International Students


Dublin is the most exciting city in Europe and Independent College Dublin is at its heart

If you’re looking to study for a great degree in law or business, and to have a great time while you do it, then you’ve got to come to Independent College Dublin.

Dublin is alive with young people, great times, good food, glorious architecture, amazing arts, sport and culture. And because Independent College Dublin is located right in the middle of Dublin, this entire, wonderful city is its campus.

It has an incredible literary and academic reputation and is a thriving, effervescent capital with thousands of traditional and contemporary pubs, restaurants, clubs, museums, galleries, sports stadia, theatres, music venues and nightclubs.

We will take great care of you – helping you with visas, accommodation, course choices and everything else that you need. We’ll give you the best learner centred tuition and a degree recognised worldwide as a great start to your career, and we’ll make sure you have the time of your life here in Dublin City.

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The city is alive with young people and students, culture, music, history, art, sport, business, innovation and academic excellence. It’s an incredible place in which to study and live.

And in the heart of it all is Independent College Dublin.

Who Needs a Student Visa?

All students holding a Non-EU passport are required to have a valid student visa to study in Ireland. There are two categories:

  • Students who need a visa before they travel to Ireland
  • Students who can enter Ireland without a visa and who can apply for their student visa after they arrive in Ireland.

A list of nationalities who do not require a student visa to enter Ireland can be seen here.

Where to Apply for your Student Visa

Students who need a student visa to enter Ireland should contact the Irish Embassy or Consulate in their home country for full visa information.

For a full listing of Irish Embassies and Consulates click here.

How to Apply for your Student Visa

The following is the list of key documents required for the student visa application.

Please note that other supporting documents may be required and students should contact the local Irish Embassy or Consulate to obtain information on the full documentation required, or click here for a full listing of Irish Embassies and Consulates.

  • Visa application form
  • Student visa declaration form
  • Education documents from high school and university where applicable
  • Internationally recognised English proficiency certificate e.g. IELTS
  • Evidence of finances – you should be able to demonstrate that you (or your sponsor) have sufficient funds to support your living expenses while in Ireland and be able to meet the cost of your programme of study. The INIS (Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service) requires students to have access to €3000 if staying in the country more than 6 months
  • Proof of Medical Insurance – Travel Insurance will not be accepted
  • Proof of course fee payment
  • Proof of enrollment on the stated course
  • Evidence of previous immigration and travel history, if any
  • Evidence of previous work experience, if any
  • CV to detail student’s academic/professional history to date

Please also note that your passport should be valid for a period of 12 months after the estimated completion date of your course.

All fees are listed on the information page for the respective programmes.

Fees

Please note that tuition fees quoted represent tuition fees for Year 1 of the programme only.

  • A registration fee of €250 is also applicable each academic year to all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes who enter into a payment plan

Methods of Payment

Students can pay their fees using any of the methods mentioned below:

  • Pay On-line – you may pay online by credit or debit card .
  • Pay by Bank Giro form – you may pay using a bank giro form at any Ulster Bank or Allied Irish Bank.  You may collect a bank giro form from the Administration office.
  • Pay by Bank Draft/Cheque/Postal Order – you may pay by bank draft/cheque/postal order and each of the above should be made payable to Independent College Dublin.  You can visit the administration office at Independent College Dublin during office hours if you wish to pay in person by this method or you may forward any of the above to the following:
  • If you are making payment by this method, please state your name and Independent College Dublin student number on the reverse side of the bank draft/cheque/postal order.
  • Pay by Bank Transfer – students may pay by bank transfer into the College account for which the College bank details are:

Bank Name:   Bank of Ireland

Account Name:  Amika Limited T/A Independent Colleges Limited

Account No: 80549983

Sort Code: 900017

Swift/BIC Code: BOFIIE2D

IBAN No: IE26 BOFI 9000 1780 5499 83

If you are using this method of payment, please remember to quote your name and Independent College Dublin student number on all payment transfers to the college.

