, MP0351 Students Withdrawal and Refund Policy for Year 2017 (“Refund Policy”), or MP0357 Cancellations, Withdrawals and Transfers of International Students for Auckland International Campus.

Any other complaints not able to be resolved refer to AP0603 Resolution of Student Complaints (refer to complaints / discipline section below).

Complaints not resolved to International student’s satisfaction can be referred to NZQA http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/make-a-complaint/make-a-complaint-about-a-provider/

  Rights

Our commitment to you is to create an environment where you have all the information and tools required to succeed in your study. The services you should expect are:

> to receive clear, accurate and up to date course advice for all courses/programmes

> to have quality learning and teaching experiences from enthusiastic teachers who communicate effectively with you

> to be informed about what is expected of you as a student

> to have access to information that will assist in your course/programme,  including relevant policy and procedures that affect you as a student

> to be supported in your learning with up-to-date information and course content by staff who are sufficiently current and up-to-date in their respective areas of expertise

> to receive clear information on how and when assessments will be conducted

> to receive fair, timely and constructive information on your performance in your course/programme

> to be able to provide feedback about the course / programme and teaching that you are engaged with,without fear or anxiety about giving that feedback

> to receive feedback on changes to the course / programme as a consequence of feedback provided by students

> to have reasonable opportunities to have a say about how the Polytechnic operates

> to be treated with respect by students and staff

> to learn in an environment that is free from bullying, harassment or discrimination, including online forums

> to have access to clear and appropriate procedures for dealing with grievances

> to have reasonable access to facilities, student support services, and appropriate resources

> to be members of a students’ association

You have the right to a safe and supportive environment and should feel comfortable asking questions or clarifying information with staff. Should you have any concerns or feel you are being disadvantaged; a good place to start is talking to your Programme Manager, your Head of School/College, OPSA or a member of the Student Success Team.

  Responsibilities

There are a number of general rules within Otago Polytechnic policies which are set to protect people’s health, safety, your rights and the rights of others. In exercising your rights as a student you are expected to accept the following responsibilities:

> to take responsibility for your own behaviour and to take responsibility for your own learning including:

> to be self-motivated and self-directed including undertaking preparation work when expected

> to actively participate in your programme of study

> to put your best efforts into your study

> to meet all obligations such as due dates for work and assessments

> to submit work which is your own

> to keep to time with classes and timetables or agreed appointments

> to treat all individuals and property with respect

> to have awareness for the well-being and safety of others

> to participate in providing constructive and useful feedback on teaching, courses and programmes

> to promote an environment that is safe and free from bullying, harassment and discrimination, including online forums

> to make yourself aware of policies, procedures and rules and to abide by them

> to use the resources and facilities of the Polytechnic with regard to others

> to inform the school if you are unable to attend class, practicals or assessments

> to ensure that you have sufficient personal insurance cover for loss of property in the event that your own property is damaged, lost or stolen

> to be aware and comply with the Copyright Act 1994, covered in policy AP0200 Copyright

> to be aware and comply with the Polytechnic’s position on intellectual property with respect to student outputs or outcomes, see policies MP1100 Intellectual Property and MP1103 Intellectual Property - Matauranga M¯aori

The above responsibilities also apply to staff.

  Unacceptable Behaviours

The following behaviours are not acceptable at Otago Polytechnic, and may result in disciplinary 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, bullying or intimidatory behaviour or acts of aggression

> stealing

> vandalism

> any other criminal behaviour that is likely to result in police or legal investigation

The University of Otago’s Proctor who manages Campus Watch staff has delegated authority from Otago

Polytechnic to deal with Otago Polytechnic students found behaving inappropriately or illegally.

* refer to “Complaints / Discipline” section.

  Academic Progress

You are expected to make satisfactory progress. Failure to make satisfactory academic progress (i.e. pass 50% or more credits in enrolled courses of study) will result in a review and in the first instance you will be provided with opportunities to improve performance through support from the Student Success Team. Should you continue to fail to reach a satisfactory academic standard you may be excluded from study at the Polytechnic for a period of one year and/or be required to demonstrate your ability to succeed (policy AP0521 Programme Entry, Continuation and Exclusion).There are also implications with future Studylink student loans and allowances if you do not make satisfactory academic progress. For all information regarding loans and allowances refer to the Studylink website http://www.studylink.govt.nz/ 

International Students should also refer to AP0710 International Student Attainment and Attendance.

  Complaints / Discipline

Should a complaint be made against you, you will be requested to attend an interview with the Head of School/College to investigate the allegation and determine a pathway forward. The complaint may be referred to the Director: Quality Services for resolution (refer to policy AP0603 Resolution of Student Complaints).

Should you wish to make a complaint, policy AP0603 Resolution of Student Complaints is on our student intranet site “Study” and will guide you through the process. The complaints process consists of a number of stages; there is a choice for the student at each stage and there are also prescribed practices for both students and staff.

