Hillsong College Harassment, Unlawful Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy

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1. Purpose

The purpose of this Policy is to provide protection against: discrimination; harassment (including sexual harassment) and bullying; vilification and victimisation; sexual misconduct (including sexual assault/violence and sexual exploitation); and other wrongful, unlawful or inappropriate conduct at Hillsong College.

2. Scope

This policy applies to Hillsong College Ltd (ABN 84 617 111 592) (“College”), and all other related entities in the capacity in which they operate on the College’s behalf (“Hillsong”). The policy applies to all those who are a part of Hillsong College, including but not limited to students, staff, volunteers, whilst participating in College and Hillsong activities and individuals seeking to enrol in a course of study.

3. Policy

Hillsong College is committed to providing safe and secure learning environments for all its workers and students, both enrolled and prospective. To better enable this, Hillsong College will:

• provide a work and study environment that is safe and pleasant for staff and students which is free from harassment, bullying, and unlawful discrimination;

• provide a work and study environment where staff and students are treated with dignity, courtesy, and respect;

• provide an effective procedure for complaints;

• treat all complaints in a sensitive, fair, timely and confidential manner;

• guarantee protection from any victimisation or reprisals;

• encourage the reporting of behaviour which breaches this policy; and

• promote appropriate standards of conduct at all times.

Hillsong College recognises that harassment (including sexual harassment), bullying, unlawful discrimination, and sexual misconduct may involve comments and behaviours that offend some people and not others. Hillsong College accepts that individuals may react differently to comments and behaviour. That is why a minimum standard of behaviour is required of students, staff, and volunteers.

Engaging in harassment, bullying, unlawful discrimination or sexual misconduct constitutes a breach of this policy and may result in disciplinary action up to and including exclusion from the student’s course of study or dismissal. In some instances, this may also amount to a criminal offence or a breach of relevant legislation. If an international student engages in misconduct including but not limited to sexual misconduct, their CoE (confirmation of enrolment) may be cancelled which may lead to their student visa being revoked.

4. Understanding Harassment, Bullying and Unlawful Discrimination

Harassment, bullying, unlawful discrimination and/or sexual misconduct will not be tolerated in any form or under any circumstance at Hillsong College. This includes during ministry placements, whilst on campus, work-related functions, study excursions, and outside of learning hours and campus facilities. Such unlawful actions include but are not limited to the use of carriage services such as phone calls and electronic communications, or behaviours that could be considered stalking such as following someone home from work. What constitutes bullying at work is defined by the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). Harassment and/or discrimination occurs when a person is harassed or discriminated against in the workplace and in certain areas of public life:

 • because of their race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin, as defined under the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth);

• because of their sex, marital status, pregnancy as defined under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth);

• because of a disability as defined under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth); or

• because of age as defined under the Age Discrimination Act 2004 (Cth).

Hillsong College has a responsibility under Workplace Health and Safety and anti-discrimination laws to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of employees and others in the workplace. Individual employees may be liable to prosecution for failure to provide a safe workplace. Harassment, bullying and/or unlawful discrimination may result in injury to staff, which may be compensable under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1998 (Cth).

5. Understanding Sexual Discrimination

In line with relevant national and international legislation, Hillsong College holds that no person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity. Discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault/sexual violence, and sexual exploitation. Sexual discrimination that deprives a person of the ability to participate in or benefit from Hillsong College’s education program or activities is prohibited.

6. Understanding Sexual Misconduct

6.1 Forms of Sexual Misconduct

Sexual harassment is any unwanted, unwelcome, or uninvited behaviour of a sexual nature that makes a person feel humiliated, intimidated, or offended. Sexual harassment is against the law and will not be tolerated at Hillsong College. Sexual harassment may take place inside or outside the workplace. Specific examples of sexual harassment include but are not limited to:

• staring or leering;

• unnecessary familiarity, such as deliberately brushing up against a person or unwelcome touching;

• suggestive comments or jokes;

• insults or taunts of a sexual nature;

• intrusive questions or statements about a person’s private life;

• displaying posters, magazines, or screen savers of a sexual nature;

• sending sexually explicit emails or text messages;

• inappropriate advances on social networking sites;

• gestures;

• accessing sexually explicit internet sites;

• requests for sex or repeated unwanted requests to go out on dates; and

• behaviour that may also be considered to be an offence under criminal law, such as physical assault, indecent exposure, sexual assault, stalking, or obscene communications.

Sexual Exploitation refers to a situation in which a person takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another, and situations in which the conduct does not fall within the definitions of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, or Sexual Violence. Specific examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to:

• invasion of sexual privacy;

• prostituting another student;

• non-consensual recording, broadcasting sexual activity, including redistribution of pictures, video, or audio;

• going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as letting your friends hide in the closet to watch you having consensual sex);

• engaging in voyeurism;

• knowingly exposing another to an STD or HIV;

• exposing one’s genitals in non-consensual circumstances or inducing another to expose their genitals; and

• sexually-based stalking and/or bullying, including cyber-stalking and/or cyber-bullying, may also be forms of sexual exploitation.

Sexual Assault or Sexual Violence is a particular type of sexual harassment that includes non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, rape, or other physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent. Non-consensual sexual intercourse is any sexual penetration or intercourse (anal, oral, or vaginal), however slight, with any object, by a person upon another person, that is without consent and/or by force. Specific examples of sexual assault or sexual violence include, but is not limited to physical assaults of a sexual nature, such as:

• rape;

• sexual assault;

• sexual battery;

• domestic violence;

• dating violence;

• stalking; or

• attempts to commit these acts.

Force refers to the use of physical violence and/or imposing on someone physically to gain sexual access. Specific examples of force include, but is not limited to:

• threats,

• intimidation (implied threats); and

• coercion that overcomes resistance or produces consent.

Hazing is any act likely to cause physical or psychological harm or social ostracism to any person within the Hillsong College community, when related to the admission, initiation, pledging, joining, or any other group-affiliation activity.

Incapacitation is a state where someone cannot make rational, reasonable decisions because they lack the capacity to give knowing consent. This policy also covers a person whose incapacity results from a mental or developmental disability, involuntary physical restraint, and/or from the taking of incapacitating drugs.

Indecent Exposure refers to the exposure of the private or intimate parts of the body in a lewd manner in public or in private premises when the accused may be readily observed.

6.2 Consent

Consent is knowing, voluntary, and clear permission by word or action, to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity. Since individuals may experience the same interaction in different ways, it is the responsibility of each party to make certain that the other has consented before engaging in the activity. For consent to be valid there must be a clear expression in words or actions that the other individual agreed to that specific sexual conduct. A person cannot consent if they are unable to understand what is happening or is disoriented, helpless, asleep, or unconscious for any reason, including due to alcohol or other drugs. A person may be incapable of giving consent, where the other party has power over that person, and therefore, a significant power imbalance exists. A person can withdraw consent at any time during sexual activity. A minor below the age of consent according to state law cannot consent to sexual activity.

