Academic progress

Keeping on top of your course progress is essential to completing your course requirements. Deakin offers services, advice and assistance to help student maintain satisfactory academic progress and graduate.

Deakin reviews all students’ academic progress each study period, but it’s important that you keep on top of your own progress too. If you are failing assessments and/or don’t feel that you are doing as well as you could be, please seek help. Your lecturer, unit chair, faculty course adviser and the Division of Student Life - Study support can give you advice and support to help you reach your academic potential.

Deakin may decide to implement an intervention strategy if your academic progress is considered to be unsatisfactory.

Unsatisfactory academic progress is where you have:

  • failed at least 50% of credit points in each of the two preceding study period; 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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