Rights and responsibilities

When you enrol at Deakin, you agree through your Terms and Conditions of Enrolment to comply with the University's legislation, policies and procedures.  These are all available in The Guide, but this page explains the most important.

Student Charter

The Student Charter sets out the expectations a student should have of the University, and the responsibilities of a student. The main points from this Charter are summarised below.

Students should expect the following from their experience at Deakin University:

  • To be treated as an individual;
  • To have their rights respected;
  • To be well prepared for employment and continuous learning;
  • To be stimulated by a vibrant learning environment and supported by responsive academic, professional and campus services;
  • To be engaged as a member of the University community, on campus and beyond.

Deakin University expects students to take on the following responsibilities as members of the University community:

  • To positively shape their educational experience;
  • To prepare diligently for qualifications, employment and continuous learning;
  • To engage actively with the University environment;
  • To show and earn respect in relating with others in the University and wider community.

Admission, enrolment and fees

Students are responsible for

  • planning their enrolment to meet their course rules, as set out in the Handbook, within the maximum period of study and taking into account any credit they are granted for prior learning
  • enrolling/re-enrolling and paying their fees in accordance with Deakin's procedures and deadlines
  • keeping their enrolment and personal details up to date
  • checking and responding to their Deakin email regularly.

Relevant rules can be found in:

 Conduct, equity and diversity

The standards of responsible and ethical behaviour and conduct that Deakin expects of its staff are set out in the Code of conduct enabling policy (staff).

Deakin students are also expected to conduct themselves appropriately, both in their studies and in the way they treat other people (in person and online), and other people's property.  All students and staff have the right to work and study in an environment that is supportive, inclusive, fair and safe.  The University does not tolerate discrimination, harassment, victimisation or bullying (including cyber-bullying) or other inappropriate behaviour.

Relevant rules are contained in:

Assessment and academic progress

The Handbook explains what you need to do to meet your overall course requirements and summarises the assessment for each unit.  More detail about assessment is provided in your unit guides and there is some general information on the Assessment webpage.

Deakin's academic progress process enables the University to provide targeted advice, referral or assistance to students who are having difficulties completing their unit or course requirements. The Academic Progress website details what constitutes satisfactory and unsatisfactory academic progress.

Plagiarism and collusion

Deakin University requires students to submit work that is their own, and considers that plagiarism and collusion constitute academic misconduct for which penalties may be applied. The University recognises its responsibility for educating students about what constitutes plagiarism or collusion in their particular discipline.


Students have the right to express legitimate concerns and complaints and to have them considered through a fair and transparent process. The complaints webpage provides information about how to raise your concerns or to lodge a formal complaint.

Information technology

Anyone using information and communication facilities, services and materials provided by Deakin must ensure their use complies with all relevant legislation, policies and procedures.

There are also standards set for the skills, internet access and computers that will enable students to engage fully with Deakin learning experiences.

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates have acquired and are able to apply and demonstrate at the completion of their course. They consist of outcomes specific to a particular discipline or profession as well as transferable generic outcomes that all graduates should have acquired irrespective of their discipline area.


Security officers are on duty on each campus at all times to protect Deakin students, staff and visitors and University property and facilities.  On request, they will escort students around the campus, especially at night and they can provide first aid assistance.

Information Privacy

The Information Privacy website outlines why Deakin collects and uses your personal information and also how you can access the information it holds about you.

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