UWA Handbook 2017

Policy, policy statements and guidance documents

  1. Charter of Student Rights and Responsibilities
  2. Student Complaints Resolution Policy
  3. Intellectual Property Policy
  4. Policy on assessment
  5. Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students
  6. Academic conduct
  7. Honours award policy
  8. Policy on credit transfer, advanced standing and recognition of prior learning
  9. Policy on refund of tuition fees for international students
  10. University Policy on changes to units

Charter of Student Rights and Responsibilities

The University has endorsed a Charter of Student Rights and Responsibilities to outline the fundamental rights and responsibilities of students who undertake their education at The University of Western Australia. The Charter of Student Rights and Responsibilities recognises that students are central to a dynamic university community. In endorsing this charter, the University recognises the importance of student rights and opinion and encourages diversity within the student body.

The Charter contains information on:

  • General and fundamental rights and responsibilities
  • Equal opportunity and non-discrimination
  • Access to education
  • Quality of education
  • Student representation
  • Procedures for grievances, appeals and complaints

Back to top

Student Complaints Resolution Policy

Consistent with its aim to provide a high-quality service to every student and with the principles of the University's Charter of Student Rights and Responsibilities, the University welcomes students' feedback about their University experience and provides a complaint resolution process designed to address effectively and fairly every complaint registered by a student about any aspect of that experience.

Complaints are processed in accordance with the University policy.

Back to top

Intellectual Property Policy

The University has a policy on Intellectual Property which applies to students. To talk to someone about the policy contact the University's Risk and Legal Office.

Back to top

Policy on assessment

The University has endorsed a policy which deals with the formal assessment of work contributing to the final marks achieved by students in courses for undergraduate and master's coursework degrees, diplomas, and postgraduate certificates and diplomas, in the units in which they are enrolled, including assessment for coursework and examinations.

The policy, and an overarching set of principles and supporting guidance documents, also provide information which contributes to sound assessment practice including identification of clear objectives for courses and units; good communication between students and their teachers; commitment to regular critical review of existing practices; and acceptance of the imperative for open and transparent processes.

Back to top

Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students

Students will need to follow the relevant procedure as set out on the web.

Back to top

Academic conduct

Students enrolling in any course of the University for the first time, regardless of whether they have previously been enrolled in a course of this University, must complete the online module AACE1000 Academic Conduct Essentials which is designed to foster ethical scholarship and academic integrity. Students must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module by the ACE due date for the ACE teaching period in which they are enrolled.

University study should be undertaken in an environment of ethical scholarship and academic literacy and is designed to stretch and develop students' intellectual skills, potential and capacity. Ethical scholarship is the pursuit of scholarly enquiry marked by honesty and integrity. Academic literacy is the capacity to undertake study and research, and to communicate findings and knowledge, in a manner expected at university level.

Academic misconduct is any activity or practice engaged in by a student that breaches the explicit policy relating to the production of work for assessment, in a manner that compromises or defeats the purpose of that assessment?in other words, cheating. Students must not engage in academic misconduct. Any form of cheating undermines and significantly reduces the real value of a university education. In order to benefit from the experience of university, students must do their own research, thinking and writing throughout their course. The real value of a university education is to truly earn a qualification(s) by acquiring the skills and knowledge which the University strives to develop in, and impart to, its graduates.

There are a number of behaviours which constitute academic misconduct. These include, but are not limited to cheating or attempting to cheat, through collusion or inappropriate collaboration with other students, fabricating data or results, taking unauthorised material into an examination, and plagiarism.

Plagiarism is the unattributed use of someone else's words, creations, ideas and arguments as one's own. Within university policies it is usually further extended to include the use of 'too close' or extensive paraphrasing. For example, cutting and pasting text from the Web without attributing it to the author is plagiarism and therefore dealt with as cheating. Similarly, substituting a few words of copied text without changing the structure of the piece also constitutes plagiarism. There is a range of penalties for academic misconduct, depending on the seriousness of the cheating, from loss of credit to expulsion from the University.

The University provides a University Policy on: Academic Conduct (in accordance with Statute No. 17: Student Discipline, and the Regulations for student conduct and discipline). Faculties are also required to provide students with a clear statement on academic misconduct including faculty definitions of plagiarism, group work protocols, open book examination protocols and/or appropriate laboratory/research procedures, plus the rights and responsibilities of students in this regard. It is the student's responsibility to read these statements and to follow up with questions to their tutors or lecturers if they do not fully understand the policies.

Back to top

Honours award policy

The award of honours at The University of Western Australia results only from successful completion of a degree or, in rare cases, a diploma program that includes a distinctive research dissertation or portfolio-based component. This component trains and assesses students' abilities to contribute to the future development of their disciplines through research that extends existing knowledge and/or through the original and creative application of knowledge in ways likely to have an impact on future thinking in their fields of study.

The University Policy on: Honours Award provides a University-wide framework for the structure and award of honours.

Back to top

Policy on credit transfer, advanced standing and recognition of prior learning

The University is committed wherever possible to articulating the amount of credit for previous study that can be expected to be granted in a course. However, it prefers to assess each application for advanced status on the basis of transferred credit in accordance with the merits of the individual case. It does this to ensure that credit for a student's previous studies is compatible with the structure of the academic program to which the student has been admitted, and that advanced entry to the course is at a level appropriate to the student's background.

This policy deals with the granting of advanced standing in degree courses offered by the University through the transfer of credit for work completed elsewhere in the higher education sector and in TAFE colleges, and through the recognition of prior learning from professional and other courses and related work experience.

In recognition of the excellence of teaching and research that exists in the Group of Eight universities, member institutions have agreed to maximise the opportunities for the mobility of students between them by facilitating the transfer of credit earned at their institutions.1 See the Go8 Credit Transfer Agreement for more details.

1 Group of Eight universities are The Australian National University, Monash University, The University of Adelaide, The University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney, The University of New South Wales, The University of Queensland and The University of Western Australia.

Back to top

Policy on refund of tuition fees for international students

The University Policy on: Refund of Tuition Fees for International Students, is in accordance with the requirements of Universities Australia and the WA Department of Education Services. It does not remove the right to take further action under Australia's consumer protection laws.

Back to top

University Policy on changes to units

Students should note that units advertised as available in 2016 may become unavailable for a number of reasons, for example if there are insufficient enrolments (in terms of faculty policy) or there are unforeseeable circumstances which mean that the unit cannot be offered. If a unit becomes unavailable, all students enrolled in it will be advised in writing and will be asked to change their enrolment. No charge will apply for changes of enrolment in these circumstances. Note that other changes may occur, such as changes to unit coordinator.

Refer to University Policy on: Changes to Units.

Back to top