A message from some of the speakers at last weeks Town Hall meeting in the Great Hall to discuss Fee Deregulation

I would like this opportunity to share a message from some of the speakers at last weeks Town Hall meeting in the Great Hall to discuss Fee Deregulation
“We were all speakers at the University of Sydney Town Hall meeting; we are undergraduates, postgraduates, general staff, academic staff and alumni Together we form a diverse cross-section of the university. We note that speakers were selected by a chair appointed by university management itself for the stated purpose of representing a full range of backgrounds and perspectives.
We are all in agreement that the majority sentiment among the speakers and the audience was opposed to de-regulation.

Thus, we do not feel it is appropriate for the Vice-Chancellor to continue advocating for de-regulation, and we express our disappointment that public statements regarding the event by the Unviersity have thus far failed to acknowledge the meeting’s clear opposition to deregulation.

We call upon the Vice-Chancellor to publicly disavow his previous advocacy for de-regulation. It is unseemly and anti-democratic for the spokesperson of the University to use his position to advocate against the clear view of the majority of the University community.”

Last Monday the Great Hall was packed out for a discussion on the Universities position on Fee Deregulation. There were 30 speakers ranging from Undergraduate and Post Graduate students, an International student, a rural student, Alumni and Staff. There were a few a differences in opinions but the most notable was that despite the overwhelming support of members of the University of Sydney community the Vice Chancellor Michael Spence continues his push for deregulation.

However it is not Spence who decides the Universities position, it is the senate fellows; and with the elections of undergraduate and postgraduate looming the senate position may change.
Keep posted for updates

Jen Light, SRC President

Dear Abe,

I’ve got a million things going on in my life at the moment and uni just can’t be my number one priority. I can’t imagine that I will be attending many classes from now until the end of the year. I know I’ve missed the HECs census date, but is there a way that I can avoid failing.

Past Census


Dear Past Census,

You are still in time to apply for a Discontinue Not to count as Fail grade (DNF). Look on your faculty website for details on how to do this. This means you will have no academic penalty, but will still be liable for fees. However, if you can show that you reasonably believed that you could complete the subject at the beginning of the year, then things disintegrated beyond your control, you may be able to apply for a refund. Ask an SRC caseworker for details based on your personal circumstances.


Special consideration for student carers

If you are sick or have experienced some misadventure that has stopped you from being able to complete an assessment or exam you can claim Special Consideration.
However, did you know that this includes being a carer for someone who is sick? Of course there are conditions. For example, you have to be their primary carer, and be able to prove that. The University’s policy says:
Students who bear a primary carer responsibility toward another person at the time of an assessment may also apply for special consideration on the basis of illness, injury or misadventure on the part of the person for whom they care if their ability to prepare for or perform the assessment is adversely affected.

So if you are in that situation, get the appropriate documentation and apply before the 5 day deadline.
If it is a situation that you can foresee, then you should talk to your teacher about getting special arrangements instead of special consideration. This might include doing your exam earlier or having a different type of assessment or something else we haven’t thought of.

To see an SRC Help Caseworker
call 9600 5222 to make an appointment or
email: help@src.usyd.edu.au

For more information for student carers support and advocacy see: