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Procedure: Academic statements

Purpose

This procedure sets out the University’s processes in relation to the content, issuance and amendment of academic statements.

Procedure

1. The University's academic statements are official documents and remain the property of the University. They are issued, reissued, altered or withdrawn at any time on the authority of and in accordance with the rules and policies of the University.

2. The University issues academic statements:

  • to the individual student/graduate only and not to a third party without authorisation by the student/graduate in writing unless otherwise required for official or legal (e.g. sub poena) reasons, in accordance with the Privacy Act (1988);
  • in digital format through My eQuals online portal platform;
  • within a reasonable period in respect of inherent production timeframes.

3. The University regards graduation as a public event and the University's Register of Graduates is thus a public document, and the University verifies upon request that a particular Award has been conferred upon an individual by the University.

4. A digital and hard-copy testamur is issued to a graduand at the time of graduation and to a graduate in a reasonable timeframe where graduation is in absentia.

5. A joint testamur is issued only in the case of a formal written agreement with a partner institution(s) that is approved by the Vice-Chancellor and specifies that a joint testamur is to be issued.

6. A replacement hard-copy testamur is reissued upon application and with evidence that satisfies the Registrar that the original has been permanently lost, damaged or destroyed.

7. A corrected testamur is reissued on authorisation of the Registrar and only after the incorrect hard-copy testamur has been surrendered to the University and destroyed. A corrected digital testamur will rescind and replace the previous version.

8. Replacement/corrected testamurs are issued in the format current at the time of reissue and state the both the date of printing as well as date of conferral. As a consequence, signatories to the replacement/corrected testamur may be different from those on the original testamur.

9. A student/graduate is issued an official academic transcript either in hard copy or digitally by the University through My eQuals upon application. The issuing of an official academic transcript will rescind and replace a previous version if it exists through My eQuals.

10. An official academic transcript is made available to graduates digitally by the University through My eQuals upon or after issuance of a testamur.

11. Graduation statements are provided digitally by the University through My eQuals upon or after issuance of a testamur.

12. Graduation statements are available only to graduates who graduated in December 2009 or later.

13. Academic statements which refer to Awards rescinded or surrendered under the relevant policy and procedure are destroyed upon recovery by the University.

14. The content of academic statements is given in Table 1.

15. An unofficial academic transcript has the same content as an official academic transcript as well as any supplementary information required to monitor the student’s academic progress.

16. Authority to amend academic statements is given in Table 2.

17. The Registrar may appoint a delegate to authorise routine amendments to official academic transcripts and graduation statements that do not affect impact, such as the amendment of a web address or correction of a typographical error.

Table 1: Content of academic statements

Testamur

The Australian National University arms.

The Australian National University seal, embossed and crimped.

Graduate's legal name (excluding title). Date of conferral.

Name of Award with any relevant coursework augmentation.

Award exit standard if relevant (excluding honours level). Date of issue (if different from date of conferral).

A unique document number (testamur number). Signatures of the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor.

Language of instructionfor any parts of a course of study or assessment that was taught in a language other than English, excluding programs designed for language acquisition and development.

Joint testamur awarded for completion of a program that requires 50 percent or more of the total EFTSL to be completed at a partner institution

All content for testamur (above).

Signatures of the delegates of the partner institution and or the arms of the partner institution (as specified in the joint program agreement)

Any further items specified in the joint program agreement with the partner institution.

Language of instructionfor any parts of a course of study or assessment that was taught in a language other than English, excluding programs designed for language acquisition and development.

Joint testamur awarded for completion of a program that requires 33 to 49 percent of the total EFTSL to be completed at a partner institution

All content for testamur (above)

The statement: THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF AN APPROVED PROGRAM OF STUDY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

<PARTNER INSTITUTION>

Any further items specified in the joint program agreement with the partner institution.

Language of instructionfor any parts of a course of study or assessment leading to the qualification that was taught in a language other than English, excluding programs designed for language acquisition and development.

Official academic transcript

(as at the time of issuance)

Student/graduate's legal name (excluding title) and student ID number.

All courses undertaken at ANU including unit values, all recorded grades and marks, any failed courses or courses withdrawn from after the relevant census date.

All programs undertaken at ANU in which the student/graduate was effectively enrolled, including those active, approved, awarded, discontinued or excluded from, including any relevant Augmentations and Specialisations.

A notation of “Excluded” adjacent to any program from which the/graduate student is excluded.

All completed majors, minors and specialisations.

All course credit counted toward a program (noting that Marks will not be recorded for courses credited).

Thesis title for any sub-thesis or thesis of 18 units or more.

Award exit standard if relevant.

Honours level and final honours mark (honours degrees only).

Merit based scholarships and prizes administered by ANU.

Grade-point-average across each relevant career (undergraduate, graduate coursework, higher degree research).

Language of instructionfor any parts of a course of study or assessment leading to the qualification that was taught in a language other than English, excluding programs designed for language acquisition and development.

Graduation statement (as at time of graduation)

All mandatory content specified in the Guidelines for the Presentation of the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement.

All completed majors, minors and specialisations for the Award.

Award exit standard (if relevant). Honours level (honours degrees only).

Merit based scholarships and prizes administered by the University.

Thesis title (any sub-thesis or thesis of 18 units or more). Thesis abstract (research degrees only).

Positions of President and Vice-President of the University Student Associations (if relevant).

Language of instructionfor any parts of a course of study or assessment leading to the qualification that was taught in a language other than English, excluding programs designed for language acquisition and development.

Table 2: Authority to amend academic statements

Authority

Amendment

University Council

Presentation of testamurs

Vice-Chancellor

Presentation of official academic transcripts presentation of graduation statements

Registrar

Content of official academic transcripts details within a testamur (corrections only) details within official academic transcripts

Information

Printable version (PDF)
Title Academic statements
Document Type Procedure
Document Number ANUP_004401
Version 8
Purpose This procedure sets out the University’s processes in relation to the content, issuance and amendment of Academic Statements.
Audience Students, Staff
Category Academic
Topic/ SubTopic Students
 
Effective Date 21 Dec 2017
Review Date 14 Nov 2019
 
Responsible Officer Registrar, Student Administration
Approved By: Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Contact Area Division of Student Administration
Authority Australian Qualifications Framework
Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015