  • Pay by Direct Debit – you may pay by Direct Debit.  If you wish to request to pay your tuition fees by our Direct Debit scheme, please contact the Administration office.

Financial Support

Students may avail of some (but not all) government maintenance assistance such as the Back to Education Allowance, details of which can be found on the Revenue Office Website

Tax Relief

Most courses of two or more years’ duration have been approved for tax relief.  For further information please refer to the Revenue Office Website

Student Fees Office Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 5.30pm

Alternatively, we can be contacted by email or by telephone, for which our contact details are:

Ph: +353 1  877 3925

Email: admissions@independentcolleges.ie

Fees are strictly non-refundable once programmes commence and students are liable for the full annual course fee from the time of registration. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that course fees are paid on a timely basis. Students availing of the direct debit option must ensure to meet the agreed payments. Delays in payment will affect registration status and the provision of student services.

In order to apply for your desired programme, please complete an International Application Form and return it, with the appropriate supporting documentation, to:

Email: admissions@independentcolleges.ie

Or Post to: Independent College Dublin

Block B, The Steelworks, Foley Street, Dublin 1 D01 X997

Required Supporting Documentation

  • Original or certified copy of birth certificate or passport.
  • Original or certified copy of residence permit* (*only if you are resident in an EU state).
  • Original or certified copy of school leaving examination certificate OR high school transcripts- including forecast results if final results are not available.
  • Original or certified copy of full academic transcript(s) of any third level studies and the proof of the final degree.
  • Original or certified copy of IELTS or TOEFL scores for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • Original or certified copy of the official translation to English.

English Language Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English may be required to sit either an IELTS or TOEFL test ( or equivalent). Students applying for a Level 8 programme at the College are required to have achieved the equivalent of the IELTS 6.0 and Level 9 applicants should have the equivalent of an IELTS 6.5.

Protection of Enrolled Learners

The Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 requires that all programmes of 3 months or more in duration have in place arrangements for the Protection of Enrolled Learners to ensure learners have the opportunity to complete their programme of study. Independent College Dublin has learner protection arrangements in place with respect to enrolled learners on all QQI validated courses and have put in place this arrangement with two other providers.

Health Insurance

Attendance rules

If you are on a student visa, the Irish Government has stated that you must attend a minimum of 85% of your chosen college programme classes.
This is important for many reasons:

1) To help you focus fully on your chosen programme of study
2) To avoid visa problems with the Irish Department of Justice
3) To allow you to be able to renew your visa

In College, it is important that you follow these rules as set out by the Irish Government.

Monitoring your attendance

Each day, your lecturer will check your attendance in every class/module.
Your attendance each week will be recorded on our college database and will be available to the Department of Justice on request.

Punctuality

At the beginning of each semester, you will be given a programme timetable with the days and start times of each module of your course. All classes start punctually at the appointed time, if you are late, you may enter the class up to 15 minutes after the time it was scheduled to start. If you are more than 15 minutes late you may not enter the class and you will be marked absent. If you leave more than 15 minutes before the end of the class, you will also be marked as absent.

For example, if the timetables states the class starts at 09.00am you must be present in class on time. If you have a problem arriving for 09.00, you can enter the class until 09.15. After 09.15, you may not enter the class and the lecturer will mark you absent.

Absenteeism

We understand that sometimes, students have problems and are unable to attend college. However, if you do not have a good reason for your absence, this may affect your attendance and cause problems with your visa.

There are certain legitimate reasons for absence, including, but not limited to:

1. Illness
If you are ill, we understand that you can’t come to class. On the first day you are ill, you must email the relevant Programme Coordinator. If you do not have access to email, you may phone on 01 877 3923 to inform us that you are ill and that you can’t come to class.

If you are ill, you must provide a doctor’s certificate to prove the reason for your absence. In this situation, your attendance will not be affected.

