How to Show Cause

How to Show Cause

Have you been asked to show cause?

Every semester students are asked to show cause, it happens more than you might think.

Don’t panic, but do take it seriously. It’s important that you put some thought into writing your show cause letter because it can have an impact on the future of your enrolment.


Why you've been asked to Show Cause

If you achieve a semester GPA of 3.5 or less OR you fail 50% or more of the units in which you are enrolled, you may be asked to show cause under the University's Enrolment and Academic Progression Rules.

Please note: There is no provision in the show cause rules for students to be permanently refused enrolment in their program and most applicants are allowed to continue their studies, albeit with conditions set as part of enrolment.


How to Show Cause

Essentially your letter should show that you are committed to your studies and make a case as to why your enrolment should not be cancelled. You'll need to carefully consider the following points in your show cause letter:

  • Reasons for your unsatisfactory performance;
  • The ways in which they impacted your studies; and
  • The ways in which you plan to manage your life/ study balance including extra support and skills.

You will be required to complete the form attached to your show cause notice and provide an accompanying letter along with any other supporting documentation. Your cover letter and letter should be submitted electronically to [email protected] (preferred), or to the Academic Progression Officer, via the Student Centre. It is essential that you lodge your application by the due date.


How long will the process take?

It’s best to allow up to 3 weeks, as the show cause process usually occurs at peak periods for faculties you may need to be patient in waiting for a response. However, if your matter is pressing, you may wish to advise the faculty of the situation. Notice of the decision will be provided to your student email address.


Who can help you with your show cause?

Book a one-on-one appointment with a SHOC show cause expert for advice on how to write a show cause letter and help with identifing how you can improve your results for the future. If you’re interstate or overseas Skype or phone appointments are also available.

Book An Appointment

The comprehensive guides and templates below will assist you through the show cause process.





How to appeal a decision

If you are unsatisfied with the decision of the Associate Dean, you may appeal to the Senate. SHOC can provide you with confidential advice in relation to this type of appeal. For more information and assistance book a SHOC appointment online.


Planning for next semester

If there’s one thing we can be sure of it’s that life happens and unforeseeable events can throw life off course, and pushing university down your list of priorities. While you can’t control these events you can control how you plan to recover and the impact they’ll have on your studies moving forward.

If you begin to experience difficulties in your life linking in with SHOC earlier in the semester will provide you with extra support, and might just be the key to dealing with stressful events that could cause your studies to suffer and result in a show cause request next semester.

For independent advice and guidance on writing your show cause letter book a free online appointment.




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