Exams, Results & Special Consideration

Exam Information

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Exam Information



The Semester 1, 2014 examination period officially commences on Monday 16 June and concludes on Friday 27 June.

Students are required to make themselves available for the duration of the scheduled exam period at the end of each semester (or on the dates specified by the lecturer in the case of an early or late intensive unit) to complete their exams.

Take-home exams and in-department exams held outside the official exam period do not appear on the exam timetable. The lecturer will notify students of exam arrangements either during class, by University email or via Sydney Learning Management System (LMS).

Students who are unable to attend an exam due to serious illness, injury or misadventure, please submit a Special Consideration Application within 5 working days of the affected exam date.

Misreading of the timetable will not be accepted as a reason for failing to attend an exam

Exam interruptions

If there is an interruption during the examination, such as a fire alarm or power failure, follow the instructions of the examination supervisors. If the interruption requires you to leave the examination room, you must not discuss with any person the form or content of the examination during the period of the interruption. Any such discussion will be regarded as academic misconduct. The examination will resume when the examination supervisors determine that it is safe to do so.

Locations and starting times

Exams are generally held in the New Law Building on Camperdown Campus or as indicated on the exam timetable. Confirmed exam locations will be available on the Postgraduate Law Exam Timetable and MyUni from Monday 19 May.

Please ensure that you arrive at the exam location at least 15 minutes before the start of reading time. Misreading the exam timetable will not be accepted as a reason for failing to attend an exam.

Student identification in exams

Students must identify themselves in exams by placing their current year Student Campus Card on their exam table. Students not in possession of their Student Campus Card must provide another acceptable form of photo identification (driver's licence, passport, etc). Replacement Student Campus Cards may be obtained from the Campus Card Centre, upon payment of the scheduled fee.

Exam seat numbers

Students will require a seat number for most exams. Students will have to identify their own seat numbers in the exam room and the location of the exam itself. Seat numbers will be available on MyUni from Monday 19 May. To access exam location and seat numbers on MyUni, please click on the “MyAdmin” tab at the top of the screen, then click “Login to student administration” and then “Examination seating”. For further information or if you have problems, please visit the Exams Office website or telephone +61 2 8627 then extension 8217, 8218, 8216 or 8215 or email .

Open book exams

Students may only use materials (e.g. textbooks, references, dictionaries) as prescribed by the lecturer in an open book exam. If you are unsure, please refer to instructions in the unit outline or seek confirmation from the lecturer.

The use of electronic dictionaries and computers is not permitted. Mobile phones must be switched off at all times.

Use of linguistic dictionaries

Students from a non English-speaking background are eligible to apply for permission to use a standard linguistic dictionary in exams. Approval must be obtained from the lecturer well in advance of the exam


Special consideration

Please read all information below before applying

Special consideration is a provision which affords well-prepared students who are adversely affected by serious short-term illness, injury or misadventure, the opportunity to complete assessment tasks.

Policy

The Special Consideration policy forms part of the University’s Assessment Policy. The following information on special consideration should be read in conjunction with:
Section 13 of the Assessment Policy 2011
Section 14 of the Assessment Procedures 2011

Under the current special consideration policy, it will no longer be possible to award additional marks for special consideration.

Principles for dealing with special consideration

  • Special consideration may be available for students who are impacted by serious short-term illness, injury or misadventure.
  • Students who bear a primary carer responsibility toward another person at the time of an assessment may also apply for special consideration on the basis of serious short-term illness, injury or misadventure on the part of the person for whom they care for, if their ability to prepare for or perform the assessment is adversely affected.
  • All claims for special consideration should be genuine and made in good faith. Students seeking to use special consideration as a means of gaining an unfair advantage in an assessment will be rejected, and may be subject to disciplinary action.
  • Special consideration will not be granted if it disadvantages other students.
  • A student who is reasonably capable of attempting an examination should do so. If a student feels their exam performance was adversely affected by illness, injury or misadventure they may apply for special consideration.
  • Where special consideration is granted, the outcome will be an extension or replacement assessment which may not resemble the original assessment task. For example, the replacement assessment for a written exam may be a viva voce exam. The outcome will not be an adjustment of the student’s mark.
  • Where special consideration is granted but the student fails to undertake the scheduled replacement exam or submit an assessment within the period of the extension, the student may make a further application for special consideration. However, due to the passage of time it may not be possible for the Law School to construct a valid form of assessment or produce an alternative means of assessment in which case a Discontinued – Not to Count as Failure (DC) result may be awarded by the Unit Coordinator.