If you break the rules, you may be subject to disciplinary procedures. The Director: Quality Servcies has the power to decide on a range of disciplinary measures including suspending or excluding you, cancelling your academic results and fining you (refer to policies AP0521 Programme Entry, Continuation and Exclusion and AP0602 Student Discipline).

  Harassment and Bullying

You have the right to study in a harassment and bully free environment.  Otago Polytechnic has a policy, MP445 Harassment and Bullying Prevention and Management, for the prevention of harassment and bullying and a procedure for dealing with complaints.

Harassment and bullying offends people.  In some instances it may be unlawful.  Harassment may be sexual in nature or based on that person’s gender, race, colour, age, disability, physical appearance, marital or family status, religion, political opinion or sexual orientation. Bullying is unwelcome and unreasonable behaviour which includes victimisation, humiliation, undermining or threatening behaviour and may involve the actions of individuals or a group.

Harassment and bullying can be:

>verbal behaviour – saying things to or about a person, or talking within the hearing of others about subjects that may be offensive, shouting, mimicking

>visual behaviour – writing, drawing, posters, txt, pxt, posting and downloading or displaying offensive material eg. Facebook, myspace, blogs, wikis

>physical behaviour – inappropriate touching, gestures or invading personal spaced, being overbearing, excluding a person from a group

>behaviour that is hurtful, unwelcome or offensive to the person receiving it.

The names of trained harassment and bullying contact people are displayed throughout the Polytechnic, or you can contact any lecturer, Head of School/College or OPSA if you have a concern or complaint.

  Privacy

Otago Polytechnic collects and stores personal information relating to your enrolment and academic progress, as well as information required by various agencies including the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand Qualifications Authority and others. All information is collected, stored and managed in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993.

You have the right to request to see and correct if necessary the information you have provided. If you wish to enquire about personal information held by Otago Polytechnic please contact Customer Services. You will be required to provide some form of valid ID such as a drivers licence or passport  if you wish to access your personal information.

  Finding the Right Programme

Information about available programmes and qualifications is published in the Programme Guide which comes out every year, usually in the preceding May, and is available on the Otago Polytechnic’s website. Staff can give you more information if you need it. Recruitment advisers will give you help with general issues about programmes. They can be contacted through the Marketing office.

  Application / Enrolment

When you sign your Application/Enrolment form you agree to comply with and be bound by the rules and regulations of Otago Polytechnic. Before you can be enrolled it may be necessary for you to provide the staff in Customer Services, Forth Street, or at our Cromwell or Auckland campus, a verified (certified) copy of a formal document that proves you are who you say you are. This document is usually a Birth Certificate or Passport. A Marriage Certificate or Deed Poll document may also be required if your name differs from that on your Birth Certificate or Passport. Staff in Customer Services or at our other campuses can explain this to you if you are not sure. The Ministry of Social Development also requires us to collect certain information. Make sure that you fill out all the mandatory fields in your application/enrolment form or it may hold up your enrolment, your loan, your allowance, your results, or all four. Enrolment is not complete until you have provided all required documentation and information.

If your programme lasts longer than one year, you will have to enrol again each year and we will need to re- confirm your details for each separate year or separate programme you attend. You are expected to keep your personal details in the Student Management System up to date.

  Fees

An indication of fees for 2017 is available in our 2017 Programme Guide, Programme Information Sheets or the Otago Polytechnic website. Domestic Student full fee payments are due within 14 days of the date of the invoice or by the programme/course start date, whichever is the latter.

We accept a number of payment methods including EFT POS, cheque, credit card or student loan. Cash is not a preferred payment method, see section regarding large cash payments.

If you haven’t paid your fees, your enrolment is not complete. You might still be able to go to classes  if you are waiting for a student loan or if you prove that your employer is going to pay. If you don’t pay, you may be asked to leave the programme. Outstanding unpaid fees will result in debt collection processes being implemented. This is undertaken through a debt collection agency. It is important to note that debt collection action would provide adverse information on a credit check and may result in a declined credit application.

If a student owes the Otago Polytechnic money for fees or any other item, the student will be prevented from graduating or receiving their awards until the debt has been paid in full. Students may also be prevented from re-enrolling in further courses of study. If you have difficulty paying, talk to the Student Fees Co-ordinator or the Team Leader Customer Services. In special circumstances, you can be given a short time to make final payment.

  Loans and Allowances

StudyLink provides financial support to students and helps them to make informed decisions about student finances and other study-related issues. The StudyLink website (http://www.studylink.govt.nz/) provides information and tools for students.

  Large Cash Payments for Course Fees

Cash payments over $500 will not be accepted at Customer Services. Bank deposit slips for Otago Polytechnic are available at Customer Services. Students can either take the money and the deposit slip to Otago Polytechnic’s Westpac Bank and pay their fees directly, or take the deposit slip to their own bank for payment of their fees by transfer to Otago Polytechnic. 

  Thinking of leaving or changing your programme?

Finding that your programme is too tough, or not what you expected?

Family and personal problems getting in the way of study?

Feeling isolated?

Struggling to cope financially, or worried about debt?

