Student rights and obligations

As members of Holmesglen community, students must conduct themselves in a manner consistent with Holmesglen values and standards of behaviour when undertaking academic or other activities.

Holmesglen is committed to providing an environment for students where free intellectual enquiry and freedom of expression is protected and encouraged, academic integrity is promoted, and the rights and responsibilities of students, employees and Holmesglen are respected.

Students must take responsibility for their learning

  • Make themselves aware of and comply with all relevant Holmesglen policies and procedures concerning their enrolment, studies and conduct at Holmesglen.
  • Read and comply with their subject/unit and course requirements.
  • Take responsibility for their own learning and wellbeing, and seeking support and/or assistance from Holmesglen academics and/or support services when required.
  • Provide accurate personal details to Holmesglen; keep those details up to date; and read and respond where required to all official Holmesglen correspondence including email.
  • Be committed to their studies: attend classes on time, participate during classroom activities, and complete all tasks allocated to them and submit their work on time.
  • Adhere to the policies, procedures and rules of external organisations while on placement, practicum, work experience, fieldwork or educational exchange.

Students must act with honesty and integrity

  • Undertake their academic work with integrity and honesty, avoiding breaches of academic integrity and copyright.
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with other students, staff, associates and Holmesglen partners.
  • Not engage or collude in fraudulent or corrupt behaviour, or any unlawful behaviour, and report such behaviour as outlined in Holmesglen policies and procedures.
  • Declare conflict of interest matters or a matter which has the potential to influence decisions in their interest, or declare a matter which could be perceived to influence decisions in their interest.
  • Not do anything which may bring Holmesglen into disrepute including by making or publishing false or misleading statements relating to Holmesglen.

Students must act with respect and fairness

  • Interact in a polite and respectful manner with all students and staff of Holmesglen at all times.
  • Communicate with courtesy and consideration, verbally and in writing, in person and online (including through email and social media).
  • Provide considered and honest feedback to Holmesglen and its staff on the quality of learning and teaching and its services.
  • Respect the privacy of other students and staff.
  • Respect others' rights to their own opinions and beliefs and, where there is disagreement, engage only in respectful discussion.
  • Refrain from actions, behaviour and words (both written and spoken) that may jeopardise their own or another student or staff member's health, safety or wellbeing, or may damage their reputation or career.
  • Not engage in discrimination, sexual assault, sexual harassment, victimisation, bullying, child abuse or any form of interpersonal, psychological or physical violence, and report such behaviour as outlined in Holmesglen policies and procedures.
  • Visit the State Government website for more information on bullying and cyber bullying at:
  • Not disclose information identified as confidential concerning any matter relating to Holmesglen.
  • Avoid disrupting or interfering with any teaching, learning, research or other academic activity of Holmesglen. This includes not being rude or using inappropriate language or such behaviour that may cause a staff member or another student to feel uncomfortable or threatened.
  • Not impair the rights of others to participate in any legitimate Holmesglen activity.
  • Not encourage, persuade or incite others to engage in conduct or behaviour constituting misconduct in accordance with Holmesglen policies and procedures.

Students must contribute to a healthy and safe learning environment

  • Not cause harm to others, endanger or potentially endanger the safety or health of others.
  • Be free from the influence of alcohol and/or drugs on Holmesglen premises
  • Not use, possess or supply a prohibited weapon or any prohibited substance at Holmesglen premises
  • Use Holmesglen property or resources, including communication technology resources, cooperatively, legally, ethically responsibly and appropriately
  • Respect the property rights of others, including students and staff, whilst on Holmesglen premises
  • Comply with any reasonable request or directions from Holmesglen staff with regard to safety or compliance with policy, procedure or ethical requirements, or to provide name or age or show proof of identity or age or student identity card.

International students

If you are a Holmesglen student undertaking study in Australia on a student visa, please visit the International Students webpage for more information on courses offered, policies and forms, fees and refunds, student accommodation, student orientation and services and other related information relevant to you for the duration of your study.

Students studying in VCE Vocational Major Qualifications

If you are a Holmesglen student and undertaking study in a VCE Vocational Major (VCE VM) qualification, you must also refer to the Holmesglen VCE VM Student Handbook for specific information that will apply to you.