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Have you been asked to Show Cause?

As a USC student, the University monitors your academic performance to ensure you are moving toward successfully completing your program requirements.

If you have not been successful in your studies – for example, if you have achieved a study period GPA of less than 3.0 in more than one study period, or have failed certain courses for a second time – you will be considered for exclusion and asked to ‘Show Cause’. This means you need to demonstrate why you should be allowed to continue your studies.

  • What does exclusion mean?
  • Why have I been asked to Show Cause?
  • Consideration for exclusion (MAP Stage 3)
  • How do I submit my Show Cause Response?
  • Essential information for Student visa holders

How do I Show Cause?

The ‘Show Cause’ process is a formal procedure that allows you to present your case as to why you should not be excluded, and should be allowed to continue your studies.

To do this, you need to submit your Show Cause Response by the date outlined in your email notification. Your Show Cause Response should outline the reasons for your unsatisfactory performance, the actions you have taken to improve your performance, and other relevant information.

Your Show Cause Response should address the following points:

  • Reasons for unsatisfactory performance
  • How these factors affected your study
  • Goals for your continuing study
  • The action/s you have taken/will take to improve your academic performance
  • Supporting documentation (if appropriate)

Where can I get help?

The Student Success team can provide general advice about the Show Cause process, please contact them through Student Central.

For assistance with preparing your response contact the Student Guild Advocacy Service.

If you would like to speak to a Counsellor or Disability Adviser about your personal circumstances, contact Student Wellbeing.

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