Education at UWA

How to submit a rule waiver request?

Rules are authoritative statements explaining what can or cannot be done in a particular context; policies are statements of the principles governing decision-making; courses at UWA are administered through relevant rules and policies.

The waiving of rules and policies apply to courses where the rules and policies do not specifically provide for exceptions to be exercised by the University. This process is covered by the University Policy on waiver of rules and policies applying to courses.

All rule waiver requests should be submitted by the Faculty via the online rule waiver form.

Types of requests for which a Rule Waiver may be submitted

Types of request

Supporting documentation

Who submits?

Who approves?

1.  Variation to unit rules for cycle 1 and cycle 2 coursework courses, specific to:

  • unit substitution

Compulsory: 

Student Academic Record

Optional:

Legible statement from student

Other supporting statements

 Course advising faculty or equivalent submits requests to Curriculum Management

Dean of Coursework Studies

2.  Rules / policies relating to other coursework course requirements, such as:

  • additional points/units
  • alternative exit pathways
  • broadening units
  • exceeding the permitted number of Level 1 units
  • to be exempt from completing units in the unit set

Course advising faculty or equivalent submits requests to Curriculum Management

Chair, Academic Board, with Dean of Coursework Studies' recommendation

3.  All other types of waiver of rules and/or policies applying to courses, including HDR courses:

  • Admissions
  • English Language Competence Requirements

Course advising faculty or equivalent submits requests to Curriculum Management

Chair, Academic Board, with Dean of Coursework Studies' recommendation

Exceptions where a Rule Waiver request does not need to be submitted

Enrolling in additional units for completing course requirements

Requests for enrolling in additional units of up to 12 credit points for course completion should not be treated as a rule waiver but rather administered as part of course advising by the Faculty Student Office (see Good Practice Guide for undergraduate student advising). A rule waiver will no longer be required to manage such requests. A request seeking to enrol in additional units beyond the permitted 12 credit points will require submission of a rule waiver request for consideration by the University.

Unit rules relating to prerequisites/co-requisites

Requests relating to unit rules to allow a student to enrol in a higher level unit without completing its relevant prerequisites (a lower level unit) / co-requisite, or concurrently with a lower level unit, are approved by the Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) of the relevant Faculty, or equivalent. A rule waiver will no longer be required to manage such requests.

Unit substitution for postgraduate units

Requests relating to unit substitution for postgraduate units of up to 12 credit points do not require a rule waiver. These requests are approved by the Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) of the relevant Faculty, or equivalent. Requests seeking unit substitution for postgraduate units beyond the permitted 12 credit points will require submission of a rule waiver request for consideration by the University.

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