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Academic progress

If you have failed a piece of assessment or a unit or you are struggling academically it is very important that you seek help. Your lecturer, unit chair, faculty course adviser and the Division of Student Life can give you advice and support to help you reach your academic potential. It is important that you get help because if you continue to fail units you may be at risk of unsatisfactory academic progress.

What is unsatisfactory academic progress?

Unsatisfactory academic progress is where you have:

  • failed at least 50 per cent of credit points in each of the two preceding trimesters; or
  • failed a unit twice; or
  • failed a compulsory practicum or placement; or
  • will not complete your course within the maximum period of study.

What happens if I have unsatisfactory academic progress?

If you meet one or more of the above criteria, your Faculty or School may impose one of the interventions below to help you achieve your academic potential. You may receive:

  • a warning
  • a restriction or prescription
  • exclusion from your course
  • and recommendations on how to improve your academic performance.

Before your Faculty or School imposes one of the interventions on you, it will send you a letter: 

  • telling you that your academic progress was unsatisfactory; and
  • inviting you to explain (show cause) why you have not been doing well in your studies.

It is very important that you carefully read this letter and seek help and advice from your faculty secretary and DUSA advocacy service.

Your Faculty or School will consider all the information before deciding on the appropriate intervention for you. The Faculty or School will give you its decision in writing. It is very important that you read this letter carefully.

Can I appeal the academic progress decision?

You can appeal your Faculty or School's intervention decision to the University Appeals Committee. You can only appeal if you think:

  • there was a misapplication of procedures resulting in disadvantage to you
  • you have new mitigating evidence that you could not present to your Faculty or School
  • the decision was too severe.

The letter from the Faculty or School setting out their decision has more information about how to appeal so it is very important that you read the letter carefully. If you do not understand the letter or want more information about how to appeal contact:

For more information about unsatisfactory academic progress

Please read the Academic Progress procedure or contact:


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