ITE Student Code of Conduct

ITE is committed to the holistic development of its students, and as part of this commitment, we work at instilling integrity, encouraging right decision-making, and fostering self-accountability among students.  Each student is expected to grow and develop during his time with ITE, to be more than when they begin their journey at ITE.   Being a member of ITE community is a privilege, which comes with the responsibility to act in accordance with all institutional rules and policies.

The ITE Student Code of Conduct is intended to guide students’ conduct so that they can have a meaningful and enjoyable learning experience in ITE.  It also serves as a reminder for all to work towards a harmonious, and inclusive environment within and outside of the campus, and to uphold the good reputation of ITE at all times.

Attire

  • Students must be properly attired in the ITE uniform or prescribed attire while in College during term time and at all ITE-organised activities, events or functions, including co-curricular activities.
  • Modification to the uniform or prescribed attire and improper dressing (eg. wearing slippers, provocative clothing) are prohibited.
  • Male students must not sport long hair and wear earrings or ear studs in the College.
  • Students should not sport hair in outrageous colours.
  • Students should not display any tattoos outwardly. All tattoos must be covered up appropriately.
  • During industry attachment, students must follow the company’s dress code.
  • Trainees under the ITE’s Traineeship Programme and attending Off-the-Job Training at ITE must be attired in either company or ITE uniform.
  • Students attending workshops/laboratories must wear proper attire and safety shoes/footwear.

Attendance

  • Students are required to attend and be punctual for all scheduled lessons, workshops or laboratory sessions and official College and ITE functions.
  • Absence from lessons or official functions must be accompanied by a medical certificate or official leave approval.
  • Students who did not meet the required attendance rate may be debarred from taking the examinations.

Behaviour

  • Students should be thoughtful towards others, and show respect for the culture, language and religion of fellow students, staff and members of the community, both within and outside of ITE.
  • Students should be respectful and courteous in their behaviour towards lecturers, other ITE staff, including company supervising staff for Traineeship and internship.
  • Students should avoid acts which will bring disrepute to themselves and ITE, or are harmful towards good order and discipline in the Colleges.
  • Students should comply with and observe any such rules and regulations as may be made from time to time by the College.
  • Students should not commit criminal offences punishable by law.

Acts of Disturbance

  • Students should not commit acts of disturbance within or outside of ITE’s premises.
  • Students should also refrain from behaviour which are harmful, intimidating, humiliating, immoral or indecent towards others. They should inform their Lecturers/Class Advisor/Section Heads/Care Officers, when they see this happening.

Littering

  • Students should keep the campus environment clean at all times.
  • Students should not consume drink or eat in the class / laboratory / workshop / library.
  • Students should return all utensils to the respective receptacles provided within the cafeteria.
  • Rubbish and items to be disposed of must be thrown into assigned disposal bins provided by the campus, or town councils.
  • Students caught littering within or outside the campus will be penalised.

College Property

  • Students should not damage, vandalise, steal or lose any ITE property.
  • Any loss or damage to property belonging to the College must be reported immediately.
  • Students who lose or damage College property may be required to compensate for the loss or damage where appropriate.
  • Students are to refrain from moving any property that belongs to the College unless authorised.
  • Students are to return any items found in the College premises to the Customer Service/Visitor Centre.

Social Media

  • When using and communicating through social media platforms, social networking sites, video and photo-sharing sites, students are expected to act responsibly, and always to conduct themselves in an objective and respectful manner.
  • All students are expected to be mindful of the contents that they post in public domains, ensuring that their messages are not offensive, racist, vulgar and/or threatening.

Smoking

  • All ITE premises are gazetted as NO SMOKING areas.
  • Students wearing the ITE uniform or prescribed attire are prohibited from smoking within or outside of ITE’s premises.
  • Students caught in possession of cigarettes or tobacco products would be disciplined or referred to relevant government authorities.