7. Retaliation

Hillsong College strictly prohibits retaliation against a member of the Hillsong College community who opposes the inappropriate practices that are prohibited by this policy, who brings forth a complaint, against whom a complaint is brought, or who otherwise is a participant in a complaint resolution process. Such prohibited retaliatory conduct includes:

• limiting of opportunity;

• marginalisation within the Hillsong College community;

• reducing a student’s grade;

• an accused person approaching the person making a report with the intent of intimidating, interrogating or threatening them in any way;

• decreasing an employee’s pay; or

• downgrading a person’s performance evaluation.

8. Rights and Responsibilities

8.1 General Hillsong College is responsible to ensure that the wishes of the victim/survivor are respected in relation to reporting harassment, bullying, unlawful discrimination, sexual discrimination or sexual misconduct. The victim/survivor always has the right to contact the police directly. Hillsong College is also responsible for responding promptly and effectively to all reports by taking immediate action to eliminate the harassment, bullying, unlawful discrimination, sexual discrimination or sexual misconduct, prevent its recurrence and address its effects. A criminal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment or sexual violence does not relieve Hillsong College of its duty to resolve complaints promptly and equitably.

Hillsong College has an obligation to provide procedural fairness to all individuals involved in an investigatory process.

The victim/survivor also has the right to anonymous or third-party reporting. Where the report is related to Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment, Hillsong College will retain an anonymous report on the Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Incident Register. However, the College may not be able to take further action arising out of anonymous reports, including but not limited to, where limited or no information is available to identify the parties involved or the subject of the report.

Victims/survivors of sexual misconduct should be aware that Hillsong College administrators must report to the police any serious incidents relating to people under the age of 18 and/or that are confirmed to pose a substantial threat of bodily harm or danger to members of the campus community. Hillsong College will make every effort to ensure that a victim’s name and other identifying information are not disclosed, while still providing enough information for relevant stakeholders (internal and external) to make safety decisions in light of the danger. The reports for timely warning purposes include: The local College Workplace Health and Safety team, local police, and any other official with significant responsibility for student and campus activities.

8.2 Confidentiality and Privacy

If a person makes a complaint, it will be taken very seriously and will be dealt with sympathetically and in a confidential manner. Staff and student confidential and personal information will only be released with the consent of the person involved, next of kin, or where Hillsong College has a legal obligation to do so.

In accordance with these procedures, an internal investigation will be triggered when there is an allegation of assault, unwanted sexual touching, or conduct where a reasonable person would consider there to be doubt around consent and will involve reports to the relevant authorities which may include the Children’s Guardian or the Police.

8.3 College Health and Safety Officer

The College Health and Safety Officer – appointed by the General Manager of College whose name will be available to students on the student portal – is responsible for monitoring Hillsong College’s compliance with relevant legislation by helping to ensure that the College responds appropriately, effectively, and equitably to sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct.

The College Health and Safety Officer will:

• provide education and training about discrimination, harassment, sexual discrimination, and sexual misconduct to the Hillsong College community;

• identify and address any patterns or systematic problems that arise during the review of such complaints;

• ensure Hillsong College fulfills all legal and statistical reporting obligations; and

• annually assess the overall efforts of Hillsong College’s compliance with this policy.

8.4 First Responders

A Hillsong College First Responder is defined as a Hillsong College staff member on the Hillsong College Register of First Responders who has been trained to be the first person who responds to a report of sexual misconduct. A list of staff who are trained as First Responders can be found in ‘Appendix 2: First Responders’.

8.5 Managers and Supervisors Role

Managers and supervisors must ensure they and their staff understand and adhere to this policy. If a person approaches them with a complaint, they should take appropriate steps to resolve it. If this is not possible or is inappropriate, then the Human Resources Officer, Director of College Pastoral Care, or College Health and Safety Officer should be informed.

The reporting person may bring a support person with them to any meetings.

8.6 Employees Role

Each employee must adhere to this policy and should be aware that they can be held legally responsible for their unlawful acts. Employees who aid, abet, or encourage other persons to harass, bully or unlawfully discriminate can also be held legally liable.

9. Document & Version Information

Document Title: Hillsong Harassment, Unlawful Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy Version: 1.0

Version Approved: Executive Vice President, Hillsong College

Document Authorised by: Executive Vice President, Hillsong College

Document Maintained by: General Manager, Hillsong College

Issue Date: 1 October 2021

Review Date: September 2023

Related documents

Hillsong College Complaints & Appeals Policy

Hillsong Whistle Blower Policy

Staff Grievance Policy

Hillsong Harassment, Unlawful Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Procedures

HARASSMENT, BULLYING, AND UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATION PROCEDURES

1. SEXUAL MISCONDUCT PROCEDURES

1.1 General

If a staff member, student, or volunteer is the victim/survivor of sexual assault or sexual harassment, the first priority is the safety and wellbeing of the individual. As such, the individual is encouraged to seek support from a trusted source such as a family member, counsellor, campus pastor, College Pastoral Care, First Responder, or external provider before taking any formal action. The reporting person is advised to limit the number of people they inform about the incident/s so as not to jeopardise the impartiality of any future investigation.

The below procedure applies to any incident involving a College student. Hillsong College also recognises that victims/survivors all respond in different ways and may not approach this procedure in a linear or sequential way. First Responders will exercise maximum flexibility and care while guiding a victim/survivor through this procedure.

If the victim/survivor or anyone involved with Hillsong (collectively “participant”) wishes to receive support or chooses to take formal action, the following procedures are in place:

1.2 Report

There are three ways that a participant can make a report of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

  1. A participant can make a report by completing the online Sexual Assault/Sexual Harassment Incident Form. The report will be added to the confidential Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Incident Register which only the Director of College Pastoral Care has access to. When completing an online Sexual Assault/Sexual Harassment Incident Form, participants have the option of making an anonymous, or a third-party report.
    If the participant provides their personal details, the Director of College Pastoral Care will contact the participant to discuss options and create action plan (step 2). Participants are entitled to have a support person present if they wish.
    If a report is submitted anonymously, it will be retained on the Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Incident Register, however, Hillsong College may not be able to take further action arising out of anonymous reports. This includes but is not limited to when little or no information is available to identify the parties involved, or the subject of the report.
  2. If a participant prefers, they can directly approach a Hillsong College First Responder to inform them of the incident. All training/teaching staff, and College Pastoral Care staff are designated as First Responders. A list of First Responders can be found on the student portal.
    If the participant desires, the First Responder can assist them in providing a formal statement to be submitted to the Director of College Pastoral Care, or assist them in completing the online Sexual Assault/Sexual Harassment Incident Form. If a participant does not wish to complete an incident form or provide a formal statement, but is rather seeking information about resources or support, Hillsong College staff are still obliged to confidentially document any given details about the incident on a students’ record. As long as it does not present with a conflict of interest, the Director of College Pastoral Care will be informed to ensure the College fulfills its duty of care to all Hillsong participants. Details can be provided anonymously except for when there is a legal obligation to report.
  3. If a participant identifies a potential conflict of interest by talking to a member of Hillsong College staff, a report can be made by contacting the Safe Church Office. Safe Church is a department existing within Hillsong Church, and therefore separate to Hillsong College. Contact can be made via email on safechurch@hillsong.com or on +61 2 8853 5352. For a comprehensive overview of Hillsong’s commitment to safety and the function of the Safe Church Office, see https://hillsong.com/australia/safechurch/

