UniSA Academic Policies

There are a number of University policies that affect students. USASA Advocates are experts in these policies and can provide you with assistance.

One of the most important policy documents for UniSA students is the Assessment Policies and Procedures Manual (APPM). This page explains some important sections of the APPM for students and the policies relevant to the Advocacy service.

See the full list of UniSA Academic Policies and Procedures here.

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Email USASA.Advocate@usasa.sa.edu.au as soon as you require assistance

Explanations of APPM Sections

Academic Integrity (Plagiarism)

Academic Integrity and Misconduct issues related to plagiarism, exam breaches, using the work of other people and for many other reasons. If you are experiencing an Academic Integrity or Academic Misconduct problem we strongly recommend that you contact a USASA Advocate who can help you through the whole process. For more information on the process also see Section 9 of the APPM.

Appealing a Final Grade 

If you don’t agree with a Final Grade you may be able to appeal that grade by following the procedures set out in Section 8 of the APPM or by contacting a USASA Advocate for help on the best way to appeal.

Academic Review (Preclusion)

If you have received a Notification 3 email/letter from the University that you are making unsatisfactory progress in your studies and that you are being Precluded it is very important you take action. We strongly advise you to contact a USASA Advocate for help you make decisions about what you can do. You may also want to check Section 10 of the APPM for details.

What does preclusion mean?

Deferred Assessment 

If you are unable to complete a final assessment/examination you might be eligible to apply for a deferred assessment. You will need to show that you experienced unexpected or exceptional circumstances during the period of time relating to the assessment/exam. You will need supporting evidence to show what happened and its impact on you. To get assistance with this, refer to Section 7 of the APPM and contact a USASA Advocate.

Special Consideration

Special consideration is a form of secondary assessment that a student may be granted if a final piece of assessment/examination is affected by unexpected or exceptional circumstances. You will need supporting evidence to show that the circumstances happened at the time leading to the examination or deadline for assessment. To find out more about applying see Section 7 of the APPM and contact a USASA Advocate.

Extensions to Assessment Deadlines

If you are unable to meet a deadline for an assessment task you may be able to get an extension. These are based on unexpected, medical, compassionate or special grounds. See Section 7 of the APPM and contact a USASA Advocate.

Assessment Re-mark

If you don’t agree with your grade you can ask for a re-mark and get another independent person to mark your assessment. This second mark will be the final mark, so talk to a USASA Advocate first and see Section 5 of the APPM.

Assessment Re-submission

Some students who have failed an assessment may be able to re-submit that assessment after making alterations, additions or amendments. To find out if you are eligible see Section 5 of the APPM or talk to a USASA Advocate.


If you would like to make a complaint about a staff member, the problem with a University process or another student there are clear guidelines about how you can do that. Contact a USASA Advocate for specific advice about your circumstances and also see the Student Complaints Resolution policy.

University Polices Relevant To Advocacy Service 

Academic Policies List

Postgraduate Academic Policies List

Research Policies List

Corporate Policies List

Statutes Policy

General Policy


Students should refer to the policies available here: www.saibt.sa.edu.au/policies

It is strongly advised that students requiring assistance make an appointment to see an Advocate as soon as possible.

The University of South Australia Student Association acknowledges the Kaurna, Boandik and Barngarla First Nations People as the traditional custodians of the unceded lands now home to the University of South Australia’s campuses in Adelaide, Mount Gambier and Whyalla. We respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging. We also acknowledge the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia. It was and always will be Aboriginal land.

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