Policies and guidelines

Policies and guidelines for members of the St Mark’s community

St Mark’s College is an educational community in which all conduct is expected to be based on respect and consideration for others. All students are role models in the community and as such should be aware of their behaviour at all times. Therefore, all students should project a positive image within the College, while at University, and to the general public. College students are expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty, integrity and mutual respect in all dealings with the College, and to behave in accordance with the College Handbook and the Vision, Values and Guidelines of the College.

This Code sets out the behaviour and conduct expected of members of the St Mark’s College student community. It also sets out the processes applicable or available where there have been potential or alleged breaches of the Code, and describes the range of consequences that may follow if a student is found by the College to have breached the Code.

The College has a variety of contractual and statutory relationships with its students. The College also has a general responsibility to ensure that the College, as an educational community, functions on the basis of respect and consideration for others. These two factors mean that the application of this Code to specific conduct is not based upon a person having to make a complaint, although a complaints process is available. The College itself, once aware of a possible or alleged breach of the Code, may decide to investigate, make a determination and impose consequences on any student found to be in breach of the Code. In addition to the complaint and support procedures available through the College’s pastoral care provisions, broad community-based mechanisms for information, support and complaint remain available to resident students at any time.

A copy of the full Code of Conduct can be found here.

Sexual harassment and Sexual Assault

Respectful Communities are based on respectful relationships, which in turn is embodied in the College’s Values. Maintaining a culture within St Mark’s that is respectful and ethical with constant scrutiny of policies, procedures and processes as support mechanisms is at the very heart of what we do. We aim to be honest, open and transparent in our relationship with our students and their families, and between students.

We work cooperatively with the universities to ensure best practice education and responses to issues of sexual assault and sexual harassment. Students are encouraged to report concerns or disclosures to the Dean, Master or a trusted student within the College and will be supported if they wish to report or disclose to the university or police. The College takes a trauma-informed approach where support for survivors is paramount and will be at all times the focus of our approach in preventing and reporting.

In accordance with our stated aim, St Mark’s College upholds the Equal Opportunity Act passed by the South Australian Parliament in 1984. Sexual assault and sexual harassment is contrary to the stated values of St Mark’s College, and it is unlawful. The College encourages individuals to act against sexual assault and sexual harassment and both policies and useful fact sheets are also found in the College Handbook.

Sexual Harassment Policy and Factsheet

Sexual Assault Policy and Factsheet

Alcohol and drugs

St Mark’s recognises that there is social and legal recognition of responsible consumption of alcohol by adults. Students who are at College and over the age of 18 are legally entitled to purchase and consume alcohol and must do so in a respectful and safe manner.

It is the responsibility of students to ensure that everything is done to minimise the harmful effects of alcohol and that the College’s Alcohol Policy is adhered to and enforced. The aim of the Policy is to encourage students to make informed choices about the consumption of alcohol. Consumption of alcohol at St Mark’s College must be seen in the wider context of a community recognition and concern about the harmful physical, behavioural and social effects of excessive alcohol consumption. The College holds the view that the excessive consumption of alcohol is not an acceptable rite of passage in itself and that such behaviour can lead to the point of harming self and/or others.

The excessive use of alcohol does not diminish a resident’s personal responsibility for observing community rules and expectations.

Child Safe Environment

The College is committed to promoting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people accessing the services offered by the College, in accordance with the Act, which requires appropriate policies and procedures be in place to ensure that child-safe environments are established and maintained.