Discontinue Not Fail

Introduction
Faculty policy
Steps to follow
See also

Introduction

A Discontinue not Fail (DNF) result allows students to discontinue a unit of study without academic penalty due to exceptional, severe and long-term illness or misfortune. However students remain liable for HECS or fees for the unit of study.

Domestic students can request a DNF grade, without providing supporting documentation, up to the appropriate deadline specified by the University. For 2014 the DNF deadlines are 18 April 2014 in semester 1, and 12 September 2014 in semester 2.

International students will need to provide supporting documentation in all cases where they are applying for a DNF grade.

DNF results are intended for

A DNF result applied after the DNF deadline specified by the University should always be considered exceptional and a last resort where other methods of special consideration have been exhausted, or cannot be applied. The circumstances must therefore be exceptional, long term and documented. Late DNF results are intended for circumstances that were either unknown or deteriorated after the seventh week of the Semester in which the DNF is sought. Students may only apply for DNF grades due to the sudden onset of severe and ongoing illness or misadventure that could not have been reasonably foreseen, and which prevents the student from continuing their studies.

Applications for a DNF result must normally be made within 2 weeks of the end of the teaching period in the semester in which a DNF is sought.

DNF results are not intended for:

  • students who have attempted and failed assessment tasks in the unit of study for which a DNF result is sought. Discontinuation of studies with a grade of DNF is not intended to allow students who have failed a unit of study to have this result removed from their academic record.
  • students who have passed a unit of study. Discontinuation of studies with a grade of DNF is not intended to allow students who have passed a unit of study to have this result removed from their academic record.
  • single or occasional instances of illness or misadventure that affect the students studies. Instances for up to 20 working days are covered by Special Consideration arrangements.

Summer/Winter School and units of studies offered by other Faculties:

  • The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences does not process DNF applications for units of study undertaken in Summer School or Winter School. For Summer or Winter School units of study students will need to apply directly to Summer or Winter School.
  • The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is unable to process DNF applications for units of study that are offered outside the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The Faculty can only process DNF applications for units of study that are offered by our Faculty.

Faculty policy

The procedures for making an application for a discontinue not fail (DNF) grade after the census date are set out in the Faculty’s Policy and Procedure for: Application for a late DNF due to illness or misadventure.


Steps to follow

Students applying for a DNF before the deadline specified by the University.

  • Domestic students must complete an enrolment variation request form and submit it to Student Services prior to the deadlines specified by the University.
  • International students must apply to take a reduced load and submit it to Student Services prior to the deadlines specified by the University, and must provide documentation that demonstrates they have compelling or compassionate circumstances (e.g. serious illness or misadventure).

Students applying for a DNF after the deadline specified by the University.

  • Students should complete the DNF application form and submit their application and supporting documentation to Student Services no later than (2) weeks of the conclusion of the teaching period for the semester for which DNF is sought.
  • Student Services may waive this requirement if a student can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Director of Student Services that it was impossible or unreasonable for the student to lodge their request within this timeframe. In such cases, the student must provide documentation that demonstrates their application was made as soon as possible.
  • Students must ensure that they meet the criteria of the policy and attach appropriate documentary evidence of illness or misadventure to their application. Supporting documentation should meet the requirements as set out in the Documentation Guidelines for DNF Applications.
  • Documentation should also demonstrate if a reduced load rather than complete withdrawal from a student’s studies is appropriate.

Please Note: Under some circumstances, students who are granted a grade of DNF after the census date may be eligible for a refund of fees or re-credit of a Fee-HELP balance. Local students should contact the HECS and Domestic Fees Office in the Student Centre about all fee, HECS-HELP and Fee-HELP issues. International Students should contact the International Office.


See also

International office
Special consideration
Student academic progression
Student support services