What is the Academic Progress Policy?
Its purpose is to:
- Provide a benchmark for student academic achievement
- Identify students who are not achieving satisfactorily and provide specifically targeted advice and support to help improve their performance
- Maintain the high quality of University of Otago qualifications
The Academic Progress Policy operates over a two year period and is administered by the Manager, Student Administration.
All students have their academic performance monitored each calendar year. When students fail to pass at least half of the points they are enrolled for in a calendar year, they come under the provisions of the policy and are placed on conditional enrolment.
Students placed on conditional enrolment are required to provide a study plan, consult a designated Adviser of Studies who helps them enrol for a prescribed course of study. They also give students who are having difficulty the opportunity to be involved in identifying problems restricting their achievement.
If students on Conditional Enrolment pass fewer than half the points of the prescribed course of study, they will be suspended from enrolment at the University for the next two calendar years.
If students pass half or more of the prescribed course of study in the Conditional Enrolment year, they return to normal enrolment the following year of study.
For further advice on the Academic Progress Policy, please contact:
Student Records Office
Who does it apply to?
The Academic Progress Policy applies to the following:
- All students studying from 100-level to 400-level, with the exception of specialised undergraduate Health Science programmes which have exclusion clauses in their own regulations
- Transferring students from other universities as if their previous study had been undertaken at the University of Otago
- Students suspended under the academic progress policies (or equivalent) of other universities. Such students will not be permitted to transfer to the University of Otago until such time as that suspension has passed
Information for suspended students
Limitation of Enrolment provisions mean that any Otago students who have not been enrolled at Otago for two years or more are classified as recommencing students.
Any student suspended under the policy who wishes to enrol again when their suspension expires will be required to go through the Preferential Entry/Competitive Entry enrolment pathways process. This means that applicants will be considered for re-enrolment on the basis of their academic records at both Otago and other tertiary institutions where relevant.
If you intend on returning to University once your suspension expires, it is important you strengthen your academic record by successfully studying a course at Level 5 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications framework. Such programmes are offered by Polytechnics, Institutes of Technology and other similar types of institutions.
Designated Advisers of Studies
In each Division there are designated Advisers of Studies who you are required to see if you are placed on conditional enrolment.