Students sometimes have doubts about whether to continue with their studies. It may be that something has happened recently that makes you question whether staying on is the right thing to do. Or, it could be a gradual build up of pressures that makes you question your ability to cope. It is at these times that leaving Otago Polytechnic may seem to provide a quick solution to a seemingly unsolvable problem. But, this may not be the right decision.

Have you stopped to think it through? 

 

You will need to think about your academic options

 

> should you suspend your studies?

> should you transfer programmes?

> do you need additional study support?

 

You will need to think about finances

 

> are you getting all the money that you are entitled to?

> are you worried about getting into debt?

> you will need to think about the financial consequences of leaving Otago Polytechnic

 

You will need to think about employment

 

> do you need help with seeking employment?

> do your CV and job hunting skills need updating?

> do you need help with finding part-time work?

It is very important that you allow time to reflect on these things. It is advisable that you discuss your thoughts and plans with someone in the first instance.

What to do … 

Contact the Student Success Team by email studentsuccess@op.ac.nz or drop in and see them in The Hub on the ground floor of H Block, or phone 0800 762 786. 

  Refund of Fees

If you formally withdraw from a programme or part of a programme, you may be entitled to a fee refund. The refund policy is detailed and can be found in full on the Intranet; MP0351 Students Withdrawal and Refund Policy for Year 2017 (“Refund Policy”).

The key points of Otago Polytechnic’s refund policy are specified in the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. This applies to all students except those enrolled at the Otago Polytechnic Auckland International Campus; where Policy MP0357 Cancellations, Withdrawals and Transfers of International Students for Auckland International Campus applies.

  Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

(including Credit Transfer, Cross Credits and Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning)

The Polytechnic wants to give you credit for study you have already finished or for work or other experience you may have that will help you with your programme. If this is formal tertiary study completed at this or another recognised tertiary institution, you may be eligible for credits to be transferred to your programme of study. Informal learning in the form of work or other life experience may also be recognised. Crediting previous study or experience is covered by the Academic policy AP0501 Recognition of Prior Learning.

If you want us to recognise things you have already done, please contact the Head of School, advise what it is you have done, provide evidence and ask for it to be recognised. We will then set up a process which enables you to demonstrate that you possess the required skills and knowledge to be credited with the appropriate units of learning. This process often needs to be quite comprehensive.

For credit transfer and cross credits you will be required to provide evidence of any prior achievements such as NZQA Record of Learning, Result Transcript or Academic Transcript from another education provider. As the cost varies for RPL this will be discussed on an individual basis. 

  Attendance / Engagement

During your time at Otago Polytechnic you will engage in different types of learning - a mix of traditional face-to-face teaching, self directed learning and electronic learning  activities such as online learning materials, online discussions or assessments, as well as work experience placements.

The Polytechnic expects full and active participation from students. Our experience clearly shows that failure to attend or participate in required activities will impact on your ability to successfully meet the requirements of your course and may result in failure of the course (refer to policy AP0521 Programme Entry, Continuation and Exclusion).

If you are sick and unable to attend or there is some other valid reason preventing you from attending, you should let your teaching staff know as soon as practicable. 

  Feedback

Here at Otago Polytechnic, we welcome your feedback which we use to improve what we do. We have a number of mechanisms in place to receive feedback and on many occasions throughout your time with us you will be asked to provide feedback on your courses, your programme, your teachers and your experiences with us. We have Polytechnic-wide surveys, individual course evaluations, and feedback on teaching. These give us important information about our courses and our programmes, our schools, our staff and about your experiences. The surveys also help us to make comparisons across the Polytechnic and with other tertiary providers in New Zealand and in Australia.

Most surveys and evaluations are online. We strongly encourage you to take these opportunities to have your voice heard to drive improvement during your time at Otago Polytechnic and in the future.

We take all feedback seriously and use it to develop our courses/programmes and support services to match the needs and requirements of our student body. Steps taken to address feedback are reported back to you through courses, programmes, schools and on Moodle.

Having your say does make a difference. With your help we can ensure that all our learners have outstanding experiences, that Otago Polytechnic meets the needs of all its learners and that we achieve our vision of being New Zealand’s leading Polytechnic. 

  Assessments

As a student you are entitled to assessments that are valid, fair and reliable. The Polytechnic policy is set out in AP0900 Assessment.

Important points regarding this policy are:

> You will be informed in writing of the dates and times of your assessments in the first two weeks of your programme. You will also be informed in writing of any procedures that pertain to resits or re- submissions.

> There are definite rules regarding cheating and plagiarism (using someone else’s work and pretending it is your own). Breaking these rules may result in academic penalty (see policy AP0607 Cheating).

> You have the right to see your marked exam script and a marking schedule for written assessments.

> If you believe you have been unfairly treated in an assessment, you have the right to appeal the decision. Often these misunderstandings can be cleared up with your lecturer but if you are not satisfied you should follow the process set out in policy AP0600 Academic Appeal Process for Students. Note that the appeal process contains time constraints which must be met, so please ensure you apply early.

