Terms and conditions of enrolment

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Terms and conditions of enrolment

Terms and Conditions apply to every student enrolled with Open Polytechnic whether the enrolment is arranged personally or through another organisation. Read them carefully before you accept them. In completing the Application for Enrolment, you are confirming that you have read, understood, and accepted these Terms and Conditions and the Privacy Act 2020 Statement.

When studying at the Open Polytechnic you understand you are engaging in online distance education that requires you to have access to a laptop or desktop computer and reliable access to the internet.

Enrolment is subject to the Te Pūkenga regulatory framework (and all approved variations for Open Polytechnic as published on the website) and Programme documents.

Enrolment Date

On receipt at Open Polytechnic, your Application for Enrolment will be checked to ensure you are eligible to enrol at Open Polytechnic, and in the qualification and course(s) requested. Your form will also be checked for date, signature (whether electronic or otherwise), completeness and all necessary documentation. If necessary, information is missing, or fees have not been paid in full, your Application for Enrolment will not be confirmed until all information and/or fees are provided. The “start date” in the confirmation of enrolment letter will be the official date of enrolment.


In agreeing to the terms and conditions and submitting the Application for Enrolment or Re-enrolment form, you undertake to pay all fees as they become due, and to meet any late fees and collection charges associated with debt recovery. The organisation’s policy on withdrawal and refund of fees is noted below.

Duration of an Enrolment

Your course enrolment will expire at one of the following points – whichever comes first:

  • At the end date of the course for which you have enrolled OR
  • When your course grade has been approved and released OR
  • If you have an approved extension past the end date of the course, the extended end date.

Amendments to your Proposed Course of Study

The Polytechnic reserves the right to make amendments to your proposed course of study during your period of enrolment where such amendments are necessary to comply with programme regulations, course requirements, or where it is necessary to restrict enrolments, or courses are unavailable to enrol in for any reason. Your enrolment cannot be transferred to another person.


Withdrawals and Refunds

All applications for withdrawal must be in writing. A form is provided online at openpolytechnic.ac.nz for this purpose. The date of withdrawal is the date when your written withdrawal is received by the Polytechnic.
You will be eligible for a refund of fees providing your written application is received within the specified timeframe as set out in the following table, and your course has not been approved as a re-enrolment under Special Consideration.

Date withdrawal received

Refund Applicable

Effect on Academic Transcript

Before official start date of enrolment period.

100% of refundable fees less any non-refundable fees.

There will be no record of your enrolment displaying on your academic transcript.

Within 28 days of the official start date of the course.

A 5% Withdrawal Fee applies plus any non-refundable fees.

There will be no record of your enrolment displaying on your academic transcript.

After 28 days and up to 80% of course enrolment period*.

No refund.

Your academic transcript will display as “Withdrawn”.

You may not withdraw after 80% of course enrolment period.

No refund.

If you do not complete the academic requirements, your academic transcript will display ‘Failed to Submit’ or ‘'Did Not Complete’.

 *If your fees have not been received by 28 days from the start date of your enrolment period, and we have not received a withdrawal application from you, a late enrolment fee of 5% of your enrolment fee may be charged.

Non-refundable Fees

* Some fees are NOT refundable such as fees collected on behalf of and paid to other agencies.


Availability of Courses

You agree:

  • Enrolments are in individual courses, that are part of a programme/qualification.
  • Complete all course and programme requirements within the timeframe to be awarded the qualification.
  • The Polytechnic does not undertake that you will be able to complete or achieve an award or qualification through study with it.
  • Not all programmes/qualifications, majors or courses are open for enrolment in any month or year.


You agree to abide by the statutes, regulations and policies of the Polytechnic. These are available on openpolytechnic.ac.nz or contact us on 0508 650 200.

Variations to Conditions of Enrolment

No modification, alteration of or addition to these conditions of enrolment shall be binding on the parties unless it is in writing and signed by the Polytechnic and the student.

Detecting Plagiarism -

You agree that assessments and assignments will be your own work and that you will not pass off the work of others or copied from any website/ other source as your own (plagiarism). You agree all assessments you submit may be submitted to plagiarism checking software for comparing with text contained on their database to determine whether plagiarism has occurred. Submitted documents will also be added to the database for ongoing plagiarism detection purposes only.

Disputes Procedure

The parties will discuss in good faith any disputes between them arising out of this Enrolment Agreement. If needed, you can raise a concern, complaint or appeal a decision as published. If discussions fail to resolve the dispute within a reasonable time, then either party may, by written notice to the other, require the dispute to be referred to the Ombudsman’s” Complaints Resolution Group.


Privacy Statement

1. Introduction

At Open Polytechnic (“we, “us”, “our”, “the Polytechnic”) we care about your privacy and want to be transparent about what we do with your personal information.

