Selection and admission policy

A new Admissions and credit policy and supporting processes have been developed and approved and will come into effect on 1 January 2018. At that time this policy will cease to apply.

Intent and objectives

This policy governs selection and admission of students at RMIT.

Objectives

1. The selection and admission policy supports selection of applicants who are capable of succeeding in their chosen program. To this end:

1.1. Admission requirements are designed and monitored to support selection of applicants who are capable of succeeding in their program, on the basis of merit.

1.2. Selection decisions are fair, consistent, as objective as possible, and transparent.

2. The University is committed to social inclusion and provides access for cohorts who are under-represented in tertiary education. To this end, selection decisions may be tempered by equity considerations.

3. Selection and admission supports university strategy and profile planning by ensuring that the University:

3.1. maintains its reputation for excellent learning, teaching and research training by demonstrating appropriate admission standards; and

3.2. flexibly adjusts intakes to courses and programs in response to its strategic objectives and changes in the availability of applicants.

4. Selection and admission complies with relevant legislative, regulatory and reporting requirements.

Scope

All programs and courses on the RMIT University scope of registration or which RMIT University accredits.

Exclusions

None

Policy provisions

Responsibility

1. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) is responsible for coordinating the University’s selection and admission activities to:

1.1. ensure compliance with this policy; and

1.2. ensure that selection and admission supports the University’s academic, business and social inclusion strategies.

Admission requirements

2. In order to be eligible for selection an applicant must satisfy university-wide entry requirements and program entry requirements.

3. Satisfaction of these requirements permits an applicant to be considered for a place; it does not guarantee an offer of a place. Where selection is from a pool of applicants (as in VTAC selection), it may be competitive.

4. Program entry requirements are published in Program Guides and, for programs taking applications through VTAC, in the VTAC Guide.

University entry requirements

5. University entry requirements are university-wide and comprise:

5.1. the minimum age at which applicants may be admitted to programs or courses,

5.2. the minimum academic requirement or equivalent, or training requirement, for admission to each level of program, and

5.3. English language requirements for admission to programs or courses.

6. University entry requirements are stated in the Selection and admission procedure.

Program entry requirements, selection tasks, and selection methodology

7. Program entry requirements may include:

7.1. a specified level of previous study, or equivalent;

7.2. a specified minimum level of achievement in previous study, or equivalent; and

7.3. specific prerequisite courses or subjects, and specified minimum scores in these.

8. Every program must have documented program entry requirements, selection tasks (if used) and selection methodology.

9. Program entry requirements and selection tasks must be designed to measure an applicant’s capacity to succeed in the program.

10. Program entry requirements are approved as part of the program approval process.

11. Selection methodology and any selection tasks are approved by the relevant College Board.

12. Amendments to program entry requirements, selection tasks (if used), or selection methodology may be made by the relevant College Board.

13. Program entry requirements, and selection tasks an applicant must satisfy to be eligible for selection, must be used to select applicants for the program wherever it is taught. All applicants must satisfy the minimum program entry requirement. Where the program is in high demand, applicants may need to satisfy a standard higher than the minimum program entry requirement.

Selection methodology

14. A selection methodology will be defined for each program for each location and for each fund source.

15. Applications will not be pooled (held for competitive selection at a later time) unless the program has obtained the approval of the relevant College Director of Planning and Resources or equivalent.

16. Deans/Heads of School are responsible for selection of applicants. Deans/Heads may delegate responsibility for selecting applicants.

Integrity of selection decisions

17. Selection of applicants for RMIT programs is conducted with fairness and integrity.

18. All applicants must be selected according to formally approved admission standards, comprising university entry requirements, program entry requirements, and selection tasks (if used), in accordance with the approved selection methodology for the program.

19. Staff involved in selection decisions must comply with the University’s policies and procedures regarding the disclosure and management of conflict of interest.

