Stand Together – 8 April 2020

Hannah Buchan, President
Jack Buksh, General Secretary



In an email to students this afternoon, the University reaffirmed that it is currently their position that COVID-19 will not have impacts on students, and will be waiting until after assessments are all submitted before making a final decision. This position is ridiculous, and shows that the University is out of touch with student voices.

Over the past couple of days, we have seen massive support for UMSU’s proposed changes to WAM calculations, as seen across many other universities. If it is good enough at universities around the country, why is Melbourne any different? UMSU has, and will continue to take this fight to University management, but we can’t do that without your help. So many students have already signed UMSU’s petition and sent emails to the Vice Chancellor, and we know this is having an impact. The larger our movement gets, the more likely we are to get this decision changed.

Students are strongest when we stand up together.

Sign the petition

Email the Vice Chancellor:

Dear Duncan,

I am a student at the University of Melbourne, and I am concerned about the current WAM requirements and lack of willingness to change them.

I have always performed to the best of my ability at this University. But like other students, this semester is taking a toll me, my studies, and my ability to perform. I know that other universities across the country have shifted their WAM requirements. I would implore you to adopt a similar system to the University of Adelaide where students have the option of taking this semester as pass/fail without affecting their WAM. I also think that this semester’s fail grades should not be recorded on students’ transcripts. This semester I don’t believe students’ performance is an accurate representation of their abilities.

In times like this students need your support. So please support us by putting these measures in place.