TAFE Western may impose penalties on students for breaches of discipline. Breaches of discipline can occur when a student acts (on or off TAFE NSW premises) in a manner that either impairs the reasonable freedom of any person to pursue his or her studies, research, work or activities or is prejudicial to the management of TAFE NSW.
Such a breach of discipline once reported, may incur a range of penalties as detailed in the Student Discipline Policy – TAFE NSW. You can obtain a copy from your College. Penalties can range from exclusion for the remainder of a day to expulsion for more serious proven breaches.
Where a breach of discipline is reported, a designated officer will consider if the student has a case to answer. Notice in writing will be delivered (either by post or served personally) to the student. The notice will clearly detail what the student is alleged to have done and specify the Section of the Student Discipline Mandatory Procedures – TAFE NSW under which such breach falls. Upon receiving this notice the student has a right to make both an oral or written submission within the period nominated.
The designated officer will weigh up all of the written and verbal submissions put forward, and decide whether a breach has occurred. If a breach is determined, penalties can include, among others; a reprimand, a fine (not exceeding $200), payment of compensation, failure in an examination, exclusion from use of specified facilities (for a period of up to 12 months), set conditions for future behaviour, suspension from classes (for a period of up to 12 months) or expulsion. A student may lodge an appeal against either the finding or the penalty imposed.