Special consideration is not available under the following circumstances:

  • Illnesses which occur one week or more before an assessment is due or an exam undertaken and which are (i) acute illnesses of one or two days’ duration; or (ii) trivial illnesses of up to two weeks’ duration;
  • Long-term conditions. In these circumstances, students are encouraged to apply for a a Discontinued – Not to Count as Failure (DC);
  • Balancing workloads due to a clash with other University or employment deadlines;
  • Information and communications technology-related problems (including lost work through a computer malfunction; exams missed by a misreading of the exam timetable etc) except where these problems could not have been prevented, avoided or the effects minimised by reasonable diligence by the student;
  • Students who are unable to complete assessment tasks due to cultural, religious, national defence, legal or sporting commitments. In these circumstances, special arrangements may be provided in accordance with the University’s policy on special exams arrangements (section 15 of the Assessment Policy 2011) and students should make a written request directly to the Unit Coordinator.

Students with a long-term illness, disability or injury should register with Disability Services in order to obtain an academic plan and receive special adjustments to assist them in the completion of their assessment. Special consideration cannot be used in lieu of a registration with Disability Services. However, students registered with Disability Services may make a claim for special consideration for conditions lying beyond the scope of their Academic Plan.

Procedures

Non-exam based assessment (assignments, essays, presentations, take-home exams etc)

1. Simple extensions (within 14 calendar days of the due date)

  • Simple extensions are extensions of up to 14 calendar days.
  • A special consideration form must not be submitted to request a simple extension. Students should request simple extensions directly from their Unit Coordinator.
  • Simple extension requests should be made prior to the due date for assessment where possible, and should be accompanied by supporting evidence in the form of a Professional Practitioner’s Certificate or Statutory Declaration.
  • Simple extensions are not available for exams, except in the case of take-home exams.
  • If a simple extension is not granted, a student may proceed to apply for a formal extension via the special consideration process.
  • Regardless of the outcome of a simple extension request, students should attempt to submit their assessment as soon as possible.


2. Formal extensions (up to 20 calendar days)

  • Formal extensions are extensions of up to 20 calendar days from the date on which the assessment was due.
  • A special consideration application must be submitted to request a formal extension.
  • In most cases an application for a formal extension should be made only after a request for a simple extension has been made, regardless of whether a simple extension was granted or not.
  • Applications for formal extensions should be made prior to the revised due date for assessment where possible.
  • Formal extensions are not available for exams, except in the case of take-home exams.
  • Extensions of up to 20 calendar days may be granted except where the student may gain an unfair advantage against the rest of the cohort, in which case an alternative assessment may be set.
  • Students who apply for a formal extension should not wait until the outcome of their special consideration application to submit their assessment and should submit as soon as possible.


Exams (held on campus)

  • Students should attempt their exam if they are reasonably capable of doing so. If subsequently they believe they were unable to make a proper attempt at the exam they may apply for special consideration.
  • Replacement exams are usually held within two to three weeks after the original exam date.
  • Students who are granted special consideration must make themselves available to sit the replacement exam at the date/time scheduled by Sydney Law School.

Special consideration application procedures

Please read all information relating to the special consideration policy before applying

1. Students must complete an Application for Special Consideration form for each law unit of study for which they are formally seeking special consideration. Non-Law Faculty students who are must apply directly to Sydney Law School for special consideration in relation to their law units only.

