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Victoria University puts students first

Consistent with its desire to protect students interests Victoria University will put in place arrangements to minimise the impact that a continuing industrial dispute will have on hundreds of students in the Faculty of Business and Law returning to study for Semester Two next week.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Capital and Management Services at Victoria University, Jon Hickman said:

"Seven members of the National Tertiary Education Union have not transmitted the exam results of students in first semester units in the Faculty of Business and Law, in support of an NTEU claim for a pay increase.   The staff involved will not be paid until these results are transmitted and are thus unable to participate in Semester Two teaching and unit management roles.

 "However when Semester Two starts on Monday 26 July we expect that all units will run smoothly.  Where necessary, others are stepping in to undertake the teaching and unit management roles of the staff members who are not available.  Inevitably though we will have some normal 'first week of semester' issues, and the Faculty is planning for these.

 "Students who have not received their results have been advised to proceed on the basis that they have satisfactorily completed their semester one units to at least a Pass level, and so should continue their planned enrolment for semester two without amendment," he said. 

 "The University has approached the NTEU in the hope of alleviating the situation for those students suffering the most damaging impact­­ "" those students who have failed units and hence would have to make decisions about their ongoing studies on that basis.  This request has not been agreed to by the NTEU," Mr Hickman said.

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Christine White, General Manager, Communications & Marketing Services, Marketing and Communications, Victoria University Ph: (03) 9919 4322  Mobile: 0434 602 884 

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