Skip navigation

Policy: Class Representatives

Purpose

To standardise the practice of appointing student class representatives by Colleges and Schools and ensure Course Conveners engage and respond to student feedback.

Overview

The policy sets out the role of student class representatives.

Scope

This policy applies to all students and staff.

Definitions

Course Convener A course convener is responsible for the administration of the course, including the finalisation of marks and the submission of marks and grades to the Chair of Examiners; ensuring that the class summary and other course materials comply with University policy and college and school requirements; and student issues relating to the Discipline Rules and Academic Misconduct Rules. A course convener may or may not teach part or all of the course.

Class Representative is a student who is enrolled in a class and who is responsible for representing the cohort of that class.

Policy statement

  1. Class Representatives are an important part of the student consultation mechanism that ensures student feedback is sought and incorporated into the ongoing development of the University’s courses.
  2. Course Conveners, lecturers and all teaching staff act in good faith to take on student feedback and respond in an appropriate and timely manner.
  3. Course Conveners are responsible for publicising the contact information of Class Representatives and acknowledging them as a formal means of providing feedback on University courses.
  4. The relevant Students’ Association may offer training to Class Representatives on the relevant skills required in this role as well as the referral networks available to them.
  5. A Class Representative’s role is to provide constructive feedback on issues affecting the entire student cohort, or a subset of the student cohort.
  6. A Class Representative’s role is not to advocate on behalf of themselves or an individual student within the cohort. In accordance with Clause 5 of this policy, an issue raised by one student may be considered to affect an entire student cohort, or subsection of the student cohort if the impact is structural rather than specific to the student.
  7. Class Representatives hold their role for the duration of the teaching period in which they are enrolled in the relevant class unless they are no longer able to serve per any reason, including those given in the Class Representative Procedure. Depending on their capacity, they may also make themselves available for consultation concerning the results from the Student Experience of Learning and Teaching Survey. This consultation can occur regarding either SELT results from the previous reaching period in which the course ran and/or for the SELT results during which the Class Representatives were enrolled in said course, at the discretion and capacity of the Course Convener and Class Representative(s).
  8. Class Representatives cease to function in their roles should they withdraw from a course, and Class Representatives communicate this to their relevant Course Conveners.
  9. This policy does not apply where a College or School has provided a suitable alternative class-specific or course-specific feedback mechanism, approved by the College Associate Dean (Education) or their delegate. Students can request of their Course Conveners that there be Class Representatives appointed in their course in these circumstances.

Delegations relevant to this policy

  • There are no delegations relating to this policy.

Information

Printable version (PDF)
Title Class representatives (NEW)
Document Type Policy
Document Number ANUP_6495490
Version 2
Purpose To standardise the practice of appointing student class representatives by Colleges and Schools and ensure Course Conveners engage and respond to student feedback.
Audience Students, Staff
Category Academic
Topic/ SubTopic Students - Student and University Experience
 
Effective Date 5 Nov 2021
Review Date 4 Nov 2022
 
Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration
Approved By: Academic Board
Contact Area Division of Student Administration and Academic Services
Authority: Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021
Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
Delegations 0
On 9 April 2021, the ANU Council assigned authority to approve academic policy to the Academic Board.

Related Content

Procedures
Class representatives (NEW)