The PTC is an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology (ACT). We adhere to a number of policies and guidelines as set by the ACT, including:
All ACT policies can be found on their website at actheology.edu.au/documents
All examinations must be taken when scheduled. Exceptions to this rule may only be made in unforseen, exceptional circumstances upon prior request to the lecturer.
In this case, the rescheduled exam must still take place during the official exam period.
+ Grading System
THE PTC USES THE FOLLOWING GRADING SYSTEM:
0-49 - Fail
50-64 - Pass
65-74 - Credit
75-84 - Distinction
85+ - High Distinction
Each subject is assessed by multiple pieces of work due at various times in the semester. Failure to complete any one piece of work will seriously hinder a student’s chances of achieving a pass in that subject.
The format for assessments is set down in the Australian College of Theology Manual. Unless required earlier by the lecturer, the deadline for submitting all assessments must be adhered to.
Late submissions will not be accepted. Exceptions to this rule may be made by the Extensions Officer in exceptional circumstances.
Complete the Application for Assignment Extension form, and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or hand in at the College office during office hours.
All assessments must represent the student’s own work, thought and expression, except in matters of common knowledge or general opinion.
An essay writing seminar is offered during first semester.
Students have the right to appeal against a mark awarded in an essay or examination. When making the appeal, students should specify the nature of their complaint and the grounds for their appeal.
Appeals should be directed to the lecturer concerned. If the lecturer does not support the appeal, the student has the right of direct appeal to the Principal.
The Faculty may make additional rules, procedures and regulations from time to time as may be deemed necessary.
+ Academic misconduct
In common with tertiary institutions throughout Australia, the Australian College of Theology regards academic misconduct as a serious matter.
Institutions affiliated with the Australian College of Theology are required to ensure that students maintain the highest possible standards of academic honesty.
Failure to maintain academic honesty constitutes academic misconduct.
Academic misconduct may include any of the following:
- taking unauthorised materials into an examination;
- submitting work for an assessment knowing it to be the work of another person;
- improperly obtaining knowledge of an examination paper and using that knowledge in the examination;
- arranging for another person to sit an examination in the place of the candidate;
- failing to acknowledge the source of material in an assessment or assignment;
- submitting a falsified medical certificate;
- making a false or misleading declaration.
ACADEMIC HONESTY EXPECTATIONS
Students are expected to acknowledge the source of their ideas and expressions used in their written work. Students are required to acknowledge the origin of extracts by use of footnotes and quotes and are also required to acknowledge paraphrases contained in their work. Quotation marks are to be inserted around quoted material.
To provide adequate documentation is not only an indication of academic honesty, but also a courtesy enabling the marker to consult sources with ease. Failure to do so may constitute plagiarism which is subject to a charge of academic misconduct.
Students should not assist other students in the writing of individual assessments and should not provide written material to be copied. Material for assessment in one subject may not be submitted for assessment in any other subject.
The Australian College of Theology can impose substantial penalties on students who breach these rules. Penalties range from:
- loss of marks;
- the awarding of no marks for the assignment or assessment with or without an opportunity to redeem the assignment;
- the awarding of a fail grade for the whole subject of which the assessment is part;
- exclusion from the award in which the student is involved for a period of up to 2 years.
In the event of a student being given the opportunity to redeem an assignment then a pass grade only could be awarded.
Institutions affiliated with the Australian College of Theology are required to report instances of academic misconduct to the Dean who may request the Institution deal with the matter in accordance with the course of action recommended by that Institution or may refer the matter to the Academic Board or the Board of Directors for decision.
Students have a right of appeal to the Board of Directors of the Australian College of Theology. Students may appeal by letter to the Board, and/or can request the right to appeal in person before the Board.
In the event of the student seeking to appear in person before the Board, the student may request the presence of a non-participating observer nominated by the student. The Board shall determine the appeal and its decision shall be final.
For more information, see the ACT Academic Misconduct Policy.
+ Academic Freedom
The Presbyterian Theological College of Victoria believes that the protection of academic freedom for faculty and students is vital to the health of the Christian community of learning. We also believe that religious communities should be free to work from a distinctively religious perspective, and from a starting point of commonly held assumptions and theological convictions.
Hence academic freedom at PTC Victoria is framed by commitments that arise from each faculty member’s subscription to the confessional standards of the Presbyterian Church of Australia and by the conviction that students are free to form their own personal beliefs without any concern of discrimination.
The commitment of each faculty member is essentially threefold:
- to the confessional standards of the College;
- the professional standards of the scholarly discipline; and
- the public standards of keeping the classroom free from partisan ideological/political views unrelated to the lecturer’s teaching area.
Students who are enrolled at PTC Victoria understand that the College is a Christian institution in the reformed tradition that is committed to teaching and learning from this perspective. Students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of this tradition along with other theological perspectives and to formulate their own convictions in the light of Scripture, and by a critical appreciation of the various options available to them.
- Fees are payable no later than four weeks from the start of the semester, unless prior arrangements have been made with the Principal.
- Faculty reserves the right to instruct the ACT to withhold exam results if fees have not been paid in full, or if special payment arrangements have not been honoured.
The student debt policy is available from the Registrar upon request.