2. Attach appropriate supporting documents:

    a) Where a claim is based on serious illness or injury, a Professional Practitioner’s Certificate (PPC)(Page 4 of Application for Special Consideration form) must be submitted. Other medical certificates will not be considered.

    The PPC must be signed by a registered health practitioner or counsellor for conditions within the scope of practice of the practitioner, and the practitioner cannot be a family member.
    The PPC must include:

  • Date of consultation
  • An independent evaluation by the practitioner
  • Length of time student has been affected
  • Severity of illness

    b) For all other situations including misadventure or when timely medical advice cannot be sought, a Statutory Declaration form (Page 5 of Application for Special Consideration form) must be submitted with the application for special consideration, along with any other relevant documents.

    c) A statement detailing the reasons for the application if there is insufficient space in the application form to fully describe a student’s circumstances.



ALL FORMS AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS MUST BE PRESENTED IN A LEGIBLE FORMAT BY SCANNING ONLY AND COLLATING THEM INTO A SINGLE FILE, E.G PDF
DIGITAL PHOTOS OF FORMS AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS TAKEN BY A CAMERA OR MOBILE PHONE ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE

3. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the Special Consideration Committee
Applications must be complete at the time of submission. All information and available evidence must be provided with the original application, including a clear identification of the relevant assessment and all relevant dates (dates of assessment as well as dates of illness/misadventure). The application should detail how the illness/injury/misadventure affected the student's ability to undertake the assessment. If this is not apparent from the Special Consideration Form and PPC or Statutory Declaration form, the student should provide them in a covering letter.

Incomplete applications will not be considered by the Special Consideration Committee and students may not be given an opportunity to resubmit an application unless a reasonable explanation is provided for why the application was incomplete in the first instance. Special Consideration Committee is not obliged to consider material which is submitted late, and in most cases will not do so.

4. Applications for Special Consideration should be submitted as follows:
Email: Postgraduate Team
In-person: Law School Information Desk, Level 3, Sydney Law School
By mail: Postgraduate Team
Sydney Law School
New Law Building F10
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
All enquiries: Postgraduate Team Leader

ALL FORMS AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS MUST BE PRESENTED IN A LEGIBLE FORMAT BY SCANNING ONLY AND COLLATING THEM INTO A SINGLE FILE, E.G PDF
DIGITAL PHOTOS OF FORMS AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS TAKEN BY A CAMERA OR MOBILE PHONE ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE

5. Applications must be submitted within five working days after the assessment. Late applications must include a reasonable explanation for the lateness together with any relevant supporting documentation.

6. Applications will not be considered once results have been released to students. In these situations, a Discontinued – Not to Count as Failure (DC) outcome may be appropriate.

Application Outcomes

All applications for Special Consideration are assessed by the Sydney Law School Special Consideration Committee.

Students will receive an email acknowledgment when their application is received and will be notified of the academic judgment concerning their application via email. All correspondence is communicated via the student’s University email address.

The following table is a guide only of the types of consideration which may be granted

Assessment Type

Reason for Application

Outcome

Exam

Did not attend exam or attended but was unable to make a proper attempt

Replacement exam (may not be in the same format as the original exam)

Take-home exam

Late submission

Formal extension or replacement assessment

Assignment/Essay

Late submission

Formal extension or replacement assessment

Tutorial participation/presentation

Did not attend/present

Reweighting as
appropriate/ alternative date for presentation/ alternative assessment

Attendance requirements

Unable to attend due to illness/misadventure

Not covered by Special Consideration. To be determined by the relevant lecturer/Unit Coordinator

Students with disabilities, medical conditions or injuries

Students with a long-term illness, disability or injury should register with Disability Services in order to obtain an academic plan and receive special adjustments to assist them in the completion of their assessment. Special consideration cannot be used in lieu of a registration with Disability Services. However, students registered with Disability Services may make a claim for special consideration for conditions lying beyond the scope of their Academic Plan.

Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS offers a number of workshops to help students improve their well-being and academic success through face-to-face and online support.