1.3 Discuss options and create an action plan

Once a report is received, the supporting staff member will discuss with the participant further reporting and ongoing support options whilst keeping the wellbeing of the participant as the first priority.

Reporting options can include submitting a formal complaint as part of the ‘Hillsong College Complaints Policy’ (which depending on the report, will be received by the Hillsong legal function, Safe Church team, or the Hillsong College General Manager and initiates an internal investigation) and/or making a report to the police or other authority. Any internal investigations and/or corrective action taken is not a substitute for a criminal process. If a criminal investigation occurs following reporting to the police, Hillsong College will exercise its discretion as to whether to proceed with an internal investigation or suspend such processes, seeking advice from police as appropriate. Where an internal investigation is suspended, appropriate support and guidance will continue to be provided to the participant.

Ongoing support options can include arranging academic special consideration and connecting to pastoral care and/or professional care. A participant does not need to make any formal reports in order to access such support.

Any further details of the incident that are collected during such meetings are recorded confidentially. Whilst the participant may be asked to put further details in writing, Hillsong College is aware of the impact that re-telling an experience can have on an individual and therefore will endeavour to minimise this as much as possible. Throughout this process, it is important to remember the ‘rights and responsibilities’ that Hillsong College participants have in terms of confidentiality and any disciplinary action that looks to serve the wellbeing of the College community.

1.4 Interim Protective Measures

As part of creating an action plan, the staff member will also work with the participant in deciding how they would like to proceed to ensure safety and reduce any potential ongoing risks where possible. In the case of sexual discrimination or sexual misconduct, the College reserves the right, at the direction of the General Manager of College, or approved delegate, to suspend or place on immediate administrative leave any member of the campus community accused of violating this policy, or to take any other interim measures the College deems appropriate, pending the outcome of an investigation and/or disciplinary proceedings. Such interim measures can include but are not limited to, placing an employee on paid or unpaid administrative leave, removing a student from current classes, modifying course schedules, arranging a change of College Accommodation or serving areas in Hillsong Church, and issuing a “no contact” order, among many other remedies.

To do so, this will likely involve the Director of College Pastoral Care, who will then liaise with relevant Hillsong College staff and departments but will always be done with the participant’s consent, and in a way that protects the wellbeing of the victim.

1.5 Reporting Criminal Offences

In accordance with section 316 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW), the College may have an obligation to report information about a ‘serious indictable offense’ to the police. The College will use its best efforts to protect the confidentiality of information relating to the participant’s disclosure or complaint while meeting its legal obligations.

If a matter is reported to the police and it will interfere with the police investigation/action to continue to deal with the matter under Hillsong College procedures, the College will suspend action. If there is no risk of interference with a police investigation the matter may be dealt with under the College’s grievance procedures.

In some limited circumstances, the College may need to report an incident of sexual assault to the police against a participant’s wishes, to ensure the safety of students, staff members, or other members of the College community, or to meet its legal obligations. The College will inform the participant before reporting an incident of sexual assault to the police.

1.6 Incidents Outside Hillsong College

Where participants disclose incidents, either current or historic, where the alleged perpetrator is not part of Hillsong, which occurred outside the domain of Hillsong College, such as in their home or an external workplace, the support options remain the same as listed above, with the exemption of the College’s ability to implement protective measures. Victims/survivors still have the option to report to the police.

1.7 Support for the accused

Persons accused of sexual misconduct are able to access a range of support services included in the related documents. Where persons accused of sexual misconduct have been directed to stay away from a Hillsong College campus or a Hillsong Church campus, they may draw upon the services of external providers. A list of support available on campus and off-campus is listed in ‘Appendix 1: Support Available.’

The principles of natural justice and procedural fairness require the assessment and investigation of misconduct to be undertaken in a fair, impartial, and equitable way.

An individual accused of breaching this policy has the right to know the details of a report about them, the opportunity to make representations to the College investigator, and be treated without bias. Information will be provided without breaching a participant’s confidentiality request.

Further information including, referrals to support services, and navigating the investigation process will be provided including regular and timely communication regarding the investigative process and resolution.

1.8 Review and close

Once appropriate actions have been taken, the participant will be informed of any relevant outcomes and invited to review the report. Once the matter is considered closed, the report will be reviewed in summary form by select members of the College Executive team (College Principal, Executive Vice President, and General Manager) to determine the effectiveness of procedures for continuous improvement. Personal information will not be disclosed without permission. Throughout any course of action, the participant may contact the supporting staff member regarding the report at any time, including up to or after the matter is considered closed.

2. HARASSMENT, BULLYING, UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATION, AND SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION PROCEDURES

2.1 General

The first priority is the well-being of the individual. As such, the reporting person will not be victimised or treated unfairly for reporting an incident. If the reporting person is not satisfied with the way in which the College has dealt with a complaint, the reporting person can seek further advice from an outside agency such as the Human Rights Commission or the Equal Opportunity Commission, or other relevant government agencies.

2.2 Notifying and Reporting Breaches

If a staff member, student or volunteer believes that they are being harassed, bullied, unlawfully discriminated, or sexually discriminated against, there are a number of important steps they should take:

  • the individual is encouraged to seek support from a trusted source such as a family member, counsellor, campus pastor, student support or external provider before taking any formal action. The reporting person is advised to limit the number of people they inform about the incident/s so as not to jeopardise the impartiality of any future investigation;
  • report the behaviour or incident to campus leadership, to their manager, or the People & Development representative; the individual can lodge a grievance under the College’s Complaints and Appeals Policy (if a student) or under the staff personal grievance policy (if staff);
  • if the alleged perpetrator is a manager then the report about the manager should be directed to a senior manager, and if this is not available, to the General Manager of Hillsong College; and
  • when made aware of such a matter under these procedures, an authorised officer for grievances may assist the person to make a report to police. A criminal investigation into allegations does not relieve Hillsong College of its duty to resolve complaints promptly and equitably. If a matter is reported to police and it will interfere with the police investigation/action to continue to deal with the matter under Hillsong College procedures, the College will suspend action. If there is no risk of interference with a police investigation the matter may be dealt with under grievance procedures.

