Policies & Guidelines

This page provides information on:

Student conduct

All students must read and adhere to the UNSW Student Code Policy (2016) (PDF):

There are five primary student responsibilities under this Code:

  1. A condition of enrolment that students inform themselves of the University’s rules and policies affecting them, and conduct themselves accordingly.
  2. An obligation to act with integrity in academic work, to ensure that all academic work is conducted ethically and safely.
  3. An obligation to observe standards of equity and respect in dealing with every member of the University community.
  4. An obligation to use and care for University resources in a lawful and appropriate manner
  5. An obligation to not diminish the University’s reputation in the carrying out of academic and other associated University activities.

A related document is the UNSW Student Misconduct Procedure (2016) (PDF).


When you enrol at UNSW, you are given a UNSW email account. Email is the main way UNSW formally communicates with students. It is a requirement that you read emails that are sent to this address, as it may contain vital administrative or teaching material not provided any other way. If you use an email account other than the centrally provided UNSW account, you must arrange to redirect your emails to an account you do use. The IT Service Centre can provide further assistance: it.servicecentre@unsw.edu.au 

Attendance and absence

Please read the UNSW policy on Attendance and Absence.

The School of Social Sciences expects that students will attend and participate actively in 100% of learning and teaching activities (henceforth ‘classes’, to include lectures, tutorials, seminars, labs, online activities and so on).

If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, you may be recorded as absent. If such a penalty is imposed, you will be informed verbally at the end of class and advised in writing within 24 hours. Attempts to falsify attendance records will be treated as student misconduct under the Student Misconduct Procedures.

All applications for exemption from attendance at classes of any kind must be made in writing to the course convenor and, where applicable, should be accompanied by an original or certified copy of a medical certificate or other form of appropriate evidence.

If you attend less than 80% of classes, you may be refused final assessment. This means that if you do not attend at least 80% of possible classes your final assignment or exam may receive a mark of zero. Your course outline will specify which assessment item will be refused if you fail to meet the minimum attendance requirement. You are responsible for keeping track of your attendance and contacting your course convenor immediately if you are concerned about your attendance record and its impact on your ability to complete your course successfully.

A student may be excused from classes for up to one month (33% of learning and teaching activities) in exceptional circumstances and on production of an original or certified copy of a medical certificate or other form of appropriate evidence. In such cases, course convenors may assign additional and/or alternative tasks to ensure that students have met the volume of learning associated with the course.

Extensions and late submission of work

Work submitted late (i.e., past the time and date specified in the course outline) will incur late penalties.

Work submitted less than 10 days after the stipulated deadline is subject to a deduction of 5% of the total possible marks for the task for each day or part thereof that the work is late. Lateness will include weekends and public holidays. For example, if you submit an assignment with a stipulated deadline of 4pm on 13 May 2016 at 4.10pm on 14 May 2016, the assignment will have 10% deducted from the raw mark awarded, as the assignment was submitted ten minutes in to the second day. If the assignment is marked out of 100, then this is a 10 mark deduction; a mark of 67 would become 57. If the assignment is marked out of 40, for example, then this is a 4 mark deduction (10% of 40 = 4); a mark of 27 would become 23.

Work submitted between 10 and 19 days after the stipulated deadline and without an approved extension in place through the Special Considerations system will be assessed and brief feedback provided but a zero grade will be recorded for the assignment. If the work would have received a pass mark but for the lateness and the work is a compulsory course component, you will be deemed to have met that requirement.

Work submitted 20 days or more after the stipulated deadline and without an approved extension in place through the Special Considerations system will not be accepted for assessment and will receive no feedback, mark or grade. If the assessment task is a compulsory component of the course you will automatically fail the course with an Unsatisfactory Fail (UF) grade.

Unless you are notified otherwise, courses in the School of Social Sciences do not allow for the resubmission of assignments after the due date has passed. Any assignment submitted on or after its due date will be accepted as the final submission of that assignment; there will be no possibility for further editing or revision of this assessment item. Please also note that TurnItIn does not allow you to resubmit your assignment once the due date has passed. It is your responsibility to check that your submission is complete and accurate at the time of submission.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

UNSW has an ongoing commitment to fostering a culture of learning informed by academic integrity. All UNSW staff and students have a responsibility to adhere to this principle of academic integrity. Plagiarism undermines academic integrity and is not tolerated at UNSW.

Plagiarism is a form of cheating which constitutes student academic misconduct. Plagiarism can result in penalties to grades, suspension or exclusion from the University. This and other types of academic misconduct must be avoided. These are outlined in the Student Code Policy (PDF) and the Student Misconduct Procedure.

It is your responsibility to educate yourself about the different types of plagiarism, which include copying, inappropriate paraphrasing and/or citation, collusion, and self-plagiarism (resubmitting work in whole or in part that has been submitted for assessment for another course). The UNSW Plagiarism Policy Statement (PDF) provides more detail.