Academic Integrity

  • ITE does not tolerate any form of academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, forgery and violation of intellectual property and copyright laws.
  • Students who are found cheating during examinations will be disciplined according to the ITE Examination Rules & Regulations.
  • Plagiarism occurs when you copy a piece of work and pass it off as your own without acknowledgement to the original author. This is a serious offence and you may face severe consequence.
  • Forging or possession of forged official documents is a serious offence with severe consequence.
  • Unauthorised use or illegal copying of copyright materials including printed and/or non-printed matters and computer software or the disclosure of computer passwords to others is a serious offence.

Gambling

  • Any form of gambling is prohibited in ITE’s premises and in its neighbourhoods.

Drugs and Alcohol

  • Possession, consumption, trafficking and manufacturing of drugs carries a heavy penalty.
  • Offenders will be reported to the Central Narcotics Bureau.
  • Possession and/or consumption of alcoholic drinks or intoxicating substances on campus is an offence.

Fighting, Assault or Possession of Dangerous Weapons

  • Fighting, assault or possession of dangerous weapon is a criminal offence.
  • Offenders will be penalised by the law.

Global Education

Students participating in Global Education Programme (GEP) are deemed as ambassadors of ITE and Singapore, and must uphold the highest standard of conduct and behaviour at all times.

Country’s Law and Culture

Each country has their own unique customs and laws. When overseas, students should:

• Be aware of and comply with the laws of the host country.
• Be respectful, sensitive and open-minded towards local cultures and norms.
• Abide by the dress and cultural codes of the host country.
• Be sensitive to gender and cultural differences, languages, political affinities and religious beliefs.
• Refrain from participating in any illegal activity.

Should students be unclear of the customs and cultures of the land, they should consult their lecturers or lectures/leaders from the host country.

Conduct when Overseas

For your own well-being and personal safety when overseas, students should not:

• Purchase, possess or consume any form of drugs even if it is legal in the host country.
• Purchase or possess dangerous weapons and firearms even if it is legal in the host country.
• Share a room between male and female students.
• Operate or rent any form of motorised vehicles.
• Visit adult entertainment establishments such as bars, pubs, clubs, KTV, massage parlours, etc.
• Engage in high-risk/dangerous activities (eg. sky-diving, shooting range, cave diving, white-water rafting, etc).
• Cross over to other international borders unless it is part of the official programme.
• Consume alcohol.
• Engage in inappropriate behaviour, such as lewdness, drunkenness, intimidation, threats, violence, fighting and immoral/indecent activities.

Disciplinary Matters

Students who fail to abide by the Code of Conduct or commit disciplinary offences are liable to disciplinary actions by Colleges.  All ITE staff are empowered to enforce discipline on campus.  The School management/School Discipline Committee has the authority to take disciplinary actions and if necessary, refer offenders to the College Disciplinary Committee (CDC).

For students who have committed serious disciplinary offences, the CDC may impose one or more of the following penalties:

(i)      Manual and/or course-related work;
(ii)     Verbal and/or written warning;
(iii)    Temporary suspension from classes; and
(iv)    Dismissal from College.

Students who are dismissed or suspended for more than one week may seek an appeal within 7 days from the date of notification of the CDC’s decision.  An independent Appeals Committee will be appointed to review the appeal received.  The decision by the Appeals Committee after reviewing the case, shall be final.

Where a student has been convicted of a criminal offence or has been proven to have misconducted himself or has committed acts outside the institute premises that will or are likely to bring disrepute to the ITE, the CDC may consider the investigation report of the police and/or such other law enforcement authority and/or record of the proceedings of the court, and take any necessary actions as it deems fit, including temporary suspension or dismissal of the student.

Conclusion

The ITE Student Code of Conduct, which is not meant to be exhaustive in scope, will help to remind students of the standards set to foster a College environment which everyone can be proud of.  The students’ commitment to these standards contributes to the good image of ITE and a pleasant environment for everyone.