As a new student you will probably hear different terms getting used a lot and you may not know what they mean. Here are a few common ‘UniSpeak’ words/phrases that you may hear in relation to Orientation. See our full Glossary of Terms for more UniSpeak.

Academic Skills (Student Learning Zone)
The Learning Experience Team supports students' development of self-management, language, learning and critical thinking skills as well as the development of academic literacy, numeracy and integrity.
Careers and Employability
SCU Careers and Employability helps you with career planning strategies and resources; finding casual, part-time, and graduate jobs; career events and appointments via CareerHub; resume templates and many other career resources in the CareerSuccess Resources; booking into other SCU service appointments for student loans, Chaplaincy, accommodation, International School and Academic Skills on CareerHub.
Census date
The date when a student’s enrolment is taken to be finalised and you will be charged for the units you are undertaking. See census dates for more information.
Clubs and Societies
There are a variety of Clubs and Societies and Student Associations at Southern Cross University that range from community groups to sporting groups. If there isn’t one that matches your interests, contact your Student Association or UniLife to find out how you can start one!
Computer Labs
There are various computer rooms at all campuses that can be utilised for assignments and study. All you need is your MySCU login details to access the computers and internet. Printer and photocopying facilities are available. There are also computers available for use in the Library. See Computer Labs and Printing for more information.
Course Information Session
An essential session that provides you with important information you will need to know regarding what is required of you in your chosen degree, such as: assignments, classes, equipment requirements, helpful resources, etc.. It is also a good way to meet the teaching staff along with fellow students.
Getting Started Workshops
A workshop in Orientation (Session 1 and 2) presented by Academic Skills that equips you with the important information that you need to know about your academic university life and how to optimise your learning. You will be guided through some of the helpful resources that Southern Cross University have to aid you with your studies.
Grammarly Premium
All Southern Cross University students have access to Grammarly Premium. Grammarly makes suggestions to help you improve your writing, including grammar, spelling and vocabulary.
Discover your Library where you’ll find information on everything you need to make study a breeze: online and print resources, campus contacts, opening hours, how to borrow, how to connect and more.
MySCU is the secure intranet available to all students. You login to MySCU from the public website. It provides you with a portal into all the key services you will need as a student studying at SCU (for example the library). Most importantly it contains your Learning Site. Your Learning Site becomes available only when you enrol in a unit. It is where you will find your unit documents, text book lists and from here you can communicate with your classmates, tutors and lecturers online.
New to Southern Cross University
The New to Southern Cross University program provides practical tips and information to help you prepare for your study experience. It’s a place to start if you are new to Southern Cross University.
Orientation introduces new students to the University and helps with the transition into university life. It also re-engages continuing students back into their studies. It is held the week prior to classes starting, and includes both academic sessions and social activities.
Southern Cross University offers three study periods throughout the year: Session 1, 2, and 3. Each Session last for 15 weeks and include: 11.5 teaching weeks, 1.5 study weeks, and 2 exam weeks. See Teaching Calendar for more information.
Social Sport
UniLife’s website runs a weekly Social Sport competition in Session 1 and 2 offering a variety of sports such as: Touch, Basketball, 6-a-side soccer, Netball, Beach Volleyball and Water Polo. See Social Sport for more information.
Student Associations
You student association provides the social program during Orientation at each campus. They have a number of activities, clubs and societies, and other student focused services for their members. Contact your Student Association for more information.
Student Centre/Hub
Where you can find out all sorts of information such as timetables, scholarships, course transfers, student ID cards, information on study, courses, fees, expenses and more! See Contact information, locations and addresses for locations at your campus.
Student Leaders (Orientation)
When you first get to Southern Cross University during Orientation you will be greeted by a Student Leader. Your Student Leader will have a specific coloured cap reflecting the different academic schools. They are there to greet you on arrival, take you to your Course Information Session, and answer any questions you might have about your specific course or just uni life in general. If you’re in your second, third or fourth year of study find out how you can become a Student Leader.
Student Loans
The University operates a Student Loan Scheme designed to provide small interest-free loans to currently enrolled students who can demonstrate genuine need and whose continued attendance at the University is in jeopardy due to financial hardship. Visit the Student Loans page for more information.
Student Representation Committee (SRC)
The Student Representation Committee (SRC) provides a clear and consistent approach for communication between the University and the student cohorts that the SRC represent. It is a forum for the dissemination, discussion and debate of information and knowledge about matters of student interest and a mechanism to gain student perspective to inform actions designed to benefit the student experience.
Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) provides Australian universities with a significant increase in funds available to maintain and improve essential services and amenities of a non-academic nature for students without reducing funding for teaching. At Southern Cross University Orientation is funded by SSAF.
Study Buddi Drop-in
Study Buddi Drop-in is an academic peer-to-peer support program where students help students with questions about assignments and academic study skills like referencing on a just-in-time drop-in basis. No appointments are needed and students are welcome to Drop-in, discuss their work, ask questions and relax with student leaders in their discipline.
The office of Orientation, off-campus accommodation, sport and recreation, elite athlete program, and student loans. See UniLife’s website for more information.
The UniMentor program connects new students with a second or third year mentor studying the same course in order to help them settle into the academic and social environments of university and is available to all new undergraduate students, studying on campus or via distance education in any award course (ie, Bachelor degree or Associate degree).
A year-round online service that helps students find private rental and other off-campus accommodation at Gold Coast, Lismore, and Coffs Harbour. The UniStays website also has links to helpful information for tenants and landlords.