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Academic Status

Your academic status tells you how you are progressing in your course at the end of each study period (semester). This is based on your overall academic performance at Curtin University.
You can be on
  • Good Standing  
  • Conditional Status 
  • Terminated Status.

There are options available for students on Conditional status and Terminated status to return to Good Standing. Come and have a chat with Student Assist to explore the options open to you.
Alternatively if you have been terminated from your course, join us at our termination info sessions. Keep an eye out on our website for more information as to when and where these are held. 

For more information on the policy and procedures for the various statues please refer to Curtin's Assessment and Student Progression Manual.

Good Standing 

You are making good progress in your course. 

Conditional Status 

This is a warning that your results need to improve. You may need to take action/steps determined by your Head of School to get your studies back on track. 

Don't panic! This is a warning sign that your results from the last study period (semester) need to improve. You will need to take steps to ensure you improve your studies in the following study period to avoid Terminated Status.

Criteria for determining Conditional Status:

  • Fail 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 fail 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.

Your Head of School may require you to meet with your course coordinator, perhaps develop a plan of action, or utilise the Return to Good Standing Plan. This may help you identify the issues that have been affecting your studies. You should also be informed of the support services available to you at Curtin.

There is support to help you get your studies back on track. Get in touch with Student Assist to further discuss what it all means.

Here is a bit more information on Conditional Status and some of the support available.

Terminated Status

You are no longer able to continue with your course for a period of time. All students are encouraged to lodge an appeal when they are placed on Terminated status. You will only be able to return to your course if your appeal is successful. 

Terminated Status means you are no longer allowed to continue in your current course for a period of time.  DON'T PANIC - there are a few options to choose from.

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

Students will be notified of the termination through the OASIS Official Communications Channel (OCC), not your student email.

Option 1

Appeal against the termination and remain in your current course. This is known as a Request for Review.

Option 2

Accept the termination and stop studying. Perhaps now is not the time in life to study, maybe taking a break, doing something else is what is needed for now.

Option 3

Switch to a different course. Maybe 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.

Information For International Students 

If you are an international student choosing to switch courses, there might be serious implications for your visa. It is recommend that international students 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.

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.

IMPORTANT: 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.

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. 

How to complete a request for review application 

Your application should consist of:

  • Request for Review form

  • Letter of Appeal

  • Supporting documents (if available)

You will need to complete a Request for Review of Decision Form by filling in ALL the required sections.

Appeal Letter

You are encouraged to attach a letter explaining the circumstances that led to your poor performance.

In your explanation, it is 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. 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.

Supporting Documents (if available)

It is necessary to attach documents that support your explanation. These can include medical certificates, a letter from your counsellor, or a letter from your employer.

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. If it is successful, you will be returned to Conditional status and allowed to continue in your course. If your appeal is unsuccessful, you have the option to make a second appeal, which will go to the Student Progress Appeals Committee.

Appeals can sometimes take a few weeks to be resolved. While you are waiting for the outcome, you are still able to enrol in units for the next study period and attend classes until a final outcome is reached.

Termination book

Here is a booklet summarising the process. It also has a sample appeal letter.

Termination information sessions

Still unsure? The Student Guild and Student Wellbeing run information sessions on termination at the each study period. 
Keep an eye on our website homepage for times and dates.