Additional Student Information

Further information, links to policies, and learner support services

This page contains information about the extra support you can access to succeed in your course, and the University policies and guidelines you must abide by.

  • Checking your Notre Dame email account

    Instructors use Blackboard for all communications relating to this course, and may also communicate through your Notre Dame Student email account.  You will also regularly receive important information from the University by email.  It is a condition of enrolment for a student to check their Notre Dame Student email account on a weekly basis. Any email the University sends to your Notre Dame Student email account is considered to have been received by you.

  • Course Administration

    Financial and academic penalty dates
    Students who withdraw from the course must do so by certain dates to avoid financial and/or academic penalty. Census dates for each semester or term are located on the University Calendar.

    Course fees
    For information about your course fees, visit the Fees page if you are a domestic student, and the International Fees page if you are international student.

  • Academic integrity

    All students have an obligation to uphold the University community’s standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others, but the use of others’ work must be acknowledged appropriately in all forms of assessment. Failure to do so constitutes a breach of academic integrity under the provisions of the General Regulations [Chapter 8] and the Academic Integrity Policy (Students) and Managing Breaches of Academic Integrity Procedure (Students).

    When requested, students must submit assessment tasks to Turnitin (text-matching software) for review and potential detection of a breach of academic integrity. All submitted papers may be retained as source documents in the reference database solely for detection purposes (for further information regarding how the data is used see the Turnitin Privacy Policy).

    The University provides access to a range of online resources which will help students to understand the principles and practices of ethical scholarship and the importance of upholding academic integrity. You are strongly encouraged to make use of these resources which are provided by the University to support student academic integrity.

    If you require further explanation or help, contact your Course Coordinator or the Student Success team.

  • Learning support

    Student Success offer guides, personal consultations, and workshops to help students succeed in their studies and future careers. Options include: study, writing and mathematics support, as well as career guidance and employability development.

    AskUs FAQs Database contains frequently asked questions related to various aspects of university learning, campus life, Blackboard and Turnitin and is regularly updated. If your question is not already answered there, you can submit it via AskUs and the Library staff will provide further advice.

    The Library's referencing website offers detailed guides and examples of all referencing styles used at Notre Dame, consult your Course Outline on the requirements of each specific course. There are also subject guides on the Library webpage, pathfinders that shortlist relevant sources for your specific learning and research areas.

    You can book appointments with Library staff, or for Library classes, or for group study rooms through the Booking and Appointments page, or by contacting any of the Library staff via the Contact Us page.

  • Access and inclusion support and student wellbeing

    Students with a disability, injury, medical condition, mental health condition, or learning difficulty should seek support from Access and Inclusion. It does not have to be a permanent condition – students may be eligible for assistance if they have an injury or condition which is temporary, changes from week to week, or comes and goes. Access and Inclusion Advisors support students to achieve their goals and participate equitably through reasonable adjustments and learning access plans (LAPs).

    The University also has a free Counselling Service, Respect Officers and Chaplaincy staff who are available to support students.

  • Assessment policies

    Students must ensure they have read and understood university information relevant to assessment. The primary source is the Assessment in Higher Education Coursework, ELICOS and Enabling Courses Policy and the Assessment in Higher Education Coursework, ELICOS and Enabling Courses Procedure. Other assessment information is provided by the General Regulations, and any other policies, procedures and guidelines relating to assessment that appear in the University’s policy repository. Ask your course coordinator if there are any other conditions specific to your School.

  • How to submit your assessment

    • Turnitin

    Turnitin is a tool that helps identify text in a student’s submission that matches text that has been published elsewhere. It helps students to identify where the academic integrity of their work can be improved and enables staff to identify potential academic misconduct by flagging similarities to other published and unpublished materials.

    Unless otherwise specified, all work should be submitted through the Turnitin portal on the course Blackboard site. Turnitin will ask you to check a box confirming the work is your own before you can submit. Checking this is equivalent to a signed statement that you have met the required standards of academic integrity. In any case, submission of an assessment for grading implies your guarantee that it is your own work and that it has not been submitted for grading in any other study period or course (self-plagiarism is also considered misconduct).

    For instructions on submitting a Turnitin assessment, check out the Submit in Turnitin Students guide. For understanding the Turnitin Similarity Reports, see the Turnitin Similarity Reports: Find, Interpret and Download  for Students guide. To learn how to view feedback in Turnitin, visit the Viewing Feedback in Turnitin for Students guide.

    • Cover sheet

    A University cover sheet will increase the percentage match of a Turnitin report, so you should not use a University cover sheet unless instructed by your course coordinator. You may design your own cover sheet if directed by the course coordinator.

    If you are not required to submit your assessment via Turnitin, you will find the University Cover Sheet on the Assignment Cover Sheets on the University Library website.

    • Keeping copies

    Always keep a duplicate copy of your assessments whether a printed copy, photocopy or a digital copy. You may have to produce the duplicate if the original is lost or misplaced. You are also strongly encouraged to keep drafts of your work as evidence of the process you have used in developing your assessments for academic integrity purposes.

