Code of behaviour

  1. The Junior College is committed to provide an ordered and safe learning environment within the College Campus and during College activities.
  2. The College Campus refers to all areas of Junior College both inside the building and the outdoor areas.
  3. Students are expected to behave in a courteous and orderly manner - in face-to-face interaction, on e-mails and other internet facilities - and to show respect for all persons and property both on College campus and during College activities.
  4. This Code of Behaviour (COB) aims at promoting the environment mentioned above without overriding or superseding current University of Malta Regulations or others, which may come into force in the future.
  1. Only Junior College students and University of Malta staff are allowed to enter the College Campus without requesting permission. Students are not allowed to admit friends or other people who are not registered students on College Campus.
  2. Students may only stay on the College Campus during normal working hours, that is between 08:00 and 17:00, Monday to Friday, during term time, except when they are given special permission by the Principal or his delegate.
  3. Students must be in possession of a JC Student ID card at all times, while on College Campus and are to present it whenever required to do so by the College staff and security officers. Students will not be allowed to remain on College Campus, including sitting for tests, if they cannot provide the JC Student ID card.
  4. Students are to inform the Students’ Services Office (SSO) Room B104 immediately when their JC Student ID cards are lost. These will be replaced against an administrative fee. The JC Student ID card provided shall remain the property of the College.
  5. Students need to present the JC Student ID card to the security officers and members of staff every time it is requested.
  6. Students shall present themselves at the College appropriately dressed, as befits such an educational institution. Thus, for example, the wearing of short tops exposing midriff, tops with straps, low-cut or torn jeans/skirts, shorts as well as tops denoting political affiliations, are strictly prohibited.
  7. Students are requested to provide information and fill in forms truthfully and correctly at application stage and thereafter. Any false information given will be dealt with heavy sanctions. In extreme cases, this may lead to immediate termination of registration.
  8. Students are expected to respect ethical boundaries with their tutors all the time. Students must weigh appropriately what to discuss and share with the group during a session. Should help be needed, College counsellors are available for an appointment.
  9. Students are expected to access their UM e-mail account daily, as well as eSIMS, JCVLE and departmental notice boards/websites on a regular basis.
  10. Students are expected to take on active role in the promotion of an environment free from harassment, bullying and discrimination.
  11. Students are expected to set an appointment with the Subject/Area Coordinator or the Office of the Principal if they feel a lecturer or a fellow student is treating them unfairly.
  12. No form of intimacy whatsoever is tolerated within the College Campus.
  13. Smoking is strictly prohibited in all areas within the College building and is only allowed in restricted designated areas.
  14. The use of alcohol or other illicit substances is prohibited in all areas of the College Campus and/or during College activities.
  15. Improper language and blasphemy are prohibited.
  16. Any form of card playing and gambling is prohibited.
  17. Students are not allowed to fix any commercial or publicity posters and stickers anywhere on College Campus without the authorisation of the Office of the Principal.
  18. Students may not use the lift except on grounds of sickness or injury, provided that they seek prior authorisation from the Office of the Principal. Under normal circumstances, only the permit holder can use the lift. 
  19. Students participating in activities organised at College or using the various facilities on College Campus, have to abide by any guidelines and conditions pertaining to the facility.
  20. No rough play is allowed on College Campus.
  21. Use of skateboards and bicycles in the Pjazza and other College outdoor facilities is prohibited for health and safety reasons. The permission of the Sport and Leisure Department may be sought to use these items in suitable areas.
  22. Accidental damage to property or equipment within the College precincts should be reported to the Office of the Principal and paid for.
  23. Acts of vandalism are not tolerated. Students should report such acts to the Office of the Principal. The student/s involved in such acts will have to pay for the damage and may face disciplinary action.
  24. Items that can cause bodily harm, damage to property and are potentially hazardous are strictly prohibited on the College Campus.
  25. Students should keep the College Campus as clean as possible and should not litter.
  26. Students should not make excessive noise in the Pjazza, the canteen, the Youth Hub, the corridors or any other areas so as not to disrupt sessions.
  27. Emergency exits are to be used only in case of emergency or when asked to do so by the College administration.
  28. Students should not enter areas within the College Campus which are locked up or which are clearly indicated as 'no entry' zones.
  1. Students should be punctual for all sessions and under normal circumstances may be allowed in 5 minutes after start of session, if a valid reason is provided.
  2. Students should make sure that they have been marked present for sessions.
  3. Students are expected to come to College prepared for all sessions, with the necessary material and any assigned work. Failure to do so may result in the student having marks deducted from the assessment marks.
  4. Students are also expected to participate and contribute to classroom discussion and answer questions asked by the lecturer, in order to maximise the educational experience in the classroom.
