Student Handbook and other guides
The following resources and guides are available either online here, or as downloadable pdfs to be saved or printed. These will be of use to students at every level.
Please note that Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music endeavours to ensure that the information contained in these publications is accurate and up to date. These documents and resources are subject to a continuous process of review and the information covered here may change.
NZSM Student Handbook
The NZSM Student Handbook [pdf, 406KB] has information on the following areas:
Change of contact details
Smoking on University Campuses
Student ID cards
Use of Facilities
Student common room/ kitchens
Students with Disabilities
Student Health Clinic
Student Counselling Services
Learning Support Service
Transport and Parking
Key NZSM staff
See either Victoria University's student support services pages or Massey University's student services pages [opens in new window] for other services available to NZSM students.
NZSM Guidelines for Presenting Academic WorkThe NZSM Guidelines for Presenting Academic Work [PDF 310KB] is a style and format guide to ensure that your academic presentations, at every level, meet expected standards. The Guidelines have comprehensive and detailed information on:
- Formatting documents presented for assessment
- Footnotes – when and how to use them for a wide array of source materials, from books and articles to videos, internet and translations
- Bibliographies – style
- Further hints including abbreviations, contractions, numbers, dates, pitch, music terminology, language, and titles of musical works
- Formatting documents presented for assessment
NZSM Composition and Orchestration Style Guide
NZSM Composition and Orchestration Style Guide [PDF 650KB]
This document is an evolving repository of professional knowledge that all composers and orchestrators should read and follow when submitting notated scores for assessment at NZSM.
Following these guidelines from the outset will ensure a professionally-presented score, and stand you in good stead not only with your lecturer, but also with your performers.
Plagiarism and how to avoid it
Academic integrity is about honesty and put simply it means no cheating. All members of the university community are responsible for upholding academic integrity, which means staff and students are expected to behave honestly, fairly and with respect for other at all times. Lying, stealing and misusing others’ academic work are not acceptable. Plagiarism is a form of cheating which undermines academic integrity and is prohibited at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music.
Academic integrity is important because it is the core value on which university learning, teaching and research activities are based. Massey and Victoria University’s reputations for academic integrity add value to your qualification.
What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work as if it were your own, whether you mean to or not. ‘Someone else’s work’ means anything that is not your own idea. Even if it is presented in your own style, you must still acknowledge your sources fully and appropriately.
- material from books, journals or any other printed source
- the work of other students or staff
- information from the Internet
- software programs and other electronic material
- designs and ideas
- the organisation or structuring of any such material.
Plagiarism undermines academic integrity simply because it is a form of lying, stealing and mistreating others. Plagiarism involves stealing other people’s intellectual property and lying about whose work it is. This is why plagiarism is prohibited at NZSM.
Plagiarism exists in a variety of more or less serious forms. The classifications below are based on definitions developed by the University of British Columbia.
- complete Plagiarism is the most obvious and occurs when a student submits work that has been written by someone else as his or her own work. This includes the direct copying of published or unpublished work
- near complete plagiarism is the use of extracts of material which are inserted into a student's work without acknowledgement. Alternatively, a student might insert his or her own comments throughout material taken substantially from another source
- patchwork plagiarism can be more difficult to detect and occurs when a student extracts material (phrases, sentences or ideas) from the work of others and links them with his or her own work.
- inadvertent plagiarism may not be intentional but nevertheless is unacceptable. It reflects lazy research skills and can take the form of the use of another's language that is not referenced and inserted within quotation marks, or the reproduction of material or footnotes from other sources as if they were the result of the student's work.
- submission of the same work in more than one course - it is also a form of cheating to resubmit work you have done in one course to meet the requirements of another. If you wish to build on your earlier work you should always first discuss it and obtain the permission of your lecturer.
You can learn how to avoid plagiarism by brushing up on some key skills, such as:
- note taking
- citing sources
Make sure you familiarise yourself with the NZSM Guidelines to Presenting Academic Work.
Massey or Victoria’s Student Learning Services can help you develop the skills you need to avoid plagiarism.
Upholding Academic IntegrityAcademic integrity is simply about being honest when you submit your academic work for assessment. Just follow a few simple rules:
- You must acknowledge any ideas and assistance you have had from other people
- You must fully reference the source of those ideas and assistance
- You must make clear which parts of the work you are submitting are based on other people’s work
- You must not lie about whose ideas you are submitting
Acting with integrity is about both honesty and skill. Learning to act with academic integrity will give you useful skills for your future employment.
Penalties for Plagiarism
Plagiarism is not worth the risk and is a very serious matter. It is prohibited at the NZSM. Any enrolled student found guilty of plagiarism will be subject to disciplinary procedures and may be penalised severely. If you are found guilty of plagiarism, you may be penalised under the Statute on Student Conduct.