Results

Publication of Results - Semester 1 2014

MyUni: Wednesday 16 July
Early semester intensive results Released at the end of the semester (see official results publication dates)
Late semester intensive results:

Lecturers will advise students of the expected results availability date

Late submission of assessments/exams: Assessments and exams will not be accepted after the due date. See Special Consideration policy. Please contact the relevant lecturer or directly regarding late assessment or exam mark.

Please note that official printed result notices will not be mailed out to students. If you require an official printed results notice, please visit the Student Centre located on Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building, Monday to Friday, 9am and 5pm or Tel: 8627 8200 Email:

Results to come

Updated: 21 July 2014

Code Unit Unit Coordinators
(*Adj & external)
Expected due date
LAWS6091-105 Chinese International Taxation Prof J Li* Jul
LAWS6824-105 Commercial Conflict of Laws Adj Prof A Bell*,
Adj Prof D Robertson*
11 Aug
LAWS6030-104 Corporate Taxation Prof R Vann Jul
LAWS6043-105 Environmental Impact Assessment Law Ms N Franklin, Mr Jeff Smith* Aug
LAWS6987-1 Fundamentals of Commercial Law Prof S McCracken 28 Jul
LAWS6177-105 Tax Treaties Prof R Vann Jul
LAWS6946-106 Tax Treaties Special Issues
(Group A)
Prof R Vann, Ms J Wheeler* Jul

All incomplete results will remain as “0% IC” on academic records until the official grade becomes available by the prescribed date.

Please enquire directly with your Unit Coordinator regarding any late results. Other enquiries.

Discontinued – not to count as failure (DC)

In one or all of the following circumstances, it may be in the student’s best interests to request to “discontinue – not to count as failure” (DC) from the unit until the student is able to resume his/her study effectively:

  • if a student is prevented from attending classes for prolonged periods because of serious illness, injury or misadventure, hence, has been unable to fulfil the minimum 70% class attendance requirement. The student may not be permitted to take assessments for that unit. Please refer to the relevant unit outline for specific completion requirements; and/or
  • if a student is unable to meet the assessment requirements within the specified timeframe due to continuing illness or misadventure.

To formally request a DC after the relevant withdrawal census date, a student must apply for permission through MyUni prior to Week 7 of teaching (or the relevant DC date for that intensive enrolment session).

For further assistance, please contact the Postgraduate Team

The following criteria will apply to all students seeking a DC (Discontinue not to count as failure) after Week 7 of teaching (or the relevant DC date for that enrolment session). A DC will only be approved where students are precluded from completing a unit due to unexpected, serious and long-term circumstances that cannot be adequately dealt with through special consideration.

  1. A DC will be granted if a student demonstrates, with appropriate and cogent evidence, that it is impossible or unreasonable for the student to continue their studies.
  2. An application for a DC must be made within time, which is prior to the commencement of the final assessment task for the unit where that is an exam or the due date of the final assessment where it is an essay. If an application is late it can only be considered if it was beyond the control of the student to apply by the relevant date.
  3. A DC will not be granted once a student has attempted the final assessment task in a unit of study. Once a DC application has been approved by the Unit Coordinator, it cannot be withdrawn.
  4. Where a DC is approved the Faculty is not liable to refund or pay compensation for any fees paid or payable for any unit of study, or to release from liability for fees payable but unpaid.


International students must seek advice from the Compliance Officer, International Student Office, regarding their visa requirements.

Please also refer to information on Absent fail grades (AF).

Absent fail grades (AF)

Students will be graded an Absent Fail (AF) on their academic record if they fail to:

Completion of studies

If you will complete all course requirements by July/December, the Faculty will issue you with an award (course completion) letter by September/March respectively. Please refer to graduation details. Please do not contact the Graduations Office until you have received your award letter.

Results Enquiries

Contacts

Outstanding results:

Lecturer

Academic Support Team

Result notices:
Academic transcript requests:
Academic Records
MyUni access:

Tel: +61 2 9351 6000
Assignments Collection:
Tel: +61 2 9351 0351
Further assistance:

Postgraduate Team