1.  Policy on Academic Integrity

The definition of a breach of the requirements of academic integrity, as specified in the Policy on Academic Integrity has been strengthened to include the following examples of conduct the University would consider to be academic misconduct:
  • acquiring or commissioning a piece of work from someone else or a commercial service, including internet sites, whether pre-written or specifically prepared, and presenting that work as one's own;
  • making or providing a false declaration or statement (e.g. providing a forged medical certificate or making a false declaration in relation to the word count for an assignment).

2.  Policy and Procedures on Review of Student Progress

What has changed?

The University’s criteria for unsatisfactory academic progress based on a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) has changed.

As specified in the University’s Policy and Procedures on Review of Student Progress, a student’s academic progress may be considered to be unsatisfactory if:

a) a student has attempted 36 units or more; and
b) his or her overall Grade Point Average (GPA) is 2.0 or less; and
c) in the period under consideration (i.e. the most recent semester of study) the student has a GPA of 2.0 or less.  

Who will this change apply to?

This change will apply to students studying in an undergraduate course or any of the following postgraduate coursework awards:

  • Graduate Certificate;
  • Graduate Diploma;
  • Masters Degree by coursework (coursework component only); and
  • Professional Doctorate (coursework component only).

What level of academic performance would result in a GPA of 2.0 or less?

Flinders University assigns the following values to grades:
High Distinction = 7; Distinction = 6; Credit = 5; Pass = 4; Fail = 0; Withdraw Fail = 0.

The following examples, illustrate the level of academic performance that would result in an overall GPA of 2.0 or less:

Student A - has attempted 54 units of a three year degree, achieving a Pass grade in six 4.5 unit topics and a Fail grade in six 4.5 unit topics.  

Student A’s overall GPA = ((6 x 4.5 x 4) + (6 x 4.5 x 0))/54 = 2.0.

Student B - has attempted 72 units of a three year degree, achieving a Credit grade in two 4.5 unit topics, a Pass grade in five 4.5 unit topics, and fail grade in nine x 4.5 unit topics.

Student B’s overall GPA = ((2 x 4.5 x 5) + (5 x 4.5 x 4) + (9 x 4.5 x 0))/72 = 1.875.

How will these changes affect you?

If you are meeting the expectations for satisfactory progress and any course specific progress requirements you will not be affected by this change.

However, if you meet the new definition of unsatisfactory progress you may be asked to show cause why you should not be precluded from re-enrolling in your course.  

Preclusion means that you will not be allowed to re-enrol in your course for a set period of time, which is normally not less than one (1) year and may be up to five (5) years.  

Please note that if you are asked to show cause you will be given the opportunity to present a case for continuing to be enrolled in your course. The procedures and processes the University follows when it identifies a student as making unsatisfactory progress are set out in the University’s Policy and Procedures on Review of Student Progress.