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Assessment Policies and Exam Rules

If you sit formal exams at the University of Adelaide you must be aware of the current Policies and Exam Rules.

Assessment policies

If you sit formal exams at the University of Adelaide you must be aware of the current Policies. Click on the appropriate link for further information.

For an overview of what you can expect from the University and your responsibilities as a student, please see the student charter.

Assessment for coursework programs policy

Assessment is a core academic activity and an essential component of the learning process. Its main purposes are to encourage student learning, to make judgements about student achievements, and to monitor the effectiveness of the learning environment.

The assessment for coursework programs policy sets out the principles which underpin the University of Adelaide's approach to assessment, and the mandatory procedures which ensure that the principles are implemented.

Academic honesty policy

The academic honesty policy sets out the obligations of coursework students when undertaking assessment tasks, including examinations, particularly the obligation of academic honesty.

Modified arrangements for coursework assessment (MACA) policy

The modified arrangements for coursework assessment (MACA) policy acknowledges that students who obtain a fail grade in a course may warrant a second chance to demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes of that course. The policy extends this safety net to students who fail the last course required to complete their academic program.

The policy further acknowledges that students may be academically disadvantaged when special needs or unforeseen circumstances impair their ability to complete assessment tasks by or on the specified date. It sets out the grounds and processes for granting modified assessment arrangements. For example defence force commitments, religious reasons (refer to policy for complete list).

Students who have functional limitations resulting from a temporary or permanent disability, illness or medical condition, please refer to reasonable adjustments to teaching and assessment for students with a disability policy.

Reasonable adjustments to teaching and assessment for students with a disability

Reasonable adjustments to teaching and assessment for students with a disability policy overview:

  1. In keeping with its values, the University of Adelaide is committed to providing equitable outcomes and participation for all students, including those with a disability.
  2. The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) makes it unlawful for the University to discriminate against a person on the grounds of their disability in the provision of education.
  3. Under the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (Cth), the University is legally required to make reasonable adjustments to enable a student with a disability to participate at University on the same basis as other students without a disability, provided the integrity and inherent academic requirements of the student's course of study is maintained.
  4. The University's commitment to the provision of reasonable adjustments in teaching and assessment is documented in the University's Disability Action Plan 2014-19.

Examination rules

If you sit formal exams at the University of Adelaide you must be aware of the following requirements.

Policies and rules ensure equity and efficiency in our processes. Students should familiarise themselves with their obligations in regards to exams.

Any breach of the requirements, whether committed intentionally or unintentionally may be regarded as 'misconduct', and dealt with under the University's academic dishonesty procedures contained within the academic honesty policy.

Students are responsible for reading their timetables carefully and checking them on a regular basis. Misreading the exam timetable and failing to attend will not constitute sufficient grounds to apply for a replacement exam.

As a general rule, the University does not consider minor ailments such as colds and respiratory infections as grounds for being certified unfit to sit an exam.

Please note that while attending exams, off campus, students are expected to comply with University policies and procedures regarding appropriate and respectful behaviour. Students are bound by the Student Misconduct Rules and should there be any reports of disorderly conduct or behaviour, a referral to the Student Miscount Tribunal may occur.


Examination materials permitted / not permitted

You are strongly advised not to bring a bag and/or personal items to the exam venue. The University takes no responsibility for any loss or damage to those items.

Students bringing bags into the exam venue may be subject to inspection as you enter the venue. Place all the materials you will need on your desk and put any other materials eg. mobile phones and pencil cases in your closed bag under your seat.

Only bring to an exam those items which you need to undertake the exam.

You must bring to each examination

  • Your current Student ID or other photo identification
  • Reasonable supplies of all required writing materials, erasers, etc.

Materials permitted

  • A small purse or wallet, including keys, money, ID and credit cards
  • One clear plastic bottle of clear water, up to 1 litre in size (water is available at the venue)
  • A closed bag stored under your seat
  • Any materials specified by the examiner, as set out on the front page of the exam paper

Materials not permitted

You must not bring into the exam venue any material which enables, or has the potential to enable, you or others to cheat or to gain an unfair academic advantage. Examples of materials which are not permitted include, but are not limited to:

  • writing or other paper
  • dictionaries, textbooks, notes or other reference material not specified on the front page of the exam paper
  • electronic devices including: mobile phones, smart watches, headphones, dictionaries, organisers, laptop computers unless specified by the examiner
  • any drinks other than clear water in a clear plastic container.

Where an examiner permits, or requires the use of materials that are not normally permitted, the examiner will advise you in advance and a statement approving their use will appear on the front page of the exam paper. If the front page does not specifically authorise the use of items not normally permitted in an exam, students will not be allowed to use them.

Where an examiner permits an individual student (unique to the rest of the candidates) to use exam aides (such as a paper dictionary), the examiner must provide written authorisation to the student and a copy must be sent to the examinations office. The student must present this authorisation to the exam supervisor at the venue at the commencement of the exam.

An exam supervisor will confiscate any unauthorised material brought into an exam venue. Being in possession of such material during an exam constitutes a breach of the academic honesty policy and academic dishonesty procedures and will be dealt with according to the relevant principles.

Materials not to be removed

You must not remove any materials issued for use in the exam. All such materials remain the property of the University, whether they were used or not. These include, but not limited to, completed scripts, ripped out pages, blank answer books, question papers, examination questions, drawing paper and scribble paper.

Mobile phones

You are not permitted to bring your mobile phone into the exam venue unless it is switched off and stored in your closed bag under your seat.

If a mobile phone is found switched on in your possession during the exam it will be deemed as a breach of the policy and will be held as unauthorised material. This may result in the matter being referred to the Head of School for further action in accordance with the Academic Dishonesty Procedures.