Rules of conduct for students of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences

Point of departure: The competency framework of SAICA expects universities to, as far as possible, address pervasive skills in the academic environment. To facilitate this, these were linked with a number of administrative procedures to be followed by CA students across the four departments of Financial Sciences. Not all pervasive skills need be taught and assessed in all subjects, as long as these are covered over the three years of the undergraduate degree and the one year of CTA. A number of these pervasive skills will be inculcated by staff members in the different departments by applying the same administrative and other rules when dealing with students. It is assumed that all students are aware of these rules of conduct and ignorance will not be accepted as an excuse.

RULES OF CONDUCT  

(GA = Graduate attribute expected of students in the EMS Faculty)

SAICA PERVASIVE SKILLS ADDRESSED

1.      Professional conduct and manners are expected when interacting with your lecturers in person, by e-mail or by telephone. GA: Communicate well in diverse social, cultural, geographical and workplace contexts using appropriate language (oral, written and listening)

IB-6

2.           Professional and ethical conduct are expected when liaising with outside stakeholders related to your academic programme. GA: Have a sense of social responsibility by behaving ethically and with integrity

IB-6

3.    Please respect the consulting hours of lecturers and the time of your fellow students when consulting with lecturers on a one-on-one basis or in class. GA: Demonstrate inter-personal skills by interacting constructively

IB-1, IB-6, IB-10

4.    All correspondence (e-mail or otherwise) with the CA Program Manager, HODs and lecturers, must be done in an appropriate format and tone. If not, the correspondence will be returned unanswered marked “format” and/or “tone”. Queries will thus not be attended to unless the format and/or tone of the correspondence are at an acceptable professional standard. For examples of the appropriate format, refer to the formats of correspondence provided in your study guides. GA: Communicate well in diverse social, cultural, geographical and workplace contexts using appropriate language (oral, writing and listening)

IB-6, IC-4

5.    Students shall not be late for class, unless there is a valid reason for their being late. The doors of the lecture halls will be closed promptly at commencement of classes. In addition to this, students who have to leave a lecture period before the end of the lecture due to valid reasons, should advise the relevant lecturer of this before the lecture commences. GA: Functioning autonomously and confidently as individuals demonstrating time management in own decision-making

IB-1, IB-6, IB-10

6.  Students’ cell phones should be switched off and out of sight during lectures and tutor sessions, unless these are used as part of the blended learning interventions. GA: Demonstrate interpersonal skills by interacting constructively

IB-1, IB-6

7.   Students are discouraged from misusing the procedures associated with sick notes. Nevertheless, when appropriate, they are expected to hand in a sick note application form together with the required supporting documentation AT EACH DEPARTMENT. The associated application form must be filled out completely and if not, sick notes will not be accepted and a zero mark will be awarded for the relevant test or assignment. GA: Have a sense of social responsibility by behaving ethically and with integrity

IA-3, IA-8

8.           Sick note application forms and associated documentation must be handed in within three working days from the date of the test that was missed. Late submissions will not be accepted and a zero mark will be awarded for the relevant test. GA: Functioning autonomously and confidently as individuals demonstrating time management in own decision-making

IB-1, IB-10

9.    To counter unethical behaviour, a percentage of sick notes received can be validated by confirming their validity with the issuing medical practitioner. If students are identified as having submitted fraudulent sick notes, they will be handed over to the university authorities for disciplinary action and this could lead to expulsion. GA: Have a sense of social responsibility by behaving ethically and with integrity

IA-3

10.   Students are expected to consider the resubmission of tests carefully and are expected to fill out the associated forms in their entirety and hand these in, accompanied by the relevant test. Questions/answer books will be remarked in their entirety when handed in and students could consequently lose marks previously awarded, in this remark process. Fraudulent amendments to tests and examinations will not be tolerated and students guilty of this will be handed over to the university authorities for disciplinary action and this could lead to expulsion or suspension of credits for a specific module. GA: Functioning autonomously and confidently as individuals taking responsibility for their own decisions and development AND Have a sense of social responsibility by behaving ethically and with integrity

IA-3, IA-4, IA-8, IB-1

11.    All tests handed in for remarking must be handed in within three working days of the date on which the tests were handed back in class and must be accompanied by the associated form. Applications for a remark will not be considered if handed in after the deadline specified by the lecturers. GA: Functioning autonomously and confidently as individuals demonstrating time management in own decision-making

IA-4, IB-10

12.    All assignments must be handed in on time. If not, they will not be marked and students will receive a zero mark for these assignments. GA: Functioning autonomously and confidently as individuals demonstrating time management in own decision-making

IA-4, IB-10