This policy provides the framework for expulsion in the event the Principal believes that it would be in the best interests of the College community to permanently remove a student from the College.
The Principal will expel a student if he/she believes that, due to unacceptable behaviour, it would be in the best interest of the College community. Expulsion is the permanent removal of a student from the College.
The Principal is the only staff member with the authority to expel a student from the College. This authority may not be delegated to any other staff member other than one acting in the Principal’s position.
In all cases the Principal will convene an Expulsion Committee comprising of the Principal, the Deputy Principal and the Assistant Principal of the relevant school. Other staff or Board members may be co-opted onto the Expulsion Committee at the Principal’s discretion.
In implementing this policy, the Principal must ensure that no student is discriminated against on any grounds: race, including colour, nationality, gender, disability or age.
The Principal may expel a student for:
- Persistent Misbehaviour: including repeated refusal to follow the College Behaviour Management Policy, behavior that deliberately and persistently interferes with the rights of other students to learn or teachers to teach. Normally this would occur upon the student being placed on Step 5 of the Behaviour Management Policy.
- Persistent undermining of the Christian faith.
- Making serious threats against students or staff
- Physical Violence: which results in pain or injury, or which seriously interferes with the safety and wellbeing of other students or staff
- Bullying: as defined in the bullying policy
- Sexual misconduct: including either harassment physically or through some means of communication or by engaging in sexual behaviour
- Use of, possession of, or threatening to use an implement which the Principal deems may be used as a weapon including: any knife, firearm, explosive device, martial arts implement, any device that is designed to propel or launch an implement (spear gun, slingshot, blow-gun etc), mace or club, syringe, chemical, any implement to administer an electric shock, knuckle-duster, any anti-personnel spray
- Possession or use of a drug (including alcohol and tobacco): including supplying other students with drugs (including alcohol or tobacco) or restricted substances such as prescription drugs.
- Criminal behavior related to the College: including malicious damage to property (College or community), or against the property or person of a fellow student or staff member on, or outside of the College premises. If the incident occurred outside the College or outside College hours, there must be a clear and close relationship between the incident and the College.
- Any other incident which is seriously detrimental to others’ physical, mental, spiritual or social wellbeing or a serious impediment to others’ learning, or the College property or reputation.
The above-mentioned issues apply to the behaviour of students while at College, on the way to and from College and while away from the College site on College endorsed activities.
Student actions outside of College hours that:
- Bring the College reputation into disrepute or
- Create unnecessary disturbance or disruption to the College and/or College community.
may result in expulsion for the student/s concerned.
In determining whether a student’s misbehaviour is serious enough to warrant expulsion, the Principal will consider the safety, care and welfare, and learning opportunities of the student, staff and other students in the College.
In most cases a range of appropriate student welfare and discipline strategies will have been implemented and documented before an expulsion is imposed. Other than in serious circumstances expulsion will occur after the Principal has:
- ensured that appropriate College student welfare strategies and discipline options have been applied and documented
- ensured that appropriate support personnel available within the College system have been involved.
If possible, a formal disciplinary interview will be held with the student prior to making the decision to expel. The Principal should ensure that the student is given explicit information about the nature of the allegation(s) and is given the opportunity to consider and respond to the allegation(s). The student must also be able to have an appropriate observer of their choosing present at the interview. For very young students it may be advisable to have a parent or carer present at the meeting.
Having reached a decision to expel a student from the College, the Principal will inform the student and the parent(s) or carer(s). If this is done verbally, it must also be followed in writing.
The arrangement of an alternative placement is not the responsibility of the College.
Students expelled from the College for misbehavior may not re-apply for enrolment for a period of at least 12 months. The College reserves the right to consider re-enrolment.
Students (and parents of students) who have been expelled from the College have a right of appeal to the Chairperson of the College Board of Directors.