Student Rights and Conduct
Student Rights and Responsibilities
An applicant will be considered for admission without regard for race, gender, age, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, religion, martial and family status, physical limitation or membership of the Traveller Community. Student records may be released to persons outside the College only on the request of the student or through compliance with applicable laws. Infinity College observe the data privacy laws at all times.
All information pertaining to the welfare of the student such as rules, fees, policies, academic performance will be available on request. Students will be subject to disciplinary action for academic failure, non-payment of a College debt or the violation of a College rule or regulation or the rights of other students or staff members. See College rules and regulations concerning violations. Students are free to use college facilities such as the computer room, library or reading room outside of class time.
Students are entitled to raise any concerns or submit any views regarding any aspect of their education within the College. In particular the email address firstname.lastname@example.org is monitored at all times for feedback or comments. See our student feedback policy. Students are secure against any unreasonable invasions of privacy. Students are protected by and therefore must abide by the laws of the land.
Violation of Rules and Regulations
In the following circumstances students may be subject to disciplinary action:
- The physical abuse of any person or any action that threatens or endangers their health and safety
- Theft or damage to College property
- Unauthorized entry to College Property outside of normal hours
- Disruption and/or obstruction of the day to day business of the College
- Knowingly providing false information to the College
- The issuance of false or defamatory statements by the student or related third parties
- In any case of where an alleged violation has taken place the student will be informed in writing of the nature of the complaint. A meeting with the College’s Directors will be held and the matter will be discussed. Sanctions (if any) will be determined.
In a case where a student’s academic performance is deemed unsatisfactory the College will issue a letter informing the student of its concerns. Upon the receipt of a second warning letter the student will be placed on academic probation for a period of one month. If, after this time the student is deemed to have made no effort to improve his or her performance then the College can expel the student by vote of the academic board.
Academic Integrity centres on the importance for respect, honesty and accountability in academic matters. Students at Infinity are bound to the following standards to facilitate the maintenance of academic standards.
- Infinity English College considers the acts of plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, and falsification as academic malpractice. As such, where proven, it is subject to the implementation, in the first instance, of academic procedures
- Definition of Plagiarism: ‘The reproduction or paraphrasing, without acknowledgement, from public or private (i.e. unpublished) material attributable to, or which is the intellectual property of another, including the work of students.’
The college recognises that plagiarism may be of written and also non-written form and therefore this regulation covers all assessment, which includes essays, dissertations, reports, projects, tutorial work, journals, etc.:
- Definition of ‘Cheating’: ‘Acting dishonestly, before, during or after an assessment or examination in such a way as to seek to gain unfair advantage or assist another student to do so.’
- Fabrication: Inventing or falsifying any information in an academic exercise.
- Falsification: The intentional or unintentional falsification of academic records or any official College document.
Procedures for cases of suspected plagiarism, cheating, fabrication or falsification for all assessment and exams are governed by those guidelines set down by the awarding Institute or body.
If during the marking process a marker/examiner suspects a case of plagiarism, or if there is suspicion that an act of cheating or any form of academic dishonesty may have occurred, the marker/examiner shall cease the marking process for the assessment item. In the case of suspected plagiarism the marker/examiner shall check whether or not the assessment item carries a disclaimer statement signed by the student concerned and whether or not advice about appropriate referencing and/or avoiding plagiarism was given to students.
The marker/examiner shall prepare a brief report noting the extent of suspected plagiarism or cheating in the assessment item and any details arising from discussion with the Director of Studies. The brief report on suspected plagiarism or cheating and the affected assessment item shall be forwarded as soon as convenient to the Principal of the College. The Principal shall decide in consultation with the Director of Studies as appropriate whether or not further procedures need to be followed. If the Principal decides not to pursue the matter further then a note must be made at the next programme review meeting. The affected assessment item must be marked in accordance with the given marking scheme.
If the Principal decides to pursue the matter further then a meeting with the student concerned must be held. The student must be advised that a meeting is to be held to investigate the suspected case of plagiarism, cheating, fabrication or falsification and that the student will be asked to offer an explanation to the assembled parties. The student will be allowed to attend the meeting if they so wish. The reporting lecturer will outline the reasons for suspicion, and where appropriate the extent of the dishonesty in the assessment item. The student will be invited to respond. The academic committee will consider in private the facts of the case as presented. The student will be informed in writing of the outcome of the academic committee decision, including the imposition of any marking penalties. The academic board will record the outcome of the decision.
