Research at the Sydney College of Divinity is governed by a number of policies to ensure that it is both of a high standard and is conducted ethically. Research students are expected to be familiar with the policies and to abide by them. Listed below are some policies that include the conduct of research and research study policies. If you have any questions contact the Research Director or the Sydney College of Divinity office.
The policy seeks to ensure a clear understanding of academic integrity and identifies the meaning and scope of academic misconduct, and sets out the procedures for dealing with cases of academic misconduct.
This procedure document lists the appeals procedure for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students and research degree candidates.
Coursework Ethics Clearance Policy
This policy allows that ethics clearance may be given on the basis of the CUO or CUB rather than individually for each student.
Critical Incident Policy and Procedures
This policy relates to critical incidents directly involving staff and/or students on any SCD campus that have an impact on the individual and members of the college community.
Enrolment Policy - English Awards
The Policy lays down the guidelines for admission into an English Sydney College of Divinity undergraduate, postgraduate (coursework) and postgraduate (research) course.
Ethical Review of Research Involving Human Subjects
Listed are the guidelines as research involving living human subjects must ensure it protects the welfare and rights of the participants.
Free Intellectual Inquiry Policy
The policy is aligned with the requirements of the Higher Education Standards 2015 (HES B.1.1.3 and HES 6.1.4) on free intellectual inquiry.
Health and Wellbeing Policy and Procedures
The policy and procedures address matters related to the health and wellbeing of students in particular and staff in general.
The Policy sets out the principles which guide the development of a quality library and ensures equitable access for students using the library.
The regulation defines the broad conditions of use for students using the Sydney College of Divinity libraries across all its teaching colleges.
The policy ensures compliance with relevant privacy legislation, Higher Education Standards, and the commitment of the Sydney College of Divinity to transparency, responsibility, and fairness in its management of information.
Recognition of Prior Learning Policy
The Policy outlines the process of RPL submission and outcomes. The downloadable file contains the Application Form and Evidence Template.
The Policy lays out the teaching bodies and SCD tasks in relation to their responsibility to keeping student records.
The Policy discusses the eligibility and conditions for refund of tuition fees to students.
Research Active in the SCD Policy
The Policy defines the criteria for faculty to be recognised as research active, both to comply with the 2017 Higher Education Standards and to meet the needs of supervision of research thesis.
The Policy defines what constitutes a disability, and the rights/ entitlements and obligations of students with disabilities in relation to education and training.
The indicative flowchart is linked to the Student Grievance Policy and Procedures. It helps the student to see at a glance the process of reporting a grievance experienced by a SCD student.
Student Grievance Policy and Procedures
The Policy provides a mechanism for addressing grievances affecting the student, whether academic or non-academic. Student Grievance Notification Form is available in the downloadable file.
Student Support and Welfare Policy
The Policy is an acknowledgement of SCD’s responsibility to students. It lists the Key Related Documents indicating where particular matters are addressed.
Students at Academic Risk Policy and Procedures
This document assists the teaching bodies to identify areas where the provision of additional support will help students achieve a successful outcome.