Rules, rights and responsibilities

The information on this page refers to exams for higher education students at Federation University Australia. All students should be aware of the rules, rights and responsibilities associated with exams.

Document to downloadUpdated
Examinations information for students (pdf, 276kb)7 September 2016

Frequently asked questions

  1. Travelling during exam periods
  2. What should I do if I cannot sit my exam?
  3. Mobile phones and other electronic devices
  4. Definitions for integrity in assessment, cheating and plagiarism
  5. Dictionaries for students of non-English speaking backgrounds

1. Travelling during exam periods

Travel is not generally acceptable grounds for seeking Special Consideration during exam periods, and off-campus arrangements are only possible for students enrolled as Online & Distance Learning (ODL).

Students should never book flights, trips or events during the formal exam period. If you do so, you do so at your own risk. The final exam timetable is published 4 weeks prior to main semester exam periods, but if your examination is rescheduled for any reason, you still have an obligation to attend.

It is each students' responsibility to be available for exams as scheduled, and you must plan to attend your exams at your enrolled campus during the official examination period as stipulated on the Academic Calendar.

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2. What should I do if I cannot sit my exam?

Unless the exam has been cancelled or your circumstances mean you are eligible for Special Consideration or study adjustments, you may not miss your exam.

Requests to have an exam rescheduled for reasons such as employment commitments, travel (including overseas travel), and social engagements (weddings, birthdays, etc) will not be approved.

Note that the University's Higher Education Examinations Procedure states that "Students must ensure they are available to attend examinations during the formal examination period outlined in the published Academic Calendar".

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3. Mobile phones and other electronic devices

It is recommended that you do not bring any mobile phones or other electronic devices (except a calculator where authorised) into an exam. A mobile phone without a SIM card is still considered a mobile phone and is prohibited for use as a calculator, dictionary or other resource.

Students who choose to bring a mobile phone or any other prohibited electronic device (mobile phone, calculator, electronic dictionary, iPad, digital watches, laser or light emitting pens, etc) into an exam venue, will be required to:

  1. Switch device/s off.
  2. Place the device on the floor under their desk, where it can be seen by examiners.

If a student is found to be in possession* of a prohibited electronic device or any unauthorized materials during an exam, the items or materials will be confiscated and forwarded to the Exams Office. Students are advised that disciplinary action may be initiated as a result of breaching prohibited item rules.

*"In your possession" is defined as items in your pockets, clothing or on any part of your person, including your desk or chair.

Please see the full document, Examinations information for students (pdf, 297kb), for further clarifications around prohibited items and electronic device policies.

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4. Integrity in assessment procedure and definitions for cheating and plagiarism

Integrity in assessment is achieved when students receive proper credit for assessable work which is clearly their own. You can read more about the definitions here:

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5. Students of non-English speaking background

There are also guidelines for students from non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB), which may mean you are able to make use of an unmarked bi-lingual hard-copy dictionary, during your examination.

You must first seek a letter of permission from the Dean of your School, prior to the day of your exam. This letter must then be presented to the Faculty for recording in the university's approved records management system.

  • Note: the option for a bilingual dictionary may not apply to students studying a language unit if the bilingual dictionary is one of the languages being assessed.
  • Any annotated dictionaries will be removed and/or reported as a breach in accordance with Statute 5.3 The Schedule Part 1 Section 7.

Electronic dictionaries are not permitted, in any format, to be used for any exams which are centrally timetabled.

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