2. Serious illness of a family member
In the case of serious illness of an immediate family member (mother, father, brother or sister), the following procedure must be followed:

• Email the College Operations Manager david@independentcolleges.ie. If you are unable to access email, you may call 01 877 3923.
• You must provide some document and/or evidence of the family member’s illness
• The College Operations Manager will take the situation into consideration and respond to your request as soon as possible, depending on the nature and seriousness of the illness.
Please note
• Requests must be made by the student in question and not by a third party
• Requests made to staff members other than the College Operations Manager will not be considered.
• You must contact the relevant College Operations Manager. If you are unable to access email, you may phone 01 877 3923. Requests made on social media or by any other means will not be considered.
If it is necessary for you to return home due to the illness of a family member, the following procedure must be followed:
• Follow the steps above regarding illness of a family member.
• Request temporary leave from your course to be with your family member during their illness.

The Programme Coordinator will inform the relevant lecturers of your absence.

3. Bereavement
In the unfortunate event of the death of a close family member, we understand that you will not be able to attend college. Please email the relevant Programme Coordinator. If you are unable to access email, you may phone 01 877 3923 to inform us of your bereavement and that you can’t come to college.

In the case of an immediate family member’s death (a spouse, parent, child, a person in a relationship of domestic dependency including same sex partners, brother or sister, a person who acted in loco parentis or was a guardian) 3 days’ bereavement leave will be allowed.
In the event of an extended family member’s death (a grandparent, parent-in-law, spouse-in-law) 1-day leave will be allowed.

Please note
• Requests must be made by the student in question and not by a third party
• Requests made to other staff members will not be considered
• You must contact the relevant Programme Coordinator. If you are unable to access email, you may phone 01 877 3923. Requests made on social media or by any other means will not be considered
No leave is allowed in any other circumstances.

Important: Please note that it is only in these circumstances that your attendance will not be affected. If you do not provide a legitimate reason for your absence, then the Programme Coordinator will follow the steps below.

Problems with attendance

If you cannot provide a legitimate reason for your absence (see above), then you will be marked absent for your course and your attendance level will be reduced.

Attendance Warnings

In a one-week period, if you have attended less than 50% of your course, you will receive an informal warning by telephone, text or by email. If you receive more than two informal warnings in a 4-week period, then you will receive a formal warning letter. Your formal warning letter will state the following:

• Your attendance percentage
• The steps that have been taken by Independent College Dublin to inform you of this problem
• The consequences of not having a minimum of 85% attendance in lessons

Following this formal warning letter, if your attendance does not improve, your case will be referred to the Garda National Immigration Bureau/INIS for their consideration.

Expulsion

In very rare situations, a student who has consistent problems with attendance and who cannot provide legitimate reasons for their absence, and continues to ignore informal and formal warnings, may be expelled from Independent College Dublin. This decision will be at the discretion of the Registrar of the Independent College Dublin, Prof. Andrew Deegan.
As part of the expulsion process, the student’s agent, embassy and the GNIB/INIS will be informed and the student will be required to leave the jurisdiction in line with the current Irish Government requirements in the area.

Holidays and breaks

You are not permitted to take holidays during term time. You must be in attendance for all scheduled classes and all scheduled exams during the academic year.

Unscheduled breaks

Please see absenteeism policies for details of unscheduled breaks. Leave due to illness of the student or illness or death of a family member are the only unscheduled breaks that will not affect attendance on the programme provided the steps under the absenteeism policy are followed.

Complaints Procedure

Depending on the nature of your complaint, you should contact one of the following:

Student Experience & Careers Officer
Niamh Halpenny: niamh@independentcolleges.ie
Phone: 01 877 3926
College Operations Manager
David Costelloe: david@independentcolleges.ie
Phone: 01 877 3923
Examinations Officer
Fanahan Barry: fanahan.barry@independentcolleges.ie
Phone: 01-877 3909
Admissions Officer
Lujan Chaluat: admissions@independentcolleges.ie
Phone: 01-877 3925
Head of School
Mark Byrne: mark.byrne@independentcolleges.ie
Phone: 01-877 3917

Appealing/Complaints re Assessment Results

The following procedures should be followed if you have a complaint with regard to your assessment results.

