Exams, Results & Extensions

Exam Information

Special consideration (extensions and replacement exams)

Staying on track



University Policies

Exam Information

The Semester 2, 2016 examination period officially commences on Monday 7 November and concludes on Saturday 19 November.

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 3 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 held at the Camperdown/Darlington Campus

Locations and starting times are available in your Sydney Student portal under “My Studies” tab in the “Assessments” tab in MyUni. Confirmed exam locations will be available from October.

Please ensure that you arrive at the exam location at least 45 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 in the Sydney Student Portal on MyUni shortly after the release of the final exam timetable.

To access exam location and seat numbers in your student portal on MyUni, please:

  • click on the "My Studies" tab at the top of the screen
  • then click "Assessments"

For further information or if you have problems, please visit the Exams Office website or telephone 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864) 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.

The Special Consideration policy forms part of the University’s Coursework Policy and Assessment Procedures:
Section 67 of the Coursework Policy 2014
Section 14 of the Assessment Procedures 2011

Applications for special consideration and special arrangements are now centrally managed by the University's Student Administration Services (SAS).

The new application process will be an online process with a 3 working days deadline for submitting an application. For further information, please visit Special Consideration

Simple extensions

Simple extensions are assessment extensions of up to 2 working days. Students should not apply for simple extensions via the special consideration process.

  • Simple extensions are extensions of up to 2 working days.
  • An online 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.
  • Simple extensions are not available for exams (including take-home exams).
  • If a simple extension is not granted or require an extension longer than 2 working days, a student should proceed to apply for a formal extension via the special consideration process.
  • Regardless of the outcome of a simple extension or special consideration request, students should attempt to submit their assessment 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 3 weeks after the original exam date.
  • Students who are granted special consideration must make themselves available to sit the replacement exam at the scheduled time.

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.

Staying on track

The Faculty will monitor students for satisfactory progress towards the completion of their award course. Under the University's Student Academic Progression policy, the Faculty aims to identify students at academic risk; alert them to their status; provide assistance to these students; and track their progress once identified. Please read the Resolutions of the Faculty in conjunction with Student Affairs Unit


Publication of Results - Semester 2, 2016

MyUni: Please refer to Semester Results
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 our Student Administration website for contact details.

Accessing your results

To access your results, please log into MyUni using your UniKey and then follow the steps below:

  1. Select Sydney Student portal
  2. then click My Studies
  3. next click on Assessments
  4. then select Result Notice or Academic transcript

If you require further assistance to access your result notice or academic transcript online, please contact Sydney Student Support

Results to come

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).

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 Associate Dean (Postgraduate Coursework), it cannot be withdrawn.
  4. Where a DC is approved the School 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.

Please download the DC application form (doc)

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


Outstanding results:


Academic Support Team

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

Tel: +61 2 9351 6000
Assignments Collection: Please refer to Learning Management System (LMS)
Further assistance: Law Postgraduate Team