> If you are prevented from sitting an assessment, you may be eligible for an aegrotat mark. (An aegrotat mark is an estimate of the mark you would have achieved if you could have sat the assessment. It is based on your previous assessment results.) The procedure for aegrotats is set out in policy AP0907 Impaired Performance/Aegrotat.

> If you are prevented from doing your best in an assessment because of illness or circumstances beyond your control, you may be eligible for consideration because of impaired performance. See policy AP0907 Impaired Performance/Aegrotat for procedures.

If you have any concerns about how you are assessed you may wish to discuss this with your Lecturer, Programme Manager, Head of School/College, the Student Success Team or OPSA.

  Completion of your Programme

Students, except for those on some very short courses, are entitled to an award on successfully completing a programme. This may be a certificate, diploma, undergraduate degree or a postgraduate degree.

The Polytechnic holds two graduation ceremonies during the year, usually in March and December. These are special occasions celebrating your success. You will be allowed to invite guests and you will be required to wear appropriate academic regalia when collecting your award. In order to graduate, you will need to have met some conditions such as successfully completing your programme and having paid all fees including library fines. You would normally expect to graduate at the next available graduation ceremony following your successful completion of your programme.

See policy AP1003 Graduation.

  Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

This is a copy of the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment for domestic and international students. If you are studying at Otago Polytechnic Auckland International Campus the terms and conditions can be found on the website http://www.op.ac.nz/international/important-information/. In signing the declaration on the enrolment form you accepted these terms and conditions.

FEES

Confirmation of enrolment will be provided in the form of an invoice.

Payment is due within 14 days of the date of the invoice and NO LATER than the programme start date. Any student who wishes to dispute the fees due must do so within one month of receiving the invoice or statement. A request to review the fees or account balance must be made within this month, in writing to the Customer Services Manager, Otago Polytechnic. At the discretion of Otago Polytechnic, and with just cause, this period may be extended. Once the request is received, the review will be completed within seven (7) working days. Once the review is completed, any outstanding balance is due immediately.

Depending on the programme or course, fees charged will be one or several of: Student fee, Internet fee, ID card/Library Card fee, Examination fee(s), Student Health Levy, NZQA Unit Standard fees,  and Application Processing fee. Failure to pay any invoice(s) by the due date means you will then be liable for all costs and expenses (including legal costs, debt collection agent fees, and this may affect your credit rating) which may be incurred in the recovery or attempted recovery of the overdue amount from you. Under these circumstances Otago Polytechnic may give to, or obtain from, any relevant third party information held about your personal or commercial credit arrangements. Academic Results for a student will be withheld for any course or programme where fees or any other debt remains unpaid. A student will be prevented from graduating or receiving their award(s) until their debt has been paid in full. The student will also be prevented from re-enrolling in further courses of study.

CANCELLATION OF PROGRAMME OR COURSE

Enrolment in a programme or course is conditional upon and subject to sufficient numbers of students enrolling in the programme or course.

TRANSFERS

Transfers are negotiated with the Head of School or Programme Manager. There are no penalties; however, there may be additional fees required or a refund may be due. Where a student loan has been used to pay fees the refund will need to be returned to StudyLink and a new loan drawn down for the new programme.

WITHDRAWALS AND/OR REFUNDS

The key points of Otago Polytechnic’s refund policy, MP0351 Students Withdrawal and Refund Policy forYear 2017 are summarised below. If you have any questions, contact your school or Customer Services. Make sure you understand the refund policy before enrolling.

If you want to leave your programme or course, you must formally withdraw by filling out a withdrawal form (available from the School Administrator) and then returning it to the School Administrator. Withdrawal is confirmed from the date this form is received by Otago Polytechnic, and will be used when processing your withdrawal in the Student Management System (SMS). The final date for withdrawing from courses in a programme that commences in 2017 and receiving a refund will be identified on the student’s invoice. NB The $250 administration fee is included in the fees paid but is separated from the fees refund if a student withdraws before the last date for withdrawal with a refund.

Please note: If you have more than four consecutive weeks of non-attendance in classes, or non- participation in required online activities associated with your programme or course, and we are unable to contact you, you will be withdrawn. 

 

DATE OF ADVICE OF WITHDRAWAL

 

CLASSIFICATION

 

REFUND DUE

(OF FEES PAID)

 

LESS ADMINISTRATION CHARGE

PER WITHDRAWAL FORM

 

ACADEMIC RESULT

 

Before the programme start date

 

Not started

 

100%

 

No fee

 

No result recorded

 

Domestic Students - for first 10%

 

Programme commenced

 

100%

 

$250 GST incl

 

No result recorded

Before a course start date where a prerequisite course is not passed

Not started

100%

No Fee

No Result Recorded

 

International

Students – for first

10%

 

Programme commenced

 

100%

 

$500 GST incl

 

No result recorded

 

Capable NZ Facilitation

 

Before facilitation/ assessment process commences

 

100%

 

$250 GST incl

 

No result recorded

 

Capable NZ Facilitation

 