2.3 Support for the accused

Persons accused of bullying, discrimination, sexual discrimination are able to access a range of support services included in the related documents. Where persons accused of sexual misconduct have been directed to stay away from a Hillsong College campus or a Hillsong Church campus, they may draw upon the services of external providers. A list of support available on campus and off-campus is listed in ‘Appendix 1: Support Available.’

The principles of natural justice and procedural fairness require the assessment and investigation of misconduct to be undertaken in a fair, impartial, and equitable way.

An individual accused of breaching this policy has the right to know the details of a report about them, the opportunity to make representations to the College investigator, and be treated without bias. Information will be provided without breaching a participant’s confidentiality request.

Further information including, referrals to support services, and navigating the investigation process will be provided including regular and timely communication regarding the investigative process and resolution.

Appendix 1 : Student Available

Australia

Support On Campus for Students

Sydney
Pastoral CarePlease contact your core trainer or discipleship group leader.
 
Urgent Matters: Phone or ask at Reception to be connected with a pastor.
T: (02) 8853 5200
E: college@hillsong.com

 
Hours Monday -Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM 
After hours (7 days a week) T: 1300 53 53 53
Phoenix
Pastoral CarePlease contact your core trainer or discipleship group leader.
 
Urgent Matters: Phone or ask at Reception to be connected with a pastor.
T: 1-480-464-3922
E: Collegeusa@hillsong.com
 
Hours Monday -Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM 
After hours (7 days a week) T: 480-834-1822 Ext 4 

Support Off Campus for Students

Sydney
HeadspaceFree counselling services: https://headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/
NSW Rape CrisisFree 24/7
Telephone and online crisis counselling service for anyone who is at risk of or who has experienced sexual assault.

T: 1800 424 017  

Online Counselling: https://www.rape-dvservices.org.au/about/ourcounselling-services
https://www.rape-dvservices.org.au/
1800 RESPECTRape & Domestic Violence Services Australia
Counselling is available 24/7, whether you’re seeking help for yourself, a friend or relative, a colleague or client.

T: 1800 737 732
InterpretersFree interpreters can be provided over the phone or in person. Interpreters must keep confidential information which they interpret.

T: 131 450  

https://www.tisnational.gov.au/
MensLine AustraliaFree telephone and online counselling services available to men 24/7  

T: 1300 78 99 78  

https://mensline.org.au/phone-and-online-counselling/
National Relay ServiceFree 24/7 telephone service relaying information for people who are deaf or have speech impairments.

TTY/ Voice Calls: 133 677
Speak & Listen: 1300 555 727
SMS Relay: 0423 677 767  

https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/media-technologycommunications/phone/services-people-withdisability/accesshub/national-relay-service
Phoenix
National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE
www.rainn.org
Sexual Assault Hotline (Arizona)1-866-205-5229
Mesa Family Advocacy Center 480-644-4075
Phoenix Family Advocacy Center 602-534-2120    1-888-246-0303
Domestic Violence Hotline1-800-799-7233 TTY 1-800-787-3224

Appendix 2: First Responders

Adam Dodsonadam.dodson@hillsong.comHigher Education Lecturer and TutorSydney – Hills
Alistair McNallyalistair.mcnally@hillsong.comHigher Education Tutor Sydney – Hills
Amanda Fergussonamanda.fergusson@hillsong.comLecturer Sydney – Hills
Angela Bachtleangela.bachtle@hillsong.comPastor // College Principal Sydney – Hills
Aran Puddlearan.puddle@hillsong.comCollege Creative DirectorSydney – Hills
Belinda Nelsonbelinda.nelson@hillsong.comPastoral / Theological TrainerSydney – Hills
Björn Lulingbjorn.luling@hillsong.comPastor / Theological Head TrainerSydney – City
Brenton Maunderbrenton.maunder@hillsong.comWorship Stream Core Trainer Online
Bryan Camposbryan.campos@hillsong.comPastoral / Theological Trainer // Location PastorOnline
Caleb Krausecaleb.krause@hillsong.comCamera Trainer / TV & Film Technical CoordinatorSydney – Hills
Cameron McDonaldcameron.mcdonald@hillsong.comCampus Vice PrincipalSydney – Hills
Cassandra Webbcassandra.webb@hillsong.comHigher Education Tutor / College LibrarianSydney – Hills
Christopher Parkeschris.parkes@hillsong.comCollege Principal (HE and OnlineSydney – Hills
Dorothy Mendezdorothy.mendez@hillsong.com Higher Education Lecturer and Tutor Online
Duncan Corbyduncan.corby@hillsong.com General ManagerSydney – Hills
Haydn Nelsonhaydn.nelson@hillsong.comSenior Lecturer & MA Programme Coordinator Sydney – Hills
Heather Roffheather.roff@hillsong.comPastoral / Theological TrainerOnline
Jacob Laidlerjacob.laidler@hillsong.comStudent Development ManagerSydney – Hills
Jonathan Sealeyjonathan.sealey@hillsong.comAdv Diploma Practicum Coordinator / Pastoral TrainerSydney – Hills
Jonathon Hooperjonathon.hooper@hillsong.comPastor / Theological Head Trainer, Stream CoordinatorSydney – Hills
Judy Fisherjudy.fisher@hillsong.comPastoral / Theological TrainerOnline
Julia Cuthbertsonjulia.cuthbertson@hillsong.comAcademic DeanSydney – Hills
Katie Dodsonkatie.dodson@hillsong.comWorship Stream Coordinator & TrainerSydney – Hills
Kathy Squillacekathy.squillace@hillsong.comPastoral / Theological TrainerSydney – City
Katrina Lugtukatrina.lugtu@hillsong.comWorship Stream TrainerSydney – Hills
Kayleigh Alexandrekayleigh.alexandre@hillsong.comCollege Creative ProducerSydney – Hills
Keren Fullerkeren.fuller@hillsong.comPastoral / Theological Trainer Sydney – City
Lee Burnslee.burns@hillsong.comExecutive Vice PresidentSydney – Hills
Lina Rodrigueslina.rodrigues@hillsong.comPastoral / Theological TrainerSydney – Hills
Matthias Gilmourmatthias.gilmour@hillsong.comPastoral / Theological TrainerSydney – City
Michelle Leaneymichelle.leaney@hillsong.comPastoral / Theological TrainerSydney – Hills
Norman Lugtunorman.lugtu@hillsong.comPastoral / Theological TrainerSydney – Hills
Paul McGhiepaul.mcghie@hillsong.comPastoral / Theological TrainerSydney – Hills
Qianwen Renee Dengrenee.deng@hillsong.comVice Principal (Online Campus)Online
Raymond Badhamray.badham@hillsong.comPastoral / Theological TrainerSydney – Hills
Remo Castagnoremo.castagno@hillsong.comPastoral / Theological TrainerSydney – Hills
Robert Macdowallrobert.macdowall@hillsong.comTV & Production Stream Oversight/Trainer Sydney – Hills
Robin Boschrobin.bosch@hillsong.comPracticum CoordinatorSydney – Hills
Rolf Fjellrolf.fjell@hillsong.comWorship Stream TrainerSydney – Hills
Samir Eljagh Tapiasamir.eljagh@hillsong.comStudent Support OfficerSydney – Hills
Stephen Taylorstephen.taylor@hillsong.comPracticum ManagerSydney – Hills
Sarah Youngsarah.young@hillsong.comHigher Education TutorOnline
Tanya Richestanya.riches@hillsong.comPastoral / Theological TrainerSydney – Hills
Tracy Barrelltracy.barrell@hillsong.comCampus Vice Principal (Higher Education)Sydney – City
Wendy Corbywendy.corby@hillsong.comCollege AdministratorSydney – City
Wendy Cumberworthwendy.cumberworth@hillsong.comRegistrarSydney – Hills

