The University of Wollongong has hit back at claims Wollongong Undergraduate Student Association president Chloe Rafferty had requested to attend the latest University Council meeting.
And UOW refuted Rafferty was told she could present her 2000-word report to the Council at last Friday's meeting.
The Mercury was on hand when Rafferty tried to enter the meeting, believing she would present her report.
"No presentation had been arranged for, or requested by, the UOW Council. This item was noted by the Council without debate or discussion," a UOW spokesman said.
"At no time was WUSA president Chloe Rafferty told she could attend Council to present the report, neither did she make this request."
He added at her WUSA president induction, Rafferty was advised that she was welcome to attend UOW Council meetings as an observer and was briefed on Council's rules for observers, which require submission of a request to attend in advance of the meeting.
"No formal request was received from Ms Rafferty to attend Friday's UOW Council meeting as an observer prior to the meeting.
"Council's rules regarding observers have been in place for many years and are summarised on UOW's public website."
Similar rules, comprising a request in advance to attend, apply for the Academic Senate.
"Ms Rafferty has previously demonstrated her understanding of these rules by following the correct procedure to request attendance at an Academic Senate meeting," the spokesman added.