Information for applicants

20. The official source of information regarding program entry requirements is the Program Guide.

21. Information for applicants will accurately reflect the program entry requirements as listed in the Program Guide.

22 Information about selection tasks is published in program summaries and the VTAC Guide.

23. If an applicant is not successful in their application for a program, they may be offered a place for which they are eligible, either in the same program at another location, an alternative program, or a pathway program.

Offer

24. Offers of admission to any program shall be made only by:

24.1. an officer of the University expressly authorised to do so by the Academic Registrar; or

24.2. the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) acting on behalf of the University.

25. Staff of partner institutions may assist with selection of applicants in accordance with university-wide entry requirements and program entry requirements; however, offers may only be made by officers of the University authorised to do so by the Academic Registrar.

26.The University reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission and/or cancel the enrolment of a student where such an offer:

(a) was made on the basis of incomplete or inaccurate information supplied by the applicant or a certifying authority, or

(b) would be contrary to Australian law.

27. The University reserves the right to cancel a program that is not viable, and to cancel any offers of admission to the program that have been made.

28. The decision to cancel a program and offers of admission to the program will be made by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

Equitable access to tertiary education

29. The University is committed to providing equitable access to education. This involves adjusting selection methodology in order to conduct merit-based selection of applicants from groups who are under-represented in the student population.

30. The University maintains specific schemes, procedures, guidelines and targets to facilitate access of designated groups.

31. The University is committed to facilitating access to education for indigenous applicants.

32. Program information will describe the inherent requirements of the program in sufficient detail to make these clear to prospective students, including those with disabilities.

Profile

33. The University has an annual profile process to plan the number of places to be offered in its programs. The annual profile targets are approved by the Vice-Chancellor, taking into account advice from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive.

34. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) may approve sub-targets relating to aspects of the University’s academic, business and social inclusion strategies.

35. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) may approve quotas of places for research students.

Deferment

36. Deans/Heads of Schools have discretion to offer deferment.

Internal applications

37. Students currently enrolled in an RMIT program, at any level, may make an internal application for another RMIT program.

38. Internal applicants must satisfy the same entry requirements as other applicants for the program. The University has discretion, however, to give preference to an internal applicant above an external applicant, in accordance with the selection methodology for the program.

Articulation

39. The University is committed to supporting the articulation of graduates between RMIT University programs.

Refusal of admission

40. Admission may be refused to applicants who would otherwise be eligible for admission in the following circumstances:

40.1. the applicant has outstanding fees owing to RMIT;

40.2. the applicant has been expelled or excluded from RMIT or from another tertiary education institution for reasons of unsatisfactory academic progress, for reasons of health or for reasons of discipline (or for any combination of these reasons);

40.3. the applicant has been expelled or excluded from RMIT under Statute 6.1 Student Discipline;

40.4. in the opinion of the relevant College Pro Vice-Chancellor, the applicant's conduct would provide reasonable grounds to take action to exclude the person from study under Statute 6.1 had the applicant been a student of the University; or

40.5. admission of the applicant would be contrary to Australian law.

41. The University may refuse admission because of an applicant’s inability to satisfy the inherent requirements of a program.

42. If an applicant has been excluded from RMIT University or any other institution, they must disclose the fact of and reasons for their exclusion, together with details of any penalty, at the time of their application.

43. If non-disclosure is discovered, assessment of the application will be halted until the applicant explains the reasons for the non-disclosure.

Readmission

44. RMIT students whose enrolment lapses may reapply for admission to their program and will be subject to the same requirements as all other applicants at the time of applying.

45. Applicants who have met the entry requirements but have previously been excluded from RMIT or any other institution must demonstrate that they have an improved likelihood of success in the program for which they are applying.

Review of decision

46. An applicant may seek a review of a selection decision by the process set out in the Selection and admission procedure. To be considered, the review submission must meet the grounds stated there.

Waiver of requirements

47. University-wide entry requirements and program entry requirements may be waived in exceptional circumstances. For further information, see the Selection and admission procedure.

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