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You may have just received a letter from your faculty notifying you of a FAPDC hearing concerning either alleged academic misconduct or unsatisfactory academic progress.
In reply, in cases of academic misconduct a student may write a written submission and may attend a hearing (section 24.3 of Regulation 4.1(1) Student discipline).
For Academic progress a student must make a written submission and may attend a hearing (section 15 of Regulation 5.3 Assessment and Academic Progress).
This is your opportunity to explain your circumstances and discuss possible ways to deal with your situation.
The information in this brochure will help you prepare well and look after yourself throughout this process.
Think carefully and clearly. Be sure you note all dates (for lodging the written submission and for the hearing).
If you are going on holiday or back home make sure you have dates and your new contact details arranged with the University.
Make sure you contact the person nominated on the letter and return any required documentation as soon as possible.
Tips for wellbeing
For unsatisfactory academic progress, explain clearly:
Include supporting documents like a letter from a doctor or other specialist, a letter from a counsellor if you have seen one over the trimester.
For academic misconduct explain clearly what happened and why, from your perspective.
If you are admitting the misconduct explain the circumstances (include documentation) which may reduce the seriousness of the offence and the committee may impose a lesser penalty.
If you are not admitting the misconduct provide as much evidence (include documentation) as possible to prove you did not commit the offence and to rebut the evidence against you.
Tips for wellbeing
Regularly check your mail and Deakin email for details of your hearing time so you do not miss any information.
Make summary notes (a memory card) to remember the key points to say and questions you want to ask.
Make sure you know where to go, the date and time and allow plenty of time to get there.
Take someone with you; they can be a great support. They can go into the hearing with you, and if the need arises, and with the permission of the FAPDC, they may speak on your behalf, (but you may not represented by a practising lawyer). A DUSA Advocacy Support Officer can attend if you wish.
Tips for wellbeing (prior to the hearing)
The hearing is your opportunity to explain yourself and to get the best and fairest outcome for your situation.
The panel is there to understand, assess and make a decision. They need accurate and full information to do this. The hearing may only last 15 to 20 minutes.
Listen carefully; ask for clarification if you are not sure what is being said. Answer honestly and speak clearly. Look at the panel member you re speaking to. Take your time and refer to the "memory card" you prepared beforehand if you need to remind yourself or need reassurance. Make sure you say all you want to, and ask all the questions you need answered, before you leave the meeting.
Ask what the process is from here.
If you are upset, take a moment. The committee members know this can be stressful and will be patient. It can be good to take a bottle of water into your hearing and if you are likely to get upset, tissues.
Tips for wellbeing (after the hearing)
Sometimes you know the outcome straight away, sometimes there is a wait. You will always be notified in writing within five working days of the outcome. There are many possible outcomes from a FAPDC hearing. It will depend on your particular circumstances:
If you do not agree with the outcome of the hearing you can, in some cases, appeal the decision. It can be helpful to seek the support of a DUSA Advocacy Support Officer for this process.
Tips for wellbeing
Think through the outcome and its consequences. What will you do differently to ensure this doesn't happen again?
For unsatisfactory academic progress
For academic misconduct