Academic policy publications and resources

Key policy documents and academic resources produced by the Academic Office.

The documents listed here are produced by the Academic Office. Requests for any changes to content should be sent to Jenny Christie.

To order any of these documents, contact Lynn Grindell.

Quality and Management Framework

The Quality and Management Framework for Student Learning outlines how Victoria University of Wellington plans, manages and assures quality in learning and teaching. The Framework was prepared by the Academic Office.


The University Calendar is a yearly publication which provides key academic information and general information about the University.

The Calendar contains the main academic statutes and policies, including the statutes for each qualification. View the complete set of the University’s statutes, policies and procedures online.

The publication of the calendar is managed by the Academic Office.

View the University Calendar.

Assessment Handbook

Assessment plays a fundamental role in achieving the University’s core mission of excellence in teaching and research. Assessment is not simply a process of comparing performance against standards.

In addition to allowing students an opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired, assessment gives students the opportunity to refine and deepen their knowledge through analysis and feedback provided by staff.

The assessment handbook contains policies and procedures relating to the administration of academic assessment. The policies have been approved by the Academic Board and apply to all courses taught at Victoria University of Wellington.

Download the Assessment Handbook.

Course outlines

All students should receive a course outline for every course they enrol in at Victoria University of Wellington. Course outlines (which may be provided electronically or in hard copy) follow a standard format and include details of the course content and delivery, including learning objectives and details of how these will be assessed.

Pamphlets and forms

Academic grievances

The University’s academic grievance procedures are there to help students who have experienced problems relating to academic quality or academic advice.

For instance, if a student thinks that he/she has been treated unfairly or that the course information has been misleading, he/she can apply for an academic grievance.


An aegrotat is a consideration of how much a student has learned in the course work completed before the exam or final assessment. Students may apply for an aegrotat pass if their preparation for, performance in, or ability to attend an exam or complete an assessment due in the last three weeks of teaching is impaired because of illness, injury or other serious circumstances beyond their control. To be granted an aegrotat pass, students need to have done well in their previous course work.


Plagiarism is when someone presents the work of someone else as if it were their own, whether intentionally or not. It undermines academic integrity simply because it is a form of cheating.

This is why plagiarism is not tolerated at the University. Academic staff and students are expected to behave honestly, fairly, and with respect for others at all times.

Find out more about plagiarism and how to avoid it.

Special pass

A special pass may be awarded to a student who misses or arrives too late for an examination. A candidate should fill in a declaration for a special pass along with an Academic Profile.

The student must apply directly to the Academic Programme Manager of the relevant Faculty.