You may be excluded from your course:
- for one academic year if you fail to meet the minimum rate of progress (MRP)
- permanently if you fail to complete the course requirements in the prescribed time
As an undergraduate student you may be excluded from a course and have your enrolment discontinued if you do not meet minimum rate of progress (MRP) as specified by your Faculty Board.
The minimum rate of progress amounts to passing 50% of the course credit points in which you have been enrolled in since the beginning of that course.
Postgraduate coursework students
As a postgraduate coursework student you may be excluded from a course if you fail to meet minimum rate of progress (MPR) as specified by your Faculty Board.
Faculty resolutions defining grounds for exclusion
- UTS:Design, Architecture and Building
- UTS:Information Technology
- UTS:Arts and Social Sciences
- UTS: Health (GEM)
- UTS:Transdisciplinary Innovation
Fail to complete a course within the maximum time prescribed
You may also be excluded from a course and have your enrolment discontinued if you fail to complete a course within the maximum time prescribed.
The maximum time to complete a course shall not be greater than 50% more than the normal completion time (unless otherwise stated). This calculation of elapsed time does not include approved leave of absence.
The Responsible Academic Officer determines the maximum time for students with recognition of prior learning.
Failure to complete a course within the maximum time prescribed will result in permanent exclusion from that course.
If you have been excluded from a course you can appeal against exclusion within 20 working days of the date of notification of the decision.
If you are excluded, because:
- you have not maintained the required minimum rate of progress and your appeal is unsuccessful you may not enrol for one academic year and will be withdrawn from your course. After the period of exclusion has elapsed you may reapply for admission, in the normal manner. Readmission is not automatic. If you have been excluded and wish to reapply, you are advised to seek guidance from the Responsible Academic Officer on what you can do to enhance your opportunity for re-admission.
- of failure to complete a course within the maximum time prescribed, and your appeal is unsuccessful you will be permanently excluded and will be withdrawn from your course.
If you require assistance with your appeal against exclusion you should contact the Students' Association Advocacy Office (opens external site). The Students' Association Advocacy Office will refer you to the counselling service if necessary.
To appeal against exclusion from your course you need to write to the Director of Student Administration Unit:
Your letter should:
- be addressed to the Director of Student Administration Unit
- be either typed or written in black or blue ink
- what went wrong and how it affected you and your studies
- what you have done about it
- plans you have made to improve the situation.
What happens next?
When the Student Administration Unit receives an appeal letter, an acknowledgment email is sent to your UTS student email.
Check your UTS Student email regularly for the outcome of your appeal.
Your appeal is referred to your faculty and it may take up to four to six weeks for an appeal to be assessed.
If the appeal is successful, you will be able to continue with your studies and will be placed on academic caution for the next half year of study.
If the appeal is unsuccessful, you will be withdrawn from your course and must discontinue your studies immediately. You can ask an academic adviser what you should do to improve your chances of being re-admitted after a year has elapsed.
To the Director, Student Administration Unit
University of Technology Sydney
I wish to appeal against my exclusion from the course ______ on the following grounds.
Outline what affected your performance. Describe what effects these circumstances had on your performance. Be specific. You need to show that the cause of your academic difficulties is your personal circumstances and not your ability. If you feel embarrassed about mentioning personal details, you need to seek help from a University counsellor or other professional authority to help you in providing documentation.
Change in circumstances
Show how your situation has changed or how you intend to improve your circumstances, so that your future study will be successful, for example lowering workload, moving back or away from home, a better paying job, working less hours etc.
Impact on your study as a result of being on academic caution
You can enrol in a maximum of 24 credit points in the session of study the Academic Caution applies, or, no more than 6 credit points if the following teaching period is summer or the July teaching period.
Your faculty Responsible Academic Officer may determine that the maximum number of credit points should be reduced to 18 credit points.
If you attempt to enrol in credit points above the maximum you may be withdrawn from subjects in accordance with the Rules relating to Academic Caution.
A record of ‘requirements undertaken’ will be kept for each student on academic caution.
You can be placed on academic caution more than once. In any half year of study, if you pass less than fifty per cent of the credit points in which you are enrolled, you will be placed on academic caution.
If you don’t meet the minimum rate of progress (MRP) in the next half year of study, you may be excluded from the university.
If you have received a Notice of Exclusion and your appeal against exclusion has been upheld, you will be placed on academic caution for the following half year.
More information on supporting documents.
Student and related rules:
10.3 Minimum rate of progress - undergraduate courses
10.4 Failure to maintain minimum rate of progress
10.5 Maximum time to complete course requirements
10.9 Result of appeal