Frequently asked questions about Academic Standing

What is the Academic Standing process?

The Academic Standing process runs at the end of each enrolment period: Semester 1, Semester 2, and  Summer School.  Your grades are used to calculate a provisional University Academic Standing, and to identify whether provisional Qualification and Course Academic Standings are required. You will be notified when your provisional Academic Standings are available.

Standings are confirmed approximately a week after you have been notified of your provisional standing, and during this time you have the opportunity to make a submission.  If you do not make a submission, your provisional standings will be confirmed at the same level. If you make a submission, your standings will remain provisional until a decision has been made; they will then be confirmed. You will be notified when your standings are confirmed.

How is my University Academic Standing calculated?

University Academic Standing is calculated each enrolment period after exams are completed, and you will be advised of your standing when your full grades are available.  Two pieces of information are needed:

  1. Pass calculation = Credits passed ÷ credits attempted1
  2. Your existing Academic Standing

1 Withdrawals before 75% of the study period will not be included in these calculations

Together they determine your University Academic Standing.   For the Excelling Standing, your Grade Average over the last 8 years of study at your highest study level (pre-degree, undergraduate/graduate or postgraduate) is considered as well.

What is a Qualification Academic Standing?

The Qualification Academic Standing (Excluded) is only relevant for qualifications with specific exclusion regulations. Some professional qualifications have specific regulations concerning exclusion from their programme of study. If you are not studying in one of these qualifications, or you are progressing successfully through your qualification you will not receive a Qualification Academic Standing.

The relevant qualifications are:

  • Bachelor of Aviation - Air Transport Pilot major
  • Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy
  • Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
  • Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Primary
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary)
  • Degree of Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
  • Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)
  • Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
  • Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Technology
  • Master of Applied Social Work
  • Bachelor of Nursing Diploma in Education Studies
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Graduate Diploma in Science for the purpose of gaining registration as Medical Laboratory Scientists
  • Te Aho Tatairangi
  • Masters of Teaching and Learning

If you are enrolled in one of these qualifications and fail to meet the criteria as set out in the regulations, you will receive a Qualification Academic Standing of Excluded. Qualification exclusions are for an indefinite period. 

Information on qualification exclusions can be found in the Calendar within Statutes and Regulations under the Academic Progress Regulations (see Academic Progress Regulations, Part C)

What is a Course Academic Standing?

The Course Academic Standing (Excluded) applies when you have failed a course more than once. Fail results are D, E, F and DNC.  If you pass your courses on your first or second attempt, you will not receive a Course Academic Standing.

A Course Academic Standing lasts for one academic year from the end of the second failure to pass; e.g if the second fail was in Semester One, you may re-enrol for the course from Semester Two the following year. 

During the exclusion period, you may continue to study other courses, but credits (from Massey or other tertiary institutions) may not be substituted directly for the excluded course(s).

Course exclusion may restrict your progression through your qualification.  Please contact us for Course Advice to ensure you choose your courses correctly.

What if all my grades are not available?

If full grades do not become available within a reasonable length of time then your University and Qualification Academic Standing will be calculated based on you receiving a ‘best possible grade’ for the course(s) that still have missing grades. You will be notified of your standing and have the opportunity to make a submission, as usual.

The Course Academic Standing process is run on available grades – therefore you may receive notification of a Course Exclusion before you have received your University or Qualification Standings.

How does Academic Standing work with qualifications that have specific requirements?

A number of professional qualifications have progression requirements, i.e. it is necessary to pass particular course(s) or at a particular level in order to be able to progress in that qualification.

Specific progression regulations apply alongside Academic Standing. It is possible to fail to progress within a qualification, but still carry on with enrolment at Massey University.

Information on qualification progression can be found in the Calendar within  Qualification Regulations under the relevant College and qualification

This is my first year at Massey. What Academic Standing will I start on?

