Amendments to student and course related policies

Published: Monday 18th July 2016

A number of amendments to student and course related policy and procedures as well as new guidelines were recently approved by Academic Board effective 1 July 2016.  We encourage staff to familiarise themselves with the new policies, procedures and guidelines by following the links below.

Student Conduct and Discipline

The introduction of the Critical Incident Management Policy has necessitated amendments to the Student Conduct and Discipline Policy relating to the role of the Associate Vice-Chancellor or Campus Dean as Chair of the Discipline Committee in cases where an alleged breach of student conduct may have arisen from a critical incident.

The Procedures for Dealing with Alleged Breaches of Student Conduct has also been updated in line with the Critical Incident Management Policy. Matters that fall under a 'code black' (personal threat) category of that policy will now be referred to management according to the Critical Incident Management Policy and in such instances the Vice-Chancellor may suspend provisions of the procedures until the initial response to the critical incident has been completed.

Procedures for Student Complaint Management

Following the implementation of revised Procedures for Student Complaint Management in 2015, the management of complaints over the past year has highlighted some areas of improvement to assist with managing the progression of complaints through these procedures. Firstly, it was not clear that students should seek an informal resolution of a complaint as close to the source as possible before proceeding to a formal complaint lodged with the Academic Registrar. Secondly, since the development of the procedures, the Critical Incident Management Policy has been introduced and certain complaints will fall under the scope for management by this policy in the first instance. There was also no explicit reference to the possibility for a complaint to be resolved under the Student Conduct and Discipline Policy.

Structuring Coursework Programs Policy and Guidelines for Bachelor and Double Bachelor Programs

The Structuring Coursework Policy has been amended to specify the length and credit point requirements for the Double Bachelor award; specify the conditions for the use of prerequisites; and the requirement for incompatible units to be identified in the course rules. New Guidelines for Bachelor and Double Bachelor Programs have also been developed to provide the basis for structuring Bachelor and Double Bachelor programs and the general conditions for their award.

Any Questions?

Please refer questions to the Policy team in the Office of the Academic Registrar:

Gerard Goodwin Moore, National Manager, Student Policy & Appeals gerard.goodwin-moore@acu.edu.au Phone 02 9739 2250

Kerry Blair, Policy and Projects Officer (Monday-Wednesday) kerry.blair@acu.edu.au Phone 02 9465 9096

Catherine McKiver Policy and Projects Officer (Wednesday-Friday) catherine.mckiver@acu.edu.au Phone 02 9465 9097

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