Procedure: Underage student management
To detail the procedures governing the admission, learning, support and protection of students under the legal age of 18 years (underage students).
Enrolment and Admission
- The University offers places to underage students where:
- they meet the University’s minimum requirements for admission;
- there are places available.
- 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:
- the student has completed their secondary studies to year 12 level (or equivalent);
- program content is deemed suitable (including but are not limited to program themes, fieldwork and/or research requirements);
- welfare arrangements are agreed e.g. a parent or guardian accompanies the student while on campus.
- International applicants under 18 years of age also satisfy the requirements of the Policy: Admission and welfare of under 18 international students.
The University is an adult learning environment
- The University offers its students an adult environment and treats them as mature, independent individuals.
- All students will behave responsibly and respectfully towards themselves, others and university property and abide by the Discipline Rule and all University policies and procedures.
- The University does not take on the usual 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.
- 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.
Support for underage students
- All students are provided with a range of support, information and advice. Students under the age of 17 years at the commencement of their program and annually thereafter until they turn 18 years of age, are additionally provided a Student Learning Contract that details:
- the courses available to underage students (taking into account inherent requirements);
- the student’s responsibilities;
- parental responsibilities; and
- student Life services available to them.
- The Student Learning Contract will also provide information and advice to assist students with university-related and personal mattersUniversity staff in student-facing roles who come into irregular contact with underage students in the normal course of their duties are not required to register for Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP). However, all University staff who regularly come into contact with students under the age of 18 will need to register for Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP). Regular contact is defined as people who undertake regulated activities in the ACT on more than three days in any 28 day period and up to a maximum of seven days in any twelve month period.
- Any medical treatment or counselling services provided by the University requires informed consent for students under 17 years of age and by their Guardian if medical and counselling practitioners believe that the student does not understand the benefits, nature and risk of receiving or not receiving the proposed service. Sound and reasoned judgement will need to be made as to whether a student is capable of making an informed choice and whether they understand the limits of confidentiality. Where a student has given informed consent, their consent is required to disclose information to a parent, guardian or third party unless there is an imminent risk to the safety and wellbeing of the student or others.
- College Deans and Service Division Directors comply with the Policy: Child protection, identifying and managing interactions with underage students in their areas of responsibility and ensuring training is delivered to staff who work regularly with underage students.
- All staff from the Colleges of Health and Medicine and Science and Environment must also refer to the Child Protection Guidelines and Procedures relevant to those Colleges.
- All students will have access to Information technology at the commencement of their program and comply with the Policy: Acceptable use of information technology
- Students under 17 years of age at the commencement of their studies are not offered places in University accommodation.
- Students who are 17 years of age at the commencement of their studies are offered student accommodation that provides a safe and supportive environment in accordance with accommodation application and admission procedures.
- The University’s Liquor Statue 2015 makes selling or serving alcohol to people under 18 years of age illegal. Staff managing University events ensure that alcohol is not sold or served to underage students.
- 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 is under 17 years of age at the commencement of their studies and or there is an imminent risk to the safety and wellbeing of the student.