Guide to Your Academic Standing (UNSW Sydney)

This page describes your current academic standing level and, where necessary, what you need to do to improve it.

Good

You are making good progress. UNSW has no concerns.

What happens next term?
• If you enrol in the next term and pass more than 50% of your attempted load, your academic standing will remain Good.
• If you enrol in the next term and pass 50% or less of your attempted load, your academic standing will become Referral.
• If you enrol in more than 6 units of credit in the next term and do not pass any of the attempted load, your academic standing will become Probation.

Referral

UNSW is concerned about your progress.

What happens now?

We recommend you make an appointment to see an academic advisor to discuss your future enrolment. Your advisor will help you identify and overcome any problems that may be impacting your ability to successfully complete your studies and maintain satisfactory academic progress. We also strongly encourage you to contact these support services for advice on ways to improve your academic performance.

What happens next term?

  • Your enrolment next term is subject to the approval of your academic advisor; you must not finalise your enrolment without contacting them. The courses you are currently enrolled in for the next term may not be appropriate and you may not be permitted to remain enrolled in some courses.
  • If you enrol in the next term and pass more than 50% of your attempted load, your academic standing will become Good.
  • If you enrol in the next term and pass 50% or less of your attempted load, your academic standing will become Probation.
  • If you enrol in more than 6 units of credit in the next term and do not pass any of the attempted load, your academic standing will become Probation.

Probation

UNSW is very concerned about your progress.

What happens now?

You must make an appointment to see an academic advisor to discuss your future enrolment. Your advisor will help you identify and overcome any problems that may be impacting your ability to successfully complete your studies and maintain satisfactory academic progress. We also strongly encourage you to contact these support services for advice on ways to improve your academic performance.

What happens next term?

  • Your enrolment next term is subject to the approval of your academic advisor; you must not finalise your enrolment without contacting them. The courses you are enrolled in for the next term may not be appropriate and you may not be permitted to remain enrolled in some courses.
  • If you enrol in the next term and pass more than 50% of your attempted load, your academic standing will become Referral.
  • If you enrol in the next term and pass 50% or less of your attempted load, your academic standing will become Suspension.
  • If you enrol in more than 6 units of credit in the next term and do not pass any of the attempted load, your academic standing will become Suspension.

Provisional Suspension

UNSW is extremely concerned about your progress and believes that unless you address the issues that are affecting your academic progress, you will be suspended next term.

After the official release of results, students whose late or withheld marks would have placed them on an academic standing level of Suspension, will instead by assigned a standing level of Provisional Suspension.  Provisional Suspension is treated similarly to Probation when calculating standing for future terms.

What happens now?

You are permitted to continue with your studies but must make an appointment to see an academic advisor to discuss your future enrolment. Your advisor will help you to identify and overcome any problems that may be impacting your ability to successfully complete your studies and maintain satisfactory academic progress. We also strongly encourage you to contact these support services for advice on ways to improve your academic performance.

What happens next term?

  • Your enrolment next term is subject to the approval of your academic advisor; you must not finalise your enrolment without contacting them. The courses you are currently enrolled in for the next term may not be appropriate and you may not be permitted to remain enrolled in some courses.
  • If you enrol in the next term and pass more than 50% of your attempted load, your academic standing will become Referral.
  • If you enrol in the next term and pass 50% or less of your attempted load, your academic standing will become Suspension.
  • If you enrol in more than 6 units of credit in the next term and do not pass any of the attempted load, your academic standing will become Suspension.

Provisional Exclusion

UNSW is extremely concerned about your progress and believes that unless you address the issues that are affecting your academic progress you will be excluded next term.

After the official release of results, students whose late or withheld marks would have placed them on an academic standing level of Exclusion will instead by assigned a standing level of Provisional Exclusion. Provisional Exclusion is treated similarly to Probation when calculating standing for future terms.

What happens now?

You are permitted to continue with your studies but must make an appointment to see an academic advisor to discuss your future enrolment. Your advisor will help you identify and overcome any problems that may be impacting your ability to successfully complete your studies and maintain satisfactory academic progress. We also strongly encourage you to contact these support services for advice on ways to improve your academic performance.

What happens next term?

  • Your enrolment next term is subject to the approval of your academic advisor; you must not finalise your enrolment without contacting them. The courses you are currently enrolled in for the next term may not be appropriate and you may not be permitted to remain enrolled in some courses.
  • If you enrol in the next term and pass more than 50% of your attempted load, your academic standing will become Referral.
  • If you enrol in the next term and pass 50% or less of your attempted load, your academic standing will become Exclusion
  • If you enrol in more than 6 units of credit in the next term and do not pass any of the attempted load, your academic standing will become Exclusion.

Suspension

UNSW is extremely concerned about your progress and believes that a break in your studies is required in order to deal with the issues and problems that are affecting your academic progress.

What happens next?

Following your return from Suspension:

  • If you enrol in the next term and pass more than 50% of your attempted load, your academic standing will become Probation.
  • If you enrol in the next term and pass 50% or less of your attempted load, your academic standing will become Exclusion.
  • If you enrol in more than 6 units of credit in the next term and do not pass any of the attempted load, your academic standing will become Exclusion.

Please be aware that poor academic performance following a Suspension period will result in your academic standing moving to Exclusion.

Can I study a different program if suspended?

No, academic standing is determined at the career level, i.e., undergraduate or postgraduate, rather than at the program level. As a result, if you are suspended from one program you cannot apply to study another program during the period of suspension.

Do you want to appeal?

Re-admission

Suspension means that you are not permitted to re-enrol for at least one academic year, but you have an automatic right of re-admission to the same program. However, if after the period of suspension, you wish to undertake a program other than the one you were enrolled in, you will have to re-apply for admission in the usual manner. See Admissions information.

Exclusion

UNSW has serious concerns about your ability to complete your program. You have previously been assigned an academic standing level of Suspension which is why your academic standing level is now Exclusion.

What happens now?

You are excluded from the University for at least 2 academic years and you must apply for re-admission at the end of the exclusion period. See Admissions information.

Can I study a different program if excluded?

No, academic standing is determined at the career level, i.e., undergraduate or postgraduate, rather than at the program level. As a result, if you are excluded from one program you cannot apply to study another program during the period of exclusion.

Do you want to appeal?

Re-admission

If you are re-admitted to UNSW following your period of exclusion:

  • If you enrol in the next term and pass more than 50% of your attempted load, your academic standing will become Probation.
  • If you enrol in the next term and pass 50% or less of your attempted load, your academic standing will become Exclusion.
  • If you enrol in more than 6 units of credit in the next term and do not pass any of the attempted load, your academic standing will become Exclusion.

Pending

A standing of Pending means that your academic standing cannot be calculated because of late or withheld results. Academic standing is re-calculated on a regular basis; shortly after your results are finalised, your academic standing will be adjusted accordingly.

If you still have unfinalised grades (WD, WC and LE) on the date when academic standing is finalised, these grades will be converted to NC (Not Completed) and treated as failures when your academic standing is finalised for the term.