Grounds for Appeal

Learners may only appeal against a recheck decision made by the relevant committee if they can produce evidence on one of the following grounds:

• That they possess new information not available at the time the decision was made by the relevant committee. The introduction of new material previously available but not submitted for the recheck shall not be a valid ground for appeal.
• That their performance had been adversely affected by illness or other personal factors which were not disclosed by them (for valid reasons) at the time the decision was made by the relevant committee.
• That there had been a significant failure to follow fair procedures.
Learners may not question the academic judgement of the examiners and any appeal based on such grounds will be dismissed.

Preliminary Discussions before making an Appeal

Before making an appeal, learners should first discuss their case with either the Programme Leader or Head(s) of School(s).

The possible outcomes of such discussions are as follows:
• The relevant body accepts the learner’s case and amends its original decision in the learner’s favour.
• The learner decides not to make a formal appeal.
• The learner decides to make a formal appeal.

The Academic Appeals Process

The QA Officer is responsible for ensuring that processes are correctly followed, and appropriate records kept.

The learner should submit an Examination Appeal form to the Registrar’s office. The completed form must show the grounds for appeal and the outcome the learner seeks. Appropriate written evidence must be submitted with the form which should normally be returned to the Head(s) of School(s) within two weeks of notification of the decision giving rise to the appeal.

An appropriate fee for an appeal is set, refundable where the appeal is successful.

Once the Examination Appeal form has been received, the Head(s) of School(s) will check that the learner has attempted to resolve the matter through informal discussions with staff. No appeal can be considered unless such discussions have taken place.

Provided informal discussions have taken place, the Head(s) of School(s) will convene a meeting of an Academic Appeals Panel normally within 10 working days of receipt of the Examination Appeal form.

The Academic Appeals Panel will normally comprise:
• Senior member of another School, not involved in the original issue (Chair), who shall be appointed by the Registrar
• Two members of lecturing staff, one from another School(s)
• The relevant Programme Leader will act as the Secretary to the Academic Appeals Panel.

Members of the Academic Appeals Panel should not have been involved in previous discussions with the learner about the case.

Once a date for the Academic Appeals Panel meeting has been decided, the relevant Programme Leader will send copies of these regulations to all relevant parties. The following points must be confirmed in writing to the learner:
• The date, time and place of the meeting
• The members of the Academic Appeals Panel
• That the learner is entitled to attend in person, alone or accompanied by an independent advisor

All documentation, including the notes of the informal discussions will be sent to the learner and Academic Appeals Panel no less than 5 working days before the date of the Academic Appeals committee meeting.

Academic Appeals Panel meeting

The following people will be present at the Academic Appeals committee meeting:
• The learner making the appeal
• The independent advisor
• Member of the Academic Appeals committee and the Secretary
• A representative of the School concerned who will present the School’s case

The Academic Appeals Panel reserves the right to proceed with the appeal if the learner does not attend and does not nominate a representative to attend on his behalf.

All those present at the meeting must, at all times, treat any evidence as confidential.

The Academic Appeals Panel may hold a private meeting before the start to consider the written evidence. After this, the Chair will invite the learner, the learner’s representative and the School’s representative to enter the room.

The Chair will introduce all those present and explain their roles and the procedure to be followed. The learner will be invited to confirm the grounds of their appeal and the outcome which they are seeking. The School’s representative will be invited to set out the facts and explain its reasons for not changing its original decision. The learner will then be asked to make any further comments. The School’s representative will be asked to make any concluding remarks. The Chair will invite the Panel to ask any questions of the learner and the School’s representative. Finally, the learner and the School’s representative will be given an opportunity to raise any further points.

The Academic Appeals Panel will consider its decision in private after the learner’s representative and the School’s representative leave the room.

Possible Outcomes of the Academic Appeals Panel

The Academic Appeals Panel may:
• Uphold the learner’s case and agree to implement the outcome they are seeking
• Uphold the learner’s case and offer an alternative outcome
• Dismiss the appeal

The Chairperson shall inform the Registrar of the outcome of an Appeal, who will communicate the result to the appellant in writing. The Registrar will also inform the QA Officer and the secretary of the Examination Board of the outcome of the appeal process.