This Privacy Statement describes in detail how we collect, use, store, and disclose your personal information and explains your rights under the Privacy Act 2020. We may update our Privacy Statement from time to time, and will notify you if we do so.

If you would like to talk to us about your privacy please contact the Academic Registrar: registrar@openpolytechnic.ac.nz.

2. Authorisation

By signing the Application for Enrolment or Re-enrolment Form, you acknowledge that Open Polytechnic will collect, use and disclose personal information about yourself in accordance with the sections specified below and the Privacy Act 2020. You also authorise any agency holding the source of information you have provided on this form to release that information to the Polytechnic on request.

3. Personal Information Collected

3.1. Information you give the Polytechnic – personal information is collected when you enquire and enrol, complete online forms, participate in surveys (unless you choose to remain anonymous), and through interaction with the Polytechnic’s services during the period of enrolment.

3.2. Information the Polytechnic collects automatically – the Polytechnic automatically gathers information about your learning activities during your period of enrolment, this may include:

  • Grades
  • Course Completion
  • Qualification Completion
  • Interactions with the Polytechnic’s online systems, such as iQualify, including your engagement with online content, online assessment activities and online forums.

3.3. The Polytechnic automatically collects technical information and uses “cookies” when you browse our external website.

Browser or 'web' cookies are small text files that are sent by a website and stored on your computer's hard drive. Cookies are generally used to improve your experience of a website and to track site usage.

We also use cookies to measure traffic patterns, to determine which areas of our websites have been visited, and to measure transaction patterns in the aggregate. We use this to research our users' habits so that we can improve our online products and services.

If you do not wish to receive cookies, you can set your browser so that your computer does not accept them although you may experience a loss of functionality as a result. We may also log IP addresses (the electronic addresses of computers connected to the internet) to analyse trends, administer the website, track user movements, and gather broad demographic information.

We may also collect anonymous data (which is not personal information) relating to your activity on our websites (including IP addresses) via cookies. We generally use this information to report statistics, analyse trends, administer our services, diagnose problems and target and improve the quality of our products and services. To the extent this information constitutes personal information we treat it in accordance with our obligations under this Privacy Statement.

3.4. As part of our commitment to providing the best possible service to our customers, we record telephone calls to and from different parts of the organisation.

We record calls:

  • for staff training purposes, to help us improve our service and to ensure the information we provide is consistent and accurate
  • for reporting on the types and numbers of enquiries we receive
  • to ensure we have an accurate record of your call, which may be needed to support any transactions that take place.

We understand your personal information is important, and we are committed to protecting your privacy. Recordings will be securely stored.

3.5. Information from third parties – the Polytechnic may receive information about you from the following third parties:

  • New Zealand Qualification Authority
  • StudyLink
  • Immigration New Zealand
  • Agencies who support students through scholarships
  • Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) where your study is funded by WINZ
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade where your study is funded by the Ministry
  • Your employer where you have enrolled at the Polytechnic under a contract the Polytechnic has with your employer whereby the employer pays or has agreed to pay the student’s fees, or if no fees are payable, where the employer supports your study
  • Other education institutions where:
    • a course is co-taught in association with the Polytechnic
    • records are transferred from another institution.

4. Purpose for which Personal Information is Collected

Open Polytechnic collects personal information to carry out our purposes and functions as an education provider under the Education and Training Act 2020, including Section  281,  1(a) “to strive to ensure that the institution attains the highest standards of excellence in education, training, and research”.

Without affecting the generality of the above statement, your personal information that is collected by the Polytechnic may be used by the Polytechnic in the following ways:

4.1. To comply with the requirements of:

  • The Ministry of Education (student statistical returns)
  • New Zealand Qualifications Authority (record of achievement registration and unit standard outcomes)
  • Tertiary Education Commission (funding returns)
  • Industry Training Organisations (funding and academic outcomes)
  • Ministry of Social Development (confirmation of enrolment and academic outcomes)
  • Inland Revenue Department (student loan interest rebate)
  • Immigration New Zealand (if you are not a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident)
  • Agencies who support particular students through scholarships and prizes, payment of fees or other awards (if you are a recipient of one of these awards)

4.2. For activities as an education provider:

  • Selecting students for qualifications
  • Providing you with information on the Polytechnic courses and programmes
  • Managing internal administrative processes
  • Providing tuition advice and support
  • Providing academic advice and support
  • Putting you in contact with other students studying your course(s) if you specifically authorise this
  • Administering your programme of study such as setting up online profiles, examinations and assessments, placements and/or workshops.
  • Providing information to textbook/learning resource suppliers to assist you to purchase textbooks, learning resources, etc.
  • Advising you of the Polytechnic’s Alumni Programme and activities
  • Publishing the list of graduands in the programme for graduation ceremonies
  • Managing queries and complaints
  • Internal reporting
  • Maintaining order and discipline