From commencement of facilitation/assessment process

 

Varies depending on services consumed

 

$250 GST incl

 

Withdrawn

 

After the last date for withdrawal with a refund but before

80% of the course/programme is completed

 

Withdrawal

 

Nil

 

Nil

 

Withdrawn

 

After 80% of the programme duration completed

 

Any withdrawal from a programme will not be processed in the SMS

 

Nil

 

Nil

 

Did Not Complete (DNC) or Grade attained

(Refer to Grade Table for programme)

 

Final result entered or programme completed

 

Any withdrawal from a programme will not be processed in the SMS

 

Nil

 

Nil

 

Result or Grade attained

Stand Alone Courses/Short Courses: for a stand alone course which is part of a programme or for short courses the last date for withdrawal with a refund is usually the first day of the course or short course, which equates to 10% of the course. A $50 GST incl administration fee will be charged for a withdrawal after the course starts and before 10% elapses.

Compassionate consideration: if you withdraw after the last date for withdrawal with a refund, you may be eligible to apply to Customer Services for compassionate consideration. Compassionate consideration may be considered for the following reasons:

> Medical, supported in writing by a health professional

> Work related, supported by a letter from an employer

Customer Services will advise the result of the application for compassionate consideration.

An exit interview with either the Student Support Advisor or the Career Counsellor will be required as a part of the withdrawal process.

PRIVACY (PERSONAL INFORMATION)

The Polytechnic collects and stores information about students to comply with various statutes and/or regulations, to enable us to make decisions regarding your academic progress, and to provide you with evidence of your academic achievements. This information may be also shared with other Otago Polytechnic schools/areas on a "need to know" basis, and is used to arrange appropriate support for students. After graduation your contact information is used for the graduate destination survey and provided to the Alumni office.

Where it is relevant, personal information may be disclosed to other agencies such as, but not limited to: the Ministry of Education, Audit New Zealand, New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Industry Training Organisations, industry licensing and registration bodies, other tertiary institutions and providers of work experience for students in courses with a practical component. Upon failure to comply with AP0710 International Student Attainment and Attendance policy, information may also be provided to the parent, guardian or caregiver of an International student. In addition, when required by law, we will release information as directed. An information matching agreement exists between the Ministry of Social Development and Otago Polytechnic, which allows payment of loans and allowances. We will provide information to Otago Polytechnic Students’ Association for its membership records.

Students have the right to request to see and correct if necessary the information you have provided. If you wish to enquire about personal information held by Otago Polytechnic please contact Customer Services. You will be required to provide some form of valid ID such as a drivers licence or passport if you wish to access your personal information.

Information

  Supporting your Success – The Student Success Team

Starting life as a new student can be exciting as well as challenging. Our Student Success team is here to support you and make sure your time at Otago Polytechnic is rewarding and fun!

The Student Success Team can be found in The Hub (ground floor of H block) or email studentsuccess@op.ac.nz

Student Advisor and Student Success Team Leader

Brayden Murray - bmurray@op.ac.nz

Our Student Advisor, Brayden is based on the Dunedin campus and is available anytime to talk to in person, via phone or email. Brayden and his Student Success team can help with any personal problems and study issues as you settle into life at Otago Polytechnic, and offer continued assistance throughout the academic year.

  Maori Support

Te Punaka Owheo - tepunakaowheo@op.ac.nz

The kaitautoko is available to provide guidance and support to Māori students on a range of individual issues as well as providing specific support for Māori students to achieve their study goals, they are one of the Te Punaka. Examples of assistance are:

  • Programme enrolment and enquiries
  • Student loans and allowances
  • Student wellbeing
  • Accessing grants and scholarships
  • Facilitating applications
  • Sourcing information
  • Student advocacy
  • Endorsement/Certification or referral to appropriate Endorsers/Certifiers
  • Whanaungataka
  • Manaakitaka
  Te Punaka Owheo - Dunedin Campus, off Harbour Terrace

tepunakaowheo@op.ac.nz

Te Punaka Owheo is the Polytechnic’s Māori Centre and it includes Poho which is the Māori student space, equipped with computers, internet and a kitchen. There is kai available for breakfast. We also cook lunches for Māori students every Wednesday at 12pm, so pop in and meet the Māori staff and other Māori students.

  Pasifika Support

Anna Seiuli - anna.seiuli@op.ac.nz

After enrolment, all Pacific Island Students will be contacted by the Pasifika Student Advisor via a letter, email, phone call or txt welcoming you to Otago Polytechnic. Regular Fono are held during the year and all Pasifika students are encouraged to attend.

There are scholarships for prospective students and students already attending programmes at Otago Polytechnic. There are also specific scholarships for Pacific Island students studying health related courses.

  Disability Support

Danni Roberts – droberts@op.ac.nz

Disability Support is a free service to support students who identify as having a disability, usually on their application/enrolment form, that will impact on their ability to participate in their learning. Danni Roberts provides support tailored to your individual needs, this may include classroom note-takers, readers/writers, tutors, equipment, adaptive technology, orientation and liaison with lecturing staff and community agencies.