  • Submitting assessments late

    • Requests for extensions

    Your School will let you know the conditions under which extensions will be granted and the forms you will need to fill in, so contact your course coordinator as soon as you think you may need an extension.

    Requests for an extension of time to complete your assessment should be made as early as possible and submitted within procedural deadlines. To apply for an extension, you need to make sure that you follow the correct process. The request should include the following: application form and supporting evidence, such as a medical certificate.

    An extension will not be granted unless you supply both documents or supporting evidence. Applying for an extension does not guarantee that an extension will be granted.

    • Deferred examinations

    A student may apply for a deferred or irregularly scheduled examination on medical or compassionate grounds if the student believes that illness, disability through accident or other exceptional circumstances beyond their control are likely to prevent or have prevented their attendance at the scheduled final examination.

    A student will not normally be granted a deferred or irregularly scheduled examination on the grounds that they mistook the time, date or place of an examination, or that they have made arrangements to be elsewhere at that time; for example, have booked plane tickets.

    Visit the Guideline for Supplementary, Deferred and Irregularly Scheduled Examinations for more information. Submit a Deferred or Irregularly Scheduled Exam Application to apply for a deferred examination.

    • Special consideration

    If your studies are affected by exceptional circumstances and you need long-term extensions or to sit an assessment task at a different time (for instance, to take a deferred exam), you must submit a Special Consideration Application and supporting documentation to the program coordinator. To be granted special consideration, you must demonstrate that you need it because of serious circumstances beyond your control , such as ill health, accident, trauma, death or serious injury of a family member, or compulsory community service commitments, as laid out in the Special Consideration Procedure.

    • Penalties

    There may be penalties for the late submission of work, as set out in the University’s Assessment Policy and Procedure, section 10, check with your course coordinator to make sure there are not additional penalties specific to this course.

    If you will have difficulty submitting assessment work by the due date, please speak with your lecturer or tutor as soon as possible.

  • Querying or appealing an assessment result

    If you believe that an error has been made with your assessment result or that your mark/grade on a task does not reflect the standard of your work, then you must in the first instance discuss the matter with the course coordinator. If the matter remains unresolved, the Procedure: Assessment in Higher Education Coursework, ELICOS and Enabling Courses allows a student to make a request to re-submit a piece of assessment (excluding final examinations); and/or also allows a student to request a re-mark of an assessment.  If you wish to make such a request, you should email your course coordinator within ten working days of receiving the mark/grade of your assessment. It is important that you make the request in the required timeframe.  Please refer to the Procedure: Assessment in Higher Education Coursework, ELICOS and Enabling Courses for the full explanation of this process. If the Course Coordinator denies your request, that decision may be appealed according to the Policy: Student Appeals, and if you meet the grounds for appeal.

    Further, once your final mark for the course has been ratified by the Board of Examiners, and if you believe that an error has been made with the final mark, or that your final mark does not reflect the standard of your work, then you must in the first instance discuss the matter with the course coordinator.  If the matter remains unresolved, and you meet the grounds for appeal, you may then appeal the final mark for your course according to the Policy: Student Appeals.

    The Show Cause, Student Appeals and Grievances page has all the information, including links to the Policy: Student Appeals, FAQs and the Student Appeal Form.

    For any advice on the appeals process, please contact the Student Appeals Officer.

  • Graduate attributes

    Notre Dame’s graduate attributes are the generic qualities, skills and understandings which the University aspires to develop in its students:

    Generic Graduate AttributesGraduate Abilities
    1. Communication The ability to communicate effectively in all domains within a range of contexts, using oracy, literacy, numeracy and information skills.
    2. Critical and Reflective Thinking The ability to be a reflective practitioner with sound decision making abilities, through the use of clear, critical and creative thinking and effective problem solving skills.
    3. Technical Competence and Interdisciplinarity A comprehensive technical knowledge of a field of study, in addition to inter-professional knowledge extending beyond a single discipline.
    4. Life-long Learning Acceptance of personal responsibility for ongoing life-long learning and professional development, with a capacity to be self-directed and utilise effective time-management skills.
    5. Ethical Responsibility A capacity for high ethical standards both personally and professionally, underpinned by the ability to apply ethical thinking skills to social/societal problems and challenges.
    6. Philosophical and Religious Approaches to Life The ability to be an open and reflective individual, sensitive to and accepting of others’ values and beliefs, whilst recognising and challenging prejudice and bias from a sound intellectual base.
    7. Teamwork A capacity to contribute in a positive and collaborative manner in order to achieve common goals.
    8. Research and Information Retrieval Skills The ability to construct new concepts or create new understandings through the process of research and inquiry.
    9. Internationalisation A capacity for international and global perspectives based on an understanding and appreciation of social and cultural diversity and individual human rights.
    10. Commitment to Active Citizenship A commitment to connect with and serve the community through active participation, engagement and reflection.