At risk policy

“What is the at risk policy?” might you ask.

Another question you might ask and panic is “I’M GOING TO BE KICKED OUT OF MY COURSE STRAIGHTAWAY! WHAT DO I DO HERE???? I’VE FAILED A FEW SUBJECTS AND THIS IS MY FIRST SEMESTER OF FAILING!!!!” Don’t panic. The good news is that RMIT is not going to kick you out straight away. In fact they want to help you the first time around.

In answer to the first question, the “at risk” policy is a policy at RMIT is designed to help those that have failed a few subjects for the first time. If you fail a few subjects in a semester or fail the same subject twice for the first time, you will be put “at risk” by the Student Progress Committee. What is the “Student Progress Committee?” might you ask. They are a group of people, usually within your school that meet at the end of the end of the teaching period to identify students who are “at risk”.

What now?

The school will send you an email via your student email to ask you to have a meeting with them about your “at risk” status. At this stage they just want to help you, not try to exclude you.  You will meet with one or two academic advisors. This meeting is a chance to explain what went wrong during the semester and identify ways in which to help yourself so that you’ll do better and pass everything (almost everything!). At the meeting a plan will be discussed and decided upon. This is the Academic Improvement plan.

You then need to sign this document. This will be sent to you by email and will go into your student file. If you don’t agree to anything in the plan, don’t sign it. Instead ask for clarification from the academic advisor.

Make sure that you check your student email regularly.

And if you received the email late or it never came, call the school and let them know. Or otherwise they will do a plan in your absence and will send one to you and you won’t be able to tell your side of the story.

But what if I need to appeal a result or make a complaint?

Get help from the Student Union and make sure that you tell the academic advisors at your meeting. If you don’t things might get worse. At least they don’t have to worry about you there and then.

Good luck with all of this and stay calm, cool and classy

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