Admissions, Enrolments and Graduation - Academic Policy

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Approval authority
Academic Board
Responsible officer
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Designated officer
Director, Student Services and Engagement
First approved
3 September 2009
Last amended
19 February 2016
Effective start date
1 July 2013
Review date
1 July 2018
Status
Active
Related documents
Admissions - Procedures
Credit Transfer - Academic Policy
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Grades and Grade Point Average (GPA) - Academic Policy
Monitoring Academic Progress and Exclusion - Academic Policy
Student Complaints and Appeals - Governing Policy
Student Complaints and Appeals - Procedures
Student Conduct and Discipline - Governing Policy
Related legislation / standards
Higher Education Amendment (No.1) Act 2011
Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000
 
 

1. Purpose of policy

This policy is intended to provide a broad framework and a set of principles for determining admission, enrolment and graduation for coursework programs of the University.

2. Application of policy

This policy and associated procedures apply to all staff and students enrolled in, or proposing to enrol in, coursework programs of the University as well as agents and partners of the University. The policy does not apply to applicants or candidates for bachelor honours degrees and higher degrees by research except in relation to the determination of posthumous and aegrotat awards.

3. Definitions

In this policy the following definitions apply:

Course means a unit of academic work, normally undertaken over a single teaching period, in which the student enrols, and on completion of which the student is awarded a grade, such grades appearing on a student's academic record.

Program means a set of coherently scoped, sequenced and structured studies or courses undertaken by a student in order to meet the requirements for award of a qualification, other than a higher degree by research, that is conferred by the Council of the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Non-award program means that that the program of study does not, of itself, automatically lead to the award of a degree.

Unit means the numerical value associated with a course or program.

Exclusion means exclusion from the University for a minimum period of one year, after which period the student must reapply for admission if they are seeking re-enrolment.

Expulsion means permanent exclusion from the University.

Offer means the formal notification from the University or the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre on behalf of the University, offering an applicant a place in a nominated program under specified conditions, such as location, mode of study, whether the offer is for a Commonwealth supported place, a domestic fee-paying place or an international student place.

Quota means the number of places available for students to commence study in a particular study period.

Student means a person who has current enrolment status in a program of the University.

4. Admission principles

The University’s Admissions, Enrolments and Graduation – Academic Policy and practices are designed to put into effect the following principles:

a) Admission offers are made to applicants who are judged to have the background and abilities to have a reasonable expectation of success in the program to which they are made an offer and who are likely to benefit from university study.

b) Admission offers are made broadly on merit and based on demonstrated achievement, especially academic achievement, but may also take account of other factors such as demonstrated skills, commitment, employment history and specific achievements related to particular fields of endeavour.

c) In its admissions, the University also seeks to provide access to persons who have experienced educational or social disadvantage and to address the under-representation of specific community groups in university education.

d) In support of the University’s commitment to regional engagement, in its admissions, the University seeks to engage with and serve the residents of the region in which the University is located.

e) The University may seek to achieve other strategic objectives through its admissions.

f) Where the number of places in a program is limited by a quota, places will be offered in order of merit of applicants.

5. Context for admission

Admission to the University’s programs will be consistent with requirements and guidelines contained within the current versions of the following documents:

  • Australian Qualifications Framework Implementation Handbook
  • Principles for the Provision of Education by Australian Universities (Universities Australia)
  • Provision of Education to International Students, Code of Practice and Guidelines for Australian Universities (Universities Australia)
  • National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students

Admission will also be consistent with the assessment of any overseas qualification by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR) or as documented in current Country Education Profiles issued by Australian Education International or grades awarded under the European Credit Transfer System for completed courses.

6. Context for enrolment

Enrolments to the University’s programs will be consistent with requirements and guidelines contained within the most current versions of the following documents:

  • Principles for the Provision of Education by Australian Universities (Universities Australia)
  • Provision of Education to International Students, Code of Practice and Guidelines for Australian Universities (Universities Australia)
  • National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students.

7. Enrolment status

To have a current enrolment status, a student shall have:

a) accepted an offer of admission to a program and shall have completed the enrolment procedures prescribed by the University,

b) enrolled in a set of courses that are consistent with the program requirements, and consistent with the specific conditions of the student’s admission including, where specified, location of study, attendance type, attendance mode, and major area of study,

c) paid such fees and charges as the University may require to be paid as a condition of enrolment, by the time the University requires such fees and charges to be paid,

d) fulfilled the conditions prescribed for Commonwealth supported students, in the case of a student admitted to a program as a Commonwealth supported student,

e) completed the Student Declaration, thereby agreeing to abide by the policies and procedures of the University,

f) completed any other procedures which may be required as a condition of enrolment.

8. Continuity of enrolment

Once the student has completed the enrolment requirements for a teaching period, the student is deemed to be currently enrolled until one of the following events occurs:

a) the student notifies the University that he/she is discontinuing enrolment in the program,

b) the student has no valid course enrolment in a fifth successive study period, in which case the student is deemed to have terminated their study and will have their program discontinued by the University,

c) the University terminates the student's enrolment or excludes the student in accordance with the provisions of any policy or requirement of the University,

d) the student has completed all requirements of a program and is eligible to graduate.

9. Eligibility to graduate

The Executive Dean certifies that a student has completed all program requirements and is eligible to graduate.

A student is eligible to graduate upon completion of the requirements of the program in which they are enrolled. This is achieved by:

a) successfully completing all of the courses that comprise the program structure through either achieving a passing grade or by being awarded credit and

b) satisfying any other conditions specified as part of the program requirements.

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