Special Considerations, Special Arrangements And Simple Extensions

Introduction
How to apply
Special Consideration will not be granted for
Supporting documentation
What to do if you are waiting for a decision
Appealing a decision
See also

Introduction

While studying at The University of Sydney, you may need to apply for special consideration or special arrangements as follows:

  • Special Consideration may be granted if an illness or serious circumstance beyond a student’s control prevents or affects their preparation or performance in an exam or assessment.
  • Special Arrangements may be granted for essential community commitments.
  • Simple Extension – an extension of less than 5 working days for an assessment that is not an exam.

Special consideration will not be granted for:

  • Illnesses which occur one week or more before an assessment is due or an examination undertaken and which are (i) acute illnesses of one or two days’ duration; or (ii) trivial illnesses of up to two weeks’ duration
  • Balancing workloads from other units of study, disciplines or faculties
    Information and communications technology-related problems, except where they could not have been prevented, avoided or the effects minimised by reasonable diligence by the student; or
  • Jury service, military service, national sporting, religious or cultural commitments or other unforeseen events for which special arrangements may be provided. In these cases, you need to apply for special arrangements.

How to apply

  1. See the University’s Assessment Policy 2011 and Assessment Procedures 2011 to check that your reasons for applying are in line with these policies.
  2. Complete the online application.
  3. You can select more than one unit of study and more than one assessment task as part of your application. You will be sent email confirmation of the outcome for every unit and assessment you have selected in your application.
  4. If your circumstances prevent you from making an application yourself, please contact Student Services for assistance.

Supporting documentation

Applications will only be assessed if you submit the correct supporting documentation. Please make sure that you provide sufficient evidence of serious illness or misadventure which meets requirements of the University’s Assessment Procedures. (For privacy reasons, the Faculty is not able to contact doctors to seek further information. Please ensure that you complete the application with as much detail as possible so that an appropriate decision can be made.)

You will also need to upload supporting documentation through the online system at the time of an application for special consideration or special arrangements. You will need to have your documents ready to upload in one of the following file formats: PDF, PNG, TIFF, JPEG, GIF.

If you need to scan a document on campus, please visit one of our libraries or Learning Hubs.

What to do if you are waiting for a decision

You should not assume that applications for special consideration, special arrangements or simple extensions will be approved. While you should receive a response to your application(s) within 3 to 5 business days, do not wait for the result of your application before submitting your work and attend exams if you are able to do so. If you don’t attend an examination and your application for special consideration is not approved, you will receive a mark of zero for the assessment and, if the assessment was a compulsory task, an absent fail grade for the unit of study.

Appealing a decision

If you are not satisfied with a decision and can demonstrate that due process was not followed, you may appeal against the decision following the appeal an academic decision process.


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