Your first University Academic Standing will be calculated at the end of your first enrolment period. . Depending on your performance you will be assigned one of the following Standings: 

  • Excelling: passed all of your courses with a grade average of at least A-
  • Good: passed all of your courses
  • Academic Management: passed less than 100% of your courses

We want your first study to be successful. Please contact a Student Success Advisor if you would like to talk with someone about strategies you can put in place to ensure you achieve at the highest levels from the start of your study. 

What standing can I expect next enrolment period?

Use the tool below to identify your University Academic Standing and what you can expect, depending on your results, after your next enrolment period.

Who gets an Academic Standing?

All students other than PhD and Research Masters students will be included in the University Academic Standing and Course Academic Standing process.  Qualification Academic Standings only apply to specific qualifications. 

Will my Academic Standing impact my funding (including loans and allowances), or visa requirements?

University Academic Standings of Academic Risk or Exclusion (Course, Qualification, Short Term or Long Term) may affect your funding, or your ability to meet your visa requirements.

Continued poor academic performance (failing in one study period, then failing over 50% of your credits in the next study period)  enrolment period s) will result in your enrolment being restricted to 30 credits for a semester while your University Standing is Academic Risk.

This enrolment restriction may affect funding from Studylink, scholarships or other sources. We advise you to contact your funder to discuss your individual funding situation, and seek advice from our Student Information Services.  For StudyLink implications, please contact the on-campus StudyLink Liaison staff who can guide you through possible options in regards to student loans and allowances. While the decision will ultimately be with StudyLink, our staff will be able to advise you of enrolment options and any effects this may have on future entitlement.

If you are an international student, a restriction may also impact on your visa requirements and scholarship entitlements. Please contact the  International Student Support  to discuss the implications for your visa and/or scholarship.

Please note that a University Academic Standing of Academic Risk will apply for a single enrolment period ; standing in the following enrolment period will be either Academic Management (if one or more courses are passed successfully) or University Exclusion (if all courses are failed). 

A course or qualification exclusion may limit your ability to progress with your study as planned, and may therefore also affect your funding. Please seek advice from our course advice team about your options for continuing your study.

A University Exclusion will affect your funding and any visa requirements. It is your responsibility to inform your funder, International Student Support Office or Immigration New Zealand of your situation.

A Short Term University Exclusion lasts for a minimum of 12 months. A Long Term University Exclusion lasts for a minimum of three years, and requires approval for re-entry. On return from exclusion, an Academic Standing of Academic Risk, which restricts enrolment to 30 credits, is allocated for one enrolment period.

If you are having difficulties, we strongly advise that you contact our Student Success Advisors before reaching Academic Risk, so that we can support your development and success in your studies. 

I’m changing my qualification; does that affect my University Academic Standing?

If you are moving between qualifications at the same level (e.g. Bachelor of Arts to Bachelor of Business Studies), then you will keep the same University Academic Standing.

If you are moving between levels; from a pre-degree programme (e.g. Cert Uni Prep) to an undergraduate qualification (e.g. diploma, bachelor degree), or from an undergraduate or graduate qualification (e.g. diploma, bachelor degree) to a postgraduate qualification (postgraduate diploma, masters degree), your University Academic Standing will be reset to neutral from the first course you study at the higher level. Once you are studying at a higher level of qualification, your Academic Standing will include all courses, at any level.

How do I find out about my Academic Standing?

You will receive an email with notification of your Academic Standing at some point after the end of exams each enrolment period. If you don’t get an email, contact Massey to check your email address is correct. 

I'm returning from a College Exclusion; what Academic Standing will I start on?

If this is your first enrolment period studying after being on a College Exclusion your University Academic Standing will start on Academic Management and be re-calculated at the end of your first enrolment period.

While your standing is Academic Management, your enrolment will be restricted to 60 credits each semester for Semester One and Semester Two, and 45 credits for Summer School. You will need to pass at least 50% of your credits in your first enrolment period to avoid dropping to Academic Risk and having the number of courses you can enrol in restricted.