Penalties that may be applied in cases where it is established that academic dishonesty has been committed shall differ in severity dependent on the extent and nature of the dishonesty ascertained. For all cases of academic dishonesty the assessment item so affected shall be marked disregarding all sections/parts that are plagiarised or which contain an element of plagiarised material. Only the actual work of the student concerned shall be awarded marks in accordance with the given marking scheme. In the severest cases of academic dishonesty (including multiple cases for the student concerned) it may be determined that the imposition of programme termination or deprivation of the award is required.
Penalties that may be applied in cases where it is established that academic dishonesty has been committed shall include:
- Reducing the mark for the specific assessment or examination to zero
- Failure in the unit
- Failure in the year as a whole
- Termination of programme
If a student wishes to raise an appeal against a decision relating to plagiarism or cheating, then the student must raise the appeal with the College and follow the defined appeals procedure.
If academic dishonesty is suspected in a formative assessment item (i.e. one that does not count towards final classification or progression) then the Director of Studies needs to notify the student concerned of the way in which the College views academic dishonesty and the implications. No particular penalties or series of procedures needs to be followed, but the serious nature of the dishonesty must be made clear to the student.
Exam Submission Policy
The submission of assessment material on the due date is the responsibility of the learner. Infinity recognise, however, that an occasional illness or other medical condition may impair a student’s ability to complete assigned work. Should that be the case extensions will only be granted when backed up by documentary evidence such as a medical certificate.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is defined as ‘the process of granting official status to skills and competences either through the award of qualifications (certificates, diploma or titles) or grant of equivalence, credit units or waivers, validation of gained skills and/or competence.’ This learning may have been completed formally through education or informally or non-formally through work/life experience.
Prior learning can be constituted as:
- Formal Accredited Learning though a further or higher educational institution
- Non- Accredited or Work-based training that may have had an assessment element but no formal accreditation
- Informal learning though relevant life or work/voluntary experiences
Recognition of Prior Learning can be used for entry to a programme of study, gaining an exemption or credit, achieving certification.
If you feel you may qualify please contact us and we will refer you to the awarding body who will direct you as to how to complete your application. Please note that you may be asked to compile a portfolio of evidence demonstrating how you have achieved the learning outcomes of a particular module within a programme or how you meet or exceed the entry requirements of a programme of study.
In the context of English language programmes recognition of prior learning may apply to determining your appropriate level of English tuition however the Director of Studies will make the final decision based on their assessment of your overall placement tests and speaking and listening ability.
Appeals and Services
It is your responsibility to notify and consult with either the instructor, or programme department, depending on the situation, as soon as circumstances arise that are likely to affect your academic performance. It is also your responsibility to attempt to resolve all course related issues with the lecturer and then, if necessary, with the Director of Studies as soon as they arise. Failure to do so will jeopardise an appeal. An appeal may be filed only if the issue cannot be resolved appropriately. A cheque made payable to Infinity Business College should accompany an appeal for the sum of €50.
There are two types of appeals which may be filed. The first is a grade appeal and the second is a standing appeal. Clearly state for which term exams and year you are filing.
You must specify where or at what email address you can be reached within the ten (10) working days following the filing of your appeal as you may risk missing important information if you are not in the position to properly receive a response from the college. You must agree as to how you wish to receive the response. If you have not heard from the department within ten (10) working days of your submission date, you must check with the Director of Studies on the status of your appeal.
Grounds of Appeal
There are five grounds for the appeal of a grade:
- Course Management
- Procedural Error
You must consult the Director of Studies for the definitions of these grounds. Merit of Work and Recalculation are academic considerations and are not grounds for a formal appeal. If you believe that an assignment, test or exam should be remarked (Merit of Work) or that there should be a reassessment of a grade based on a calculation error (Recalculation), you must have first made the request to the course lecturer within ten (10) working days of the date when the graded work was returned to the class. If the lecturer did not agree to review the work or did not respond within five (5) working days, you may consult the Director of Studies who will assist in resolving the issue and who may initiate a formal reassessment at the earliest possible opportunity. If the reassessment is not done by the Director of Studies, the ground for appeal becomes a Procedural Error.
