Academic Progress Regulations

Part A: Academic Standing

1. All students are required to make satisfactory academic progress in each enrolment period and maintain an Academic Standing of Achieved, Good or Excelling.

2. Academic Progress is determined to be satisfactory for a given enrolment period if students pass all of the credits in which they are enrolled for those courses which conclude in that enrolment period.

3. In addition to maintaining an Academic Standing of Achieved, Good or Excelling, students are required to comply with the Progression and Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations for the qualification(s) in which they are enrolled.

4. Academic progress is assessed on the results of those courses in which students are enrolled which conclude at the end of the enrolment period, and students are advised of their Academic Standing as soon as practicable after the release of grades. Should the grades for an individual student for the enrolment period remain unavailable following the published examination results notification date for that enrolment period, a student will be advised that they have insufficient grades at this time to calculate their Academic Standing.

5. The following levels of Academic Standing may be applied: Excelling, Good, Achieved; Academic Management, Academic Risk, Excluded Short Term, and Excluded Long Term. The criteria for each level is outlined in the following table. Students passing only pass/fail courses in an enrolment period can be assessed with an 'Achieved' outcome, but not a 'Good' or 'Excelling' outcome as these depend on grades. Students with no previous standing include those in their first enrolment period at the University and those in their first enrolment period after moving to a programme at a higher level of study:

Academic Standing Criteria

Standing Criteria
Excelling Passed 100% of credits in most recent enrolment period and cumulative B+ or above grade point average over the last five years at same level of study.
Previous Standing not Academic Risk or Exclusion.

Student eligible to apply for maximum workload.
Good Passed 100% of credits in most recent enrolment period and cumulative B grade point average over the last five years at same level of study.
Previous Standing not Academic Risk or Exclusion.

Student eligible to apply for maximum workload.
Achieved Passed 100% of credits in most recent enrolment period with cumulative grade point average lower than specified for Good or Excelling Standing.
Previous Standing not Academic Risk or Exclusion.

Students eligible for maximum workload.
Academic Management Passed 1-99% of credits in most recent enrolment period with no previous Standing;
OR
Passed 1-99% of credits in most recent enrolment period with previous Standing being one of Excelling or Good or Achieved;
OR
Passed 50-99% of credits in most recent enrolment period with previous Standing of Academic Management;
OR
Passed 100% of credits in most recent enrolment period with previous Standing of Academic Risk or returning from Exclusion.

Student restricted to 60 credits in a Semester and 30 Credits in Summer School (Clause 17).
Academic Risk Passed 0% of credits in most recent enrolment period with no previous Standing or with previous Standing of Excelling or Good or Achieved;
OR
Passed less than 50% of credits in most recent enrolment period with previous Standing of Academic Management;
OR
Passed 50-99% of credits in most recent enrolment period and previous Standing of Academic Risk or returning from Exclusion.

Student restricted to a 30 credits in a Semester and not permitted to enrol in Summer School (Clause 18).
Short Term Exclusion Passed less than 50% of credits in most recent enrolment period with previous Standing of Academic Risk or returning from Exclusion in the previous enrolment period.

Student not permitted to enrol at Massey University for a minimum of 12 months (Clause 19).
Long Term Exclusion Passed less than 50% of credits in most recent enrolment period with previous Standing of Academic Risk or returning from Exclusion in the previous enrolment period and have previous Exclusion within last eight years.

Student not permitted to enrol at Massey University for a minimum of three years. Must apply for readmission (Clause 20).

6. Students new to study at Massey University will be advised of their Academic Standing on conclusion of their first enrolment period: possible University Academic Standings are Excelling, Good, Achieved, Academic Management and Academic Risk.

7. Students transitioning from sub-degree to undergraduate level study, and from undergraduate/ graduate to postgraduate level study, will have their Academic Standing assessed and awarded in accordance with these regulations, on the conclusion of their first enrolment period at the higher level. A student's enrolled qualification determines the level of study for Academic Standing. This is deemed to be the enrolled qualification, in an enrolment period, once the student can no longer withdraw from all courses with refund and without academic penalty. Once a student transitions to a higher level of study, courses taken after that time are deemed to be at the same level of study and included in the calculation.

8. Students returning to Massey University following a University Exclusion imposed prior to the 2014 Academic Year will have an Academic Standing of Academic Risk upon their re-enrolment.

