Academic Standing for Undergraduate Students

Please note: The rules on this page apply from 2021 onwards (including Summer Term of 2021).

The rules for 2020 are available on the pre-2021 rules page.

This page explains academic standing for undergraduate students. Academic standing is the key mechanism by which a student’s progress in their program is monitored at the conclusion of each term or semester. There are 9 categories of academic standing for undergraduate students. Each category has an impact on progression (enrolment) in a program.

Your academic standing is determined using your academic standing at the end of the previous term/semester in which you were enrolled, together with your academic achievement for the current term/semester. Any results obtained in the Summer Term/Semester are included in the calculation of your academic standing for Term/Semester 1.

Please be aware that grades of AW (Academic Withdrawal) are treated as fail grades when calculating academic standing. You can see how grades of PW (Permitted Withdrawal) are treated here.

Quick reference guide

Below is a quick reference guide to the rules for undergraduate academic standing.

For more explanation of your academic standing level, as well as the implications involved, see this Guide to understanding your academic standing.


How is progress defined

Nil Progressmore than 6 units of credit attempted, and no units of credit passed
Poor Progressmore than 0 units of credit attempted, and less than 50% passed
Satisfactory Progressmore than 0 units of credit attempted and 50% or more passed



Academic Standing Rules effective from 2021 onwards (including Summer Term of 2021)

Academic standing in previous termSatisfactory progressPoor progressNil progress
GoodGoodAcademic Risk Level 1Academic Risk Level 2
Academic Risk Level 1 (was Referral)GoodAcademic Risk Level 2Academic Risk Level 3
Academic Risk Level 2 (was Probation)Academic Risk Level 1Academic Risk Level 3Academic Risk Level 3
Academic Risk Level 3Academic Risk Level 2SuspensionSuspension
Suspension*Academic Risk Level 3Academic Risk Level 4Academic Risk Level 4
Academic Risk Level 4Academic Risk Level 3Exclusion*Exclusion*
ExclusionAcademic Risk Level 3Academic Risk Level 4Academic Risk Level 4
Provisional SuspensionAcademic Risk Level 2SuspensionSuspension
Provisional ExclusionAcademic Risk Level 3Exclusion*Exclusion*

 *Once you have served a period of suspension, further poor performance will lead to Exclusion. You cannot be suspended twice

For a more detailed description of your academic standing level, as well as the implications involved, see this Guide to understanding your academic standing.

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