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Proposal to Terminate Candidature

If you have received notification from your Faculty that the University is proposing to terminate your candidature, please contact the DUSA Advocacy for free, confidential advice and support around this process.

If you have received a Proposal to Terminate Candidature letter and would like support, we’re here to help.

A proposal to terminate you from candidature is a recommendation made by your Progress Support Panel where you are deemed to be at risk of not making satisfactory progress with your PHD. A proposal to terminate is only a proposal and students have the opportunity to address the concerns of the Panel.

What should I do if I receive a letter proposing to terminate me from my candidature?
  • Read the letter carefully.
  • You have an opportunity to respond to the proposal but you must do this within the time frames outlined in the letter. You can respond to the proposal and make your case why you should not be terminated from your candidature by providing a written submission, and attending a review meeting. You will need to initially submit a written letter and complete the reply slip (see proposal letter sent from the faculty). The Faculty will then confirm a review meeting date and time.
  • Further details regarding the Proposal to Terminate from Candidature process can be found via the Higher Degrees by Research Progress Procedure.
What should I include in my written submission
How can DUSA Advocates help me?

DUSA Advocates are professional, experienced staff who provide free, independent and confidential support regarding academic and personal matters to all Deakin students.

  • An Advocate can assist you to understand the proposal, the process of responding, and the possible outcomes.
  • An Advocate can assist you in face-to-face appointments, by phone and via email.
  • An advocate can review your draft written submission and provide feedback.
  • An Advocate can accompany you to your review meeting as your support person.
  • Advocates can also provide you with referrals to support services both within Deakin University and externally.
  • For more information or to speak to an Advocate about your individual situation, please contact us here.
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