9. Students returning to Massey University following a College Exclusion imposed prior to the 2014 Academic Year will have an Academic Standing of Academic Management upon their re-enrolment.

10. All other returning students will have their Academic Standing assessed and awarded in accordance with these regulations, on the conclusion of their first enrolment period following their return to Massey University from Semester One 2014.

11. The following additional levels of Course-Specific Academic Standing may be applied: Course Short Term Exclusion (refer clause 14), Course Long Term Exclusion (refer clause 15) and Permanent Exclusion (normally applies to postgraduate courses).

12. The following additional levels of Qualification-Specific Academic Standing may be applied: Qualification Exclusion. Qualification Exclusion will apply when a student meets the requirements for exclusion as outlined in Part C.

Part B: Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

13. Academic Progress is considered to be unsatisfactory if students fail to obtain a pass in one or more courses in which they are enrolled and which conclude in that enrolment period. Where a student withdraws from 50% or more of their courses, without academic penalty in two consecutive semesters or from 50% or more of their courses in all their enrolment periods over at least two years, this is also counted as unsatisfactory academic progress.

14. Any student who has been awarded a final failing grade for the same course of which they have failed at least twice within five years will be excluded from enrolling in that course for a period of 12 months (Course Short Term Exclusion) in relation to undergraduate courses and permanently for postgraduate courses (Permanent Course Exclusion).

15. Further to Regulation 14, any student who has been awarded a final failing grade for a course that they have been excluded from for a period of 12 months (Course Short Term Exclusion) over the past eight years will be excluded from the course for a period of three years and must apply for readmission to the course if they wish to re-enrol in the course (Course Long Term Exclusion).

16. Massey University defines the grades of D, E, F, and DC as failing grades. Awards of WD- and zero credit courses are neutral for the purposes of calculating Academic Standing but WDs are counted toward satisfactory progress as per Regulation 13.

17. Students with an Academic Standing of Academic Management will be restricted to enrol in a maximum of 60 credits per semester/double semester and 30 credits in Summer School. Students may be required to participate in an academic support initiative(s) at the discretion of the University.

18. Students with an Academic Standing of Academic Risk will be restricted to enrolment in a maximum of 30 credits per semester/double semester and will not be permitted to enrol in Summer School. Students may be required to participate in an academic support initiative(s) at the discretion of the University.

19. Subject to Regulation 20, students with an Academic Standing of Academic Risk who fail to obtain a pass in 50 percent or more of the credits in which they are enrolled, will be excluded from the University for a period of 12 months, after which time, and subject to Regulation 20, they may re-enrol.

20. Further to Regulation 19, students who are excluded two or more times over eight academic years will be excluded for a minimum period of three years and must then apply for readmission to the University if they wish to return to study.

21. Applications for readmission under Regulation 20 may be submitted to the Provost no earlier than 6 months prior and no later than 2 months prior to the first enrolment period in which they are eligible and in which they seek to re-enrol; permission may be withheld. Applications will not be accepted for readmission into Summer School.

22. The future enrolment of any student who has been excluded will be subject to:

(a) Part C; and

(b) the University's rights, at law, to refuse to enrol any person; and

(c) other University prescribed requirements (including (re)selection criteria in programmes with a limited number of places available); and

(d) the outcomes of any misconduct or disciplinary process.

(e) satisfactory participation in academic support initiatives required in accordance with Regulations 17 and 18 above.

23. Credits from study undertaken elsewhere while excluded from Massey University, or a Massey University programme or course, cannot be transferred back to Massey University, or to the programme or the course that the student was excluded from.

24. Except with the prior written permission of the Academic Board (or its delegate), no student shall be enrolled at Massey University on transfer from another University when their academic record is such that had they been enrolled at Massey University then under these or other University Regulations they would qualify for exclusion on the grounds of Unsatisfactory Academic Progress.

Part C: Regulations Relevant to Specific Programmes

25. In addition to regulations 1 to 22 (inclusive) and regulation 48 below, the following regulations regarding exclusion from specific qualifications will apply and students will be assessed at the end of each enrolment period for which they are enrolled. For the purposes of these regulations, a full-time programme of study means that the student has enrolled in at least 105 credits in their last three periods of enrolment in the specified qualification.