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At Hillsong College we put value on giving honour where honour is due. This is why we acknowledge the need to reference when someone else’s work is used to support our own.

How to reference?

While other institutions may use official and more formal referencing styles, Hillsong College uses a simplified version of referencing that is more reflective of ministry practice. Please follow the guidelines provided below in order to fulfil our referencing expectations.

Failure to do so could result in a Not Yet Competent grade as well as plagiarism (refer to Assessment and Academic misconduct under the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the Student Handbook).

Assessment expectations: Referencing and Language Level

Students are expected to clearly communicate their answers using proper basic referencing, grammar, and spelling skills:

  1. Basic referencing must include footnoting at the bottom of the page where sources have been used and a bibliography at the end of the assessment.

As a minimum, students must provide author, title, date (of publication or accessed) and page number (for footnotes only) or web address.

Example for a published book or article:

Bill Hybels, Simplify: ten practices to unclutter your soul. 2014, p.1.

Example for an online source:

Jad Gillies, Worship leading 101: 4 pillars of preparation. Accessed 08/01/2016. http://hillsong.com/collected/blog/2016/01/worship-leading-101-4-pillars-of-preparation/#.Vo82B8Z96M8

Example for an online video:

Michael Bournes, Who broke Africa? Accessed 08/01/2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP2RNfb3kDw

Example for a song:

Pharrell Williams, Happy. GIRL album. Accessed 08/01/2016.

  1. Basic grammar and spelling: your sentences must show at least basic skills in written English grammar and spelling.

Please refer to resources provided by our Student Support.

Recommendation for further studies

If you are planning on pursuing higher education in our Degree program we strongly recommend that you start using the full Turabian referencing style in your assessments.

More information on the Turabian style can be found by referring to:

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th Edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

OR

http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/instruct/guides/chicogo-turabianstyle.pdf

Basic referencing and Turabian

Notice that our basic referencing is a simplified version of Turabian:

Published book or article

Basic Referencing;

Bill Hybels. Simplify: ten practices to unclutter your soul. 2014, p1

Turabian;

Hybels, B., Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul. Location: Tyndale. 2014, p.1.

Online source

Basic Referencing;

Jad Gillies. Worship leading 101: 4 pillars of preparation. Accessed 08/01/2016. http://hillsong.com/collected/blog/2016/01/worship-leading-101-4-pillars-of-preparation/#.Vo82B8Z96M8

Turabian;

Gillies, Jad. “Worship Leading 101 4 Pillars of Preparation.” Hillsong Collected. January 5, 2016. Accessed January 08, 2016. http://hillsong.com/collected/blog/2016/01/worship-leading-101-4-pillars-of-preparation/#.Vo82B8Z96M8.

Online video

Basic Referencing;

Michael Bournes, Who broke Africa? Accessed 08/01/2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP2RNfb3kDw

Turabian;

Bournes, Micah. “Micah Bournes – Who Broke Africa? (Live at The Justice Conference 2012).” YouTube. Accessed February 11, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP2RNfb3kDw.

Song

Basic Referencing;

Pharrell Williams, Happy. GIRL album. Accessed 08/01/2016.

Turabian;

Pharrell Williams. GIRL. MP3, n.d.

Presentation of Assessments

Good presentation is important and helps the reader understand the message of your assessments. Students must present assessments according to the following format:

  • Font: ALL written fulfil must be typed. Assessments not typed will not be marked. The font should be Times New Roman, size 12.
  • Page Layout: Paper should be A4, unlined and typed on one side only. All margins to be 2.5cm each. Student assessments should be uploaded directly on the college portal. In the case of a hard copy assessment submission, then the official Assessment Cover Sheet (located on the Student Portal) should be stapled to the front of the assessment and details entered should be typed not handwritten. Do NOT put hard copy assessments into a folder. Each Assessment Cover Sheet contains a barcode that registers when the assessment is submitted. These should be scanned and handed in at the College Library.

Spacing: Double spacing should be used. Include a line break between paragraphs and do not indent new paragraphs. A line break should be left before and after each heading.

Abbreviations: If you use abbreviations in the text of your paper give the full title the first time with the abbreviation in brackets. After that, you can use the abbreviation without qualification. For example: “The Assemblies of God (AOG) in Australia has existed for nearly one hundred years. The AOG now constitutes one of the largest Christian denominations in Australia.”

Capitalisation:

  • ‘God’ is in upper case. If you are writing about other gods, use lower case.
  • ‘Bible’ is the only upper case when it is called “the Bible” (or if it begins a sentence as here) i.e. it has to be a proper noun for it to receive the upper case. If you just write: “Wesley received his first bible on his fifth birthday”, then it is lower case.
  • ‘Scripture’ is lower case unless speaking of “the Scripture” (or if it begins a sentence). If you simply write “as scripture says . . .” then use lower case.

Number in the text: When referring to numbers write the number as a word if it is ten or less, but use the numerical form if it is 11 or greater (except when it is the first word of a sentence).

Illustrations and Diagrams: As your assessment is viewed as an academic work, pictures, drawings and charts are not appropriate unless they are to assist the assessment in revealing objective facts (eg an illustration of temple furniture would aid an area of Old Testament study) and not reflecting subjective opinions (eg. a illustration of Paul preaching).

