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College Policies

ATTENDANCE 

Guidelines for students on Attendance and Time keeping: 
 
Students are expected to attend all classes and to attend on time. The nature of FE courses especially where continuous assessment or complex assessment techniques are used means that students who do not attend will be unable to meet course requirements. 
 
When students are unavoidably absent they should make contact with their Tutor to explain their absence. If you are absent from class it is your responsibility to obtain information regarding class notes, assignment briefs and deadlines or any other college notices which have been issued in your absence. Grants will be withheld for non-attendance. 
 
Attendance Policy: 
 
1. A student who is absent without medical certification or some other reasonable explanation will receive a warning card from the course Tutor. A record of the warning will be filed. 
 
2. Students who continue to have poor attendance after receiving a warning card will be required to attend an interview with the course Tutor and a member of the Leadership Team to review the situation and receive a formal warning. A record of the meeting will be signed by the student and filed. 
 
3. Students who continue to have poor attendance after receiving a formal warning will be advised to leave the course. A record of the meeting will be signed by the student and filed. 
 

SUBMISSION OF WORK FOR ASSESSMENT 

For all assignments students will be given an assignment brief describing the assignment and the criteria for marking it. Assignments/projects must be submitted to the subject teacher on the 
designated submission date and at the time specified. Students will sign a sheet provided by the teacher for that assignment. Their signature confirms that they have submitted the work, that the work is their own and that they have kept a copy of the work. 
 
Critiques 
 
Groups of tutors and students take part in an open critical appraisal of work done and/or performances at intervals during a project, and at its conclusion. These critiques are to provide informal feedback about progress, and develop in students the ability to critically analyse their own and others work. 
 

PLAGIARISM 

Plagiarism is just another word for cheating: 
Marino College has a strong policy on this issue for two reasons, firstly if you are plagiarising (cheating) you are not learning, secondly, you are attempting to gain an unfair advantage over those who are doing the work themselves. 
 
 
Explanation of Plagiarism: 
 
Plagiarism is the act of copying, cutting and pasting or quoting from somebody else's work, including the internet and books, without stating clearly where you got the information. 
 
All work submitted by students is accepted on the understanding that it is their own work and written in their own words. 
 
It is absolutely acceptable to use somebody else's arguments or points of view to support your assignments. In fact, it is expected that you will wish to use the ideas of others into your work, but when you do so you must make it clear that the information included is not your own original thought and your sources must be clearly referenced. It is usually immediately clear to a subject teacher whether or not work is original! 
 
Consequences: 
 
When plagiarism is suspected a report is sent to the class tutor who will then interview the candidate to discuss the suspected plagiarism. The student will have the right to be accompanied and assisted, at the interview, by a friend / parent. At the interview, the student will be told of the allegations, shown a copy of his/her work and be invited to admit or deny responsibility. 
 
If the class tutor is satisfied that an offence has occurred, there are two possible courses of action depending on the severity of the offence: 
 
1. Student will be given an opportunity to repeat and resubmit the work, but the maximum mark they can achieve is a pass. 
2. The work would be awarded zero marks with no option to resubmit. 

ASSESSMENT AND GRADING POLICY 

The assessment process confirms a studentís achievement of the Assessment Outcomes as measured against the Assessment Criteria. The project brief describes the outcomes and criteria in details. Additionally, a grade is awarded for each module according to the following Grading Indicators: 
 
Students must submit work on a specified deadline date to achieve optimum grade. 
Pass:
The student has: 
  1. Presented evidence which satisfies the assessment outcomes and criteria. 
  2. Following the learning programme and responded to teaching and instruction. 
  3. Produced work which shows a basic understanding and application of knowledge and skills. 
  4. Produced work to a competent standard for this level of study. 
Merit:
The student has achieved the pass indicator, and in addition has: 
 
  1. Planned their own learning and use of time effectively. 
  2. Has responded positively to teaching and revised and represented work where appropriate. 
  3. Discovered and made use of additional sources of information outside the formal learning programme. 
  4. Produced work which effectively and coherently combines knowledge, skills and understanding. 
  5. Produced work of a high standard for this level of study. 
 
