Implications of Unsatisfactory Course Progress
Course Progress Requirements
It is a requirement of your student visa that you maintain satisfactory course progress. To maintain course progress you are required to pass more than 50% of your subjects for each study session. The General Course Rules, Course Progress Policy and the web site Course Progress Requirements explain course progress in detail. Higher Degree Research (HDR) students should also refer to the HDR Progress Review Guidelines.
Should you fail to maintain satisfactory course progress an intervention strategy is activated and you are instructed to seek appropriate support. You must set up a meeting with your Course Progress Advisor and complete an intervention strategy form. Together you should work out an action plan to assist you with your studies. Your action plan may include a prescribed program, referral to the University Support Services and/or a Faculty Based Program.
If you fail to maintain course progress and are excluded from the University, the University is required to report your failure to make course progress to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). This is a requirement of ESOS (Education Services for Overseas Students) and the National Code 2007 and a serious breach of your visa conditions. If you are reported for breaching this condition you will have 28 days to contact the DIAC office in Sydney. Failure to contact DIAC will result in the automatic cancellation of your student visa.
You may appeal against this intent to report by entering into the University Course Progress Appeals Process. Details of the appeals process is available on the following page:
If, at the end of the University Course Progress Appeals Process, you are unhappy with the outcome and believe there may have been a procedural breach you my appeal against the University's decision. You have 10 days, from the date you were notified your appeal was unsuccessful, in which to lodge an external appeal with the NSW Ombudsman.
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