Your academic status tells you how you are progressing in your course at the end of each study period or semester. This is based on your overall academic performance at Curtin University.
The student is achieving satisfactory course progress and can continue in the course.
This status does not necessarily mean that you have passed all of your units.
The student is at risk of not achieving satisfactory course progress but is permitted to continue in the course.
There may be conditions set by the Head of School.
Criteria for determining Conditional Status:
Failed 50% or more of enrolled units (for example, enrolled in 4 units and failed 2)
Semester weighted average of less than 50
Students may be placed on Conditional Status at the discretion of the Board of Examiners if they failed a core unit in the study period that has just ended. Their status of Conditional may be continued in subsequent study periods until the failed core unit is passed.
Students are permitted to continue with their course, with possible conditions.
You may be required to meet with your course coordinator to discuss options or utilise the Return to Good Standing Plan.
You should also be informed of the support services available to you at Curtin.
Find out more about Conditional Status and some of the support available here.
Students can be returned to Good Standing should they meet the following criteria:
- Pass any previously failed core units
- Meet all the conditions that may have been set by the school
- No longer fit the criteria for Conditional or Terminated Status
Termination Information Sessions
Student Assist and Student Wellbeing Staff will be running online and in-person information sessions for 2023 terminations.
Visit our What's On webpage to view the event sessions.
Here's a guide explaining the Terminated Status process.
The student has not achieved satisfactory course progress and is terminated from the course for a period of up to 12 months. The student is given the opportunity to appeal the status by demonstrating extenuating circumstances.
Students will be notified of the termination through the OASIS Official Communications Channel (OCC), not your student email.
A student may be terminated if they have completed two or more study periods, they are currently on Conditional Status, and meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Fail 50% or more of enrolled units (for example, enrolled in 4 units and failed 2)
- Semester weighted average of less than 50
- Fail any unit a second time
Termination after one study period normally does not occur. If this applies to you, please contact Student Assist.
Your options are:
- Appeal against the termination and remain in your current course. This is known as a Request for Review.
- Accept the termination and stop studying. Perhaps now is not the time in life to study, maybe taking a break or doing something else is what is needed for now. Accepting the termination means being unable to enrol into your course for a period of 12 months. There is the opportunity to apply for a re-admission after 12 months. Get in touch with Curtin Connect for re-admission process.
- Switch to a different course. Perhaps the reason for not doing so well is that this course is just not your thing and exploring a different path might just be for you. Get in touch with Curtin Admissions Office for course switching process.
Request for Review
All students are encouraged to lodge a Request for Review (also known as an appeal) explaining how your circumstances affected your studies for the study period. Students will only be allowed to continue with their course if their Request for Review is successful.
Please note: All students are considered enrolled students until the final outcome of the Request for Review process. Students are still able to enrol in units for the next study period and attend classes until a final outcome is reached.
How to complete a Request for Review application
If you wish to continue with your course, you will need to submit your Request for Review in writing (including documents to support your claim if available) to the Examinations Office within 20 working days of being notified of your Terminated Status.
Your application should consist of:
The Student Assist team are available to discuss your circumstances and to review your letter before submission.
Once you have submitted your Request for Review form and attached documentation to the Examinations Office, your appeal is reviewed by your Head of School.
Appeals can sometimes take a few weeks to be resolved.
While you are waiting for the outcome, you should still enrol in units for the next study period and attend classes until a final outcome is reached.
If successful, you will be returned to Conditional Status and allowed to continue in your course.
If unsuccessful, you have the option to make a second appeal, which will go to the Student Progress Appeals Committee.
You are encouraged to attach a letter explaining the circumstances that led to your poor performance.
Example sample letter
As part of the review, your academic history will also be considered. Explain your past situation briefly and accurately, covering from when you were placed on Conditional status (from when you have failed units). In your explanation, it's important to show that your performance was affected by circumstances outside your control. These include any medical conditions or injuries, any family illnesses, or unexpected work commitments.
The next part of your letter should highlight how things have changed and show what steps you’ve taken to improve your ability to study in the future. Explain what strategies you have in place should the same circumstance impact on you again.
Be detailed in your explanation and strategies. The university will not get in touch with you for more informaiton or clarifications. Decision will be made on what you have submitted and your academic performance.
Remember, the purpose of this letter is to convince the university to readmit you to your course – don’t hesitate to explain how passionate you are about your studies.
It is necessary to attach documents that support your explanation such as a medical certificate, a letter from your counsellor or a letter from your employer.
Find out more about Supporting Documents.
If you are an International student choosing to switch courses, there might be serious implications for your visa. It's recommend that you put in a Request for Review application.
For International students who have been terminated, there are consequences for your visa. If your Request for Review is unsuccessful, you will be reported to Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection which may lead to cancellation of your student visa.
If your student visa is cancelled, you will have to go back to your home country and risk exclusion of returning to Australia for 3 years.
Student Assist is the free support and advocacy service of the Curtin Student Guild.
Our officers are unbiased, confidential, and—most importantly— run by the Guild, therefore completely independent of Curtin University
Please include your name, student number, course of study and a description of your query.
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