Students rights & responsibilities


AGSM Programs' reputation is dependent on the conduct of the members in its community. We expect the conduct of our students to be fair and responsible at all times.

We expect behaviour to be consistent with a culture that places learning and collaboration above competition. We treat each other as we expect to be treated. For more information read the UNSW Student Conduct Policy.

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Understanding policies

UNSW policies apply to staff and students of AGSM Programs. Where there are additional points or procedures which apply specifically to AGSM Programs they are set out on this website. If students are in doubt about the policy or procedure relating to a particular matter they should seek advice from Student Experience.

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AGSM distributes a weekly e-newsletter as the primary way of communicating with students on important operational matters and pending events. It is a condition of your study that you read the e-newsletter, and other occasional communications from AGSM.

If you are enrolled in any AGSM course please ensure that you are receiving the newsletter on a weekly basis. If you do not receive it please contact at once. Students on program leave should also receive the weekly newsletter of their program.

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Academic misconduct

It's important that students realise the wide scope of academic misconduct and also that some practices, which may be acceptable in the workplace or other environments, are considered to be misconduct in a university environment.

Academic misconduct includes:

  • Cheating, copying or using another person's work without acknowledgement
  • Tampering with an academic transcript or results notice
  • Breach of such rules or guidelines relating to student conduct as may be prescribed by the University, the Vice Chancellor, the Dean and AGSM Programs
  • Behaviour which impairs the reasonable freedom of other persons to pursue their studies or research, including:
    • Conduct detrimental to any AGSM Programs or UNSW property or facility
    • Conduct which unduly disrupts or interferes with a class or prevents the giving of a class
    • Verbal abuse (direct or via email)
    • Any act of aggression that may cause an individual to be concerned for his/her safety

UNSW can impose heavy penalties on students for academic or student misconduct, including failure in a course, fines, suspension or loss of privileges. The following are examples in which students have previously been found guilty of academic misconduct:

  • Impersonation in examinations
  • Taking unauthorised materials into an examination
  • Submitting work for an assessment knowing it to be the work of another person
  • Improperly obtaining prior knowledge of an examination paper or answers and using that knowledge in the examination
  • Failing to acknowledge the source of material in an assignment

Students found guilty of serious academic misconduct are commonly excluded from the university. The period of exclusion can range from one session to permanent exclusion.

For further information please see UNSW's position on student conduct

Even unintentional plagiarism is a violation of the UNSW Plagiarism Policy, so it is essential that you understand what plagiarism is and develop the academic skills to avoid it.

For further information please see UNSW’s Academic Integrity and plagiarism.

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UNSW's complaint policy and procedures apply to all enrolled students and any decisions that may affect the student's standing in a course. Grievances, for example, may relate to an assessment, discontinuation, access to facilities, award of scholarships and prizes, the behaviour and decisions of others or disputes about fees.

If you have a complaint or any concerns for yourself or another student or staff member, you should contact Student Experience as soon as possible. AGSM Programs expect that grievances should, in most instances, be resolved through informal discussion and consultation without recourse to formal appeal.

However, where resolution is not possible, AGSM Programs is committed to listening seriously to complaints and resolving them by following UNSW procedures (for the purposes of these policies and procedures, the Head is the Director of the Program).

For further information please see UNSW's Policies, Procedures and Guidelines.

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Some student projects may involve using information that is confidential to a company. In these cases, a confidentiality agreement between AGSM Programs, the student and the employer or project-related company is drawn up.

This confidentiality agreement is valid for all assessments involved. In addition, all AGSM Programs employees, including markers, are bound by a confidentiality clause as part of their conditions of employment.