If the Panel upholds the appeal, the appeal fee will be refunded in full to the learner.

Conclusion

The decision of the Academic Appeals Panel is final, and no further appeal is allowed.

Appeals and Complaints re Admission

Appeals and complaints by applicants in relation to non-acceptance or process issues should address their communication to the Admissions Officer with supporting detail. The appeal or complaint will then be forwarded to a responsible academic, such as the Programme Leader, or an alternate as nominated by the Registrar. The academic in question may choose to interview the applicant, after which a decision is made which will be communicated within five days to the complainant, and the Admissions Officer.

Right to Representation
• A student who has successfully lodged an appeal has the right to attend the review hearing, to review and respond to the evidence presented, to be represented by a person of their own nomination, and to present their own evidence as relevant.
• The appellant may nominate a representative of their choice: a friend, family member, fellow student, colleague or legal representative. The cost of legal representation or translation services is to be borne by the appellant unless otherwise decided by the review panel
• The appellant may, in addition to the nomination of a representative, employ a translator to assist them in the appeal hearing
Responsibilities
• Student/Appellant :
• To submit their application for appeal within the designated timeframe.
• To ensure that the application is accurate and complete – that all the requested details are provided, clearly labelled copies of supporting documentation are included as well as the application fee.
• QA Officer:
• To deal with enquiries about the Appeals Process and provide access to the relevant documentation and application forms.
• To process applications for appeal and notify the appellant of the outcome within five days of receipt of the application.
• To provide details of the right to further appeal with the Assistant Registrar where an application is denied.
• To convene a review panel in line with the policy regulations where a case for appeal is established.
• To coordinate a date for the appeal hearing and notify the student of arrangements for same ten working days in advance and in writing.
• Registrar:
• To review second stage appeal applications referred by the Examinations Officer.
• To notify the student as to whether a case has been established from their referred application. Notification will be in writing within five days of the decision.
• To chair the review panel.
• To file the review panel’s report of outcome and recommendations with the Examinations Office. This should be filed within 10 days of the hearing.

Procedure for complaints

If your complaint relates to any other matter you can request to have a private meeting with the appropriate Head of School and your complaint will be documented. The Head of School will take notes and will read notes back to you to confirm the content of your complaint.
If possible, the Head of School will address the issue immediately.
If not, the Head of School will request another meeting with you the following day to discuss the situation and possible solutions.
It is the policy of Independent College Dublin that the vast majority of the complaints are dealt with within two working days of the complaint being made.

It is the policy of Independent College Dublin that all complaints are resolved within a maximum of 5 working days.

Grievance procedure

As part of our commitment to the fairness, dignity and respect to all staff and students of Independent College Dublin, Independent College Dublin will not tolerate any form of bullying or harassment. The aim of this policy is to identify what bullying and harassment is and what action Independent College Dublin will take if they need to deal with an offence of this nature.

Bullying

This has been defined as repeated inappropriate behaviour. This can be direct or indirect and verbal or physical. The behaviour can be conducted by one or more people against one person or more than one person and can be considered as having a negative impact on their right to dignity at work or in their course of study. Note that the behaviour must be repeated to be considered as bullying: one isolated incident may have a negative impact on the dignity of the individual but is not considered bullying.

Harassment

This is any form of unwanted conduct related to any of the following grounds:
• Gender
• Marital status
• Family status
• Sexual orientation
• Religion
• Age
• Disability
• Race
• Membership of the travelling community

Sexual Harassment

This is unwanted conduct of a sexual nature or conduct based on sex which affects the dignity of people at work or in their course of study. It includes unwelcome, non-verbal, verbal or physical conduct based on the gender of a recipient which is offensive to the recipient or which cause the recipient discomfort, humiliation or interferes with their job or studies.

