SSE is guided by four principles: to make opportunity accessible, inspire change, always adapt and deliver impact. This means, we see SSE as a movement. A school that is committed to create a bigger common stage for our diverse community of entrepreneurship to thrive.
Engaging with SSE, means you are required to agree and comply with the following Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct (hereafter ‘code’) has been formulated to provide a clear statement of SSE’s expectations of individual behaviour.
Whether you are actively engaging within the broader SSE community at the SSE campus (meaning Building J, 651-731 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007) or participating in our learning activities off campus, SSE will enforce the code throughout its activities across NSW and expects cooperation from all, to ensure a safe, ethical and healthy work and learning environment for everybody.
The professional and dedicated SSE team highly values these relationships and is driven to provide anyone engaging with SSE, a safe and ethical healthy environment. Everyone is expected to welcome and treat one another with respect, dignity and courtesy regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion.
People are expected to empower each other by developing attributes and enhancing skills – making opportunity accessible for all to participate and enjoy any SSE activity.
We work to the principle of transparency and sharing information. Freedom of expression shall be respected and conflicts are expected to be resolved fairly, honestly and calmly while maintaining a cooperative and collaborative approach to inter-personal relationships.
This Code must be read in conjunction with the relevant state and federal law and TAFE NSW statutes, regulations and policies. Anyone violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the activity, and refused entry to further activities at the discretion of SSE.
a. “Alcohol” means a beverage containing more than 1.15% ethanol by volume at 20°celsius, including beer, wine, spirits and pre-mixed spirit based drinks.
b. “Bullying” means any unwelcome act directed at a person that:
a. Would cause a reasonable person in the circumstances to be humiliated, intimidated or seriously offended
b. Place a reasonable person in the circumstances in fear of physical or emotional harm to him- or herself or of damage to his or her property, or
c. Occurs in person on and around the premises, via internet, e-mail or other electronic means
c. “Dishonesty” includes unethical behaviour.
d. “Drug paraphernalia” means any illegal drug equipment and materials which are used or designed for use in injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body.
e. “Drunk” means in respect of a person, that as a result of consumption of alcohol or another drug the person’s speech, balance, coordination or behaviour is noticeably affected.
f. “Hazing” means any act which:
a. Endangers or is likely to cause psychological or physical harm to the person being hazed
b. Involves the humiliation of the person being hazed
c. Destroys, damages or endangers property of any person or group or organization that person is related with
d. Including any assault, physical activity or forced consumption
g. “Illegal drug” means:
a. A plant, drug or substance that is in possession, use or distribution of which is unlawful or, if only available on prescription for which the person does not have a prescription; and
b. A substance that has the chemical structure of which is substantially similar to chemical structure of an illegal drug and has a substantially similar effect to the illegal drug
h. “Improperly influence” means:
a. Corruptly offering an inducement or reward for doing something or,
b. Making a demand for the purpose of influencing the exercise of a duty by any person or otherwise obtaining a benefit or advantage for any person; and
c. Making or allowing an express or implied threat of detriment to another person if demand is not complied with
d. “Intoxicating” includes stupefying.
e. “Misconduct” means any conduct which is prohibited under this code or under any TAFE NSW regulation.
f. “Offensive” means in respect of any conduct or language, anything which a reasonable person would regard as offensive, insulting or humiliating in the circumstances.
g. “Possession” by a person includes being in direct control of or being in the vicinity of that person in circumstancecs where it is reasonable to assume it was in person’s possession or control of that person in the recent past.
h. “Property” includes facilities, resources, equipment, intellectual property and online and physical infrastructure.
i. “Race” includes:
b. Descent or ancestry
c. Nationality or national origin, and
d. Ethnicity or ethnic origin
j. “Reckless” means any act by a person occurring heedless of danger or despite the fact that person or a reasonable person would foresee the possible consequences of that act.
