Pawrus® Student Code of Conduct

Pawrus® Student Code of Conduct

PAWRUS® STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

1 As a widely respected professional education institution, Pawrus® Pet Care Education Group (‘Pawrus’) is dedicated to nurturing academic and personal excellence in a way that is inclusive and supportive, where communal values as well as the dignity and rights of each person and animal are respected.

Pawrus students are expected to always maintain and upload the highest standards of integrity and honesty, as well as embrace community standards, diversity and mutual respect for another, both within the Academy and the wider Singapore community.

This Pawrus® Student Code of Conduct is intended to guide students’ conduct in both the academic and non-academic aspects of their Academy life by providing an overview of the behaviour generally expected of them as members of the Academy community. It is meant to serve as a broad framework and should not be treated as an exhaustive list.

In line with the above, the Academy expects students to always upload both the spirit and letter of this Pawrus® Student Code of Conduct.

2 This Pawrus® Student Code of Conduct is based on the following fundamental principles:

(A) Academic, Professional and Personal Integrity

(B) Respect for People and Animals

(C) Respect for and Compliance with the Law and with Campus Policies and Regulations

(D) Responsibility towards Maintaining the Campus as a Place Conducive for Learning

 

(A) Academic, Professional and Personal Integrity

3 The Academy is committed to nurturing an environment conducive for the exchange of ideas, advancement of knowledge and intellectual development. Academic honesty and integrity are essential conditions for the pursuit and acquisition of knowledge, and the Academy expect each student to always maintain and uphold the highest standards of integrity and academic honesty.

4 The Academy takes a strict view of cheating in any form, deceptive fabrication, plagiarism and violation of intellectual property and copyright laws. Any student who is found to have engaged in such misconduct will be subject to disciplinary action by the Academy.

5 It is important to note that all students share the responsibility of protecting the academic standards and reputation of the Academy. This responsibility can extend beyond each student’s own conduct and can include reporting incidents of suspected academic dishonesty through the appropriate channels. Students who have reasonable grounds to suspect academic dishonesty should raise their concerns directly to the relevant Teacher or Supervising Teacher.

 

(B) Respect for People and Animals

    6 The Academy encourages students to display consideration, kindness and responsibility in their dealings with other persons and animals. Students should not engage in disorderly or offensive behaviour such as making threats against others, intimidating others, harassing others, drunkenness, lewdness, or participating in any unlawful assembly.

    7 Students are expected to treat people and animals with respect, courtesy and consideration so as to create a positive learning and social environment at the Academy. Treating others with dignity and respect with regards to their gender, race, values, religion, disabilities, species, breed, personality help create empathetic experiences that are meaningful and uplifting for all students which in turn help create lifelong bonds and support networks that enrich the students’ lives. Students and Animals must feel safe and secure at all times while at the Academy.

    Accordingly, students should not engage in conduct which violates another person or animal’s dignity or create an environment which is hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive for another person or animal.

    Students who abuse their positions or authority or leadership by participating or allowing such conduct or by being involved in the development of policies or programmes that facilitate or encourage such conduct will be dealt with severely by the Academy.

     

    Sexual Misconduct

    8 Unwanted sexual advances and inappropriate physical contact, sexually explicit remarks or innuendoes of a sexual nature, offensive body language or gestures and other forms of sexual harassment will not be tolerated by the Academy. Students should refrain from all acts (including threats) of Sexual Misconduct against any staff, student, member, or animal of the Academy community and the wider public, whether it takes the form of an action, be it verbal, in writing or on digital media.

     

    Dress Code

    9 Dressing well is also a show of respect for others. Students are expected to dress appropriately to project a positive and fitting image of themselves when they are on campus. Attire such as skimpy or revealing clothes or clothes printed with vulgar or offensive words or pictures are considered inappropriate attire. Singlets and slippers meant for domestic use may give others a poor impression of students and the Academy. Working decorum should be unambiguous. Appropriate work attire must be worn to maximise safety whenever handling animals, such as but not limited to long sleeve shirts, long pants, covered shoes for training activities and grooming vests, long pants and covered shoes for grooming activities.

     

    Conduct in relation to Religious and Political Activities

    10 As a secular institution, the Academy is committed to maintaining harmony among the multi-ethnic and multi-religious communities on campus. Students are expected to be respectful towards the religious beliefs, customs, and sensitivities of others. They should not impinge or disparage other faiths. Additionally, proselytising in campus, in any form, is not allowed.

    11 As an educational institution, the Academy is committed to providing a forum for the exploration and discussion of a diversity of ideas and opinions, including political and social-political issues. Students are free to express their views and opinions on campus, bearing in mind the need to act in accordance with accepted scholarly and professional standards and the laws of the country. In particular, students should avoid the following:

    a) the purveying or dissemination of pejorative viewpoints along sectarian lines (including but not limited to issues on race, language, religion, gender, sexuality, age, nationality);

    b) any incitement to engage in disturbance, violence and/or criminal acts; and

    c) the use of Academy grounds for partisan politics and/or political fundraising

     

    (C) Respect for and Compliance with the Law and Campus Policies and Regulations

    12 Students are obliged to observe and uphold the laws of Singapore as well as the policies and regulations of Pawrus at all times.

