Student Terms and Conditions

Offers of Admission to UCD

  1. All offers of admission are subject to these terms and conditions.

  2. Offers of admission do not become legally binding on the University or the applicant until the applicant undertakes formal online registration and fulfils document verification procedures where required and subject to the exclusions below.

  3.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide full and accurate information in an application and to notify the University of any changes or corrections to the original application.

  4. An offer of admission, will be made in good faith taking into account information as supplied by the applicant and/or referee at the time of the application. Any offer of admission is made without prejudice to the right of the University to vary or withdraw it if information comes to the notice of the University (whether relating to events occurring before or after the date of the offer) which could reasonably have influenced the University's decision if known at the time the offer was made.

  5. The University reserves the right to withdraw an offer of a place, or terminate a student's enrolment, if it discovers subsequently that the student has given false, inaccurate, incomplete or misleading information in the application, or has provided false, fraudulent or modified documentation in support of the application, or does not provide original documentation for verification on request.

    UCD may request verification from the issuing authority of any or all details on documentation presented. If documents are found to have been falsified or modified the issuing body will be notified.

  6. The University cannot accept responsibility, and expressly excludes liability, for loss or damage to applicants' and students’ property. This includes such documentation as may be submitted by the applicant in order to secure admission (for example, but not limited to, degree certificates, birth certificates, transcripts and references).

  7. The University reserves the right to exclude an applicant who is considered on justifiable grounds to be unsuitable for a place on a particular programme according to individual circumstances. For example, including but not limited to, in accordance with the University’s Garda Vetting Policy, Fitness to Practice PolicyFitness to Continue in Study Policy or Relevant Offence Risk Assessment Policy.

  8. The University will use all reasonable efforts to ensure that no errors occur in an offer of admission. In the unlikely event that an error is made by the University, for example if the University mistakenly assesses the applicant’s academic records, the University may withdraw or amend the offer of admission.  In such instance, the University shall inform the applicant as soon as possible and discuss any alternative options that may be available to the applicant.

  9. A programme may be cancelled due to lack of demand or due to the unavailability of key personnel or resources. If UCD cancels the programme prior to the student commencing the first term of study, the student may either:
    (a) withdraw from UCD without any liability for fees, or
    (b) transfer to another programme offered by UCD, subject to suitable qualifications, availability of places and payment by the student of the balance of any higher fees.

Studying at UCD

  1. The University will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver courses and modules as intended in accordance with the descriptions set out in the UCD curriculum available in the Course Search and with communications issued by the University to appropriately enrolled students.

    The University reserves the right to make variations, including but not limited to, the content, mode of delivery, location, staffing, class sizes, timetabling, online versus on-campus lectures and tutorials, mode of assessment or availability of courses and/or modules, or to discontinue courses and/or modules if necessary.  Changes are usually made for one or more of the following reasons:

    (a) to review and update the Academic Regulations or other relevant policies and procedures to ensure they are fit for purpose;
    (b) to reflect changes in the external environment, including legal or regulatory changes, changes to funding or financial arrangements, changes to government policy, requirements or guidance of public health policy, including for example, restrictions advised due to an epidemic or pandemic disease;
    (c) to incorporate sector guidance or best practice;
    (d) to incorporate feedback from students;
    (e) to aid clarity or consistency of approach;
    (f) the unanticipated departure or absence of key members of University staff; and/or
    (g) where the numbers recruited to a course exceed or fall short of the anticipated intake so that it is not possible to deliver as intended.

    Any changes will normally come into effect at the start of the relevant trimester, although may be introduced during the trimester where the University reasonably considers this to be in the interests of students or where this is required by law, government policy, public health guidelines or other exceptional circumstances. The University shall endeavour to ensure that the course learning outcomes and the assessment of modules is not adversely affected.

  2. The University will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver courses and modules as intended in accordance with the descriptions set out in the UCD curriculum available in the Course Search and with communications issued by the University to appropriately enrolled students.
    Despite taking all reasonable steps, circumstances beyond the control of the University may mean that it is prevented, in whole or in part, or delayed, from providing its educational offerings. Examples of such circumstances may include but are not limited to:
    (a)        severe weather or acts of God;
    (b)        power or internet failure;
    (c)        fire or flood;
    (d)        acts of terrorism, war or national emergency;
    (e)        damage to buildings or equipment;
    (f)        cyber attack;
    (g)        the acts or advice of any governmental or local authority;
    (h)        industrial action by University staff or third parties;
    (I)        epidemic or pandemic disease; and/or
    (j)         government policy or public health advice.

    In these circumstances, the University will take all reasonable steps to minimise the resultant disruption to the education programmes and to affected students, for example by delivering a modified version of the same course or  changing the mode of delivery to include online/digital/blended teaching and learning facilities.  The University shall endeavour to ensure that the course learning outcomes and the assessment of modules is not adversely affected.

  3. The University is not responsible to students for any consequential or indirect loss, such as third party financial costs, that may be claimed as a result of any changes under clauses 10 and 11.

  4. All students must comply with the  Academic Regulations, Student Code and Policies of the University.

  5. The University reserves the right to exclude an applicant who is considered on justifiable grounds to be unsuitable to continue their place on a particular programme according to particular circumstances. For example, including but not limited to, in accordance with the University’s Garda Vetting Policy, Fitness to Practice PolicyFitness to Continue in Study Policy or Relevant Offence Risk Assessment Policy.

  6. In order to effectively support students and manage the University, the University may need to change these terms and conditions from time to time.
     

August 2020