Language: HILC requires all writers to use gender-inclusive language in their submissions. Examples of common phrases include:

TraditionalInclusive
man, menpersons, person, people, human beings
mankindhumanity, humankind
sons of Godchildren of God, people of God
every manevery person, everyone
hishis or her, his/her
hehe or she, he/she
manhoodadulthood, maturity
laymanLay person

Assessment Writing & Essays

Assessment Writing

In order to complete assessments successfully:

  • Clarify the question and answer it. Assessments, which do not address the question, cannot be marked Competent. If you are having difficulties, seek clarification from either a peer, lecturer, trainer or access the Student Support team.
  • Research your topic carefully taking notes and recording the references you used.
  • Plan and draft your paper.
  • Keep to the word count. 10% above or below the stated word count is permissible. (Eg. 100 words range above or below a 1000 word assessment).
  • Proofread your work carefully for correct grammar and spelling before submitting. Students should ensure their work is thoroughly checked for correct English, especially if English is not his or her primary language.
  • Format assessments as outlined in this guide.
  • Submit your assessment by the due date.
  • Always keep a copy of your assessment.

Essays

Short essays are a regular feature of assessment in College courses, and it is important that students work to produce essays that are clear and well-structured. Essays should consist of the following:

Introduction: This section introduces the assessment, how you plan to approach it, clearly stating the main point of your essay and creating a lead into the body of your assessment. It should be approximately 100-150 words (one paragraph).

Body: This section represents the most important part of your assessment and is the largest section. It should be divided up evenly by paragraphs with one main point per paragraph.

  • Paragraphs should have more than one sentence. A well-constructed paragraph will generally include a topic sentence, which will be followed by the sentences developing and clarifying the topic, followed by a concluding sentence.
  • In an academic paper, using “bullet points” or using lists with numbers is inappropriate.  Rather, use several sentences starting with ‘First’, ‘Second’, and so on.
  • A paragraph should deal with only one topic or one aspect of one topic, and should not be too long. (As a rule of thumb if it is going on for over half a page, reread it to see if it can be broken down into two or more paragraphs).
  • Headings and divisions need only to be used for longer essays. To introduce a major division of your assessment, use a centred heading, written in capitals, not underlined or numbered. If you use bold print in a larger size, you may place flush left. To introduce a subdivision, use a free-standing flush left side heading, on a line by itself. This is underlined and may also be in bold print, with or without numbering or lettering. For further subdivisions, also use a freestanding flush left heading, not underlined. Numbering divisions aid your presentation, especially if you require a contents page.

Conclusion: Draw all your thoughts together in summary form, and create a sense of completion (approx. 100 -150 words).

Bibliography: This is a list of all books consulted for the assessment. It must be on a separate page and be formatted correctly. Refer to the “Referencing” section.

Assessment Tasks

Students are required to complete assessment tasks in order to fulfil the requirements of the course. The assessment task(s) for each subject are outlined in the syllabus for each subject and available on the Student Portal on the College website.

Assessment tasks are more than earning a grade. They are designed to provide the student with a learning experience that extends and enhances work in class. They are given specifically to:

  • Extend studies to cover material beyond that which can be covered in class.
  • Broaden understanding of the material covered in class.
  • Develop research skills necessary in preparation for ministry.
  • Assist in understanding and fulfilling the subject outcomes and aims.
  • Ensure that learning outcomes and competencies are met.
  • Allow the development of practical applications of theoretical work done in class.

Assessment tasks may be in the form of:

  • Assessments: Generally a well-structured short written composition or essay that deals with a single topic and expresses an aspect of research from written material & field casework.  The application is then directed towards a suggested problem/question.
  • Book Reports: Requiring a book to be read or a section thereof, that is immediately associated with your subject. Opinions are not valid during the report, only a summary of what you consider to be the main or related points. You may express an opinion in your opening and concluding remarks only.
  • Debates: There may be two (or more) teams organized from within the class to research a set topic and debate opposing sides of that topic.
  • Examinations: Usually set at the end of the semester, they will cover information indicated by the trainer, to enable you to recall/ revise the content of a subject.
  • Performances: Students participating in Worship Music performance subjects will be required to either perform in the Performance Major Day event or provide evidence of contribution to creative arts ministry in a specified semester.
  • Presentations: The student(s) researches a subject and prepares a talk, demonstration, discussion or sermon to present to the class. The aim of such assessments is to give the student an opportunity to further research a topic and provide an avenue for them to outwork their findings for the benefit of the entire class.
  • Report: A statement or record of an investigation or assigned task that may or may not require research.
  • Directed work: As defined by respective trainers.

Student Support & Appeals

Student Support Strategy

The course intervention strategy operates on a series of monitoring reporting points throughout a students’ course, with certain actions to be taken at those points depending on the students’ performance and their duration within Interventions. These Points and their corresponding actions are described in the Course Student Support and Monitoring Table.

If a student required academic intervention, an email will be sent to the student notifying that: –

  • They are not meeting course progress requirements.
  • Failing to meet course requirements can jeopardize their enrolment &/or visa.
  • They have been enrolled in a Student Support tutorial, which they must attend on a weekly basis to ensure their continued enrolment &/or visa.

Course Intervention Meeting:-

The student will meet with a tutorial leader assigned to them for the duration of the intervention.  This tutorial leader will be known as a Student Support leader.  The student and tutorial leader will discuss circumstances surrounding students’ failure to comply with course progress requirements.  They will both agree on a successful strategy.  This must include the student attending a Student Support Tutorial during the semester.  This tutorial is aimed at assisting the student to build their academic skills in order to successfully complete the course.

Documenting Discussions at Meeting:

Discussions and decisions made at the meeting are documented and placed on the student’s file.  The form is completed by the Student Support Tutorial Leader and is signed by the student. Students will also receive a copy of this form for their own records.

Students will be advised that unsatisfactory course progress, as per the table above, could lead to the student being withdrawn from College, with international students being reported to DIBP and their visa being cancelled, depending on the outcome of any appeals process.

Note: if a student is identified as being at risk of making unsatisfactory course progress before any of the above points, the Intervention Strategy may be implemented early

Course Interventions:

The strategy will include one or more of the following interventions: – [based on the specific needs of the student]:-

  • Advising on the appropriateness of the course
  • Internal or external assistance with language, literacy & numeracy
  • Attendance at counselling sessions with a member of the Student Support Office or appropriate church department (e.g. Pastoral Care)
  • Attendance at additional tutorials or study groups
  • Opportunity for reassessment and/or RPL
  • Mentoring or coaching by their Tutorial Leader
  • Changing tutorials or other classes
  • Referral to an external support agency
  • A combination of the above.

Note: The responsibility for maintaining contact and following through with the intervention strategies remains with the student.

Failure to Make Progress and Withdrawal from College

When a student fails to meet the minimum course progress requirements after the implementation of the strategy [as per the Course Progress and Student Support Table], a process to withdraw them from the course will be implemented.

