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Policy: Underage student management

Purpose

To state the principles governing the admission, learning, support and protection of students under the legal age of 18 years (underage students).

Overview

The University fulfils its duty of care recognising it has additional responsibilities for students who are below legal age with respect to their welfare, learning and student experience.

Scope

This policy applies to students and University staff involved with students who, at the commencement of their program, are under 18 years of age. It does not apply to underage students and applicants of the Bachelor of Studies program and/or ANU College programs.

Policy statement

  1. The University does not take on the rights, responsibilities and authority that parents/guardians have in relation to a child, and does not act in the place of parents/guardians in relation to students who are under 18 years of age.
  2. Parents or guardians act as guarantors and honour all obligations under any contracts with the University that the student enters into prior to turning 18 years of age.
  3. The University places restrictions on the admission of students under the age of 18. This ensures:
  1. the independence and academic rigour of the University environment, learning, and teaching is upheld;
  2. the capacity and maturity to engage with academic content on the part of the student;
  3. decision making capability on the part of the student;
  4. capacity and suitability of staff to be engaged with vulnerable students; and
  5. compliance with federal legislation.
  1. The University admits international students under the age of 18 where:
  1. admission is compliant with Standard 5 of the National Code;
  2. appropriate accommodation and welfare arrangements are in place prior to applying for a student visa;
  3. the arrangements are approved by the University;
  4. the arrangements are in place for the duration of the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) plus seven days or until the student turns 18; and
  5. the student is not significantly disadvantaged by studying when under 18.
  1. The University only admits international students on a student visa to the University who are under the age of 18 under the following living arrangements:
  1. the student lives with a parent or eligible relative of good character over the age of 21; or
  2. the student lives in a University Hall of Residence and turns 18 years of age prior to the census date of their commencing semester, or - applicable for Semester 1, 2022 only - has received an exemption to this age requirement under Clause 4 of the Admission of international students under the age of 18 procedure; or
  3. the student organises accommodation with an ANU approved homestay provider and a guardian through an ANU approved guardian service, and pays any fees and costs associated with these arrangements and turns 18 years of age prior to the census date of their commencing semester, or - applicable for Semester 1, 2022 only - has received an exemption to this age requirement under Clause 4 of the Admission of international students under the age of 18 procedure; or
  4. where the student turns 18 prior to the census date of their commencing semester and has been living in homestay prior to admission to ANU and wishes to continue to reside there.
  1. Prior to an offer of admission being made to a student who is under the age of 17 at the commencement of their program, a Student Learning Agreement is signed by the Academic College and parent/guardian.
  2. Offers of admission to applicants under 16 years of age at the commencement of their program are approved by the relevant ANU College Dean and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) where:
  1. the student’s application for admission has been approved by the University;
  2. program content is deemed suitable (including but not limited to program themes, fieldwork and/or research requirements);
  3. welfare arrangements are agreed between the Academic College, the student and the parent/guardian through a signed Learning Agreement; and
  4. the University has the capacity to provide the necessary support to the student.
  1. University staff who have physical or face to face communication with people under the age of 18 years, that amount to more than 3 days in a 4 week period or 7 days in a 12 month period, register for Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP).
  2. All staff from the Colleges of Health and Medicine and Science also refer to the Child Protection Guidelines and Procedures relevant to those Colleges.

Privacy

  1. The University complies with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and Policy: Privacy, in relation to all students' personal information. The University communicates with students and not with parents or legal guardians, unless the student provides a Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information Form, the student has provided express consent for the disclosure and/or there is an imminent risk to the safety and wellbeing of the student.

Information

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Title Underage student management
Document Type Policy
Document Number ANUP_017207
Version 10
Purpose To state the principles governing the admission, learning,support and protection of students under the legal age of 18 years (underage students).
Audience Students, Prospective Students, Staff-Academic, Staff-Professional
Category Academic
Topic/ SubTopic Students
 
Effective Date 11 May 2021
Next Review Date 11 May 2026
 
Responsible Officer:
Approved By: Academic Board
Contact Area Division of Student Administration and Academic Services
Authority: Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018
Delegations 0
On 9 April 2021, the ANU Council assigned authority to approve academic policy to the Academic Board.