26. For persons enrolled in Te Aho Tātairangi: Bachelor of Education Teaching Māori Medium/ Diploma in Māori Education or Te Aho Tātairangi: Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Kura Kaupapa Māori the following will lead to exclusion from the programme or College as decided by the Academic Board (or its delegate):

(a) failure to obtain a pass in a compulsory course for which they have been enrolled for two occasions;

(b) failure to pass courses totalling at least 75 academic credits or failure to pass 60 percent of a full-time or an approved part-time programme of study in any academic year;

(c) failure to complete the degree within six consecutive calendar years for candidates enrolled in Te Aho Tātairangi: Bachelor of Education Teaching Māori Medium/ Diploma in Māori Education unless a suspension or extension has been granted under the Completion Requirements regulation;

(d) failure to complete the degree within five consecutive calendar years for candidates enrolled in Te Aho Tātairangi: Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Kura Kaupapa Māori unless a suspension or extension has been granted under the Completion Requirements regulation.

Persons excluded under (a), (b) and either (c) or (d) above will only be re-admitted to a Te Aho Tātairangi degree with the approval of the Academic Board under such conditions as it may determine.

Persons excluded twice under a), (b) and either (c) or (d) above will not be permitted to re-enrol for Te Aho Tātairangi: The Degree of Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Kura Kaupapa Māori.

27. For persons enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education), Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary) or Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) the following will lead to exclusion from those programmes of study:

(a) failure to obtain a pass in a course in two successive attempts;

(b) failure to pass courses totalling at least 60 academic credits or failure to pass at least 60 academic credits or failure to pass at least 50 percent of a full time or an approved part-time programme of study in any academic year;

(c) failure to complete the diploma within two calendar years' of full-time study, or three years of part-time study from the date of first enrolment in a course to be credited to the Diploma.

Persons excluded under (a), (b) and (c) above will only be re-admitted to the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education), Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary) or Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) programme with approval of the Academic Board or their nominee. Such approval may be withheld or granted subject to conditions.

28. For persons enrolled in The Postgraduate Diploma Teaching and Learning in Māori Medium the following will lead to exclusion from the qualification:

(a) failure to obtain a pass in a course in two successive attempts;

(b) failure to pass courses totalling at least 60 academic credits, or failure to pass 50 percent of a full-time or an approved part-time programme of study after in any academic year; or

(c) failure to complete Te Aho Paerewa The Postgraduate Diploma Teaching and Learning in Māori Medium within three calendar years from the date of first enrolment in a course to be credited to the qualification.

Persons excluded under (a), (b) and (c) will only be readmitted to Te Aho Paerewa The Postgraduate Diploma Teaching and Learning in Māori Medium with the approval of the Pro Vice-Chancellor or nominee. Such approval may be withheld or granted subject to conditions.

29. For persons enrolled in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science, the following will lead to exclusion from that programme:

(a) failure of the first semester of the professional phase of the programme;

(b) failure of the same year in two successive attempts;

(c) failure of any two years of the programme;

(d) not passing all courses in a year on the first attempt (i.e. without supplementary assessments or repeating the year) in any 3 years of the programme;

(e) failure to complete the requirements of the Degree within 8 years from the date of first enrolment in the professional phase of the Degree;

(f) Persons excluded under clause 16(a) or 16(e) will only be re-admitted to the BVSc programme with approval of Academic Board under such conditions as it may determine;

(g) Persons excluded under clause 16(b) or 16(c) or 16(d) above will not be permitted to re-enrol for the BVSc degree.​

30. For persons enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing the following will lead to exclusion:

(a) failure to obtain a pass in any of the Bachelor of Nursing courses for which they have been enrolled for two occasions;

(b) failure to pass courses totalling at least 60 percent of a full time or an approved part-time programme of study in any academic year;

(c) failure to complete the degree within five years from the date of first enrolment.

Persons excluded under (a), (b) or (c) above will only be re-admitted to the Bachelor of Nursing programme with the approval of the Academic Board.

31. For persons enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work the following will lead to exclusion:

(a) failure to meet the requirements for registration as set down by the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board in terms of candidates being 'fit and proper persons to practice social work';

(b) failure to pass in either 179.355 or 179.455 in two successive attempts;

(c) persons excluded under clause (b) will only be re-admitted to the Degree of Bachelor of Social Work with approval of the Academic Board, which may be declined, or granted under such conditions as it may determine.

