UNSW Student Guidelines


Your Academic Standing is assigned at the end of each term and is determined by two factors:

•    Your Academic Standing at the end of the previous standard 12-week term, and
•    Your academic achievement in the current standard 12-week term.
Your Academic Standing results are published to your myUNSW account. Visit myUNSW to learn more about Academic Standing.


All work submitted for marking in the School must be accompanied by an appropriate coversheet, which will include a statement about its originality. You must sign the coversheet and so agree with the statement. Unsigned work may not be marked. Unless a specific coversheet is provided in your course, use one of the generic coversheets located on Moodle.


Students are expected to be regular and punctual in attendance for all classes. Students may be excused for unavoidable reasons. Explanations of absences from classes, or application for exemption from classes should be addressed to the Registrar. These will require supporting evidence such as a medical certificate.

If students attend less than 80% of classes they may be refused final assessment in affected courses.  See the A-Z Guide information on Attendance


Visit the Faculty’s Bachelor Program Rules for advice and rules covering:

  • School General Guidelines

    The Faculty’s broad objectives of its undergraduate programs

  • Transfers between programs
  • Rules of progression in your degree including re-enrolment and pre and co-requisite requirements
  • General Education requirements
  • Honours
  • Part-time study
  • Professional recognition
  • Computing requirements


The University is committed to the pursuit of excellence in learning, teaching and research, and to community engagement. The Student Code of Conduct sets out the University's expectations of students with respect to their academic and personal conduct and outlines the University’s responsibilities to students. See A-Z Guide for information on Student Code of Conduct.


The Student Equity and Disabilities Unit (SEADU) is committed to ensuring that every student’s experience of UNSW is free from discrimination and harassment.


Examinations are held in June/July and in November/December each year. It is the student's responsibility to be familiar with the rules governing the conduct in examinations.
See the A-Z Guide for information on Examinations.


See A-Z Guide for information on Student Code of Conduct.


It is expected that all students must at all times submit their own work for assessment. Submitting the work or ideas of someone else without clearly acknowledging the source of the quotation, piece of borrowed material or ideas, is plagiarism.

Plagiarism is considered academic misconduct and severe penalties apply. In simple English, copying is not allowed; if you copy you will lose marks and could ultimately face expulsion. If you are ever in any doubt, consult your lecturers, tutors or the Learning Centre. Read more at Learning & Teaching’s Plagiarism & Academic Integrity and see also Academic Misconduct.


It may happen that a student performs far below their ability in an assessment or is unable to submit an assignment on time or attend an examination due to illness or misadventure.
You can apply for consideration for the affected assessments. To find out more including eligibility, see the A-Z Guide information on Special Consideration.


Videos are often provided to students as a web stream within the Moodle learning management system. Videos are not available for download by students, unless approved by the Course Convenor and either the Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework Director. Special consideration can be provided for students to access videos off-line (eg. working remotely). Please contact the Course Convenor for more information. Note that UNSW reserves the right to deliver videos as a web stream rather than off-line, and cannot provide videos that are copyright from other providers.