Faculty of Arts

Unsatisfactory progress (Sanctions)

Further information


 

Satisfactory progress in an academic year means passing at least half of your units.

This policy covers the Faculty's practice of allocating progress status categories at the end of each year, taking into account a student's results in all units taken in that year.

  1. Progress status
  2. Applying for readmission after allocation of a suspended or excluded status
  3. Applying to transfer after suspension or exclusion
  4. Appeal against assessment
  5. Appealing against award of a progress status
  6. Bachelor of Social Work

Progress status

Progress status - rule 3.1.1.5

The Board of Examiners will assign a progress status of 'On Probation' to a student who fails to make satisfactory progress in terms of University General Rule 1.2.1.29(1)(a) after being enrolled at the University for one or two semesters only.

Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, the Board of Examiners will assign a progress status of 'Suspended' to a student who fails to make satisfactory progress in terms of University General Rule 1.2.1.29(1)(a) and has been enrolled at the University for more than two semesters.

Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, the Board of Examiners will assign a progress status of 'Excluded' to a student who has previously been allocated a progress status of 'Suspended' and fails again to make satisfactory progress in terms of University General Rule 1.2.1.29(1)(a).

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Applying for readmission after allocation of a suspended or excluded status

Students who have been suspended for a calendar year will automatically be returned to good standing and permitted to re-enrol.

Students seeking readmission to their course after a period of exclusion must write to the student adviser before the last date for re-enrolments for the semester in which they wish to return.

Excluded students will not be permitted to re-enrol for a period of at least one calendar year and may be excluded for longer periods in some cases.

Mitigating circumstances

Students with a progress status of suspended or excluded who wish to apply for immediate readmission on the grounds that mitigating circumstances contributed to their poor results should write to the Faculty's student adviser explaining their situation.

If the student adviser accepts these circumstances as (partial) justification for the unsatisfactory progress, the progress status will be returned to good standing or on probation and the student will be free to re-enrol (possibly with conditions attached).

Students must write to the student adviser before the last date to re-enrol for the following semester. Students who are still waiting for all their results at this date (for example, because they have yet to sit a deferred exam) should apply for readmission within five University working days of their final results being sent to them.

The Faculty will consider applications for readmission as they are received and advise students in writing as soon as possible (usually within ten University working days) whether their application has been successful.

Applications will be reviewed by the student adviser and another member of academic staff. Students who are dissatisfied with the outcome of their application for readmission may appeal to the Faculty Admissions Committee. Written appeals should be lodged with the Student Office within ten University working days of receiving notification of the outcome of the application for readmission.

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Applying to transfer after suspension or exclusion

Students who have been allocated a progress status of suspended or excluded in another faculty and wish to apply to transfer into a course in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences must submit an Application to Transfer form and a letter outlining any special circumstances applying to their case to the Student Office. These must be lodged by the deadline set each semester by Student Administration.

Students should also re-enrol in their current course if permitted.

Students should note that where the criteria for the award of a progress status in their current course are the same as that for the course they wish to transfer into, the progress status will still apply in the new course and transfer will not be considered until after the 12-month period of suspension or exclusion.

If students believe they have mitigating circumstances that contributed to their poor results, they should apply for readmission through their home faculty, as permission to re-enrol in their current course will strengthen their transfer application.

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Appeal against assessment

Students may appeal against their final results in accordance with the Procedure for Appeals Against Academic Assessment.

Progress statuses will be automatically changed if a student's appeal against academic assessment results in a change of mark which means that the student no longer meets the criteria for the award of that particular progress status.

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Appealing against award of a progress status

Students may appeal against the allocation of a progress status in accordance with the Procedure for Appeals Against the Award of Progress Statuses.

*Students should note that this process is separate from applying for readmission, and is concerned purely with whether a progress status has been fairly arrived at by the application of the relevant Faculty Rules to the student's final results.

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Bachelor of Social Work

Students in the Bachelor of Social Work who fail a field placement unit will be deemed to have made unsatisfactory progress regardless of their other results. The student adviser will review these cases on an individual basis to determine the progress status that should apply.

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