Distinction:
The student has achieved the pass and merit indicators, and in addition has: 
 
  1. Evaluated their own work and progress and revised and represented work as a result. 
  2. Evaluated a range of sources of information and selected and used the most appropriate. 
  3. Produced work which shows considerable breadth and depth of understanding. 
  4. Produced work of outstanding quality for this level of study which shows originality/individuality. 
 
Verification 
 
All final assessment decisions are ratified by a Course Assessment Board. Assessment is also subject to both Internal and External Verification of assessment results, achieved through a sampling process. 
 
Notification of Results 
 
Following the final annual FETAC verification of results and meeting of the Assessment Board, students will be notified of their FETAC results in early July. CAO places will be offered on the basis of these results in July, usually ahead of Leaving Cert CAO place allocation. 

APPEALS PROCESS 

Students can appeal an assessment result or appeal the assessment process which they consider to be unfair. The Student will make this appeal to the College. On receipt of the Statement of Results, students have 14 days to appeal the results. The Assessor who evaluates a Student appeal will not be the Assessor who made the original assessment decision. The only evidence which may be presented by the Student at appeal is that which has already been presented for assessment. New evidence may not be added by the Student for the appeal. The Student will be informed of the outcome of the Appeals Process. Following the completion of the College's Appeal Process, the results for the Student(s) concerned are forwarded to FETAC as the final result. These final results are the basis on which FETAC will issue certificates. 

COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE 

This policy covers all types of complaints not just bullying or harassment. Complainants should raise their concerns as soon as possible. Where the conduct complained of is violent or criminal in nature, the Gardai should be contacted without delay. An immediate formal complaint should be made to the Head of Centre. 
 
INFORMAL COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE
 
While in no way diminishing the issue or the effects on individuals, an informal approach can often resolve matters. The course Tutor will conduct the Informal Complaints Procedure. 
The objective of the Informal Complaints Procedure is to resolve the matter with the minimum of conflict and stress. If the complained of situation or behaviour continues the complainant can 
proceed to making a formal complaint. 
 
FORMAL COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE
 
When it is necessary to proceed to a formal complaint, it should be made at the earliest possible date in writing to the Head of Centre. In the event of a formal complaint being made against the Head of Campus it should be made in writing to the Principal. Where the Principal is the subject of a formal complaint, it should be made in writing to the Chairperson of the Board of Management, Mr. Brian McDowell. Where possible, the complainant should give full and precise details of the alleged situation or incidents including times and dates of alleged incidents, the 
nature of the incidents, and names of witnesses. The complainant should also describe the effect which the alleged situation or behaviour has had on him or her. 
 
In the case of a formal complaint, the Head of Centre will inform the Principal that a hearing is required. The Principal will appoint three persons to establish the facts. Two of these will be senior members of staff and the third will be the Deputy Principal. 
 
Hearing of a formal Complaint 
 
  1. The investigation will be conducted promptly, objectively and with utmost confidentiality. In the case of a complaint against another person the alleged perpetrator will be notified, in writing, as soon as possible, that an allegation has been made against him or her. 
  2. He or she will be given a copy of the complainantís statement and will be advised that he or she will be given an opportunity to respond to the allegation. 
  3. He or she will be requested to respond to the allegations in writing within 10 working days. This time limit may be extended by a reasonable period depending on the circumstances outlined in such a request. 
  4. A copy of the response will be made available to the complainant. 
  5. Both parties are entitled to participate in the Hearing. 
  6. Both parties are entitled to be accompanied and/or represented at any interviews and at the Hearing. 
  7. A written record of the proceedings will be kept and will be made available to the complainant and the alleged perpetrator. 
 
On completion of the Hearing, a report on the findings will be communicated in writing to both parties and to the Principal. The findings should state clearly whether the complaint is valid; or invalid; or whether there is insufficient evidence; or is malicious. 
 
Right to Appeal 
 
Either party may appeal the findings to an external adjudicator, appointed by the Principal for the purpose. On hearing the appeal, the adjudicator will report to the Principal, who will then decide whether to allow the appeal.