There is a central UNSW resource on academic integrity and understanding and avoiding plagiarism. This website contains lots of resources to help you conduct your academic work ethically.

The Elise Study Skills tutorial, which familiarizes students with academic writing, research and using information responsibly, including through proper attribution, is mandatory for all commencing undergraduate students and the quiz must be completed by the end of Week 5 of their first semester at UNSW. All postgraduate coursework students are encouraged to take the tutorial.

Program leave and discontinuation

Student Central provides advice and support on managing your program, including program leave, dropping a course and requests for a fee remission (withdrawal).

The Arts & Social Sciences Student Centre can also assist with enquiries related to courses, streams and programs in the Arts & Social Sciences.


It is essential that all academic work submitted for assessment in the School of Social Sciences is properly referenced. The School has produced the School of Social Sciences Referencing Guide (PDF) [236 Kb], which explains the referencing conventions you should follow in work submitted to the School.

You can also use the bibliographic software program Endnote to manage your references. You can download Endnote for free by following these links:

Once you have installed Endnote, you should download the School of Social Sciences Referencing Style. Save it to your desktop or other easy to find location such as your downloads folder. Then, follow these installation instructions that are appropriate for EndNote X2 and later:

  1. In Windows, or using your Macintosh Finder, browse to the location where you downloaded the style. Double-click on the style file called UNSW SoSS.ens to open it. It should open in the EndNote program.
  2. In EndNote, go to the "File" menu and choose "Save As"
  3. If required, remove the word "copy" from the end of UNSW SoSS, and then click the Save button.
  4. Click on the "File" menu and choose "Close Style”.

Re-marking/review of results

If you have concerns about a mark you have achieved, you should raise this with the course convenor in the first instance. This should normally be done within two working days of the return of the assessed work. You should provide a written account of how the mark provided does not accurately reflect the quality of the work according to the relevant marking criteria.

If you are not satisfied with the explanation provided, you should complete the UNSW Review of Results (RoR) application form, available to download from the University Results webpage.

If the course convenor approves the review, you should submit the Review of Results application form to Student Central. A clean copy and a copy of the marked work with all feedback must be submitted with the RoR application. An administration fee applies under certain circumstances.

If the course convenor does not recommend the review but you believe that the mark/grade does not reflect your performance, you may forward the RoR application form to the Deputy Head of School (Learning & Teaching), Dr Alyce McGovern (email: a.mcgovern@unsw.edu.au).

Special consideration

You can apply for special consideration when illness or other circumstances interfere with your academic performance.

An application for special consideration must be made though Online Services in myUNSW  (My Student Profile tab > My Student Services > Online Services > Special Consideration).

The University provides additional information about special consideration, including instructions and rules relating to an application.

An application for special consideration must be assessed in accordance with the Special Consideration – Illness and Misadventure Policy.

Special consideration is distinct from program-wide educational adjustments. The University distinguishes between special consideration and educational adjustments. If you want to discuss your situation before submitting an application for Special Consideration you can contact an advisor through the Educational Support Service. If the nature of your situation is sensitive then you can also seek advice and support from your program convenor.

Disability Support Services

Students with a disability, and those with ongoing physical or mental health conditions, who require consideration of their circumstances and support, are advised to register with the Disability Support Services (DSS).

When you register for educational adjustments you will have an appointment with a Disability Advisor and they will undertake a comprehensive assessment of your disability, the impact it is having on your studies, and the services available to you. Your advisor will draw up a plan detailing the educational adjustments that have been approved. Your course convenor will be sent a copy of this letter through the Disability Management System and will be asked to acknowledge the adjustments.

You are also encouraged to meet with your course convenors in person to discuss the adjustments and make sure that you have the necessary support in place to complete your courses successfully.

UNSW health and safety policies

You need to be aware of UNSW health and safety policies (PDF).

Student support and grievance procedures

The UNSW Learning Centre provides academic skills support to all students enrolled at UNSW.

UNSW offers a number of support and development services for students.

There is a range of wellbeing, safety and equity initiatives you can access at UNSW.

UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services offer individual consultations and can usually accommodate urgent needs.

If you have issues related to, or concerns about, academic decisions or any aspect of Learning & Teaching in the School of Social Sciences, you are welcome to contact the Deputy Head of School (Learning & Teaching), Dr Alyce McGovern (email: a.mcgovern@unsw.edu.au).

If you have a grievance related to a person or administrative process, you should contact the Deputy Head of School (Learning & Teaching), Dr Alyce McGovern on the details above.

You can also contact the Student Conduct and Appeals Office (email: studentcomplaints@unsw.edu.au, see also further information about progressing a complaint) or the student association Arc@UNSW (email: advice@arc.unsw.edu.au).