Consequences of being found guilty of plagiarism can include:
- An oral or written warning
- Suspension from class or university
- Cancellation of your mark for an assessment or a fail grade for the course
NZSM Statutes and Policies
Statutes & Policies
- Credit Transfer
- Restricted Enrolment Statute
- Fees Statute
- Personal Courses of Study Statute
- Academic Grievances
- Student Conduct
Statutes and policies for the New Zealand School of Music are under development and will be updated as they are approved by Massey and Victoria Universities. Where there is no specific NZSM policy, the statutes and policies of the Institution of Enrolment, currently Victoria University, will apply with the Director of the NZSM exercising the powers of Associate Dean as well as head of School.
For students enrolled for NZSM courses, Victoria University’s statutes should be interpreted on the basis that:
- The title Associate Dean refers to the Director of the NZSM.
- References to Victoria University include NZSM unless otherwise specified.
- In relation to NZSM programmes, prior or concurrent study at Massey University is treated the same as prior or concurrent study at Victoria University of Wellington.
- NZSM offices may fulfil the functions of a Faculty Office.
Victoria University statutes and policies can be seen in full on the Victoria University policy web pages.
Eligibility for university entrance is required for all NZSM programmes except the Foundation Certificate in Jazz which has lower entry criteria. Eligibility is determined in accordance with the criteria of the Enrolling Institution in accordance with the requirements of the Education Act and standards agreed by all New Zealand Universities. For more information please see the Admission Statute applicable to NZSM on the Victoria University policy web pages. The Director of NZSM exercises the powers of the relevant Associate Dean.
NZSM programmes have their own application form, closing dates and enrolment in person arrangements. Applicants for entry to classical performance or jazz majors are required to Apply for an Audition by dates specified. For NZSM students, study at Massey University is treated the same as study at Victoria University of Wellington. To view in full the Enrolment Statute applicable to NZSM please refer to the Victoria University policy web pages.
Credit transfer refers to credit that may be awarded towards programmes from papers taken at other tertiary institutions. There are limits on the amount of external credit that can be transferred to NZSM programmes. For NZSM programmes, study at Massey University and/or Victoria University of Wellington is not considered as external credit and may be credited to NZSM programmes in accordance with the statute of the programme concerned. To view in full the Credit Transfer Statute applicable to NZSM please refer to the Victoria University policy web pages. The Director of NZSM exercises the power of Associate Dean in relation to credit transfer to NZSM programmes.
Where a student enrolled for an NZSM programme fails to make satisfactory academic progress, there may be conditions attached to continued enrolment or a restriction on the number of papers the student may enrol in. To view in full the Academic Progress Statute applicable to NZSM please refer to the Victoria University Academic Progress Statute web page. The Director of NZSM exercises the powers of an Associate Dean in relation to academic progress in NZSM programmes.
For tuition and other fees for NZSM students please see the Fees page.
To view in full the Fees Statute applicable to NZSM please refer to the Victoria University policy web pages.
For NZSM students:
- The NZSM Combined Services Levy replaces the Victoria University Student Services Levy and Amenities Levy for Wellington based students. Those based outside Wellington pay levies applicable to Massey students on their respective campuses.
- The Victoria University Student Assistance Levy is payable by Wellington based students. This gives them the right to apply for assistance from the fund. Students based outside of Wellington do not have access to the fund.
The NZSM Board of Studies approves enrolments on NZSM programmes and any programme or course-specific entry requirements such as auditions and portfolios of work. Decisions on enrolments on NZSM papers and programmes and waiver of co- and pre-requisites will be made by the Director of the NZSM in accordance with policies of NZSM and the Personal Courses of Study Statute. To view in full the Personal Course of Study Statute applicable to NZSM please refer to the Victoria University policy web pages.
Grievances made by students will be given prompt and serious attention and appropriate action will be undertaken. Every effort will be made to resolve grievances and complaints informally within NZSM. Complaints about any aspect of the education programme should be addressed in the first instance to the lecturer concerned. If the matter which has given rise to the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved you should then make an appointment to see Greer Garden or Phil Broadhurst. Student representatives are available to assist you with this process.
If, after trying the above channels, you are still unsatisfied, formal grievance procedures can be invoked. The NZSM Board of Studies will set up a grievance committee drawn from the universities' representatives and the student representatives on the Board of Studies in accordance with Victoria University Academic Grievance Policy. The Grievance committee will have the ability to bring in expert advice from either university. The complainant or the respondent may appeal against the decision of this committee to a Grievance Appeal Committee, the membership of which will be determined by the Vice-Chancellors of each university. If an academic grievance may result in the cancellation of enrolment, the Enrolling Institution, currently Victoria University, will make the decision.
As NZSM students are currently based at both Victoria University and Massey University campuses, it is recognised that complaints by or about staff and students at either campus may occur.
For this reason, when a NZSM student is on a Massey University Campus, that student is expected to comply with Massey University Stautes and Regulations.
When an NZSM student is on a Victoria University campus, that student is expected to comply with the Victoria University statutes, policies, procedures and rules of conduct and disciplinary procedures. To view in full the Student Conduct policy applicable to NZSM students based at Victoria University please refer to the Victoria University policy web pages. If any student's conduct may result in the cancellation of enrolment, then that decision will lie with the Institution of Enrolment, currently Victoria University.
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