Indigenous Studies Policies & Procedures
The following provides information on policies and procedures that are applicable across all of Nura Gili's undergraduate and postgraduate programs, streams and courses.
- Nura Gili's Location and Contact Details.
- Contact details for Teaching Staff and their consultation hours are available on the Nura Gili Contacts page. Consultation outside of the standard consultation hours is by appointment only with email being the preferred contact method.
- Semester dates are available on the UNSW Academic Calendar and course details via UNSW Handbook and UNSW Timetabling.
All assignments are to be submitted online through Moodle and Turnitin. It is your responsibility to keep a copy of your assignment. If your assignment is misplaced or lost you will be expected to produce a copy of your assignment within a specified period. You will also be able to view feedback online on Moodle.
Attendance and Absence from Classes:
Students are expected to be regular and punctual in attendance at all classes in the courses in which they are enrolled. All applications for exemption from attendance at classes of any kind must be made in writing to the Course Authority/ Coordinator. Students are expected to give priority to their university study commitments and work or extra-curricular commitments are not considered a satisfactory justification for missing classes. Note that, UNSW policy regarding student attendance states that if students attend less than 80% of their possible classes they may be refused final assessment. See UNSW's Attendance and Absence page for further info.
Courses and Teaching Evaluation & Improvement (CATEI) process:
Nura Gili endeavours to improve the quality of teaching on all courses continuously. At the end of each semester, students are encouraged to complete the evaluation of the course/s they are enrolled in online through the CATEI process. Nura Gili takes students' evaluation of courses and teaching seriously. Student feedback is an important element of the course renewal process.
If you need enrolment advice relating to Nura Gili courses please contact the Academic delivering the course or Nura Gili's Academic Co-ordinator, Dr Virginia Watson. For enrolment advice relating your program please contact the Arts & Social Science Faculty Student Centre, located on the ground floor of the Morven Brown Building and open between 9am and 4pm from Monday to Friday regarding such issues as the declaration of major and minors, applications for overload, enrolment clash approvals, advanced standing and Arts courses enrolment.
Extension will be granted only for illness or serious problems beyond your control. Requests for extensions must be made by submitting the Nura Gili Extension Application Form to the lecturer concerned before the due date of the assessment. Note that the submission of a request for an extension does not necessarily guarantee approval of the request. Requests for extensions on the grounds of illness must be supported by a medical certificate or other documentation. Late submission without an extension will result in marks being deducted (see below). This process does not take the place of lodging an application for Special Consideration (see below) and students must consider the merits of both the options available.
Grades will be awarded based on the sum of a student’s marks gained from all assessment. Students will be notified of their final grades via myUNSW. A guide to UNSW Grades including a comparison to European and US grading systems is available here. See also 'Review of marks and results and reassessment' below.
Penalties for late submission of assignments without prior approval:
In order to be fair to students who have submitted their assignments on time, and to encourage effective time-management skills, penalties will be applied to late submission of assignments without prior approval. Please see Arts & Social Science protocols and guidlines.
Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct:
Nura Gili takes these issues very seriously and the consequences of not adhering to UNSW policy in this area can be severe. As the UNSW Student Code sets out it is "A condition of enrolment that students inform themselves of the University’s rules and policies affecting them, and conduct themselves accordingly."
Plagiarism is using the words or ideas of others and presenting them as your own. It can take many forms, from deliberate cheating to accidentally copying from a source without acknowledgement. The University has adopted an educative approach to plagiarism and has developed a range of resources to support students.
- UNSW has produced a booklet to assist you with essential information for avoiding plagiarism (pdf).
- Complete the UNSW Library ELISE Tutorial for academic writing, research and the responsible use of information
- Familiarise yourself with the Learning Centre Information on Plagiarism
Program leave and discontinuation:
To ensure that you maintain standing in your Program you must formally apply for Program leave through your Student Profile in myUNSW. For more information, see program leave and discontinuation.
Review of marks and results and reassessment:
Students who wish to query a mark must first contact either the marker (in the case of an assignment) or the course convener (in the case of a final mark and grade for the course, that is the course result) to discuss their performance within two weeks of notification of their marks. Prior to such a discussion students must put their concerns in writing in relation to the stated assessment criteria in the course outline and/or assessment task, indicating the exact areas in which their assessment of their work is different from their marker's assessment before it can be considered for reassessment.
If the student still feels that the marks received did not reflect their performance after consultation with the marker/course convener, they may apply for a formal review of their marks. Applications must be submitted to Student Central and there are fees for both checking a mark and re-assessment.
Special consideration (illness and misadventure):
Sickness, misadventure, or other circumstance beyond your control may prevent you from completing a course requirement or may significantly affect your performance in assessable work. You can apply for consideration for the affected assessments through your Student Profile in myUNSW. For more information, see special consideration.
Special permission to withdraw from a course without penalty:
To withdraw from a course after both the census date and the withdrawal without academic penalty date have passed, you need special permission. Applications to be made through your Student Profile in myUNSW. For more information, see special permission to withdraw from a course
UNSW Student Support Services:
There are a variety of support services on campus including the following:
- The Learning Centre which offers academic skills support to all students enrolled at UNSW.
- The UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services which provides a free and confidential service to all students enrolled at UNSW.
- The Student Equity and Disabilities Unit (SEADU) is a friendly and professional team with expertise in educational liaison and student equity.
- The University Health Services who provide a quality health service to the students, staff & visitors of UNSW.