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Initial Teacher Education - Professional Standards and Criminal Offences Policy

Category Academic
Type Policy
Approved by Council, 11 September 2007
Date Policy Took Effect 1 January 2008
Last Approved Revision 25 September 2015
Sponsor Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Responsible Officer Manager, Policy and Compliance, Academic Services
Review Date 25 September 2020

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to codify the requirements that:

1.    persons who are applying for enrolment in University of Otago College of Education initial teacher education programmes must consent to verification from the New Zealand Police and Department of Courts (and/or equivalent for international applicants) that they have no undeclared criminal charges or convictions; and

2.    students enrolled in College of Education initial teacher education programmes must abide by professional standards and declare to the College any charges or convictions for criminal offences during the period of their study.

Organisational Scope

This policy applies to all students who are applying for enrolment in, or are enrolled in, any College of Education initial teacher education programmes.

Definitions

Policy Content

Students graduating with an initial teacher education qualification are eligible to apply to the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand for registration as teachers.

In view of the requirements of the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand for the registration of teachers, the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, and the entitlement of schools, early childhood centres, and other education services participating in initial teacher education programmes to have confidence in the character and behaviour of  College of Education  students:

(a) persons who are applying for enrolment in initial teacher education programmes must consent to such checks as are prescribed by the College of Education in light of the requirements of the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, which shall include verification from the New Zealand Police and Department of Courts (and/or equivalent for international applicants) that the applicant has no undeclared criminal charges or convictions;

(b) depending on the nature and recency of any offending, an applicant for admission to a programme may be declined admission by the Dean of the College of Education on the recommendation of the Selection Committee concerned, on the grounds that the applicant is not of good character and/or has been guilty of misconduct (see Education Act 1989, Section 224(12) (a) and (b) and the Admission to University Statute 2011);

(c) students who are enrolled in initial teacher education programmes must adhere to the professional standards required during the period of the initial teacher education programme and also must declare any charges or convictions for criminal offences;

(d) any student charged with or convicted of a criminal offence during the period of an initial teacher education programme must inform the Associate Dean (Teacher Education) in writing within seven days of such charge or conviction (in the case of a student who is currently enrolled) or before enrolling for further study (in the case of a student who is not currently enrolled). A determination about the student's eligibility to continue to study towards the qualification will be made by the Dean of the College of Education on the recommendation of the Associate Dean (Teacher Education).

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Contact for Further Information

If you have any queries regarding the content of this policy or need further clarification, please contact the Associate Dean (Teacher Education), College of Education on alex.gunn@otago.ac.nz