Expected academic performance for coursework students

All ANU students are required to meet satisfactory academic progress. This means that they must meet the minimum academic performance requirements as established by the University. What constitutes satisfactory academic progress depends on the level of the program or, in some circumstances, requirements specific to an individual program.

The University requires all coursework students in award (degree and diploma) programs to maintain satisfactory progress in their programs. Satisfactory progress is outlined in the Academic Progress rules. A summary is provided below.

General academic progress rule

To maintain satisfactory progress, coursework students must pass 50 percent or more of the unit value of the courses in which they are enrolled for a semester or trimester. Semester 1 includes Summer and Autumn sessions, Semester 2 includes Winter and Spring sessions. Students will not maintain satisfactory progress if they fail the same course for a second or subsequent time (repeat failure). 

First breach

On the first occasion that your progress is deemed to be unsatisfactory you will receive a formal warning. You will be reminded of the academic and professional assistance available at ANU.

Second or subsequent breach

If your progress is deemed unsatisfactory for a second time, you will be considered for exclusion from the University. If you wish to appeal this exclusion you must submit an application to 'show cause' as to why you should be permitted to continue your studies at the University. In this event you will be contacted by the Examinations and Graduations Office by email.

When submitting a 'show cause' application, you are required to complete and submit the Response to show cause cover sheet.  Documentation must be in English.  Where the original documentation is not in English, an official translation must be provided.  Students should attach copies of the original documentation and the English translation of these documents.

Further to the above, the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor Surgery (MBBS) program and the Medicinae ac Chirurgiae Doctoranda (Doctor of Medicine and Surgery) (MChD) program have additional academic progress requirements which are set out in the Academic Progress (ANU Medical School) Order. Students in these programs should contact the relevant ANU College student office for further information.

Not completed or fail results

The University encourages students to recognise and address difficulties with study early enough to avoid receiving Not completed/Fail (NCN) result. Students who are having difficulties with their studies should seek academic advice as soon as possible.