Rules & Policies

As a student at Unitec, you need to know about a variety of policies, procedures, statutes and rules that cover enrolment, fees, programme regulations, rights and responsibilities, complaints, vehicle use and other important topics. Some of these are applicable under the Education Act 1989; others have been created by Unitec's Council.

Below are some of Unitec's policies. More policies are available on our Policies and Procedures website.

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Rules and Policies

Copyright Amendment Act 2011 (Please read more information about this below)

Academic Integrity Policy
This policy defines Academic Integrity at Unitec, and its commitment to ensure its staff and students maintain Academic Integrity.

Academic Management Policy
This policy gives effect to the principles of Unitec's Academic Statute.

Academic Statute
The Academic Statute details the regulations that affect every programme you can enrol in at Unitec. It contains information on the rules governing student appeals, and sets out the ways a student might be ‘excluded’ from Unitec for continued poor academic performance.

Admission, Enrolment & Fees Policy
The Admission, Enrolment & Fees policy explains the entry criteria for Unitec programmes, including the conditions you need to meet, and the reasons we might decline an application. It also covers the enrolment process, and how and when to pay tuition fees. 

Admissions Requirements Policy
The Admission Requirements Policy explains more about the entry criteria you need to meet to be accepted into a Unitec programme - in particular the grades or qualifications you need to have achieved.

Assessment Policy
The Assessment and Feedback Policy sets out some of Unitec’s obligations and your rights, in terms of how assessment and feedback should be organised while you study at Unitec. It also sets out the timeframes within which you should expect to receive feedback on assessments.

Countering Harassment Policy
The Countering Harassment Policy sets out the ways in which a harassment complaint can be resolved at Unitec. It applies to staff and students and is applicable to any type of harassment claim that is made.

Countering Harassment Procedures
The Countering Harassment Procedures should be read in conjunction with the Countering Harassment Policy. This document explains the steps that Unitec takes and the process we go through when dealing with a harassment complaint.  

Electronic Devices & Systems Policy 
This policy explains the responsibilities of everyone who uses Unitec’s electronic devices and systems. It exists to make sure information technology use at Unitec is as secure and risk-free as possible, while still allowing people access to software and devices.

Library Policy 
The Library Policy at Unitec sets out the opening hours, late fees, and conditions around computer and resource use at our three libraries.

Procedure for the Conduct of Appeals
The Procedure for the Conduct of Appeals sets out the process for student appeals, to make sure they are as fair and transparent as possible.

Privacy of Information Policy
This Privacy of Information Policy refers to the Privacy Act 1993 and sets out the principles that must be applied when managing personal information at Unitec.

Student Complaints Resolution Policy
If you feel you’ve been let down by a service, process, or another member of the Unitec community, this policy explains how Unitec deals with formal complaints to reach a fair resolution. The Student Advocate service is also always here to help you work through the complaints resolution process, if you need it.

Student Disciplinary Statute
From bullying to cheating in tests, to drugs on campus and other examples of misconduct - the Student Disciplinary Statute sets out the behaviours that are unacceptable at Unitec, and the disciplinary process for those who break the rules. It also sets out your right to a fair hearing, and to the support available if you ever find yourself under investigation for misconduct.

Smoke Free Policy
The Smoke-Free Policy explains the rules around smoking on any Unitec campus.

Vehicle Use and Parking Statute
If you drive to Unitec, this statute sets out the rules for using your vehicle on campus. It also outlines your rights and obligations when parking at Unitec, and how to retrieve your vehicle if it ever gets towed!

Accommodation for International Students Policy
This policy outlines Unitec’s responsibility to arrange accommodation for international students, and to ensure the accommodation meets our obligations under the Code of Practice for International Students – particularly for persons under the age of 18.


The Copyright Amendment Act 2011

The Copyright (Infringement File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011 came into force on 1 September 2011.

We would like to make particular note of the following:

Under the new legislation it is illegal for anyone, including Unitec students, to:

  • Copy music or audio visual files in breach of copyright
  • Use peer to peer file sharing applications to download files in breach of copyright
  • Redistribute copyright material without proper authorisation

Unitec also does not permit students to download or install any illegal software onto Unitec's computers.   

If you use a Unitec Computer or a Unitec Wi-fi service to carry out activities in breach of copyright legislation, Unitec may be liable for copyright infringement costs of up to $15,000. Unitec reserves the right to recover these costs from you if your actions led to Unitec being charged. You may also face disciplinary action by Unitec. 

Monitoring Internet Activity

The internet is an important educational tool for our students and we will continue to provide reasonable internet access to students who observe copyright legislation and Unitec's computer and internet usage rules. See Unitec's Electronic Devices and System's Policy for further details. 

Internet activity is recorded. This information may be used by Unitec when seeking to recover costs of any copyright infringement.

We appreciate your cooperation in observing copyright legislation so that we can continue to provide you with internet access through our server.

Last edited: 19 November 2013