32. For persons enrolled in the Master of Applied Social Work the following will lead to exclusion:

(a) failure to meet the requirements for registration as set down by the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board in terms of candidates being 'fit and proper persons to practice social work';

(b) failure to obtain a pass in a compulsory course for which they have been enrolled for on two occasions.

(c) persons excluded under (b) above will only be re-admitted to the Master of Applied Social Work programme with approval of the Academic Board which may be declined, or granted under such conditions as it may determine.

33. For students enrolled in the Bachelor of Aviation – Air Transport Pilot major the following will lead to exclusion:

(a) No candidate will be given more than two opportunities to pass each flight assessment, unless in exceptional circumstances and subject to the prior recommendation of the Student Review Board and the approval of the Chief Executive Officer for the school.

(b) Candidates who have failed a flight assessment twice and whose performance is deemed unacceptable by the School of Aviation Student Review Board will be recommended to the Chief Executive Officer for the school to be excluded from the BAv-ATP major. The Chief Executive Officer for the school will consider the recommendation(s) of the School of Aviation Student Review Board and any other matters the Chief Executive Officer for the school considers relevant and make a recommendation to the Academic Board (or its delegate). The Academic Board (or its delegate) will make the final decision.

(c) Candidates who have failed a compulsory course twice and whose performance is deemed unacceptable by the School of Aviation Student Review Board will be recommended to the Chief Executive Officer for the school to be excluded from the BAv-ATP major. The Chief Executive Officer for the school will consider the recommendation(s) of the School of Aviation Student Review Board and any other matters the Chief Executive Officer for the school considers relevant and make a recommendation to the Academic Board (or its delegate). The Academic Board (or its delegate) will make the final decision.

(d) Failure to pass 45 credits in a first attempt at Part 1 of the Bachelor of Aviation – Air Transport Pilot major.

(e) Persons excluded under clause (b), (c) and (d) above will not be re-admitted to the BAv-ATP major without first submitting themselves for re-selection into the programme and being accepted.

34. For candidates enrolled in the Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Technology the following will lead to exclusion from that programme:

(a) failure to pass any course in which they have been enrolled on two occasions;

(b) failure to complete the requirements of the Degree within five years from the date of first enrolment in the professional phase of the Degree;

(c) persons excluded under clause (a) and (b) will only be readmitted to the Degree of Veterinary Technology with the approval of Academic Board under such conditions as it may determine.

35. For candidates enrolled in the Degree of Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science, the following will lead to exclusion from the qualification:

(a) failure to obtain a pass in a compulsory 200- or 300-level course in which they have been enrolled on two occasions;

(b) failure of the practical work component in one or more of the 400-level courses.

Persons excluded under clause (b) will only be re-admitted to the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science with approval of Academic Board under such conditions as it may determine.

36. Persons enrolled in the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching or Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching will be excluded from the qualification on the basis of failure to complete a course in two successive attempts.

37. For candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy or Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy with Honours the following will lead to exclusion from the qualification:

(a) failure to complete a compulsory course in two successive attempts.

(b) failure to pass courses totalling at least 75 credits or failure to pass at least 60 percent of a full-time or an approved part-time programme of study in any academic year;

(c) failure to complete the degree within six consecutive years, unless a suspension or extension has been granted.

38. For candidates enrolled in the Executive Master of Business Administration the following will lead to exclusion from the qualification:

(a) failure to complete the degree within either the timeframes specified under the Completion Requirements; or

(b) within the timeframes specified by Academic Board or their delegate when a period of extension or suspension has been approved.

39. For candidates enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology the following will lead to exclusion from the qualification:

(a) failure to complete any Part One course in two successive attempts;

(b) failure to complete the Clinical Psychology Internship in two successive attempts.

40. For candidates enrolled in the Master of Teaching and Learning the following will lead to exclusion from the qualification:

(a) failure to obtain a pass in a course in two successive attempts;

(b) failure to pass courses totalling at least 50 percent of a full-time or an approved part-time programme of study in any academic year; or

(c) failure to complete the Master of Teaching and Learning within three years from the date of first enrolment in a course to be credited to the qualification.

41. For candidates enrolled in the Degree of Doctor of Business and Administration, the following will lead to termination of registration:

(a) failure to pass any one of the courses in Part One;

(b) failure to make adequate progress as required by the six-monthly progress reports in accordance with the guidelines published by the Doctoral Research Committee as assessed by the Supervisors, Head of Academic Unit, and the Doctoral Research Committee.

