Code of Conduct Policy St George & Sutherland Community College

Code of Conduct Policy

SGSCC Code of Conduct Policy

The SGSCC Code of Conduct is the standard required for everyone on campus, including all staff, all trainers, all tutors, and all college students.

The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to help us aspire to the highest standards of ethical conduct and to ensure the College's expectations in relation to how we conduct ourselves towards each other, engage with our studies and work, are understood, promoted and upheld.

Your commitment to this Code of Conduct demonstrates your commitment to professionalism, integrity, inclusivity, and the highest standards of ethical behaviours in your roles within our community college environment.

Professionalism and Integrity:

a. Everyone must uphold the highest standards of professionalism and integrity in all interactions with all students, colleagues, and staff.

b. Everyone must adhere to college policies, procedures, and guidelines at all times.

c. Everyone should demonstrate respect, courtesy, and professionalism in their communication and conduct.

Equal Opportunity and Inclusivity:

a. Everyone must promote equal opportunity and inclusivity by treating everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or any other characteristic, with fairness, respect and dignity.

b. Discrimination, prejudice, or bias of any kind is strictly prohibited.

Harassment and Bullying:

a. Everyone must maintain a working and learning environment free from harassment, bullying, or intimidation of any kind.

b. Everyone is responsible for promptly reporting any incidents of harassment or bullying and following college procedures for addressing such behaviour.

c. Everyone must refrain from any form of harassment or bullying, including but not limited to verbal, physical, or online harassment.

Examples of harassment may include:

  • Unwelcome physical contact
  • Repeated unwelcome invitations.
  • Insulting or threatening language or gestures and swearing
  • Yelling, berating, offensive hand gestures, and accusations
  • Continually unjustified comments about someone's work or work capacity.
  • Jokes and comments about someone's ethnicity, colour, race, etc.
  • Pictures, posters, graffiti, and electronic images which are offensive, obscene or objectionable.

Professional Conduct:

a. Everyone should conduct themselves in a manner that enhances the reputation and integrity of the College.

b. Everyone must maintain confidentiality and respect the privacy of students, colleagues, and staff in all situations.

c. Everyone should avoid conflicts of interest and refrain from engaging in any activities that may compromise their professional responsibilities or the College's interests.

d. Everyone must adhere to professional boundaries and maintain appropriate relationships, avoiding any behaviour that could be perceived as inappropriate or unethical.

e. All complaints are to be handled calmly and respectfully by your department manager and the people and culture manager. The complaints form can be located on our website.

Continuous Professional Development:

a. Everyone is encouraged to engage in continuous professional development to enhance their skills and knowledge.

b. Everyone should participate in relevant training, workshops, and professional development opportunities provided by the College.

c. Everyone must stay informed about best practices in regard to Health, Wellbeing, Work Health Safety and Discrimination.

Compliance:

a. Everyone is expected to comply with all local, state, and federal laws, as well as college policies and procedures.

b. All staff should familiarise themselves with and understand the relevant regulations and requirements related to their roles within the varying departments.

Reporting and Accountability:

a. Everyone has a responsibility to report any breaches of this code of conduct or any concerns about the behaviour of colleagues or students to their direct manager or the People and Culture manager. All complaints are to be handled calmly and respectfully by your department manager and the people and culture manager. The CD&G form is located on our website.

b. Everyone must cooperate fully with any investigations into alleged misconduct and adhere to the principles of due process and fairness.

Failure to comply with the SGSCC Code of Conduct may be subject to consequences, which may include: • counselling • disciplinary action under your staff or student contract, including verbal or written warnings • termination of your employment or student engagement.