Student rights and conduct

Student rights and conduct

All Open Polytechnic students are governed by the Academic Statute. Section 13 sets out the rules of conduct for students. If these rules are breached, then disciplinary action could follow.

We have procedures for dealing with dishonest or improper practice by students, and guidelines to ensure protection of your rights.

Where dishonest or improper practice is suspected, it is referred to the Academic Registrar who follows the procedures outlined in the statute. The penalties which may be imposed are also outlined in this statute.

Breach of student conduct covers a range of wrongful or inappropriate behaviour including:

  • academic misconduct such as plagiarism, cheating, etc.
  • breaching the Polytechnic’s Academic Statute, regulations or policies
  • harassment or other inappropriate behaviour directed towards your fellow students or Polytechnic staff
  • providing false information to the Polytechnic.

The Academic Statute also ensures you will be treated fairly if a complaint is made. For example, you will be able to respond to the complaint before any decision is reached, and if the Academic Registrar finds the complaint is substantiated, you will have a right of review and appeal.

Statutes and regulations

Academic statute

The Academic Statute provides the academic statutory framework for Open Polytechnic. It sets out the regulatory requirements for staff and students in the institution. You can download the academic statute below.

Open Polytechnic Academic Statute (PDF, opens in a new window)

Programme regulations

All programmes offered by Open Polytechnic are governed by the Academic Statute. The details of the structure of the programme and specific requirements for entry and completion are on the web page for each programme.

If you need more information please contact us.

Assessment regulations

For detailed information about the academic regulations relating to assessment, refer to the Academic Statute.

International students

Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016

Open Polytechnic has agreed to observe and be bound by the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016. A PDF copy of the code can be downloaded from the link below. Copies of the Code are also available from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) website.


Full details of immigration requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available from Immigration New Zealand, and can be viewed on their website.

Immigration New Zealand

Eligibility for health services

Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Section 16(5) of the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 requires the Open Polytechnic to ensure international students have appropriate insurance in place to cover medical care. We will require evidence of your insurance cover. However, if your work visa covers a period of more than two years, this is not required.
Full details on entitlements to publicly funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website

Ministry of Health

Accident insurance

The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents, and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website.


Other information about student rights and conduct

Avoiding plagiarism

Complaints and concerns

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