Yesterday Justice Jackson in the Federal Court issued consent orders on pleadings and discovery of documents and scheduled a case management hearing for April 20.
The complex dispute dates from Murdoch U academic Gerd Schröder-Turk expressing concerns, about the academic standards of some international students at the university on ABC TV’s Four Corners. The university rejects his claims and wants damages for loss of income and reputation.
Also for the new year is the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency compliance assessment of Murdoch U, which the agency said yesterday “remains ongoing.”
“TEQSA sought information from Murdoch University in response to allegations within a Four Corners report, concerning admissions and performance of international students. TEQSA analysed that information and initiated a compliance assessment. Murdoch University has provided the further information requested, which TEQSA is currently considering,” the agency states.
TEQSA said yesterday “we anticipate this concluding in the first quarter of 2020.”