Awards Regulations 2016
Part 1 - Preliminary
2. Authorising provision
Part 2 - Aegrotat Award
4. Entitlement to an aegrotat award
Part 3 - Posthumous Award
5. Entitlement to a posthumous award
Part 4 - Academic Dress
6. Academic Dress
7. Indigenous stoles
10. Eligibility to wear academic dress - graduates, graduands and candidates
Part 5 - Revocation of Awards
11. Circumstances to be reported to the Vice-Chancellor
12. Investigation process
13. Council decision
Part 6 - Testamur
14. Form and content of testamur
Part 7 - Revocation
15. Revocation of regulation
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The objective of these Regulations is to make provision for aegrotat and posthumous awards, prescribe the academic dress to be worn by members of the University and the occasions on which it is to be worn, further provision for the revocation of awards granted by the University and provision for the form and content of a testamur, in accordance with the Governance, Academic and Student Affairs Statute 2013.
These Regulations are made under the Governance, Academic and Student Affairs Statute 2013 and sections 28, 29 and 30 of the Victoria University Act 2010.
In these Regulations-
A student is taken to have completed the requirements for a degree, diploma, certificate or other award, if:
A student is taken to have completed the requirements for a degree, diploma, certificate or other award, if after completing all the requirements of the award and before conferral, the student dies.
The academic dress to be worn by specified members of the University under this regulation is set out in the Schedule.
(1) Indigenous graduands and staff may wear a stole at a graduation ceremony.
(2) The stole will be calf length jet black and cherry silk that has saffron tassels, a map of Victoria in saffron silk and 'Victoria University' embroidered in saffron on the left end of the stole, and the sun in saffron silk and 'Moondani Balluk' embroidered in saffron on the right end of the stole.
(3) The stole is to be worn under any academic colours.
(4) If there are no academic colours (that is, certificate and apprenticeship recipients) the stole is to be worn under the gown so as not to be mistaken for the colours of the discipline.
The cap is worn flat or horizontal, with the tassel down over the left eye.
Academic dress is to be worn on the following occasions-
(1) A person is eligible to wear academic dress appropriate to the award if he or she is a graduate or graduand who-
(2) Graduates from other universities are entitled to wear academic dress appropriate to the award they have received.
If it appears that an award may have been obtained in circumstances that would enable the Council to revoke the award under the Governance, Academic and Student Affairs Statute 2013 the circumstances must be reported to the Vice-Chancellor.
Section 30 of the Governance, Academic and Student Affairs Statute 2013 empowers the Council to revoke an award in specific circumstances.
(1) After receiving a report under regulation 11, the Vice-Chancellor may convene an investigation.
(2) The investigation process may be conducted by a person nominated by the Vice-Chancellor.
(3) An investigation process must:
(4) If the investigation finds that the degree or other award was obtained as a result of administrative error, the Council delegates to the Vice-Chancellor the power to revoke the degree or other award.
(5) If, after considering the outcome of an investigation, the Vice-Chancellor believes that the award should be revoked because it was obtained:
then the Vice-Chancellor may recommend the revocation of the award to the Council.
(6) The recommendation under sub-regulation (6) must detail:
(1) The Council must consider the recommendation of the Vice-Chancellor and decide to revoke or not to revoke the award.
(2) If the Vice Chancellor's recommendation under sub-regulation (1) is to revoke the award, prior to making its decision, the Council must provide the award holder an opportunity to respond to the Vice Chancellor's recommendation.
(3) The Council must require an award holder whose award has been revoked to return the testamur issued.
(1) A testamur is a University award for higher education and vocational education courses, but not for non-award courses.
(2) A testamur must be printed on specialist secure paper and unless for an award encompassed by sub-regulation (6) must measure approximately 375mm by 265mm.
(3) A testamur must include the following content:
(4) It is adequate compliance with sub-regulation (3)(i) if a representation of the signature is used.
(5) The content must be printed in the order, from the top of the paper to the bottom, as listed in sub-regulation (3)
(6) If the award conferred is listed on the Australian Government's National Training Register a testamur must also include the following content:
(7) If the award conferred is a collaborative award a testamur must also include the following content:
The Awards Regulations 2013 are revoked on the day on which these regulations come into operation.