  5. Students receiving study notes from lecturers should appreciate that these notes are the intellectual property of the lecturer who circulates them and are therefore intended for personal use only.
  6. Students should ensure that they do not leave anything behind them at the end of a session, including items for disposal.
  7. Disruptive behaviour of any kind is not permitted during sessions.
  8. Electronic devices may be used for note-taking, for browsing the Internet, accessing e-mail accounts or to record lectures only at the discretion of or when instructed by the lecturer. Otherwise electronic devices should be turned off during sessions.
  9. Electronic devices may only be charged in designated areas such as the study area and library. Students are reminded that they are to take all the necessary precautions when charging electronic devices. Two-pin plugs are considered dangerous and for the student’s own safety, should not be used.
  10. Students are to request permission from their lecturer before charging electronic devices in the lecture room.
  11. Any type of recording (audio-visual or image) during sessions without permission is strictly prohibited.
  1. Students are expected to behave in accordance with section 1. 'General behaviour on College Campus' when participating in College activities, project work or field work, as part of a group or individually.
  2. Students under 18 years of age involved in College activities or projects outside the College Campus, are to be provided with a consent form which is to be signed by their parents/guardians. Students should make sure that they are provided with such a form by the coordinator of the activity. Students over 18 years of age should still inform their parents.
  3. Students who are representing the Junior College in any type of activity, especially abroad, should behave appropriately as expected from Junior College students. They should always abide by the College’s COB and also by those stipulated by accompanying staff as well as the regulations of the host organisation or country.
  4. Students should honour all commitments pertaining to activities organised or coordinated by the College in order to uphold the good name of the College.
  1. When the sports facilities are being used for a session, they are to be used solely for that purpose for the duration of the session only.
  2. Students should ensure that they use the facilities and equipment in accordance with standard practice and/or as directed.
  3. When any equipment belonging to the Sports and Leisure Department is lost or damaged, students should file a report to the Sports Development Officer so that arrangements may be made to pay for or replace the equipment.
  4. Students should refrain from trying to recover equipment (e.g. footballs) from potentially dangerous places such as from the top of a tree, but should instead inform the Sports Development Officer.
  5. Students who repeatedly break the rules at sports facilities may not be allowed to use these facilities.
  6. The Sports and Leisure Department will not be held responsible for any injury incurred or loss of personal belongings at the sports facilities.
  7. Students are not allowed to bring any food inside the sports facilities. They should keep the sports and leisure areas as clean as possible and dispose of any litter in the appropriate bins.
  8. Students are expected to wear appropriate sportswear as indicated.
  9. Smoking is strictly prohibited in all sports facilities.
  1. The Junior College administration is continuously trying to promote good conduct and to encourage a positive, caring and learning community. Students who decide not to follow the COB will face sanctions as a means of disapproval of unacceptable behaviour on College Campus in order to grow as responsible adults.
  2. Sanctions will be used accordingly and when there is certainty about the offence. Sanctions will be imposed in an equitable manner respecting human dignity, but in certain situations may lead to a temporary expulsion, while in grave circumstances to a permanent expulsion.
  3. A clear explanation will be given to students as to why there is a need for such sanctions. Any applied sanctions will only address those involved and are normally considered as a learning opportunity.
  4. Sanctions will be imposed at these levels:
    First level sanctions are aimed at minor one-off offences. These may include a verbal warning, and if need be, the offence will be reported to the Office of the Principal where a record of the incident is kept in the student’s file.
    Second level sanctions are used for a more serious type of offence and repeat offenders will be reported to the Office of the Principal where a record of the incident may be kept in the student’s file. Action to be taken depends on the seriousness of the case but may include a written reprimand, a written warning, or not allowing a student to represent the College where applicable. Parents/guardians as well as relevant stakeholders at the College will be informed accordingly.
    Third level sanctions will only be used when, irrespective of previous sanctions, a student continues to exhibit reluctance to abide by the COB or in case of a very serious one-off offence. In this case the Chair and a member of the Student Support Services Committee (SSSC) will organise an interview with the student concerned to evaluate the situation. The SSSC will then forward its conclusions and its recommendations to the Principal to seek the best course of action. In every instance the offence, report and final decision, will be recorded in the student’s file. Parents/guardians will be informed immediately and the advice of other professionals in the field may be sought. In such cases the student may be dismissed for the rest of the day or for a few days, not exceeding seven days.
  5. In very serious cases, the SSSC may involve the Principal, the Area Coordinator and the Subject Coordinator (if the case involves a subject). If the student is called to appear before this extended committee, they may be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
  6. In extreme situations, a student may be temporarily or permanently expelled from the College as a result of the severity of the case or because it is habitually repeated.