4.3. For the purpose of Learning Analytics – defined as the collection and analysis of information generated during the learning process in order to improve the quality of both learning and educational practice. For the purpose of learning analytics the Polytechnic may carry out profiling, analytics or tracking (including by automated means) of your personal information, including your interactions with the Polytechnic’s online learning platforms:

  • To improve the quality of our services
  • To tailor our support services and pastoral care to your needs
  • To support your learning and academic achievement
  • To personalise our communications with you
  • To monitor your attendance and engagement for the use of Polytechnic-Initiated Withdrawals.

The Polytechnic does not engage in any form of profiling that would give rise to a claim of discrimination (as defined in the Human Rights Act 1993). In carrying out Learning Analytics, we may aggregate or anonymise the information we collect such that you are no longer identifiable, in which case the information we hold will no longer constitute ‘personal information’ and will cease to be subject to this privacy policy.

4.4. For Academic Reporting and Research – the Polytechnic may use information generated about you for the purposes of Academic reporting and research, conditional on compliance with the Privacy Act 2020, and approval by a recognised ethics committee.

4.5. For Communications and Marketing – the Polytechnic will use your information to communicate with you and carry out marketing activities. You can unsubscribe from marketing communications through a link provided in marketing emails. The Polytechnic will not release your information to other organisations for marketing purposes.

5. Disclosure of Personal Information Collected

5.1. Personal information may be disclosed to Open Polytechnic staff, adjunct staff, and contractors when such disclosure is for the purposes for which that personal information was collected as outlined in this statement, or is directly related to the purposes in connection with which the information was obtained.

5.2. Personal information about you may be supplied to the following agencies in the circumstances detailed below:

  • Other education institutions, providers, assessors, and relevant licensing/registration bodies
    • where you are enrolled in a course taught at another institution in association with the Polytechnic
    • where you are transferring your records to that other institution or applying to enrol in a course taught at that institution
    • where you are enrolled in a course leading to a qualification awarded by another body or institution
    • where you have been enrolled at the Polytechnic but are receiving student support at another institution or organisation in association with the Polytechnic
    • where you have enrolled at the Polytechnic pursuant to a contract the Polytechnic has with any Industry Training Organisation
    • where you have enrolled at the Polytechnic pursuant to a contract the Polytechnic has with any secondary school
    • where you have been enrolled by the Polytechnic pursuant to a contract the Polytechnic has with the Department of Corrections
    • Your employer – where you have enrolled at the Polytechnic under a contract the Polytechnic has with your employer whereby your employer pays or has agreed to pay your fees, or if no fees are payable, the employer supports your study
    • Department of Work and Income (DWI) – where your study is being funded by DWI
    • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – where your study is funded by the Ministry
    • Ministry of Education and the Teaching Council of New Zealand – where your study is funded by the Ministry of Education.

5.3. The Polytechnic may be required by law to provide some personal information to other Government agencies or other persons upon request (for example, New Zealand Police) where permitted to do so under the Privacy Act 2020.

6. Storage of Personal Information Gathered

6.1. Open Polytechnic will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your information is secure.

6.2. Your personal information may be transferred and held by service providers in New Zealand and overseas in connection with the purposes for which your personal information was obtained.

6.3. The Polytechnic will not transfer your information to an overseas service provider unless we are satisfied that the service provider is obliged to protect your information in ways that are comparable to the protection afforded by the New Zealand privacy law.

7. Retention of Personal Information

7.1. Open Polytechnic is required under the Education Act 1989 to retain some forms of personal information indefinitely.

7.2. Where not required under the Education Act 1989, the Polytechnic will not retain personal information for longer than required for the purposes in which it was collected and may lawfully be used, as determined by us, after which period the personal information will be securely disposed of.

8. Your Rights under the Privacy Act 2020

8.1. You have the right to access and correct/annotate all personal information held about you. Most personal information can be accessed through MyOP and iQualify, and edited directly by you through MyOP. If you have any queries regarding access or correction of your personal information contact the Academic Registrar: registrar@openpolytechnic.ac.nz.

8.2. If you have any queries about the use of your personal information or feel your privacy has been breached you have the right to lodge a complaint. To do so contact the Academic Registrar: registrar@openpolytechnic.ac.nz.

The Privacy Act came into force on 30 June 2020 with the stated aim of protecting the privacy of natural persons. It requires the organisation to collect, hold, handle, use, and disclose personal information in accordance with the twelve Information Privacy Principles in the Act. See privacy.org.nz for further details.