Victimisation

This occurs when a person is treated less favourably than another because he/ she has made a complaint to Independent College Dublin in relation to harassment or bullying behaviour.

This policy is applicable to all Independent College Dublin staff and students. This policy is also applicable to business contacts, contractors, suppliers or other business contacts of Independent College Dublin.

As part of Independent College Dublin’s Code of Conduct, it is imperative that all staff, students and suppliers respect the dignity of all members of Independent College Dublin. Please remember to consider equality grounds such as a person’s gender, marital status, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, member ship of the travelling community and disability.

Bullying or harassment may take the following forms:
Non-verbal abuse
Inappropriate looks or gestures, displaying emblems on clothing, exclusion, whistling, isolation at lunch breaks or social events are all considered as non-verbal abuse.
Physical abuse
Hitting, bodily contact that is abusive in nature, shaking fists in an angry way, damaging a staff or students’ possessions.

This is list is not complete and just serves as a guideline to staff and students. Each case will be taken in isolation and dealt with in an appropriate way.

Informal procedure

Independent College Dublin is aware of and recognises the effects that bullying and harassment can have on its staff and students. However, Independent College Dublin is of the view that an informal approach to solving matters can often be effective. In the first instance, an attempt should be made to address an allegation of bullying on an informal basis set out through the informal procedure described below.

If a student believes that he/she is being bullied, he/she should explain clearly to the alleged harasser or bully that he/ she finds their behaviour unacceptable.

If the student feels that this may be too difficult, s/he may then seek the advice or assistance of the Student Experience & Careers Officer, Niamh Halpenny (niamh@independentcolleges.ie). If it is inappropriate for the Student Experience & Careers Officer to be involved, the issue should be raised with the relevant Head of School, Mark Byrne (mark.byrne@independentcolleges.ie). If it is inappropriate for the Head of School to be involved, the issue should be raised with the Registrar of Independent College, Prof. Andrew Deegan.

The student or staff member may also discuss this issue with a contact person. The contact person may be a classmate or colleague or other person representing the students or staff. The student or staff member may request the assistance of the contact person in discussing the issue with the alleged harasser or bully. Any discussion with the alleged harasser or bully must be confidential, non-confrontational and see to resolve the matter in an informal, calm manner.

If the student or staff member decides that it would not be appropriate to approach the alleged harasser or bully either personally or through a contact person, they should then proceed to the formal procedure.

If the student or staff member has attempted to discuss the matter with the alleged bully or harasser and is not happy with the results, they should then proceed to the formal procedure.

