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1. & 2. Introduction, Student Responsibilities

1. Introduction
2. Roles and Responsibilities

1. Introduction

These procedures should be read in conjunction with the Assessment Policy, and the Examinations Policy and Procedures.

2. Roles and Responsibilities of students

It is the responsibility of students to engage actively in the learning process, to participate according to relevant course, unit and assessment requirements, and to adhere to University policies affecting their enrolment and progression through their course1.

Details of specific course, unit and assessment requirements are outlined in the course rules, Course Enrolment Guide and Unit Outlines. Table 1 provides a summary of actions that a student should take at various stages of the study period in relation to each unit and its assessment requirements.

Table 1 – Summary of student roles and responsibilities in relation to assessment

Timing and category of task

Action required

At commencement of study period/on joining a unit

LEO (Learning Environment Online)

  1. Check their enrolment in all their units on LEO (Learning Environment Online) from one week prior to the start of semester.
  2. Contact the Course Coordinator if any problems are identified.

Unit Outline

Access the Unit Outline from LEO and become familiar with the requirements prescribed for completion of the unit.

Students with disabilities

  1. Consult the Disability Adviser as soon as possible, preferably before the start of the study period.
  2. Contact the Lecturer in Charge as soon as possible, preferably before the start of the study period, to discuss their EIP (Education Inclusion Plan).
  3. See Equity and Disability Unit website.

Throughout the study period


  1. Regularly check University email account, LEO and any other communication media used for the unit.
  2. Consult with the Lecturer or Tutor if seeking advice or clarification regarding a unit or with the Course Coordinator in relation to any matter regarding enrolment in the course.

Assessment tasks

  1. Complete assessment tasks diligently and honestly to provide evidence of learning achievements in the unit.
  2. Meet all assessment requirements as specified in the Unit Outline.
  3. Complete assignment cover sheets for all non-examination assessment tasks; this includes certification that the work is the student’s own and that all cited works have been acknowledged and referenced. Any assignment task that does not include this cover sheet and/or declaration will not be assessed. Where assessments are to be submitted electronically, students are required to complete the electronic declaration of originality2.
  4. Submit3 assessment tasks by the due date. Assessment tasks submitted after the due or extended date will incur, for each whole or part of a calendar day that the work is overdue, a 5% penalty of the maximum marks available for that assessment task up to a maximum of 15%. Assessment tasks received more than three calendar days after the due or extended date will not be allocated a mark.
  5. Submit assessment tasks in the manner prescribed; submission may be electronic, through LEO.
  6. Retain both hard and electronic copies (as appropriate) of all work submitted for assessment, except in the case of tests and/or examinations.

Group work

  1. Contribute fully to any group work assessment task.
  2. Notify the Lecturer in Charge in a timely manner and provide substantiating documentation of any problem in relation to group work.
  3. Complete and ensure that all group members sign the assignment cover sheet.
  4. Ensure submission of the assessment task on behalf of the group by the due date.


Where there are compulsory or minimum attendance requirements specified in the Unit Outline, satisfy those requirements.

Collecting marked assessments and reviewing feedback

  1. Collect assessment tasks in the manner prescribed. Students may give written authority for another person to collect an assessment task on their behalf.
  2. Review and act on feedback received on assessment tasks. Feedback methods may include notations on assessment tasks, in-class/online discussion, feedback posted electronically discussing the strengths and weaknesses of students’ answers generically, or sample answers for the assessment task.
  3. If clarification is required regarding the mark or grade awarded for an assessment task, consult with the Lecturer in Charge or other relevant staff member promptly after their receipt. The Lecturer in Charge may refer the student to the person who undertook the assessment of the work.
  4. Retain returned written work.
  5. Students will not be allowed to resubmit work in order to gain a higher grade unless the provision of draft assignments is stipulated in the Unit Outline.
Seeking an extension for submission of an assessment task
  1. Discuss any concerns as early as possible with relevant lecturers, the Course Coordinator and/or the Office of Student Success.
  2. See process in Table 2.
Dealing with circumstances that significantly hamper their participation or performance in an assessment task or examination
  1. Discuss any concerns as early as possible with relevant lecturers, the Course Coordinator and/or the Office of Student Success.
  2. If personal circumstances affect participation or performance in assessment, consult with the Lecturer in Charge (in the first instance) and Course Coordinator as early as possible after the circumstance arises.
  3. See process in Table 2.

Following release of results

Clarification Consult with the Lecturer in Charge regarding the final result grade and/or apply to the Lecturer in Charge to review their final examination script if clarification is sought.
Appeal If the student wishes to appeal against the grade awarded, proceed in accordance with the Student Appeals Policy.
Supplementary assessment
  1. A student who gains an Interim Fail (NF) grade in a unit in the final 80 cp of the course is eligible for a supplementary assessment in accordance with the Assessment Policy and these Procedures.
  2. Where an NF grade is awarded, the student should monitor their ACU email for instructions on the timing and method of the supplementary assessment.
  3. Supplementary assessments will normally be conducted at least one week before the commencement of classes in the following semester. Where an Interim Fail (NF) grade is awarded for grades finalised late (including as a result of deferred examinations) and grades awarded in non-standard study periods, students will be contacted within 10 working days, and the supplementary assessment will normally5 be conducted no more than 20 working days after the release of the NF grade on Student Connect.
  4. The final result grade, following marking of the supplementary assessment, will be allocated no later than the end of the third week of the next standard study period.


1 In particular, refer to the Assessment Policy and these Assessment Procedures, Examinations Policy and Examination Procedures – Students, and the Policy, Procedures and Code of Practice on Academic Honesty.

2 This will be found on LEO.

3 Some assessment tasks may be required to be submitted electronically. All assessment tasks may be submitted electronically, but submission of a hard copy version may also be required, as specified in the Unit Outline.

4 Unless specified in the Unit Outline, attendance at lectures and other structured learning activities is expected but not compulsory. However, students who do not attend classes may find they are unable to meet the learning outcomes for the unit.

5 An exception may apply if students are undertaking professional experience or community engagement programs.