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Students are asked to Show Cause after they have two unsatisfactory semesters in their program. A semester is usually considered unsatisfactory because half or more courses (subjects) were failed, or because a course was failed for a 2nd time (failing a placement course also makes a semester unsatisfactory).
Your School will send you an email asking you to explain why they should not exclude* you from your program. It is in your best interest to respond to this invitation and explain your circumstances. These emails are sent to students at the end of Semesters, when classes have stopped. Even between semester, KEEP CHECKING YOUR STUDENT EMAIL ACCOUNT, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to explain your circumstances.
If you do not respond to this email request from your School, in the time-frame given to you, your School will recommend your exclusion from your program.
Exclusion means that your enrolment in your program is cancelled, you cannot study in your program for 12 months and you must reapply the following year to get back in– there is no guarantee that your school will accept you back into your program.
This information is for you if you did not submit a Show Cause to your School or your School has rejected your Show Cause letter.
Exclusion means that your enrolment in your program is cancelled for 12 months and you need to re-apply the following year to get in.
There is no guarantee that your School will accept you back into your program.
You will receive an email from RMIT’s Academic Registrar stating that your School is recommending your exclusion. You will be given 20 WORKING DAYS to lodge an appeal to the University Appeals Committee.
Please contact RUSU to find out about the Information Sessions we are running to assist students through this process.
Please refer to the Information kit below for step-by-step guidance on how to put an appeal together.
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