Formal Procedure

In the situation where the informal complaint has failed and the harassment is repeated, the student or staff member should proceed to the formal procedure. Independent College Dublin takes this situation very seriously and confirms the following in this regard:
• Where possible, all complaints will be investigated, and appropriate action taken within 5 working days of the complaint being made
• The situation will be treated with the greatest confidentiality
• The situation will be investigated discreetly and sensitively by a competent person
• The investigator will examine the situation carefully and objectively with a view to deciding the best course of action.
Procedure
• An initial complaint should be made in writing to the Operations Manager (david@independentcolleges.ie) or Head of School, or if it is inappropriate for these people to be involved the matter should be raised with the Registrar of Independent College Dublin Prof Andrew Deegan (andrew.deegan@independentcolleges.ie)
• Precise details of the alleged incidents of bullying or harassment and the names of any witnesses there may have been to those incidents should be included in the written complaint
• The alleged harasser or bully will be notified in writing that an allegation of bullying and/or harassment has been made against him/her and he/she will be given a copy of the complainant’s written statement
• The alleged harasser or bully will also be told that he/she will be given a fair opportunity to respond to each and every allegation made against him/her
• All complaints will be treated in the strictest confidence possible to comply with the requirements of a fair investigation
• Only individuals necessary to the investigation will be involved from the initial stages
• A designated member of management or, if appropriate, a third party will be assigned to carry out an initial investigation into the complaint
• If the complaint relates to harassment on grounds of age, race, religion, family status, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or membership of the traveller community or relates to sexual harassment, a team of at least two people will be appointed to investigate the complaint where possible
• Where possible the investigator or investigation team will try to agree terms of reference and a time frame with the complainant and alleged harasser or bully in advance of the investigation
• Interviews will be held with both the complainant and any witnesses to establish a thorough understanding of the facts of the alleged complaint, and a record of the meetings will be held
• The complainant and the alleged harasser or bully may be accompanied to investigative meetings by any of the contact persons referred to above
• All material received will be treated with the highest level of sensitivity
• Where necessary parties to the procedure may in some cases be sent home with pay to enable parties to investigate the complaint
• It may be necessary to interview other persons and if so the importance of confidentiality will be stressed to them. Any statements from witnesses will be circulated to both the person making the complaint and the alleged harasser or bully for their comments before any conclusion is reached in the investigation
• When the investigation has been completed, the investigator or investigation team will present a written report to management
• Both the complainant and the alleged harasser or bully will be informed in writing of the findings of the investigation and will be given the opportunity to comment on the findings before any action is decided upon by Independent College Dublin
• If Independent College Dublin decides that the complaint is well founded, management will meet with the alleged harasser or bully to establish what action is to be taken
• Action can and may include counselling, monitoring, mediation and/or disciplinary action
• Any disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with Independent College Dublin’s Disciplinary Procedure
• Where a complaint is upheld against a non-staff member, the investigation report may recommend appropriate sanctions against the non-staff or his/her colleague which could extend where appropriate in the circumstances to exclusion of that individual from Independent College Dublin’s premises, suspension or termination of service, suspension or termination of a supply service or other contract
• In cases where it is discovered that the complainant made a false accusation of bullying and/or harassment, Independent College Dublin may undertake counselling, monitoring, mediation and/or disciplinary action including dismissal (see malicious complaints below)
• Any party to the investigation who is unhappy with the outcome of the investigation is entitled to appeal
• Any appeal should be made in writing and directed to the Registrar of Independent College Dublin, Mr Padraig Hourigan, within 10 working days of the conclusion of the investigation
• The Board of Directors may nominate a third party to work with them on the appeal and will aim to notify the appellant of Independent College Dublin’s decision within a further 10 working days

Malicious complaints

Malicious complaints (complaints which have no basis and are intended to impugn the integrity of another staff member) are considered a very serious matter and will be treated under the disciplinary procedure and may lead to dismissal. A complaint that is not upheld by the formal investigation is not necessarily considered to be malicious without fear of ridicule or reprisal.

Induction

In the week before your course begins, you will take part in an induction which introduces you to the College and an overview of the relevant rules and regulations. This induction is held by Niamh Halpenny, Student Experience & Careers Officer.

Examinations

At induction the Examinations Officer, Fanahan Barry, will clearly lay out the examinations required and procedures for each student.

Assessment and Exam results

Programmes in the School of Law and the School of Business operate over two semesters. Depending on the programme you are registered for you will have to complete examinations in December and/or in May of the academic year. Results of December exams are issued in January results of May exams are issued in June after the External Examination Board has approved all results and grades.

All assessment and examinations are moderated by the Head of School. All assessments and examinations are reviewed by an external Examiner at each exam board meeting. The results of each programme are presented to the external examiner and he/she reviews and approves the marks awarded.
For both undergraduate and post-graduate programmes, once the final exam board has met a transcript of results is sent by email to the student to the address that Independent College has on file. When the student has achieved all the credits necessary to graduate, the Examinations Officer uploads all student details and results to the QBS system and QQI.
In the case of the LLM and LLB, the University of West England, Bristol, issue the examination results directly through an online portal system. All students are issued with login details and a password to access their results. All student results also are held on file in Independent College.

Emergency Procedures

We understand, however, that sometimes students have problems and need help. Please call to the administration office if you have a problem.
Administration office hours are from 09.00 – 17.30 every day.
If you are not on campus, during office hours, you can call our main reception on 01 877 3900 and they will transfer to the person that can help you best.