Protocols and Guidelines

All UNSW Arts & Social Sciences students are required to follow UNSW Academic Policies and UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Guidelines and Protocols while they are enrolled in their program.

Details on UNSW Academic Policies are available at UNSW Policies, Procedures and Guidelines.

We encourage you to regularly to check your UNSW cloud email and myUNSW to ensure you are familiar with the latest UNSW student guidelines and policies.

UNSW policies

  • Program leave and discontinuation
    To ensure that you maintain standing in your program, you must formally apply for program leave through your student profile in myUNSW. For more information, visit the program leave web page.
  • Results
    For more information about how to access your assessment results, why results may be withheld and how to get a review of results, visit the results web page.
  • Special consideration (illness and misadventure)
    Sickness, misadventure or other circumstance beyond your control may prevent you from completing a course requirement or may significantly affect your performance in assessable work. You can apply for consideration for the affected assessments through your student profile in myUNSW. For more information, see special consideration.
  • Special permission to withdraw from a course without penalty
    To withdraw from a course after both the census date and the withdrawal without academic penalty date have passed, you need special permission. Applications must be made through your student profile in myUNSW. For more information, see the fee remission (special consideration) web page.
  • Student code of conduct
    The overarching obligation of all students is to act in the best interests of the University community at all times. For more information, see student conduct.

Arts & Social Sciences late submissions guidelines

Guidelines for late penalties for student work submitted after due date

Students are responsible for the submission of assessment tasks by the required dates and times. Depending of the extent of delay in the submission of an assessment task past the due date and time, one of the following late penalties will apply unless special consideration or a blanket extension due to a technical outage is granted. For the purpose of late penalty calculation, a ‘day’ is deemed to be each 24-hour period (or part thereof) past the stipulated deadline for submission.

  • Work submitted less than 10 days after the stipulated deadline is subject to a deduction of 5% of the total awardable mark from the mark that would have been achieved if not for the penalty for every day past the stipulated deadline for submission. That is, a student who submits an assignment with a stipulated deadline of 4:00pm on 13 May 2016 at 4:10pm on 14 May 2016 will incur a deduction of 10%.

Task with a non-percentage mark

If the task is marked out of 25, then late submission will attract a penalty of a deduction of 1.25 from the mark awarded to the student for every 24-hour period (or part thereof) past the stipulated deadline.

Example: A student submits an essay 48 hours and 10 minutes after the stipulated deadline. The total possible mark for the essay is 25. The essay receives a mark of 17. The student’s mark is therefore 17 – [25 (0.05 x 3)] = 13.25

Task with a percentage mark

If the task is marked out of 100%, then late submission will attract a penalty of a deduction of 5% from the mark awarded to the student for every 24-hour period (or part thereof) past the stipulated deadline.

Example: A student submits an essay 48 hours and 10 minutes after the stipulated deadline. The essay is marked out of 100%. The essay receives a mark of 68. The student’s mark is therefore 68 – 15 = 53

  • Work submitted 10 to 19 days after the stipulated deadline will be assessed and feedback provided but a mark of zero will be recorded. If the work would have received a pass mark but for the lateness and the work is a compulsory course component (hurdle requirement), a student will be deemed to have met that requirement;
  • Work submitted 20 or more days after the stipulated deadline will not be accepted for assessment and will receive no feedback, mark or grade. If the assessment task is a compulsory component of the course a student will receive an Unsatisfactory Fail (UF) grade as a result of unsatisfactory performance in an essential component of the course.

Arts & Social Sciences student work review guidelines

These guidelines apply to all students enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate courses taught by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

These guidelines apply to all assessed tasks.

Seeking informal clarification

  • There is no automatic right to have an assessment reviewed, the Faculty reserves the right to make such judgements.
  • In the first instance a student should seek an informal clarification, this should normally be done within two working days of the return of the assessed work.

Completing a Review of Results application form

  • If the student is not satisfied with the informal process, they should complete the UNSW Review of Results (RoR) application form.
  • A RoR application must be lodged within 15 working days of receiving the result of the assessment task.
  • A clean copy and a copy of the marked work with all feedback must be submitted with the RoR application.
  • The student must provide a written explanation of why they believe the work requires review. The written explanation must include the stated criteria for the assessment task indicating the exact area(s) where the assessment of their work differs from what they have received.
  • The Course Authority has the option to not recommend if they deem the grounds are insufficient.
  • The Course Authority will make their decision within three working days of receiving the request.
  • If the Courses Authority approves the review, the student will submit the RoR application form to Student Central. An administration fee applies.

Head of School

  • If the Course Authority does not recommend the review but the student believes that the mark/grade does not reflect their performance, the student may forward the RoR application form to the Head of School or their delegated representative.
  • The Head of School (HoS) will make their decision within three working days of receiving the application.
  • If the HoS approves the review, the student will submit the application to Student Central.

Faculty Assessment Review Group

  • If the HoS does not approve the review, they will notify the Chair of the Faculty Assessment Review Group (FARG).
  • The FARG can either endorse or overturn the decision of the HoS.
  • The FARG will make a decision within one week of receiving advice from the HoS.
  • The student will be advised of the review decision by email from Student Administration and Records.

Arts & Social Sciences attendance and absence guidelines

Attendance and Absence

The UNSW Policy on Class Attendance and Absence can be viewed at: https://student.unsw.edu.au/attendance

From time to time, the Course Authority may vary the attendance requirements for a course. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that they are familiar with the specific attendance requirements stipulated in the course outline for each course in which they are enrolled.

Attendance

Students are expected to be regular and punctual in attendance at all classes in the courses in which they are enrolled. Students who seek to be excused from attendance [or for absence] must apply to the Course Authority in writing. In such situations, the following rules relating to attendance and absences apply.

In the case of absence due to illness or some other unavoidable cause students may be excused for non-attendance of classes for a period of not more than one month (i.e. 33%) or, on the recommendation of the Dean of the appropriate faculty, for a longer period.

Absence from classes

A student who attends less than eighty per cent of the classes within a course may be refused final assessment.

Explanations of absences from classes or requests for permission to be absent from forthcoming classes should be addressed to the Course Authority in writing and, where applicable, should be accompanied by appropriate documentation (e.g. medical certificate). After submitting appropriate supporting documentation to the Course Authority to explain his/her absence, a student may be required to undertake supplementary class(s) or task(s) as prescribed by the Course Authority. If examinations or other forms of assessment have been missed, then the student should apply for Special Consideration.

Course Authorities must:

  • Identify in the course outline:
    • Classes subject to attendance requirements and classes not subject to attendance requirements (e.g. Tutorials but not lectures, or tutorials and lectures);
    • The minimum attendance requirement (as a percentage) and the indicative number of instances of absence from class (e.g. if the minimum attendance requirement is 80% of all tutorials then it should be indicated that students can miss no more than 2 tutorials);
    • The final assessment task.
  • Identify the final assessment task in the AIMS proposal;
  • Keep accurate records to facilitate the enforcement of the specified attendance requirements. To ensure adequate responses to student appeals and complaints, attendance records are to be centrally stored within each school and accessible (e.g. by the Deputy Head of School or Associate Dean (Education)) for a minimum of 6 years after the completion of the course.
  • Enforce the specified attendance requirements through the application of penalties where appropriate.