The student will be issued a Notice of Pending Breach advised in writing by the Registrar that they are in the process of being withdrawn from the course.  A copy of this Notice is to be kept in the student file. The student will have 20 working days to appeal the decision using the College’s Complaints and Appeals process.

Student Appeals

A student may only appeal the Notice of Pending Breach in the following circumstances:

  • Compassionate or compelling circumstances
  • Failure to record or calculate a students marks accurately
  • Failure to implement the Intervention Strategy or other related policies that have been made available to the student.

Where the student’s appeal is successful, the outcomes may vary according to the findings from the appeals process.

  • If the appeal shows that there was an error in calculation, and the student actually made satisfactory course progress (successfully completed more than 50% of the course assessments for that study period), the student will not be withdrawn from college, and there will be no requirement for intervention.
  • If the appeals process shows that the student has not made satisfactory progress, but there are compassionate or compelling reasons for the lack of progress, ongoing support will be provided to the student through the intervention strategy, and the student will not be withdrawn from college.

The student’s enrolment will be terminated immediately in cases where the student:

  • has chosen not to access the Complaints and Appeals processes within the 20 working day period,
  • withdraws from the process, or
  • the process is completed and results in a decision that the student’s appeal was unsuccessful

For international students, this will include reporting to DIBP via PRISMS by the Admissions Coordinator as soon as possible. This will mean that the international student’s visa will be cancelled.

Student Access to Records

Students may access their personal records at any time using the Student Portal or the Application to Access Student Records form.

Academic Advice

Any guidance a student may require that relates to their program of study, subject enrolment, and graduation requirements can be provided by the tutorial leader.  Appointments can be made through College Reception

 This policy applies only to VET students. Details for HE students is available via the Alphacrucis College website.

Credit Transfer & Reprinting of Documents

Reprints of Certificates & Transcripts

Those students who require a reprint of their certificates and/or transcripts after graduation will be charged a $20 fee for each award that is reprinted. (eg a graduated Diploma student who requires new copies of their Cert IV & Diploma will be charged $40). All certificates, transcripts and Statement’s of Attainment can be obtained by contacting the Registrar’s office.

Advanced Standing: Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Policy

Hillsong International Leadership College is committed to the recognition of students’ prior learning in courses for skills and knowledge already held by students whether gained by previous study, work experience or life experience.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are alternate pathways to a qualification. Credit Transfer is achieved through formal learning pathways that are the same or equivalent to the current pathway being undertaken and RPL defines the recognition of learning that has taken place outside the formal education system.

Applicants who consider that they already possess the knowledge and skills intended to be developed through the learning outcomes in any course are able to apply for either Credit Transfer or RPL. In order to receive credit in HC courses, students must supply sufficient evidence. Credit is based on one of or a combination of the following pieces of evidence:

Credit Transfer

There are two different types of evidence students can provide for a Credit Transfer Application:

Type 1: in order to qualify for a whole award, students must provide a Qualification or Statement of Attainment from another Australian college (Registered Training Organisation – RTO) in the same qualification – this is known as mutual recognition and has no charge attached.

Type 2: in order to get Credit Transfer for one or more subject(s), students must provide official transcripts of their previous studies accompanied by detailed subject outlines including a description of assessment methods.

RPL Kit application

Upon application for RPL, an RPL Kit will be provided to students. It is a portfolio of appropriate evidence detailing life and work experience mapped to the subject that students will need to complete in detail and submit. Students are to apply for the appropriate RPL Kit specific to the subject(s) they seek to RPL.

Recognition will be granted provided that the student is able to provide sufficient documented evidence and the content and level of skill parallels that are offered by College courses. Successful applicants will receive full credit for the relevant subjects.

Credit Transfer Procedure

Students interested in applying for a Credit Transfer may start the process after acceptance into college.

Submissions for Credit Transfer will be accepted from enrolment week at the start of a semester through to the 30th of April (for subjects related to Semester 1) or 15th September (for subjects related to Semester 2) of an academic year.

  • Because of the time required to examine the evidence, there is an application fee attached. Students are encouraged to ensure that their evidence is as complete as possible in order to minimise time and assessment costs. The turnaround time for a Credit Transfer application from submission of form, evidence and payment is approximately 14 days.
  • It is important to note that you may apply for any number of subjects under the Credit Transfer application fee of $175 AUD.  However, once an application is submitted, additional subjects cannot be considered under that application. You will need to submit a new application if you find there are other subjects you wish to have considered. We, therefore, recommend that you look at all the subjects we offer in a particular award before submitting a Credit Transfer application. You can find this at http://hillsong.com/college/courses.
  1. In order to apply for Credit Transfer, students submit the completed Credit Transfer Application form (available over the student portal) with all evidence attached to the College office. Students are required to participate in all classes until they receive written confirmation that the Credit Transfer application has been approved. Once approved, the subject will be removed from the student’s timetable.
  2. On reception of the application form with all evidence submitted with payment, the Registrar’s office will transfer the file to the appropriately qualified assessor according to the AQF requirements. The student may be required to present or further explain additional documentation and evidence. In this instance, the student is required to attend an interview with the assessor.
  3. Final approval for Credit Transfer is given by the Registrar and relevant faculty on substantiation of satisfactory evidence. ‘CT’ grades are entered into a database and the documents are added to the student’s file. The relevant subject(s) are removed from the student’s timetable.
  4. Application for review of credit granted – A student who is dissatisfied with the decision concerning credit may appeal the decision using the Assessment Appeals process.
  5. NB. Students who are granted Credit Transfer for certain subjects may consider the following options:

Option 1: opt to replace with other subjects or reduce their study load. If students chose to replace the credited subjects, relevant fees will apply. Students can only choose a replacement subject within the same award they are enrolled into (e.g., Certificate IV, Diploma, or Advanced Diploma).

Option 2:  opt to volunteer for deeper involvement in church life in their area of allocated practicum or an area to which they wish to contribute their skills and expertise. Students will need to get in touch with the Practicum Coordinator via email to collegepracticum@hillsong.com.

Information regarding overseas students for whom Credit Transfer shortens the length of their course:

  • if the course credit is granted before the students visa is granted, the Registrar will ensure that the actual net course duration (as reduced by course credit) is indicated in the confirmation of enrolment issued for that student for that course,

or

  • if the course credit is granted after the students’ visa is granted, the Registrar will ensure that the change of course duration is reported via PRISMS under section 19 of the ESOS Act.

RPL Procedure

Students interested in applying for an RPL may start the process after acceptance into college.

Submissions for RPL’s will be accepted from enrolment week at the start of a semester through to the 30th of April (for subjects related to Semester 1) or 15th September (for subjects related to Semester 2) of an academic year.

