Prepare your documentation. Write down some dot points to take to the hearing, outlining the factors that have impacted on your course progress, for example:
- Health issues – present evidence such as a medical certificate or report.
- Financial issues – consider current work commitments. One option may be to work less hours or reduce your study load next study period.
- Relationship difficulties – if possible, provide a letter of support from your doctor or counsellor.
- Academic support – if you have sought help from Academic Support and Development at VU or external sources (for example, tutoring) then provide evidence of the help you have received.
- Other – some examples may include disability, family or work. Explain how these external factors have affected your studies.
Once you have stated the reasons why you have been making unsatisfactory progress you need to offer solutions for continuing in your course. This includes outlining to the College how you plan to continue successfully, for example seek counselling, reduce working hours, or receive extra tutoring.
If you require assistance to prepare for your hearing, contact Student Advocacy.
In certain cases, an Advocate may be able to accompany you to the hearing. You can also bring a friend or family member to the hearing with you as personal support if needed.