Helpful terms and definitions

A

Academic Adjustment Plan (AAP)

(Previously titled Impact Statement)

The AAP is a confidential document generated for you if you have registered for ongoing Special Consideration in collaboration with a Student Equity Adviser. The AAP helps the University to understand the adjustments you may require. It may contain information about your condition or circumstance, how this might impacts your study and suggest recommendations for support. It may contain information about your condition or circumstance, how this might impact your study and suggested recommendations for support.

Academic support worker

Casual staff employed by the University to provide a range of disability support services to help students participate in their chosen course of study, including:

  • note-taking scribe during examinations
  • library assistance
  • participation assistance
  • accessible format editing.

Accessibility

Accessibility refers to the design and useability of materials, resources, equipment and environments to assist people with a disability.

Accessible formatting

When course reading material is reproduced in an accessible format, such as braille, audio and electronic text.

Alternative assessment

A piece of assessment that is in an alternative form to the original piece of assessment, such as an oral presentation instead of a written assessment or an Alternative Exam Arrangement (AEA).

Alternative Exam Arrangement (AEA)

An AEA is an alteration to the scheduled conditions or format of an examination. An AEA is a type of study adjustment offered to students who have been granted Special Consideration.

Assistive technology

Assistive technology is specialised equipment designed to assist students with a disability. Some examples include voice recognition, screen magnification and braille software.


C

Carer

Someone who provides significant care to another person with a disability, ongoing medical or mental health condition or an older person with care needs.

Carers Recognition Act 2012 (Vic)

The Carers Recognition Act 2012 (Vic) formally recognises and values the role of carers and the importance of care relationships in the Victorian community.

The Act includes a set of principles about the significance of care relationships, and specifies obligations for state government agencies, local councils, and other organisations that interact with people in care relationships.

Class Registration Management System (CREM)

If you have a clash you can't resolve, or you need to be in a specific class time due to special circumstances, request timetable help using this system.


D

Defence Reservist

Members of the Australian Defence Reserve Service are entitled to be released for service or training in the Australian Defence Force without disadvantage under the Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001 (Cth).

Disability

Refers to a wide range of physical and mental health conditions.

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) defines disability as:

  1. total or partial loss of the person’s bodily or mental functions; or
  2. total or partial loss of a part of the body; or
  3. the presence in the body of organisms causing disease or illness; or
  4. the presence in the body of organisms capable of causing disease or illness; or
  5. the malfunction, malformation or disfigurement of a part of the person’s body; or
  6. a disorder or malfunction that results in the person learning differently from a person without the disorder or malfunction; or
  7. a disorder, illness or disease that affects a person’s thought processes, perception of reality, emotions or judgment or that results in disturbed behaviour;

and includes a disability that:

  1. presently exists; or
  2. previously existed but no longer exists; or
  3. may exist in the future (including because of a genetic predisposition to that disability); or
  4. is imputed to a person.

Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) (DDA)

The DDA makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person, in many areas of public life, including: employment, education, getting or using services, renting or buying a house or unit, and accessing public places, because of their disability.

Disability Standards for Education 2005 (Cth) (DSE)

The DSE seeks to eliminate, as far as possible, discrimination against people with disabilities. Under section 22 of the Act, it is unlawful for an educational authority to discriminate against a person on the ground of the person’s disability or a disability of any associates of that person.


E

Elite athlete

Sporting professionals who are recognised as Elite Athletes by one of the following organisations (and can provide supporting documentation upon request).

Elite performer

Artistic performers who are recognised as elite performing artists by one of the following organisations (and can provide supporting documentation upon request).

Emergency volunteer

Members of the Victorian State Emergency Service (SES), the Country Fire Authority (CFA) or similar organisation servicing the state of Victoria and sometimes other states and countries.

Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Cth)

The Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Cth) encourages the identification and elimination of discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation and their causes, and promotes and facilitates the progressive realisation of equality.


H

Health Professional Report (HPR)

Preferred document for applications made on medical or psychological grounds. A range of healthcare and allied professionals can complete this form and assess the extent to which your studies have been impacted by your circumstances. A HPR does not guarantee Special Consideration.


I

Impact statement

This document is now referred to as an Academic Adjustment Plan (AAP).

Inherent requirements

Essential components of a subject or course that demonstrate the abilities, knowledge and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes of the subject or course.


O

Ongoing support

Support provided in a continuous or long-term capacity and for a duration greater than six weeks, such as a full semester or an entire unit or course.


P

Policy

The University of Melbourne defines policy as:

  1. a formal statement of principle that regulates University operations; and
  2. an instrument approved under this framework.

Privacy

The Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) and Health Records Act 2001 (Vic) require that the University of Melbourne handle personal information in accordance with the relevant Privacy principles. The University’s Privacy Policy (MPF1104) provides clarity and a model for proactive privacy. Any person who deals with the University is entitled to expect that their personal or health information will be treated in accordance with this policy. This policy applies to all staff and all areas of the University.


R

Religious and cultural observance

Religious or cultural customs with specific requirements relating to practices or procedures. Examples include Ramadan, orthodox religious observances and indigenous gatherings and ceremonies.


S

Student Equity Adviser

University staff who provide support and advice to the following students:

  • students with a disability
  • students with ongoing medical or mental health condition
  • carers
  • Defence Reservists and emergency volunteers
  • elite performers and athletes
  • religious and cultural observance duties.

Student Equity and Disability Support

University of Melbourne service providing support and advice to the following students:

  • students with a disability
  • students with ongoing medical or mental health condition
  • carers
  • Defence Reservists and emergency volunteers
  • elite performers and athletes
  • religious and cultural observance duties.

Study adjustment

Measure or action taken, without compromising academic integrity, to remove barriers to equal participation in learning and teaching activities for students whose circumstances place them at a disadvantage.