Students can expect to receive professional, timely and an ethical service. The rights of students to be treated equitably and with respect are acknowledged.

Students whose disability necessitates organising specialised services are responsible for making early contact with the Disability Service / Student Advisory Team. Students who leave this to the last minute may find that it is difficult for arrangements to be coordinated in a timely manner.

To seek assistance you will need to have indicated that you require support on your enrolment form. You are required to supply supporting documentation describing the nature of your disability or medical condition and any impact that it will have in an educational context to the Student Success Team. This is particularly important with hidden disabilities or medical conditions.

  Wellbeing Support

Danni Roberts – droberts@op.ac.nz

Wellbeing support is available for students who feel they are challenged by emotional, work/life balance, relationships, study workload or any other stress that is impacting on their study. Danni can support you to identify what the impacts are, and offer practical advice and options. Together we will structure a support plan that best suits your needs while studying at Otago Polytechnic.  Setting achievable goals, problem solving, respect, confidentiality, advocacy are also some of the things you can gain from this support.

  International

Sheena Roy sheenar@op.ac.nz and Yvonne Fogarty yfogarty@op.ac.nz or email studentsuccess@op.ac.nz

Sheena and Yvonne are the International Student Advisors and is dedicated to assisting international students before and during their studies. She will assist students to settle into Dunedin and their work to ensure students get personalised support during their study. Sheena can also assist with Student Visa applications and any claims students have for Medical and Health insurance.

  International Homestay - Dunedin Campus

Ava Garcia agarcia@op.ac.nz

Some international students choose to live in a “homestay” for their first year and live with a family in their home. Homestays are available to Dunedin campus based international students at a cost of $231 per week and include three meals a day. There is a one-off placement fee of $250. You will have your own bedroom with a single bed, desk and wardrobe. Some homestay hosts provide you with the internet, or allow you to use it at home for a small fee, but you can also access the internet at Otago Polytechnic or pay for a wireless connection to be setup. 

  Learning Advisors

Kristen Bracey / Jean Monk / Rose Stanton / Ross Gilbertson - studentsuccess@op.ac.nz

Our learning advisors Kristen, Jean, Rose and Ross, provide learning support services to all enrolled students. These services include:

> One-on-one appointments

> Facilitated study groups and tutorials

> English grammar and literacy development

> Hand-outs and study cards

> Online information and support for distance students.

For more information about our team or to view our free online learning resources click here. 

  Career Support

Patricia Quensell – patriciaq@op.ac.nz

Patricia offers expert guidance and a friendly ear to help you make informed career decisions based on you own personal values, goals and interests. She can discuss career options, a possible course of study, job applications or interviews, or any other career-related topic. Patricia takes an holistic approach to career guidance. Reflecting on what is important to you will help you decide on the next step towards your career goals.

The service Patricia provides includes:

>Individual career guidance and planning

>Drop-in career support

>A broad range of career information

>Employability workshops.  

  Chaplaincy

Mike Wright – chaplain@op.ac.nz

Mike Wright is your friendly Campus Chaplain, he is here to help you achieve your career and life goals by encouraging and supporting you wherever you are in your life’s journey.  Mike offers a service that is inclusive, open, non-judgmental and confidential, and free! He is here to listen and walk with you through whatever issues are important to you. Chaplaincy services and activities include:

>pastoral care & support

>bereavement & grief support

>prayer, with you or for you

>retreats

>help with homesickness

>sacramental ministry

>supervision & mentoring

>resource people for seminars, forums

>inter-faith liaison

>support for Christian & other faith groups

>spiritual support & encouragement

>graduation thanksgiving services

>services of blessing (for flats…)

>articles in student press

>worship opportunities

>weddings

>visits to colleges, schools, departments

>funeral, prayer & memorial services

>exploring ethical and moral issues

>liaison with and referral to other support services

 

The Chaplain’s Office located in the Student Hub (ground floor of F block, or you can contact him on 479 6094 or 021 735 286 or chaplain@op.ac.nz 

  Student Health

Dunedin

Conveniently located on our Dunedin Campus, the Student Health Centre provides the same services offered by your family doctor. It also promotes health education, and offers health screening tests, nutrition advice, vaccinations and some minor surgery options. There is usually a doctor and nurses in attendance. The cost is $15 or free if you have a current Community Services card. Some services such as vaccinations, minor surgical procedures or medical examinations for employment, incur an additional fee. The schedule for these fees is available at Student Health.

Medical and Travel Insurance is compulsory for all International Students as required under the Code of Practice. The fee of $15.00 will be charged when seeing the Doctor, but will be reimbursed to the student when a claim is made to the insurance company.

Urgent medical care is available during normal hours. After-hours care is provided by the Dunedin Urgent Doctors and Accident Centre up until 11pm weekdays and weekends at a subsidised rate for students.

The Student Health Centre is situated on the ground floor of Maanaki, on Harbour Terrace, telephone 479 6082 or 0800 762 786.

