Student Behavioural Risk Policy
To minimise and manage the risk of harm to other students and staff as a result of the enrolment of students with a history of violent/unreasonable behaviour, (resulting in real or potential physical and/or psychological harm).
This policy applies to students seeking to enrol or currently enrolled in a CIT program and should be considered alongside the Admission and Enrolment Policy.
The intent of the policy is to pre-empt and lessen the likelihood of the occurrence of critical incidents where there are reasonable grounds to suspect a future student has a history of violence (physical and/or psychological) or a propensity for violence. Concluding that reasonable grounds exist should not be based simply on hearsay that causes concern. Such information should be treated confidentially and referred to the Behavioural Risk Assessment Team, members of which may seek clarification from the student in an interview where the student has a support person present if desired. This policy may also apply to students who are already enrolled, who are found to have a history of violence or a propensity for violence, but who have not displayed such behaviour at CIT.
The Unsatisfactory Student Behaviour Policy will apply to currently enrolled students who behave violently whilst on campus, however the risk assessment process in this policy may be utilised for management and recommendations of students with unreasonable or violent behaviours that may lead to physical or psychological harm.
The Bullying and Harassment Prevention Policy, which is both a staff and student policy, covers CIT's legal obligation to ensure a safe and healthy environment at CIT that is free from violence as well as from bullying and harassment.
3.1 CIT is committed to ensuring a safe and healthy environment for students and staff on all campuses, conducive to effective learning and working.
3.2 Where there are reasonable grounds to suspect a history of or propensity for violent and/or unreasonable behaviour, this risk will be assessed by CIT in order to minimise the risk of unsafe behaviour towards students and staff.
3.3 This policy will apply to those applying to study at CIT, and those already enrolled in a CIT program, where there are reasonable grounds to suspect a history of or propensity for violent or unreasonable behaviour. Behaviour, which occurs on CIT campuses, is covered in the Unsatisfactory Student Behaviour Policy, however, this may involve the risk assessment process/procedures as outlined in this policy.
3.5 All reasonable opportunities to accommodate a student with a verified history of violent and/or unreasonable behaviour or serious concerns for potential violent/unreasonable behaviour will be explored by the CIT Behavioural Risk Team. Strategies to manage the risk will be considered and implemented as necessary. Only in extreme circumstances (where the risk of potential physical or psychological harm is considered high), will a recommendation be made to exclude a person from enrolment or continued study.
Human Rights Act 2004 (ACT)
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All terminology used in this policy is consistent with definitions in the CIT Definitions of Terms.
6. Policy Contact Officer
For more information about this policy, contact the Manager, Student Support.
Contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This policy is implemented through the associated procedures. Authority to make changes to the procedures rests with the policy owner.
Policy No: 2018/581
Approved: February 2020
Next Review: March 2022
Category: Student Policies, Staff Policies, Training Policies
Policy Owner: Executive Director, Education and Training Services
| Student Behavioural Risk Procedures|
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