k. “Religious belief or activity” means:
a. Holding or not holding a religious belief or view; or
b. Engaging in, not engaging in or refusing to engage in a religious activity including wearing clothing or adopting any other aspect of personal appearance in accordance with a religious belief
l. “Right to freedom of expression” means the right of a person to lawfully say or do something reasonably and in good faith:
a. In the course of any statement, publication, discussion or debate made or held for any genuine academic, artistic or scientific purpose or any other genuine purpose in the public interest.
b. In the performance, exhibition or distribution of an artistic work
c. In making or publishing:
I. A fair and accurate report of any event or matter of public interest
II. A fair comment on any event or matter of public interest if the comment is an expression of a genuine belief held by the person making the comment, or
III. Material for the purpose of discouraging misconduct
d. In making or publishing a fair and accurate criticism of or a complaint about SSE or any member of SSE community
m. “Sexual contact” means any touching of an erogenous zone of another person (including the inner thigh, buttocks, pubic region or, if the person is a female, breasts), either directly or through clothing or by causing anything to touch such a zone.
n. “Sexual harassment” means a person:
a. Making an unwelcome sexual advance, or an unwelcome request for sexual favours, to another person; or
b. Engaging in other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature (including making a statement of a sexual nature to or in the presence of another person) in relation to another person,
c. And a reasonable person in the circumstances would be intimidated or offended by that conduct
o. “SSE community” includes any person engaged in any dealing or discourse with SSE.
p. “Stalking” means a course of unwelcome conduct that is directed at a person and that would cause a reasonable person in the circumstances to be seriously alarmed, annoyed, distressed or feel harassed and includes:
a. Contacting, communicating or causing a communication with another person for no legitimate purpose after being asked to stop
b. Continuing to follow another person for no legitimate purpose after being asked to stop
c. Surveilling or causing another person to surveil a person for no legitimate purpose
d. The Surveilling or frequenting of the vicinity of, or an approach to, a person’s place of residence, study or work or any place that a person frequents for the purposes of any social or leisure activity, for no legitimate purpose, or
e. Sending gifts to a person for no legitimate purpose after being asked to stop
q. “Student entrepreneur” an undergraduate currently enrolled at one of SSE’s 12 members, all 11 NSW based universities and TAFE NSW, registered for SSE’s Core Unit or participant of one of SSE’s learning activities.
r. “Vilify” means engage in conduct that incites hatred against, serious contempt for or revulsion or severe ridicule of, a person.
s. “Weapon” means any object or substance designed to wound, cause injury or incapacitate including any firearm, ammunition, pellet gun, spear, sword, knife or other blade, stun gun and any chemicals such as capsicum spray, Mace or tear gas;
Visiting students who are not necessarily registered for SSE’s Core Unit or one of the learning activities, may be subject to the provisions of this Code. In the case of misconduct by such persons, the matter may be referred to their home institutions.
Everyone in and around the premises has the responsibility to conduct themselves in accordance with this Code and all other codes, policies, rules and procedures made available on the SSE website https://sse.edu.au/
It is prohibited for a person who is under 18 years of age to drink alcohol. The possession, use, production or supply of a drug is declared prohibited. All who are around or on the premises must not intentionally or recklessly:
Animals, with the exception of guide dogs for the visually and hearing impaired, are not permitted within the Premises.
This code must be interpreted broadly and as operating to the full extent of, but so as not to exceed, the powers of SSE. If any part of this code or the application of any part to any person, subject matter or circumstance, would, but for this provision, be interpreted as exceeding the powers of SSE:
Misconduct is when anyone on or around the Premises breaches the principles laid down in this Code. All are accountable for their misconduct. Any misconduct will be subject to disciplinary action by SSE. It is prohibited without reasonable excuse to not cooperate with a person carrying out an investigation by or on behalf of SSE as directed.
To make a general misconduct allegation, sent e-mail outlining the alleged misconduct to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include at least contact details, nature of alleged misconduct and if possible, available supporting material. SSE will respond how it intends to handle and resolve the matter within reasonable time.
Investigations of alleged misconduct will observe principles of natural justice including:
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