There are arrangements in place in Central Otago and Auckland International Campus students to have access to medical and counselling services.

Central Otago

Cromwell Medical Centre 
+64 3 445 1119

190 Waenga Drive, Cromwell

Junction Health 
+64 3 445 4588


1A Traders Lane, Cromwell

Wanaka

Aspiring Medical Centre 
+64 3 443 1226

Wanaka Lakes Health Centre
23 Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka

Queenstown

Queenstown Medical Centre
+64 3 441 0500

9 Isle Street, Queenstown

Auckland

Please contact the Auckland International Campus for advice regarding recommended medical centres in Auckland. 

+649 309 0301

Freephone 0800 111 212 (NZ only) 
auckland@op.ac.nz

  Counselling Services

Counselling services are available to help you work through any issues you may have while studying at Otago Polytechnic.

Dunedin

There are four counsellors on the Dunedin Campus who are available to see students between 8.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. This is a free service.

Student Health Centre, Harbour Terrace, M Block, Dunedin campus
New Zealand 0800 762 786

Central Otago

If you’re a student studying in Central Otago and would like to book an appointment to see a counsellor, please contact: 

New Zealand 0800 765 9276 

Auckland

You will have an academic mentor who will meet you at the beginning of your study and at least every four weeks to discuss your progress and provide guidance. We also have Student Support Officers who can help you with anything about your stay in New Zealand. Please contact:  

New Zealand 0800 111 212 

Online counselling

A Skype or phone appointment can be made with a counselor.

Phone New Zealand 0800 762 786 between 8:30am - 5:00pm weekdays and ask for Student Health.

You will be asked to provide your Skype address and phone number. If a phone call is required, the counselor will ring you at your appointment time. 

  Child Care Centre

The Child Care Centre provides a caring and supportive environment for children with an education based programme that promotes learning and empowers children to explore, reflect and make choices.

Although offering available places to the children of Otago Polytechnic students and staff are a priority, there is no guarantee that a space will be available when desired. Please contact the Child Care Centre on 479 6169 for further information.

  Bring Your Own Laptop

Otago Polytechnic encourages Students to bring their own laptops or tablets to campus. We are steadily extending wireless coverage and power charging stations so you can work anywhere.

Otago Polytechnic has a Student Wireless Network available across key Student areas in both the Dunedin and Cromwell campuses, and in the Robertson Library, which will allow your laptop to connect to the Internet.

The Otago Polytechnic Student Service Desk is able to provide you with IT support and assistance in accessing the Wireless Network, and other student related online resources. We suggest that if the option

of being able to use your own laptop on campus appeals to you, then visit the friendly Student Service Desk Staff upstairs in M Block, to have your laptop checked for viruses, malware, and the VMware View client installed (which allows you to log onto the OP Network to access the full set of OP Network resources, including printing).

Wireless Network

To access the Internet, connect to the wireless network name “OPStudent” entering the password of “studentwifi” then open your internet browser to login with your network username and password. Here is a guide on how to do it: http://www.op.ac.nz/students/services/wireless-network

  VMware View

View is a piece of software that will allow your laptop to connect to the Otago Polytechnic system, and lets you log onto an OP Virtual Computer to access your H: and I: Folders, the Internet, and to access the Otago Polytechnic Paper Cut Student Printing system.

Please note that at this time, printing is not available to “Laptop Only” connections. To print, you will need to print via the VMware View system.

  Wireless Internet at your Flat

For Otago Polytechnic students only, WIC Wireless can provide a wireless internet service at your flat, for an installation fee and the choice of either a Pre-paid plan or a fixed Monthly Plan. The details of this deal can be found at http://www.wic.co.nz/studentzone.php

  E-mail Account

E-mail is the formal means of communication with students used by the Otago Polytechnic and The Robertson Library. You must activate the Office 365 account that has been set up for you through the enrolment process. Important communications regarding network notices, library notices, recalls and fines, urgent notices from the Polytechnic management and OPSA are distributed via this e-mail system.

We strongly recommend that you regularly check your Office 365 account so that you do not miss important notices. This could be especially important in times of civil emergency where your Student Mailbox will be a vital part of any emergency communication process. However, we acknowledge that you may have an existing and preferred e-mail account, or you may wish to redirect your Office 365 account to your smart device. For instructions on how to redirect your account follow the prompts when you activate your Office 365 account. Caution: redirection is not a failsafe method of receiving all communications and we strongly recommend that you check your Office 365 account to ensure you are not missing important information. Also when you leave Otago Polytechnic please ensure you disable the redirection of emails from your Office 365 account.

To activate your Office 365 account go to http://login.live.com - type in the network login and password supplied on your invoice and follow the prompts. If you do strike difficulty in using your Office 365 Mailbox, please contact the Student IT Service Desk by calling 0800 Poly IT (0800 765 948) or email polyit@op.ac.nz.

The Student IT Service Desk can help you if you experience any IT problems with your Office 365 Mailbox. Unfortunately they cannot help with any other public e-mail system.