Important Note: Your mark on the work in question may go up, down or remain the same.
You must submit specific and detailed reasons, in writing to the Director of Studies, as to why the original grade was inappropriate, including any documentary evidence from course notes, textbooks, etc. Asserting that the work deserves more marks or that you disagree with the mark is not sufficient support for the reassessment. If the Director of Studies determines that a reassessment is not warranted, he/she may deny that reassessment, and inform you, in writing, of the reasons and of the right to appeal that decision on the grounds of Procedural Error.
You are required to submit:
A typed letter indicating: the actions you took to deal with any unforeseen situation which arose during the semester which seriously impacted your academic performance. Note that failing to meet the deadlines stated in the Policy for the submission of requests for consideration will jeopardise your appeal. The actions you are requesting. Your justification for the appeal.
Medical Certificates or a letter from a doctor containing similar information accompanied by a student declaration is required.
Other documentation which supports your claim or other evidence for compassionate claims; course outlines where appropriate; semester grades where appropriate, and correspondence, if any. Be specific and clearly present all of your information. You must provide as much documentation of your claim as possible. The better the evidence you present, the stronger your claim. You are asked to sign a statement that all documentation is authentic and bona fide, and that all your statements are true. You should consult with the college for other specific requirements.
You must retain a copy of the form you file and all of the documents you attach. You should also retain the date stamped letter if you pick up the response in person, a hard copy of the dated e-mail if you receive the response by e-mail, or the postmarked envelope from a mailed response to your appeal, as proof of the date of receipt.
Internet Usage Policy
- The Internet is a free information resource provided by Infinity to enhance the learning, teaching and research of students and staff alike
- Users must be aware that the World Wide Web is an unregulated information network, enabling access to ideas, information and images. Users are required to be responsible in their use of the World Wide Web
- Infinity cannot guarantee the accuracy of information on the World Wide Web, nor can it accept responsibility for, or supervise content which may be accessed inadvertently or otherwise by a user
- Users may not use Infinity’s computer facilities to engage in activities which waste Infinity resources (people, networks, computers and financial)
- Students may not use Infinity computer facilities to create, host or transmit material which is designed to cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to others
- Infinity accepts no responsibility for damage, loss, costs or expenses arising either directly or indirectly from use of Infinity’s free Internet based computer reference services
- Users may not use Infinity’s computer facilities to engage in activities which would destroy the integrity of computer based information
- Users may register with any of the free e-mail address services. However, inappropriate mail must not be sent or received. Infinity cannot accept responsibility for any communication received or sent by personal e-mail account holders
- The use of chat room facilities is not permitted
- Users may not create, access, copy, store, transmit, download or publish any material which is obscene, racist, defamatory or illegal, or causes harassment or gross offence to others or constitutes a breach of copyright laws or licensing agreements
- No user may use the Colleges Internet facilities to deliberately circulate any virus. Should this occur the student is liable to immediate expulsion
- Students may not use the Infinity workstations as a staging ground to gain unauthorised access to Infinity networks or computer systems or to any other network or computer system
- Students may not obstruct the work of others by consuming large amounts of system resources or by deliberately crashing any library computer system
- Students may not make any attempt to damage computer equipment or software
- Students may not make any attempt to alter software configurations in a malicious manner
- Students may not make any attempt to cause degradation of system performance
- Students may not use any workstation for illegal or criminal purpose
- All users are required to indicate their compliance with Infinity’s Acceptable Use Policy before access will be facilitated. Infinity reserves the right to take such action, in accordance with Infinity’s Terms and Conditions, as it deems appropriate against students who violate any conditions of the Acceptable Usage Policy
- All registered students must sign the Acceptable Usage Policy
- Penalties for failing to comply with Infinity’s Internet Usage Policy will depend on the seriousness of the offence, and will be in accordance with current College procedures
The following rules governing conduct are posted throughout the College and in every classroom:
- No entry into class if more than 15 minutes late
- No sleeping or eating during class
- Mobile phones must be switched off during class time
- Students must have all necessary materials in class; paper, pen etc.
- Any student who does not abide by the above conditions on any three occasions will get a written warning. The issuance of a third written warning will result in suspension or expulsion