All you need to know about academic standing

It's important to maintain good academic standing at Griffith to succeed in your studies and avoid possible exclusion from the University. Here you can find out more about academic standing, learn what your academic standing status means and tap into support to improve your academic standing.


The University uses the term academic standing to describe how well you are performing in your studies at Griffith.

Your academic standing is measured twice a year and is calculated by your cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) and successful completion of courses.

The Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Policy sets out how the university manages this process.

Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Policy

Good academic standing

You are considered to have good academic standing if you:

  • successfully complete 50% or more of the courses in which you are enrolled
  • maintain a cumulative career GPA of at least 3.5.

If your GPA falls below a certain level and you fail to successfully complete assessments, the University will reach out to let you know you're at risk of not maintaining your good academic standing and offer support.

Your academic standing status

If you're at risk of poor academic standing, the University will let you know your level of risk, which is represented as a colour-coded status:

Blue status

Low risk

If you receive a Blue status, you have a low risk of poor academic standing.

You may receive a Blue status if you have either:

  • a cumulative career GPA between 3.5 and 4, and a term GPA of 3.5 or less for the most recent teaching period
  • failed 50% of your courses and a cumulative career GPA of 3.5 or greater.

Amber status

Medium risk

If you receive an Amber status, you have a moderate risk of poor academic standing.

You may receive an Amber status if you have either:

  • a cumulative career
    GPA of 3.5 or greater
  • failed the same course twice
  • passed all courses in the most recent teaching period, but have a cumulative career GPA of less than 3.5 and one previous amber status.

Red status

Significant risk

If you receive a Red status, your risk of poor academic standing is significant and you may be excluded from the University.

You may receive a Red status if you have either:

  • failed a designated course
  • failed the same course three times
  • a cumulative career GPA of less than 3.5 and at least one previous amber status.

New regulations

The Australian Government's Job-ready Graduates Package has introduced new regulations to Commonwealth assistance that could affect some students. Discover more about these regulations and find out if you may be affected.

Support to improve your academic standing

Griffith has a wide range of support to help you retain good academic standing and improve your grades.

Get back on track with BOAT

Join our Back On Academic Track (BOAT) program to receive personalised academic support.

Through BOAT , you can identify your goals, develop effective study strategies and build a personalised plan for success.

Request a call from the BOAT crew

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International student support

If you're an international student, make an appointment with your international student advisor to discuss your academic standing status as soon as possible.

Your advisor will explain possible implications to your student visa and help you make a plan to get your studies back on track.

International Student Advisory

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Learn how to study effectively

The Library's Study Smart site is packed with resources to help you succeed in your studies, such as tips for:

  • making effective notes
  • researching and writing assignments
  • referencing
  • exam preparation.

Study Smart

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Connect with a student mentor

Griffith's student mentoring programs provide a relaxed atmosphere to engage with others, break down complex ideas together and develop skills for academic success.

Some programs you might find helpful include:

  • Study support, where you can drop in for tips on writing, referencing, researching and assessments
  • Peer-Assisted Study Sessions, where you can join group learning sessions for some courses students find particularly challenging.

Explore student mentoring programs

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Talk to your teaching team

You may benefit from talking with your program director, course convenor, lecturers and tutors about your program, the courses and the academic content.

Reading over your course material before class is also great practice, and may spark questions to ask your lecturers and tutors in class.

How to contact teaching staff

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Explore career resources

It's important to reflect on whether your chosen degree still aligns with your goals and interests. You may want to consider:

  • Are you are having difficulties with the materials because you're not enjoying what you're studying?
  • Have your career goals have changed since you first began university?
  • Have you have developed a strong interest in another field of study?

Our Careers and Employment Service's plan your career page provides resources to help you evaluate the answers to such questions. You can also consider other study options using our degree finder or OUA degrees.

Plan your career

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