+ Examinations

All examinations must be taken when scheduled. Exceptions to this rule may only be made in exception circumstances upon prior request to the lecturer.
In this case, the rescheduled exam must still take place during the official exam period.


+ Grading System


0-49 - Fail
50-64 - Pass
65-74 - Credit
75-84 - Distinction
85+ - High Distinction

Each subject is assessed by multiple pieces of work due at various times in the semester. Failure to complete any one piece of work will seriously hinder a student’s chances of achieving a pass in that subject.


+ Assessments

The format for assessments is set down in the Australian College of Theology Manual. Unless required earlier by the lecturer, the deadline for submitting all assessments must be adhered to.

Late submissions will not be accepted. Exceptions to this rule may be made by the Extensions Officer in exceptional circumstances.
Complete the Application for Assignment Extension form, and email to registrar@ptc.edu.au or hand in at the College office during office hours.

All assessments must represent the student’s own work, thought and expression, except in matters of common knowledge or general opinion.
An essay writing seminar is offered during first semester.


+ Appeals

Students have the right to appeal against a mark awarded in an essay or examination. When making the appeal, students should specify the nature of their complaint and the grounds for their appeal.

Appeals should be directed to the lecturer concerned. If the lecturer does not support the appeal, the student has the right of direct appeal to the Principal.

The Faculty may make additional rules, procedures and regulations from time to time as may be deemed necessary.


+ Academic misconduct

In common with tertiary institutions throughout Australia, the Australian College of Theology regards academic misconduct as a serious matter.
Institutions affiliated with the Australian College of Theology are required to ensure that students maintain the highest possible standards of academic honesty.
Failure to maintain academic honesty constitutes academic misconduct.



Academic misconduct may include any of the following:

  • taking unauthorised materials into an examination;
  • submitting work for an assessment knowing it to be the work of another person;
  • improperly obtaining knowledge of an examination paper and using that knowledge in the examination;
  • arranging for another person to sit an examination in the place of the candidate;
  • failing to acknowledge the source of material in an assessment or assignment;
  • plagiarism;
  • submitting a falsified medical certificate;
  • making a false or misleading declaration.



Students are expected to acknowledge the source of their ideas and expressions used in their written work. Students are required to acknowledge the origin of extracts by use of footnotes and quotes and are also required to acknowledge paraphrases contained in their work. Quotation marks are to be inserted around quoted material.

To provide adequate documentation is not only an indication of academic honesty, but also a courtesy enabling the marker to consult sources with ease. Failure to do so may constitute plagiarism which is subject to a charge of academic misconduct.

Students should not assist other students in the writing of individual assessments and should not provide written material to be copied. Material for assessment in one subject may not be submitted for assessment in any other subject.



The Australian College of Theology can impose substantial penalties on students who breach these rules. Penalties range from:

  • loss of marks;
  • the awarding of no marks for the assignment or assessment with or without an opportunity to redeem the assignment;
  • the awarding of a fail grade for the whole subject of which the assessment is part;
  • exclusion from the award in which the student is involved for a period of up to 2 years.

In the event of a student being given the opportunity to redeem an assignment then a pass grade only could be awarded.



Institutions affiliated with the Australian College of Theology are required to report instances of academic misconduct to the Dean who may request the Institution deal with the matter in accordance with the course of action recommended by that Institution or may refer the matter to the Academic Board or the Board of Directors for decision.



Students have a right of appeal to the Board of Directors of the Australian College of Theology. Students may appeal by letter to the Board, and/or can request the right to appeal in person before the Board.

In the event of the student seeking to appear in person before the Board, the student may request the presence of a non-participating observer nominated by the student. The Board shall determine the appeal and its decision shall be final.

For more information, see the ACT Academic Misconduct Policy .