Special consideration

The University's assessment practices are designed to ensure that conditions are fair to all students, as consistent as possible and that individual students are not disadvantaged by adverse personal circumstances beyond their control or by the activities of other students.

Generally, serious illness or misadventure will be taken into account when considering a student’s academic performance in a course or units of study. However, there is clear distinction between longstanding illness or difficulties which prevent students from attending classes and/or completing required work and short-term serious illness or misadventure that may prevent a well-prepared student from sitting for an examination or completing a particular assignment.

In the event of non-attendance due to ill-health or misadventure, a request for special consideration may be lodged as soon as practicable and certainly within five working days from the end of the period for which consideration is sought.

Procedure for lodging a Special Consideration application

School of Business and School of Law

To lodge a special consideration in Summer and Winter Schools a student must:

  1. complete a Special Consideration form;
  2. attach relevant evidentiary documentation - Professional Practitioners Certificate;
  3. present all documentation to the Summer and Winter Schools office for receipting and logging;
  4. lodge original documents at the relevant department or faculty office (e.g. Business Students lodge their form at their Student Information Office; Law Students submit forms to the Undergraduate Team at Law)

The faculty will notify students of their academic judgment in due course.

Important: A request for special consideration may not automatically result in a supplementary examination, and will be determined by your Faculty.

Full Faculty policy on Special Consideration applications made by Business students can be found here:

Business link:

Full Faculty policy on Special Consideration applications made by Law students can be found here:

Law link

Download the University of Sydney Special Consideration form

Faculty of Science

Students taking Faculty of Science units over summer should submit all Special Consideration applications and medical documents direct to The Summer School Office to handle on behalf of Science. Note this only applies to Science students at summer session who can email their forms to the Summer School Office:

Download the University of Sydney Special Consideration form

All other faculties

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, a student may still apply but must provide a reasonable case for the delay in submitting their application.

Only illness or misadventure during the session or occurring at the time of an examination will warrant Special Consideration for academic performance. The academic judgement as to whether Special Consideration will be granted will depend upon both the nature of the illness or misadventure and its timing with respect to the assessment.

All applications for Special Consideration must be made on the University’s Special Consideration form. The completed form must be submitted to your unit of study coordinator (not the Faculty Office). In addition to that you should send a scanned copy of the form or an email advising that you have submitted a form to your unit of study coordinator to the Summer School Office:

Download the University of Sydney Special Consideration form