College of Arts and Law

Student Progress

Immediately following the approval of the end-of-year examination results a review of the academic performance of each student enrolled in an award program takes place.

Students who fail more than 50% of their total enrolment or those who have failed the same unit for a second time are the subject of special review. This may result in one of the following decisions being made:

  • Exclusion (for a specified period)
  • Placed on Probation (with or without restrictions)
  • Review after supplementary/deferred examinations

A message to this effect will appear on your official Notification of Results.

Note: If you have been granted Deferred Ordinary or Supplementary Examinations your progress will not be reviewed until the results are available.


Probation means that you will be permitted to re-enrol but your course load may be restricted. If there are any special conditions relating to your probation, you will receive a letter from your faculty. The period of probation is usually one year. If you are placed on Probation your performance will be monitored during the next academic year and as a result you may be removed from probation, the probation may be extended for another year or you may be excluded.


Exclusion means that you will not be permitted to re-enrol in the same course next year. You will be notified of your exclusion on your exam results statement at the end of semester 2 (late November).

If you are excluded from your current course and consider that you have good academic reasons for appealing against this decision, you may apply for a review of this decision by your faculty.

You must lodge a written statement explaining the reasons which have contributed to your unsatisfactory academic performance within fourteen days after the date of the Notification of Results informing you of the decision. The statement should be addressed to the Dean of your Faculty and sent to the relevant campus of the University.

Your request will be considered by the faculty complaints committee under the Ordinance of Student Complaint. All requests will be dealt with confidentially so you should present your case in full, attaching all relevant documents. Note that the procedures allow you to appear before the committee (if you wish) to clarify any issue regarding your appeal.

If your appeal against exclusion is accepted, you will be permitted to re-enrol; in some cases this may be on probation and there may be other specific conditions such as restricting your enrolment to 50% for the year. A letter will be sent to you informing you of the committee's decision.

If your appeal is not upheld, there are limited rights of appeal under the Ordinance to the Academic Senate Complaints Appeal Committee by applying to the Academic Registrar within fourteen days of receiving the decision from your faculty.

Re-Admission After Exclusion

If you choose not to appeal against exclusion, or your appeal is not upheld, you will not be permitted to re-enrol for the coming year (and your re-enrolment will be cancelled) in the course from which you have been excluded. However, you will not be prevented from applying for admission to another course, although you should note that quotas apply to all undergraduate programs. You must apply for admission, using the undergraduate admission form available from Student Administration, as a matter of urgency.

Alternatively after the specified period of exclusion from the course (usually a minimum of 12 months), you may apply for re-admission to the course from which you were excluded. An application for re-admission will be considered by the relevant faculty admissions committee and one of the factors which will be taken into account is personal development activities (e.g. through successful study in other courses, employment) undertaken during the period of exclusion. You should first consult with a faculty adviser as to what may be deemed to be a suitable activity.

This information summarises the University-wide Policy relating to Academic Progress Reviews and appeals against consequent decisions. It makes reference to the Rules of Academic Assessment and the ordinance of Student Complaints, which are published in full in the University Calendar, copies of which are held in the Libraries, the Student Associations and available on the web at

If you have any queries regarding the academic progress review procedures, please contact the Faculty Office:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences +61 3 6226 2249 / +61 3 6324 3624
  • Visual and Performing Arts +61 3 6324 3624

Postal Address for written communications:

Faculty of Arts
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 132


Faculty of Arts
University of Tasmania
Locked Bag 1340