Academic Board and its Committees

Academic Board is the principal academic decision-making body of the University. Its role is to advise the University Council and the Vice Chancellor on all matters related to the academic functioning of the University. It serves to provide a forum for decision-making by academic staff and students about the University's academic policies and programs.

As a place of independent learning and thought, Southern Cross University is committed to the principles of intellectual freedom, including critical and open inquiry, and the free expression of ideas and opinion.

The University’s Code of Conduct safeguards intellectual freedom by setting out the rights and responsibilities of University staff within the framework of accountability as a public institution.

University staff have the right to participate in public debates and express opinions about their discipline or profession, general social issues and higher education issues. They have the right to participate in decision-making processes within the University via appropriate representation on University committees and in professional and representative bodies, without fear of harassment or intimidation (Code of Conduct).

These values are also encapsulated in the University's Enterprise Agreement.

Staff must balance their right to intellectual freedom with their legal responsibilities and be mindful not to defame, slander, harass, vilify, bully or intimidate those who disagree with their views (Code of Conduct).

To assist staff in exercising their entitlement to make comments to the media, the University provides guidelines under its Media Policy and Procedures.

The University has a well-established framework for academic governance, which ensures that courses and units are developed and approved in accordance with academic standards, best practice and the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Southern Cross University is a young, progressive university with a strong commitment to engaging with our region, as well as nationally and internationally. The University is proud to support its staff to contribute to community debate in a positive and respectful manner.

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If you would like access to Academic Board Committee meeting minutes please contact the relevant Secretary.

Southern Cross University’s Academic Board includes two student elected members, one coursework and one higher degree research. Elections for the student member positions are held annually. The students serve a one year term normally commencing March at the first Academic Board meeting of the year.

The student member role offers interesting insights into the ‘behind the scenes’ operations of the University. Students gain experience in governance and decision making and have an opportunity to influence the decisions made by the University in relation to academic matters.