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Legislative Requirements TAB


Copyright Criminal Record Check
Child Protection Legislation Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures

The University, its students and its staff have a legal obligation to abide by the regulations included in the Copyright Act. The University, as part of a copyright licence agreement with all other Australian Universities, also participates in licence agreements to which ACU staff and students are required to adhere.

Full details of the Copyright Act as it applies to staff and students of the University are included on the Intranet: . Relevant copyright notices are also displayed next to all public access photocopiers and computer workstations.

The Copyright Act allows for exceptions to the exclusive licences of authors and creators which allow for some copying to be done under the fair dealing provisions. This mainly applies to students copying for the purposes of research and study but may also apply to staff.

It is in your interests to make yourself familiar with the copyright information included on the Intranet.

Criminal Record Check
Legislative provisions in most states require students undertaking certain practical work in those authorities to be subject to a Police Service record check. This will involve checks of the names and birth dates of students enrolled in certain practical work subjects in the areas of health, education, and social work, and of any relevant criminal record.

Those students who are not willing to have such a check made should not enrol in the units concerned. Failure to enrol in the particular unit, or failure to satisfy the Police check (leading to inability to complete the unit) may prevent a student from completing the requirements for an award.

The University accepts no responsibility for any outcomes in this matter.

Child Protection Legislation
Legislative provisions in most states require certain persons (eg persons found guilty of committing certain serious sex offences) from applying for, undertaking, or remaining in child-related employment. This includes circumstances where students who, in the course of their studies, engage in activities which involve direct contact with children (persons under 18 years of age), and where the contact is not directly supervised. Failure to satisfy these requirements in relation to practical, industry or clinical placements which are compulsory course requirements will prevent the student from completing the requirements for an award.

The University accepts no responsibility for any outcomes in this matter.

Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures

The University has a Policy and Procedures Statement for complaints of Sexual Harassment; copies are available in the libraries. Students are covered by the policy and procedures in relation to the provision of their education. Although the procedures cannot cover students in the course of employment they are encouraged to consult a Sexual Harassment Adviser if they encounter any such difficulties. Students who are unsure of what constitutes sexual harassment or who wish to discuss a concern should consult a campus Sexual Harassment adviser.