42. For candidates enrolled in the Degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology, the following will lead to termination of registration:

(a) failure to pass any one of the taught courses in the Schedule for the Qualification;

(b) failure to pass any one of the Practicum or Internship courses;

(c) failure to make adequate progress as required by the six-monthly progress reports in accordance with the guidelines published by the Doctoral Research Committee as assessed by the Supervisors, Head of Academic Unit, and the Doctoral Research Committee.

43. For candidates enrolled in the Degree of Doctor of Education, the following will lead to termination of registration:

(a) failure to pass any one of the courses in Part One;

(b) failure to make adequate progress as required by the six-monthly progress reports in accordance with the guidelines published by the Doctoral Research Committee as assessed by the Supervisors, Head of Academic Unit, and the Doctoral Research Committee.

44. For candidates enrolled in the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, the following will lead to termination of registration:

(a) failure to make adequate progress as required by the six-monthly progress reports in accordance with the guidelines published by the Doctoral Research Committee as assessed by the Supervisors, Head of Academic Unit, and the Doctoral Research Committee;

(b) failure to successfully complete the confirmation event within the stated timeframes.

45. For candidates enrolled in the Degree of Doctor of Social Work, the following will lead to termination of registration:

(a) failure to achieve a B+ or higher for each of the courses specified for the Provisional Registration in Part One;

(b) failure to make adequate progress with the objectives established in the six-monthly progress reports in accordance with the guidelines published by the Doctoral Research Committee as assessed by the Supervisors, Head of Academic Unit and the Doctoral Research Committee.

Part D: Exclusion from the University

46. Unless the context requires otherwise:

"Exclusion" means either:

(a) the cancellation of a student's enrolment at Massey University in a course, programme, or the University, when during that person's enrolment it becomes evident that any of these Regulations apply; or

(b) where a student seeks enrolment and any of the clauses in these Regulations apply, then exclusion means the refusal to enrol the person concerned in the course(s) or programme(s) or at this University as the case may be.

47. Subject to regulation 48, for the purposes of Section 224(12) of the Education Act 1989, these Regulations comprise the Council refusing to permit or cancelling the enrolment of a person as a student at Massey University, on the grounds that the person has made insufficient progress in the person's study or training after a reasonable trial at Massey University or at another institution.

48. The University retains its rights at law to refuse to permit, or to cancel, the enrolment of a person as a student at Massey University on the grounds that the person has made insufficient progress in the person's study or training after a reasonable trial in circumstances that are different from the circumstances specified in these Regulations. Enrolment may also be cancelled or refused when a student repeatedly withdraws (with or without academic penalty). Additionally, the University may refuse to enrol or cancel the enrolment in certain courses but permit enrolment in other courses on the grounds of insufficient progress.

49. Powers under these regulations are exercisable by the Chair, Academic Standings Hearing Committee as delegated by Academic Board and may also be exercised by the Vice-Chancellor (or their delegate).

Part E: Procedure for Submissions and Appeals

50. Students can make a submission regarding their Academic Standing at any time prior to their submission deadline date, on the grounds of process or that their performance has been seriously affected over an extended period of time by their Exceptional Personal Circumstances.

51. Submissions should be submitted via the Student portal and will be forwarded to the next meeting of the Academic Standing Hearings Committee.

52. The Academic Standing Hearings Committee shall be constituted by Council on the recommendation of the Academic Board. Its powers, including the right to refuse or cancel enrolments on grounds of insufficient progress after a reasonable trial, are delegated by Council through Academic Board. Full information on Powers and membership requirements are outlined in the Academic Standing Hearings Committee Terms of Reference as approved by Academic Board.

53. Except as required by law and except that no person shall appear before the Academic Standing Hearings Committee to make oral submissions, the Academic Standing Hearings Committee shall determine its own procedure. Each student shall have reasonable opportunity to make written submissions together with any other submitters or corroborative evidence the Committee requires.

54. Students may appeal the outcome where there are exceptional personal circumstances. Appeals must be received within five working days of notification of the outcome of a submission. Appeals will be forwarded to the Provost or delegate. The Provost or delegate will instigate an investigation into the process followed and determine its adequacy. The decision of the Provost or delegate will be communicated to the student and will be final.

Any change to the Academic Standing resulting from an appeal will be implemented to be effective at the next opportunity for enrolment.

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