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Our student policies align with the Open University Student Charter.

Academic Freedom Principles Statement

This is a University statement of academic freedom principles.

Academic Progress Policy

This policy defines how The Open University monitors whether a student is making sufficient academic progress as defined in our regulations, how and when study restrictions may be applied, and how students can apply for permission to undertake further study given a study restriction.

Academic Regulations

These regulations, together with the Conditions of Registration, define the basis of the academic relationship between the student and the University.


This policy confirms The Open University's approach to promoting accessibility and ensuring that all of our students are effectively supported in achieving success in Higher Education.

Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18

This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.


The OU recognises that there are times when it may be easier for a student to communicate with the University through the use of an advocate.

Anti-Fraud, Bribery and Corruption

The purpose of this policy is to provide a definition of fraud, bribery and corruption.

Assessment Banking Rules

The Assessment Banking Rules set out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer an eligible module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed.

Assessment Handbook

The Assessment Handbook sets out The Open University's general policy relating to the different types of assessment you may have to complete for your modules.

Careers and Employability Services: Statement of Service

An outline of the advice and guidance available from Careers and Employability Services.

Changing Your Study Plans: Deferrals, Withdrawals and Cancellation

An explanation of the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies, or want to change your choice of module or qualification.

Code of Practice for Student Assessment

These regulations define how your study will be assessed.

Code of Practice for Student Discipline

The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.

Complaints about The Open University as a Credit Broker

If you believe you have been misadvised or misled during the introduction to OUSBA then you should make a formal complaint using this procedure.

Complaints and Appeals Procedure

The Student Complaints and Appeals Procedures enable you to bring matters of concern to the attention of the University.


The Open University Student Computing Policy sets out the expected ways in which you, as a student, will use Open University computing services in your studies.

Conditions of Registration

The Conditions of Registration set out the terms and conditions (“Conditions”) that apply to registration for undergraduate and postgraduate taught modules and qualifications studied with The Open University.

Conditions of Registration for Postgraduate Research Students

The Conditions of Registration for Postgraduate Research Students provide the terms and conditions that apply to registration for postgraduate research qualifications studies at The Open University. These Conditions set out the terms of the agreement between the student and the University.

Conditions of Registration: Short Courses

The Conditions of Registration set out the terms and conditions (“Conditions”) that apply to registration for a non-credit bearing module from our Short Courses Prospectus.

Dignity and Respect

This policy can be used to help deal with any form of bullying and harassment at the Open University.


This policy outlines the University's approach to employability development for registered students.

Equality - The Open University Equality Scheme

Information about the University’s legal duties, individual responsibilities and arrangements for managing different aspects of equality.

Ethical use of Student Data for Learning Analytics

This policy aims to set out how the University will use student data in an ethical way in order to shape the student support provided.

Fee Rules

These documents set out the rules that affect the fees, fee liabilities, fee refunds and fee credits for students.

Fitness to Practise

This is the procedure to be followed in regard to the professional programmes offered by The Open University.

Fitness to Study Policy

This policy sets out how we can support you with regards to your studies if a mental, emotional or physical disability affects the way you interact with the Open University community.

Freedom of Information Code of Practice

This code of practice explains the two main responsibilities of the University under the FoIA, how information will be shared and what information is exempt.

Gender Identity

This policy applies to current and former students who inform the University that they have made, or intend to make, the transition to a gender other than the one they were assigned at birth.

Information, advice and guidance

This policy sets out our policy on delivering information, advice and guidance to prospective, past and current students.

Intellectual Property and Commercialisation

These documents describe and explain relevant aspects of research commercialisation at The Open University.

Library Services Statement of Service

This is a statement of what students can expect from Library Services.

Open University Students Association Relationship Agreement

The OU-OU Students Association Relationship Agreement sets out how the OU and OU Students Association will work together.


This policy defines ‘plagiarism’ and highlights how to avoid academic misconduct.

Pregnancy and Maternity

This document outlines the policy and guidance that applies to students who might need support because their study is affected by pregnancy, maternity, paternity, adoption, fostering or in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment.

Prevent Principles

As an institution of higher education, the OU has an important role in providing appropriate platforms to challenge extremist views and ideologies.

Refund and Compensation Policy

The Refund and Compensation policy sets out the circumstances where The Open University will offer compensation and/or refunds in the unlikely event that it is not possible to preserve continuation of study as a result of the withdrawal of a programme of study.

Religion and Belief

This policy outlines the support available to students whose religion or beliefs may have an impact on their studies.

Research Degree Regulations

These regulations are the definitive statement on the regulatory framework governing Research Degrees at The Open University.

Research Degrees Handbooks

Our research degrees handbooks tell you about the services available to you; and give advice about what to do at key points in your research degree studies.

Retention of Alumni Data and Records

This policy defines the principles, time periods, mechanisms and responsibilities for the University’s retention of alumni personal data.

Retention of Student Data and Records

This policy defines the principles, time periods, mechanisms and responsibilities for the university’s retention of student personal data.

Safeguarding - Ensuring the Safety of Children and Vulnerable/Protected Adults

The University recognises that it has a duty of care in creating a safe environment.

Student Charter

The Student Charter sets out what the responsibilities of members of the OU community are and what we can all expect of each other.

Student Privacy Notice

The Student Privacy notice sets out how we use your personal data.

Student Protection Plan

The Student Protection Plan sets out the measures in place to protect students in the unlikely situation where a risk to the continuation of their studies arises.

Tutor Support Statement

This statement was written for students, to expand on aspects of the Student Charter which relate to the relationship between students and their tutors.

Whistleblowing Policy

This policy provides guidance to staff and students wishing to raise their reasonable suspicions about irregularities in the running of the University or of the activities of colleagues within the University.

Working out your Class of Honours

Examples of how Honours classification works for undergraduate and Integrated Masters degrees.