The easiest way to check your Office 365 Mailbox is to log onto the Student Hub http://www.op.ac.nz/students/student-hub/ – here, if you click on “My Email”, the single sign-on service will automatically log you into your Office 365 Mailbox.

The Student Hub also provides access to your Academic results, your enrolments and a whole host of other services and information.

Student Hub

The Student Hub www.op.ac.nz/studenthub is your resource, please make sure you familiarise yourself with its services.

My OP

This is where you will find information about your enrolment, timetables, academic results and financial information. Also available: My Email, Moodle, My Timetable, Student Support, IT4You, Your Voice, Social Connect, Student’s Association

  Health and Safety

All activities involve some risks and some courses or situations are potentially more dangerous than others, e.g. avalanche safety training or mechanical engineering workshops. The Polytechnic 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 and statutes of

Otago Polytechnic, which include Health and Safety policies.

> Please make sure that you understand the safety rules in your work areas, eg workshop, laboratory, classroom or off site work area.

> Follow the emergency evacuation or earthquake procedures.

> Wear the required protective clothing (such as gloves, glasses, hearing protectors, headgear and footwear) 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 immediately.

> If the matter is not resolved, write a formal letter of concern to the Polytechnic’s Health and

Safety Manager, healthandsafety@op.ac.nz

  Smokefree

Otago Polytechnic has a Smokefree Policy (MP0412 Smokefree, Auahi Kore) which prohibits smoking in all campus areas and includes:

> all buildings, including balconies

> all outdoor areas on site

> vehicles owned or used for work purposes by Otago Polytechnic

> the Childcare Centre

Any student who is found smoking in any part of the Polytechnic premises will be asked to move off the premises. If the same student is found smoking again on Polytechnic premises an instant fine of $20 may be imposed. Any money collected from these fines will be donated to a charity.

The Polytechnic encourages smokers to be considerate of others in open spaces not controlled by the Polytechnic, such as public footpaths, and encourages smokers to consider the effects on the environment when disposing of cigarette butts and to be aware that:

> there is a risk of fire if cigarettes/butts  are placed in rubbish bins

> storm water drains and gutters lead directly to waterways and cigarette butts harm these.

Support is available for students who wish to stop smoking from Student Health and Quitline 0800 778 778 offers a free service with afterhours support.

  Parking

Parking is a challenge for staff, students and visitors to North Dunedin. Students and staff are encouraged to use alternative modes of transport. Students are not permitted to park on the Otago Polytechnic campus. All Otago Polytechnic car parks are allocated to visitor parking, disability parking, deliveries or service, fleet vehicles and paid staff parking. There is no ‘warning’ process other than the signage at the main entrances to each site - if you are unsure check with Customer Services or your School Administrator. If your car is parked where it should not be, it will be towed and can be recovered from Reilly's Towage & Salvage on 03 477 5787 or at 63-65 Ward Street, Dunedin. You will be liable for any fees/costs resulting from having your vehicle towed.

  Emergencies

Follow all instructions for emergency evacuations whether practice drills or real. Note, Otago Polytechnic has regular evacuation fire drill practice.

Evacuation Procedure

On the continuous sounding of the alarm:

> all occupants must evacuate the building in an orderly manner via the stairwell or nearest designated exit. The lift must not be used

> all doors should be closed when the area is clear

> occupants should assemble in a designated area clear of the building

Refer to evacuation plans displayed in hallways and classrooms for assembly points.

Occupants must not return to the building until an all clear is given. The all clear is usually given by intermittent short bursts of fire alarm sounder, or as instructed by the Building Warden or the Fire Service.

Earthquake

The evacuation procedure does not apply to earthquakes.

> stay where you are

> move no more than a few steps to a safe place, drop, cover and hold on

> if inside, get under a heavy piece of furniture or a doorway, or stay low alongside an inside wall. Keep away from windows

> if in a lift, stop at the nearest floor and get out

> if outside, stay outside and keep clear of buildings and powerlines. 

  Sustainability

At Otago Polytechnic, we have made a commitment to specialise in education for sustainability. This is because we recognise the need to prepare our graduates to contribute to a sustainable future, where economic, social and environmental dimensions are in balance.

Our approach has three key parts

  1. Educating Sustainable Practitioners - To put in place teaching and learning opportunities so that every student (regardless of programme or level) will graduate with the skills and knowledge to act as a 'sustainable practitioner'. These teaching and learning opportunities will extend to staff members and the wider community.
  2. Sustainable Campus - To create a sustainable campus we will be working towards ensuring that the principles and practice of sustainable development are embedded across Otago Polytechnic and all its activities.
  3. Centre for Sustainable Practice - To operate the Centre for Sustainable Practice as a business unit of the organisation that will serve as an incubator for sustainable practice education, provide consultancy services, conduct research into sustainable products and services and host seminars and events. 
  Finally

We are keen that your time with us is safe, enjoyable, positive and rewarding. We welcome your feedback through student surveys and class representatives on any matters that are affecting your study.

Download Student Rights and Responsibilities PDF.