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What is Academic Progress?

If you’ve failed too many subjects or failed the same subject twice, you could be asked to explain factors that have caused your poor academic performance. This can be a confronting and difficult process but our Advocates can help you prepare for meetings and attend meetings with you to ensure the best possible outcome. It can dramatically increase your chances of success and take much of the stress out of the whole procedure.


Have you been called to an Unsatisfactory Progress Meeting?

  • WHAT CAN YOU DO?
    • Get expert, independent advice from the La Trobe Student Union Advocacy Service or your local Student Association, as soon as possible. A decision made at a UPC meeting may have serious consequences.
  • CAN I IGNORE THE REQUEST TO ATTEND THE MEETING?  
    • No, you should either attend the meeting or submit a UPC Submission form explaining your situation and why you are unable to attend. If you do not attend the meeting and do not provide the UPC Submission form, the committee will decide your future without you.
  • CAN I WRITE A LETTER INSTEAD OF ATTENDING THE MEETING? 
    • You can writer your explanation in the UPC Submission form, but the meeting is for your benefit and it is better to attend. At the meeting, you will have a chance to tell the Committee why you failed and explain how you plan to improve.
  • SHOULD I TAKE SOMEONE (A FRIEND OR A SUPPORT PERSON) TO THE MEETING? 
    • Yes. Taking a support person is strongly advised. You may take a friend, a relative, or someone from the Student Union/Student Association. A friend or relative can provide support but a Student Union/Student Association adviser can provide you with accurate advice and also support you if the committee decides to restrict or terminate your enrolment.
  • CAN I APPEAL A DECISION MADE BY THE UNSATISFACTORY PROGRESS COMMITTEE WHICH NEGATIVELY AFFECTS MY ENROLMENT OR PERSONAL INTERESTS? There are appeal provisions if certain grounds are met by the student. For further information about appeals seek advice from La Trobe Student Union Advocacy Service or your local Student Association.
  • WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR HELP WITH ACADEMIC PROGRESS: Contact the relevant advocacy service on your campus via: 


La Trobe University provides a number of resources around Academic Progress

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