If things go wrong
At the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences we understand that things do not always go according to plan. The University of Sydney and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences provide a number of support services and options that can help you get through stressful times.
Some of these services include:
- The Counselling Service - The Service provides short-term, problem-focused counselling to promote psychological wellbeing and to help students develop effective and realistic coping strategies.
- International Students Support Unit - The International Student Support Unit (ISSU) aims to help international students develop successful strategies for coping with the challenges of living and studying in an unfamiliar culture, to achieve success in their studies and to make the experience of being an international student rewarding and enjoyable.
- Special Consideration - If you are having problems with your studies because of a serious illness or misadventure, you may apply to the Faculty for special consideration.
- Degree Advice and Options – There is always a friendly Adviser on hand at the student counter of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to answer your questions and let you know what options you have. You can drop in anytime between 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday. The student counter is located in the Main Quadrangle A14.
- Students Representative Council (SRC) - The Students’ Representative Council (SRC), run by students for students since 1929, offers undergraduate students free membership, confidential advice, affordable books, emergency loans and more. SRC caseworkers can help you with academic appeals and queries, tenancy, concession, work-related problems and many other issues. The Legal Service can provide you with advice and representation on most legal matters.
Listed below are a number of questions that students often ask. These questions must be read in conjunction with the Important Dates page.
- How can I withdraw from a unit of study after the census date?
- I need to take some time off from my degree. Is this possible?
- Who can I talk to about my course?
- I’m having problems in my life outside of the University. Who can help me?
- I’ve been really unwell. How am I going to get my assessments done in time?
After census date you can no longer simply Withdraw from the units of study you are enrolled in. However, there are other options…
Discontinue without Failure (DNF) – You can apply to DNF (without providing supporting documentation) by the specified 'DNF' dates for each semester. Please refer to the Important Dates page for details. Enrolment variation forms can be downloaded from the Undergraduate Forms Page.
If you wish to apply for a grade of DNF after these dates on the grounds of Medical or Misadventure, you may submit a DNF Application Form, accompanied by supporting documentation, to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.
If a DNF grade is applied it will appear on your academic transcript. However, please note that this is not a fail grade. You will not receive any credit points for the unit and will need to make up the credit points at another stage in your degree.
Discontinue Fail (DF) – If you have not experienced serious illness or misadventure, but still do not wish to continue your enrolment in a unit of study after the cut-off date for DNF, you can apply for the grade of DF. A DF grade will appear on your academic transcript and is considered a Fail grade. You will not receive any credit points for the unit. If you wish to DF a unit you can do so in person at the Student Counter of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office. Refer to the Important Dates page for details.
Yes, many students find that they need to take some time off for various reasons.
Undergraduate: You can take a maximum of 4 semesters off during your degree by applying to suspend your studies for one or more semesters at a time. To do this simply complete the Suspension Application Form and submit it to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office. The Faculty will need to receive your application before the census date for the relevant semester.
Postgraduate: You can take a maximum of 2 semesters off per candidature. To do this simply complete the Suspension Application Form and submit it to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office. The Faculty will need to receive your application before the census date for the relevant semester.
There are a number of helpful and friendly Student Advisers who work on the Student Counter at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office. Please check the Contacts Page for Office opening hours and location.
If you can’t get in to see us is person, you could always email or phone us. Undergraduate students can contact . Postgraduate students can contact . You can also call us on +61 2 9351 3129.
The University of Sydney offers a number of support services to students. The Counselling Service provides short-term, problem-focused counselling to promote psychological wellbeing and to help students develop effective and realistic coping strategies. International Students can access counselling assistance through the International Students Support Unit (ISSU).
The University Health Service offers a full, experienced and confidential general practitioner service and emergency medical care to all members of the University Community.
If your studies have, or will, suffer because of a serious illness or misadventure, you may apply to the Faculty for special consideration. Applications for Special Consideration must be made as soon as possible and within five working days of the due date of the assessment. Where circumstances prevent this, you may still apply but must provide a reasonable case for the delay in submitting your application.
If your illness or misadventure seriously affects your study for a significant proportion of the semester, you should consider applying for Discontinue Not Fail rather than special consideration.