Unsatisfactory Academic Progress
Coursework students within the faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences have their progress reviewed at the end of each main semester. This review triggers set procedures and intervention strategies aimed at assisting students ‘at risk’ of unsatisfactory course progress:
Additional information for students
Statute 6.2 - Exclusion for unsatisfactory progress or inability to progress
Exclusion for unsatisfactory progress regulations or inability to progress
Faculty Academic Progress Intervention Strategy Guidelines
Early Warning Letters
Early warning letters are sent at the completion of the study period to students who have failed 50% or more of their enrolled units in the previous standard semester. The early warning letter contains: a warning that progress is not satisfactory, the reasons why it is not satisfactory (i.e. relevant unsatisfactory progress criteria), and it advises the student to seek academic and course advice.
Intervention for mid-year commencing student at risk after completing two semesters of study
Students who commenced their studies mid year have their progression reviewed before they have completed three semesters of study. This review must be implemented (as a minimum) after semester one for students who:
- commenced mid-year in the previous year and
- who have completed two semesters of study and
- who have failed 50% or more of their enrolment.
A mid year intervention letter is sent to these students, asking them to meet with the course convenor to review their progress.
Other preventative measures recommended to students are:
- Contacting the course convenor, unit coordinator, lecturer or tutor to discuss study difficulties. These staff members can assist students in identifying problem areas and explore the options available to students in that course.
- University Language and Learning Services can assist students with study methods, language skills and work presentation
- Seeking assistance from the University Counselling Service if students think personal or other issues, eg. motivation, adjustment or self-confidence, may be affecting achievement in their course. http://www.adm.monash.edu.au/commserv/
- Accessing the Community Services website to find out first hand what to expect if asked attend a hearing and how to prepare for such a meeting.
End of year referral to Academic Progress Committee (APC)
A student may be sent a notice of referral to an academic progress committee at the end of the year if he/she has
- completed at least two semesters of candidature and, in the period commencing in December of the previous year, passed less than 50% of enrolment;
- failed the same unit twice; or
- failed to comply with any terms or conditions imposed by the faculty board under section 5 of Statute 6.2 or by an academic progress committee of the faculty.
(Please refer to Statute 6.2 and the Exclusion for unsatisfactory progress regulations or inability to progress).
The response submitted by the student to this notice can lead to the student being allowed to continue in their course with or without conditions
The student being referred to a full APC hearing resulting in the following outcomes:
- being allowed to continue in their course with or without conditions
- Students who have a condition placed on their enrolment are at risk of being excluded from their course of study for unsatisfactory course progress if the condition is not satisfied. Such students must take every opportunity to make use of university support services and develop, as appropriate, a plan to restore their academic standing and thereby satisfy the term or condition imposed.
- being excluded from the faculty
Additional information for students
Unsatisfactory academic progress correspondence
Students who think they may have failed the faculty’s; progress rules at the end of the year and have not received any documentation by mail are advised to check their email account for faculty correspondence regarding their end of year progression. It is important that students respond to this notice as failure to do so may lead to exclusion.
Maintaining current address for correspondence details
Students must ensure that the University has current postal address details at all times – including during the December-February period. Failure to receive university notices will not be accepted as a ground for appeal against exclusion. Postal addresses may be updated via WES.
International students on a student visa are advised that condition 8202 of their student visa requires that they maintain satisfactory academic progress. Failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress may place students in breach of this visa condition.
International students commencing mid-year will have their performance reviewed after completing the first two semesters of study within a course. This will occur after semester one release of results. Students who fail progression rules will be considered at a referral meeting and study conditions may be imposed.
For information on the Educational Services Overseas Students (ESOS) Act go to: http://www.immi.gov.au/students/students/573-1/obligations-student.htm
Student Rights Officers
Under the exclusion appeals process students who are excluded by their faculty will have limited grounds on which to appeal the faculty’s decision. Please refer to Executive Services homepage for information and procedures.
Re-admission after exclusion
Most former students wishing to re-enter Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences courses after being excluded from the faculty should re-apply via the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC).
Exceptions are those wishing to re-enter the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Degree, Post Graduate Courses, or other direct entry courses. These applications should be directed to the faculty’s Academic Progress Committee.
All applicants need to demonstrate academic/personal rehabilitation. This may be shown by the successful completion of subjects at a similar or higher level to that from which they had been excluded, and/or by certified reports from appropriately qualified professional practitioners confirming that the circumstances leading to previous failure have been addressed.
Students unable to apply directly to VTAC must submit their applications by the first Monday in December to:
Academic Progress Committee
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Clayton Campus 3800
Please note: Readmission applications will normally only be accepted up to two years following exclusion. They must be submitted, as stipulated above, to VTAC or the APC Secretary by the closing application deadline in the previous year to which re-admission is sought. Course duration regulations will be considered in accepting applications. No formal application form is provided by the university.