  • Because of the time required to assess a student’s learning, there is an application fee attached. Students are encouraged to ensure that their evidence is as complete as possible in order to minimise time and assessment costs. The turnaround time for an RPL from submission of evidence and payment is approximately 14 days.
  • It is important to note that you may apply for any number of subjects under the RPL application fee of $175 AUD.  However, once an application is submitted, additional subjects cannot be considered under that application. You will need to submit a new application if you find there are other subjects you wish to have considered. We, therefore, recommend that you look at all the subjects we offer in a particular award before submitting an RPL application. You can find this at http://hillsong.com/college/courses.
  1. In order to apply for an RPL, students submit the completed RPL Application form (available over the Student Portal) to the College office. Students are required to participate in all classes until they receive written confirmation that the RPL application has been approved. Once approved, the subject will be removed from the student’s timetable.
  2. On reception of the application form submitted with payment, the Registrar’s office will send the student the relevant RPL Kits. These RPL Kits detail the subject elements for which the student will need to provide evidence to assess the RPL. It is up to the applicant to ensure that they have provided sufficient evidence mapped to the subject elements.
  3. Once the completed RPL Kit is returned to the Registrar’s office, the evidence is transferred to and examined by the appropriately qualified assessor according to the AQF requirements. The student may be required to present or further explain additional documentation and evidence. In this instance, the student is required to attend an interview with the assessor.
  4. Final approval for RPL is given by the Registrar and relevant faculty on substantiation of satisfactory evidence. ‘RPL’ grades are entered into a database and all evidence for achieving competencies is filed in the student’s file. The relevant subject(s) are removed from the student’s timetable.
  5. If the student decides not to pursue the RPL process at any time, they must inform the College Registrar via email to collegeregistrar@hillsong.com. The College Registrar must ensure that section 5 of the relevant RPL Evidence form is completed by the student and returned to the student’s file.
  6. Application for review of credit granted – A student who is dissatisfied with the decision concerning credit may appeal the decision using the Assessment Appeals process.
  7. NB. Students who are granted RPL for certain subjects may consider the following options:

Option 1: opt to replace with other subjects or reduce their study load. If students chose to replace the RPL’d subjects, relevant fees will apply. Students can only choose a replacement subject within the same award they are enrolled in (e.g., Certificate IV, Diploma, or Advanced Diploma).

Option 2:  opt to volunteer for deeper involvement in church life in their area of allocated practicum or an area to which they wish to contribute their skills and expertise. Students will need to get in touch with the Practicum Coordinator via email to collegepracticum@hillsong.com.

Information regarding overseas students for whom RPL shortens the length of their course:

  • if the course credit is granted before the student’s visa is granted, the Registrar will ensure that the actual net course duration (as reduced by course credit) is indicated in the confirmation of enrolment issued for that student for that course,

or

if the course credit is granted after the student’s visa is granted, the Registrar will ensure that the change of course duration is reported via PRISMS under section 19 of the ESOS Act

This policy applies only to VET students. Details for HE students is available via the Alphacrucis College website.

Results & Marking

Notification of Results

Students are notified of their results via email after Academic Deadline. This email explains the student’s results and procedures for review. Should you require any information regarding Statement of Attainments, Transcripts or Certificates, please contact the Registrar’s Office at collegeregistrar@hillsong.com.

Marking System

Because the College delivers vocational training, its courses train and assess competence in a range of skills that are applicable in ministry. Consequently, the relevant results for a subject or an assessment are:

  • Competent (C)
  • Not Yet Competent (NYC)
  • Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Credit Transfer (CT)

The College does not employ a scaled grading system (eg. High Distinction / Distinction / Credit / Pass / Fail).

At the end of each semester, students will receive a Statement of Attainment showing their results for previous semesters of study. Students should carefully check their Statement for accuracy, follow up any discrepancies and keep in a safe place for future reference.

 This policy applies only to VET students. Details for HE students is available via the Alphacrucis College website.

Course Requirements & Progress

Course Requirements

In order to successfully complete a given award, students are required to:

  1. Achieve competency in all learning outcomes in all subjects listed, including core and stream.
  2. Comply with the Student Code of Conduct.
  3. Participate in all aspects of the College program.

Students who fulfil course requirements will be issued with a Certificate and Transcript. Students who fulfil partial requirements will be issued with a Statement of Attainment.

In order to successfully progress from one award to another, students are required to meet the above requirements for their prior award before being granted admission into their next award. If a student has outstanding subjects from their prior award the following avenues are open to them:

  1. Successfully resubmit the relevant assessments to achieve competence (and pay any applicable fees);
  2. Agree to participate in the Course Intervention Strategy (see below).

Course Progress

Intent and Overview

The College’s goal is to train and support all students so that all students can meet the requirements of their course. Some students will need focused or individualised support to meet their course requirements. To identify such students, course progress is monitored regularly and support is offered to students who are not progressing satisfactorily. Our approach to course progress is also used to identify students who may not be giving their studies the appropriate focus. This is especially the case for international students, where making satisfactory course progress is a requirement of their visa, and failure to do so may lead to their being reported to DIBP.

All students are required to maintain an acceptable standard of course progress to pass their course. Students are deemed to be performing at an unsatisfactory level when they fail to submit 50% or more of their assessments or have received marks of “Not Yet Competent” in 50% or more of their subjects. Furthermore, students who receive “NYC” in between 33% to 49% of their assessments or subjects are considered to be at risk of unsatisfactory course progress.

Note: Students must also meet the requirements of HILC’s Attendance and Behavioural policies to maintain their place in their course.

When a student has received marks of “Not Yet Competent” in  50% or more of their assessment or subjects, the Progression Monitoring Strategy will be implemented.

Course Progress and Student Support Table

Scheduled Monitoring of Student ProgressMeasurement for requirement of Student SupportActions
Point 1Two-thirds of the way through semester of study. (approximately 10 weeks)Submission for all assessments due in that semester, up to that point.If failed to submit 50% or more assessments due by that point, student is enrolled into Student Support.
Point 2After the beginning of each semester.Results for all subjects from previous semester.If failed 50% or more subjects – student receives written notification and is enrolled into Student Support.
Point 3Two –thirds of the way through their second semester of study. (approximately 10 weeks)Submission and results for all assessments due in that semester, up to that point.If in Student Support from Point 1 and/or 2 and not submitted 50% or more of 2nd semester’s assessments – the student will receive correspondence from the Registrar’s office regarding their academic position.
Point
4
At the beginning of a new award enrolment.Results for all subjects from previous award.If not in Student Support, and student fails 50% of more of the semester’s subjects- if wanting to proceed to next award, entrance requires successful re-submission of all failed assessments.

This policy applies only to VET students. Details for HE students is available via the Alphacrucis College website.