To satisfy University requirements for academic award, students must obtain a passing grade in all their units of study. Students who do not achieve this may fall under the University's Academic Progression Policy.
- Progression and clinical progression
- Identification and support
- Showing good cause
- Re-enrolment after show cause
- Re-admission after exclusion
Students must repeat failed units of study or their equivalent at the first opportunity and will be permitted to progress to the next semester in addition to repeating failed units of study, providing course requirements, including any corequisites, prerequisites and attendance requirements, can be met.
Academic advisers may prescribe the program of study for students repeating failed units of study (taking account of load, precedence for repetition of failed units of study, and timetable difficulties). Repeating failed units of study will take precedence over enrolling in next semester units.
Failure in two clinical or professional fieldwork units of study, or one clinical and professional fieldwork unit of study twice, shall normally prevent ongoing enrolment in a professional right of practice course.
Students who fail two clinical or professional fieldwork units of study, or one unit of study twice, will be required to meet with the relevant Associate Dean Learning & Teaching, and the Sub Dean Clinical & Professional Fieldwork to discuss their enrolment options.
The Faculty reserves the right not to place a student in a clinical placement or other professional experience setting in any instance where the performance, personal or professional conduct of the student does not meet the required standard, regardless of the fact that the student may be enrolled in the unit.
The Academic Board recognises the value of reliably and efficiently monitoring the progress of students in their studies, and of having systems in place to promote the early detection of students who are making poor or unsatisfactory progress and are therefore at risk of exclusion from their award course.
Students should make themselves familiar with the Student Academic Progression Policy.
This policy should be read in conjunction with the Faculty of Health Sciences Clinical Progression Policy.
The University measures a student's progression by the following triggers:
- failure to complete successfully more than fifty percent of the total enrolled credit points for the semester just completed
- failure to achieve an average mark of fifty or above in the award course in each semester
- failure to complete a mandated unit of study, field or clinical work, or practicum as appropriate
- failure twice to pass the same unit of study
- inability to complete their degree within the maximum permitted time while carrying a normal load
Students listed in an Academic Progression Report for a third time (or second time in the case of students enrolled in an award course whose normal full-time duration is two years or less) will be asked to show good cause why they should not be excluded from their award course.
The faculty will consider and rule on whether a student has shown good cause in accordance with Division 6 of the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (as amended).
For students who have not demonstrated satisfactory progress who are enrolled though the Cadigal program at the Faculty of Health Sciences, progress will be reviewed by the course coordinator (or nominee) in which the student is enrolled and the course coordinator of the Indigenous Health Studies discipline. Cadigal program students are permitted to complete the first year of enrolment over two years.
A student who has not completed the first year requirements within three years or who has failed or withdrawn with failure in three or more subjects in an academic year shall be deemed not to have made satisfactory progress.
Students notified of pending exclusion may exercise the right to show good cause why they should be permitted to re-enrol. While it is not possible to define in advance all reasons relevant to showing good cause against exclusion, good cause means circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the student which may include serious ill health or misadventure (properly attested), but does not include demands of employers, pressures of employment or time devoted to non-University activities, unless these are relevant to serious ill health or misadventure.
In all cases the onus is on the student to provide the University with satisfactory evidence to establish good cause. The University may also take into account a student's general record in other courses or units of study, undertaken either within the University or at other institutions. Apart from demonstrating the reasons for not making satisfactory progress, students are required to indicate why they would be successful if permitted to re-enrol and what steps have been taken to resolve the preceding issues.
In cases where the faculty permits the re-enrolment of a student placed on show cause, the faculty may require the completion of specified units of study in a specified time, and if the student does not comply with these conditions the student may again be called upon to show good cause why he or she should be allowed to re-enrol in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Students will be automatically excluded if they do not submit a 'show cause' response. Students excluded from an award course may not enrol as miscellaneous students in units of study which may be counted towards any such course.
A decision to exclude a student from a course means an exclusion for two academic years. After two academic years, a student can reapply for admission to the course from which he or she was previously excluded. There is no guarantee of readmission.
Appeals against exclusion
A student notified of a decision by the faculty to exclude them from re-enrolling in a course and/or unit(s) may appeal to the Student Appeals Body by following the procedures found on the Student Affairs website.
A student who has lodged an appeal against a decision to exclude him or her in accordance with the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (as amended) and who has complied with the requirements,may re-enrol pending determination of the appeal.
An excluded student may apply for re-admission after two academic years. Students who are excluded from a course lose their status as registered students of the faculty. Any subsequent application for re-admission to a course must be lodged with Student Central, Faculty of Health Sciences by 1 October of the year preceding the year of proposed re-admission.
The application must include information indicating a readiness to return to tertiary study and will be considered in the light of all other applications received that year for that course.