    13 When students undertake a local or overseas educational programme or attachment at one of Pawrus’s partner institutions, they are also expected to observe and uphold the laws of the host country and the regulations of the respective partner institutions. Students on apprenticeships are expected to adhere to the employer’s employment policies, practices, procedures, dress codes, and/or standards of conduct. Student apprentices are also expected to maintain the established work schedule and meeting apprenticeship obligations. Students participating in academic or non-academic Pawrus-approved activities outside of campus are expected to adhere to the rules and regulations set by the external organisers or venue owners.

     

    Smoking

    14 The Academy believes in providing a healthy environment for everyone on campus. Smoking is strictly prohibited within and around the Academy premises.

     

    Alcohol

    15 Students should observe socially responsible behaviour when drinking. Consumption of alcohol on Academy premises and/or during Academy events is generally prohibited except in the following situations:

    a) onsite consumption of alcohol at designated campus food and beverage outlets during specified operating hours; or

    b) at official Academy events where alcohol is served.

    16 Students are reminded that the legal drinking age is 18 years old and it is a violation of Singapore law to consume, or to sell or serve alcohol to others below the legal drinking age.

     

    Online Behaviour

    17 Students are expected to adhere to the same standards of behaviour online as they would in face-to-face interactions with other persons. They should also note that irresponsible usage of digital and social media, even if done in a personal capacity and/or off campus may have a significant detrimental effect on the interest or welfare of other members in the Academy community.

    18 When using digital and social media, students should be mindful that materials posted online can be copied freely and can continue to exist even if the original item is removed. They should therefore strive to be transparent and respectful; exercise good judgement before making any postings; and then engage the community responsibly.

     

    (D) Responsibility towards Maintaining the Campus as a Place Conducive for Learning

    19 Academy authorities ensure that the Pawrus campuses are properly managed so that students have the benefit of learning in a safe, well-maintained campus. At all times, students are expected to identify themselves or comply with the directions of the Academy personnel who are performing their duties while on campus. For security reasons, students must be readily identifiable at all times and have their faces uncovered. No student shall be attired in any way that prevents or obstructs ready identification, e.g., wearing a full-face motorcycle helmet, mask or veil.

     

    Hygiene and Cleanliness

    20 Pawrus campuses are meticulously maintained by our hardworking staff. Students are expected to play a collective role in safeguarding the hygiene and cleanliness practices for the benefit of all persons and animals.

    Before entering, footwear must be removed, and placed at the shoe racks situated outside of campus. Hands must be sanitised. Face masks must always be worn indoors in the Academy except for essential circumstances such as breathing, eating, drinking, photography, and videography, etc and quickly re-worn thereafter.

    During lessons, when you finish using the bathtub, please clean the tub, wash the shampoo bottle, towel and hang them out to dry at the respective locations. When you finish using the drying table, please clean it with a towel and veterinary disinfectant. if animals urinate or defecate on the floor, please clean it up with the veterinary disinfectant plus odour remover immediately, which is located around the campus.

    When lessons are over, please clean your individual equipment. Next, clean your workstation and the surrounding areas thoroughly with the cleaning equipment. When finished, please wash said equipment, and return them to the original location where you took it from.

    Then, ensure that the animal that you have been working with for the day is clean, tidy, and fresh. You will also need to check that it has a clean and dry crate with water, treats, food, toys, ventilation etc. to return to. If the animal and/or crate is/are dirty, it is your responsibility to clean them.

    Finally before leaving campus, clean yourself and make sure that you have taken all your belongings.

     

    Mutilation, Vandalism and Theft

    21 The Academy provides a safe and pleasant environment and good facilities for the benefit of all members of the Academy community. Any act of mutilation, vandalism or theft of properties belonging to members of the community, or the Academy will not be condoned.

     

    Use of Academy Resources

    22 Academy IT resources are intended to aid learning and facilitate knowledge creation and dissemination. They should not be used for the transmission of obscene or inflammatory information, or for commercial purposes, or for personal monetary profit. Students should observe good computer etiquette at all times, and are required to abide by any laws and regulations governing IT use.

    23 Students should respect intellectual property rights. Students are not allowed to download or distribute copyrighted material over the Pawrus network by any means or methods.

     

    Parking around Campus

    24 Parking space around campus is in great demand and there is limited land that can be used as parking areas. Inconsiderate and unauthorised parking poses inconvenience and hazards to other members of the public. Students who drive to the campus are required to comply with parking regulations and respect traffic laws.

     

    Student Discipline

    Jurisdiction

    25 The Academy has jurisdiction to take disciplinary action in accordance with the Pawrus® Disciplinary Policy against a student in respect of a violation of this Pawrus Student Code of Conduct and any conduct which is or may be detrimental to the interest or welfare of members of the Academy community, or the reputation and dignity of the Academy. Such conduct can include acts which take place outside campus, while the student is on study leave, or carried out by the student in his or her personal capacity.

    26 It is the responsibility of all students to acquaint themselves with Singapore’s laws and the Academy’s statutes, regulations, campus policies and regulations pertaining to student conduct.

    — This Pawrus Student Code of Conduct was last updated on 20 July 2022 —