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Student Organisation President Leave of Absence and Special Consideration Policy

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Section 1 - Background and Purpose

(1) To ensure that the academic progress of the president of a Recognised Student Organisation is not adversely affected by undertaking the duties of that office.

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Section 2 - Scope

(2) The Policy applies to Presidents of Recognised Student Organisations.

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Section 3 - Policy Statement

(3) On application in writing to the appropriate College, the president of a Recognised Student Organisation may be granted leave of absence from a course for which he or she is enrolled.

(4) The president of a Recognised Student Organisation who is on leave of absence is designated as a student by University Council under paragraph (b) of the definition of student in section 3 of the La Trobe University Act 2009 for such time as the student holds the office of president.

(5) The responsibilities and workload associated with holding the office of president of a Recognised Student Organisation shall be recognised as a ground for obtaining special consideration under the relevant policies and procedures of the University.

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Section 4 - Procedures

(6) Nil.

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Section 5 - Definitions

(7) For the purpose of this Policy:

  1. Recognised Student Organisations: the La Trobe University Student Union, the Bendigo Student Association and the Wodonga Student Association.
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Section 6 - Stakeholders

Responsibility for implementation – Executive Director, Student Services and Administration; and College Pro Vice-Chancellors.
Responsibility for monitoring implementation and compliance – Executive Director, Student Services and Administration.