By Charlie Coë For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 03:23 BST, 5 August 2020 | Updated: 05:46 BST, 5 August 2020
Some of Australia's most elite universities are being forced to dumb down their lectures for foreign students who cannot understand English out of fear they will complain in large and 'highly organised' groups, lecturers have claimed.
The University of Sydney alone has received 135 complaints about academic assessment in the past year, and said a significant number of them involved allegations of unfair marking.
One anonymous professor at a leading Sydney university said even the slightest issue with exams could lead to joint complaints signed by 100 aggrieved students.
'International students didn't used to be organised but in the past two years that has all changed,' the professor told The Australian.
Some of Australia's most elite universities are being forced to dumb down their curriculum, academics have claimed. UNSW (pictured) denied receiving any of the large-scale complaints
He added international students tend to study in a very narrow manner using exams from previous years, and complain when the next year's assessment is not the same.
'The trade-off is clear. It is actually easier for us to adapt to these students' expectations,' he said.
'We know they'll give us very good evaluations, and then we're not going to get into trouble and we are even going to be praised.'
He said lecturers often then find it easier to give students positive evaluations than have meetings with superiors about exams being perceived as too difficult.
A spokeswoman for the Camperdown-based university told Daily Mail Australia staff encourage students to prepare for their exams more effectively in cases where a complaint has been made only because the assessment was unusually difficult.
Pictured: University of Sydney professor Salvatore Babones. He said controversial college courses allow students who previously only had a loose understanding of English to attend university in just a year
University of Sydney professor Salvatore Babones claimed foreign students could