UWA Handbook 2017

Faculty of Law

Faculty policies and guidelines

  1. Approval of unit selection (or design of courses)
  2. Quota units
  3. Overloads
  4. Assessment and examinations
  5. Progress status
  6. Appeals
  7. Honours policies and procedures
  8. Prizes and scholarships
  9. Academic conduct

Approval of unit selection (or design of courses)

All students are advised to consult the Faculty Rules before choosing units. Approval of unit selection is not normally required, except for LLB students taking units that are being offered for the final time. Students should pay particular attention to the prerequisites and co-requisites for both core and option units for the Bachelor of Laws degree. Further information is available from the Faculty Administrative Officer or the Associate Dean.

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Overloads

Refer to the University Policy on: Full-time and part-time enrolment and overload.

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Assessment and examinations

Within the bounds of faculty-wide policy, the Faculty is responsible for the formulation of faculty or course-specific policy in areas related to academic assessment in their courses. This includes:

  • supplementary examinations, and satisfactory performance;
  • the award of a progress status; and
  • academic misconduct including cheating, plagiarism and fabrication and falsification of materials submitted for assessment (in accordance with University-wide policy on ethical scholarship, academic literacy and academic misconduct).

For information relating to assessment and examinations refer to the University Assessment Policy.

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Progress status

Each faculty makes such arrangements as it thinks proper for dealing with students who have failed to make satisfactory progress. Full details of the rules governing satisfactory progress are described in the Student Rules and Faculty Rule 7.2.2.9.

Opportunity to show cause

Students who have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' are provided with an opportunity to submit a statement of the reasons for their failure to make satisfactory progress and of the steps they have taken, or will take, to address these if they are permitted to re-enrol. Refer to Student Rule 36 and the University Policy on: Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students for further details.

Progress status categories

Following is a summary of the Faculty's progress status categories and associated outcomes.

Satisfactory progress

Progress status: GOOD STANDING
Conditions: Refer to Part 5 of the Student Rules, Faculty Rule 7.2.2.9(1) and the University Policy on: Academic progress (other than in courses administered by the Graduate Research School)
Results in: Permission to re-enrol for the following academic year

Unsatisfactory progress

Progress status: ON PROBATION
Conditions: Refer to Part 5 of the Student Rules, Faculty Rule 7.2.2.9(4) and the University Policy on: Academic progress (other than in courses administered by the Graduate Research School)
Results in: Permission to re-enrol for the following academic year, with conditions to be determined by the Dean
Progress status: SUSPENDED
Conditions: Refer to Part 5 of the Student Rules, Faculty Rule 7.2.2.9(2) and the University Policy on: Academic progress (other than in courses administered by the Graduate Research School)
Results in: Students who have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' are not permitted to enrol during the period of suspension.
Progress status: EXCLUDED
Conditions: Refer to Part 5 of the Student Rules, Faculty Rule 7.2.2.9(5) and the University Policy on: Academic progress (other than in courses administered by the Graduate Research School)
Results in: Exclusion from the course

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Reviews and appeals

Student Rules 43 and 44 provide for appeals against academic assessment and appeals against progress status respectively. Students should also refer to assessment and examination, satisfactory progress, unsatisfactory progress and progress status, University Policy on: Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students and Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students.

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Honours policies and procedures

Faculties are responsible for ensuring that documentation concerning honours course content, structure, assessment/examination/grading, selection/admission, supervision and/or learning outcomes is comprehensive and available to all students. The Faculty's Honours Policy document can be found on the honours page.

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Prizes and scholarships

For information on law scholarships refer to Scholarships.

For a full list of law prizes refer to Prizes.

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Academic conduct

It is important for all students to read the University Policy on: Academic Conduct.

To access the Faculty's full policy on this issue refer to academic conduct.

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