If you continue to fail, your next Exclusion will be University Long Term Exclusion. This has a minimum stand-down of three years and you will be required to complete an application for readmission.

We encourage you to think carefully before returning to study.  It is important that you identify the reasons for your previous difficulties and resolve any issues before re-enrolling.. Please contact us if you would like to talk with someone about study skills or support strategies. You can seek academic guidance from your College or approach an appropriate student service for assistance. 

I'm returning from a University Exclusion; what Academic Standing will I start on?

If you have previously had a University Exclusion and received approval to return to study, then your University Academic Standing will be Academic Risk. You will only be permitted to enrol in a maximum of 30 credits. Your Academic Standing will be re-calculated at the end of your first semester.

You will need to pass at least 50% of your credits in your first semester so that your standing improves to Academic Management. 

If you fail to pass at least 50% of credits on your return, or in a future enrolment period when you have a standing of Academic Risk, your standing will move to University Long Term Exclusion This has a minimum stand-down of three years and you will be required to complete an application for readmission.

We encourage you to think carefully before returning to study.  It is important that you identify the reasons for your previous difficulties and resolve any issues before re-enrolling. Please contact us if you would like to talk with someone about study skills or support strategies you can put in place. You can seek academic guidance from your College or approach an appropriate student service for assistance.

Does Academic Standing apply to practicums and zero-credit courses?

University Academic Standing is calculated using courses with credits only, zero-credit courses are not included. If you have a zero-credit practicum as your only course over an enrolment period, you will not receive an Academic Standing for that period; your standing will remain from the previous enrolment period. 

Some practicums are included in the criteria for Qualification Academic Standing – please check the Academic Progress Regulations for your qualification requirements.

Course Academic Standing applies to practicums with credits.  It does not apply to zero-credit courses.

How does University Academic Standing work with Double Semester courses?

The results for double semester courses are included in Academic Standing calculations at the end of Semester 2.

When credit restrictions for Academic Risk or Academic Management standings are applied, credits in double semester courses are halved e.g. a 15 credit double semester course will count as 7.5 credits of the 30 credits allowed while an Academic Risk standing is in place.

Enrolment restrictions at the end of Semester 1 will be applied to double semesters also e.g. when  a University exclusion is confirmed after Semester One, enrolments in all remaining courses, including any double semester  courses, will be cancelled (without financial penalty or further academic penalty). 

What do I do if I disagree with my Academic Standing?

If you think your Academic Standing is incorrect – you may make a submission or an appeal.

Academic Standing submissions and appeals are slightly different in how they are managed and how they impact on your study.  It is important that you understand the differences.

  • Submissions – apply when your Standing is provisional.  You have up to five working days to put in a submission after you receive notification of your provisional Academic Standing.  If you do not then we assume that you are happy with your Standing and it is confirmed.   If your submission is successful then you can continue studying in the current enrolment period.
  • Appeals – apply after your Standing has been Confirmed irrespective of whether or not you have previously put in a submission.  You can only appeal on matters of process (such as an incorrect calculation or a grade change). If you have had enrolment restrictions enforced, even if your Appeal is successful, these may not be reversed until the next enrolment period (see Academic Progress Regulations Clause 49).

To make either a Submission or an Appeal – log into MyMassey, look at the ‘MyMassey Study’ box on the left for ‘About academic standing’ and click on ‘Make appeal or submission’.   

I want to improve my Academic Standing; where can I get assistance?

Massey has a wide range of resources, support and services that you can access to assist you with your study and issues that affect your study.  You will find links here.  If you are not sure who could best assist you, please get in touch with Information Services or a Student Success Advisor who will be able to assess your situation and refer you to the best person.

Is there any other information about Academic Standing that I can access?

Yes, the Academic Progress Regulations provide information about Academic Standing and Qualification-specific requirements.

I have more questions. Who can I talk to?

If you have any questions about Academic Standing please feel free to contact a Student Success Adviser or Massey Contact

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