Discontinue-not to count as failure (DC) and discontinue fail (DF)
Students who discontinue from a unit of study after the relevant census date will receive a grade of Discontinue-Not to Count as Failure (DC) or Discontinue-Fail (DF). The applicable grade depends upon the circumstances.
A DC grade may be awarded in one of two situations:
- a student withdraws after the census date but before the University’s DC deadline for the relevant enrolment session (see session dates for coursework students).
- a student withdraws after the DC deadline for the relevant session but exceptional circumstances justify the award of a DC grade. Generally those circumstances would involve unexpected, serious and long-term illness or misadventure which prevents a student from satisfying the 70% class attendance requirements or completing compulsory assessment. An application on this basis must be considered by the Associate Dean (Professional Law Programs). The requirements and procedure are set out in more detail below.
Although a DC grade will not be used in the calculation of a student’s WAM, at Sydney Law School a DC grade will be taken into account when determining whether a student has made satisfactory progress.
A DF grade will be awarded in all other cases where a student withdraws in the period after the designated DC deadline up until the last day of classes in the session. At Sydney Law School, a student who receives a DF grade is deemed to have made an unsuccessful attempt at the unit concerned, and this is taken into account for the purposes of progression, exclusion, and in the calculation of the student’s WAM for the purpose of graduation ranking.
Note: A 100% tuition fee liability, HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP debt will be incurred for any discontinuation after the census date.
The following criteria will apply to all students seeking a DC grade for a unit of study after the DC deadline for the relevant enrolment session. A DC grade 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.
- A DC grade will be granted if the student demonstrates, with appropriate and cogent evidence, that it is impossible or unreasonable for the student to continue their studies.
- An application for a DC grade 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.
- A DC grade will not be granted once the student has attempted the final assessment task in a unit of study. Once an application for a DC grade has been approved by the Associate Dean (Professional Law Programs) or delegate, it cannot be withdrawn.
- Where a DC grade is approved by the Faculty, the Faculty is not liable to refund or pay compensation to the student for any fees paid or payable for any unit of study, or to release the student from liability for fees payable but unpaid.
DC APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Students applying for a DC grade before the deadline specified by the University.
Domestic students seeking a DC grade before the University’s DC deadline for the relevant enrolment session can discontinue from the unit online via Sydney Student. If the award of the DC grade will result in an enrolment of less than 18cp for a full-time student, the student must apply via email to the Associate Dean (Professional Law Programs) to have this reduced study load approved.
International students on a student visa who are seeking a DC grade before the University’s DC deadline for the relevant enrolment session must apply for a reduced load via Sydney Student. The application should include supporting documentation which demonstrates compelling circumstances (e.g. illness, misadventure, academic risk). International students should also seek advice from International Services regarding their visa requirements.
Students applying for a DC grade after the deadline specified by the University.
Students seeking a DC grade after the DC deadline for the relevant enrolment session must apply via email to . There is no specific form for this request. The email must be accompanied by supporting documentation which demonstrates that it was impossible or unreasonable for the student to continue their studies. Note the following:
- An application must be made as soon as it is clear that the student will be unable to complete the requirements of a unit of study, and no later than the commencement of the final assessment.
- Where a student makes a late application, they must provide cogent reasons and supporting evidence to demonstrate that it was beyond their control to make a timely application.
- A late application may also be considered where a student has successfully applied for special consideration but due to continuing illness or misadventure are unable to sit the replacement exam.
- An application for a DC will not be considered once results have been released.