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 (i) between longstanding illness or difficulties which prevent students from attending classes and/or completing required work and (ii) short-term serious illness or misadventure that may prevent a well-prepared student from sitting for an examination or completing a particular assignment. The second set of circumstances - in the short-term - are the ones applicable to applications for Special Consideration over summer and winter sessions and the policy is the same as it is for regular semester 1 and 2. Students should read closely the Special Consideration policy.

Generally, 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

All School of Business students intending to lodge an application for Special Consideration for a Business unit of study at a Summer or Winter School session are required to read the advice to students and then follow the rules for submission.

Please note, only legible documents in hard copy or pdf format are accepted. Digital photos of documents are not accepted.

Sydney Law School

All Law School students intending to lodge an application for Special Consideration for a LAWS unit of study at a Summer or Winter School session are required to read all information below before applying.

Complete sets of Special Application documents may be submitted to:
by email: apeals team
in person: Law School Information Desk, Level 3, Sydney Law School

Please note, only legible documents in hard copy or pdf format are accepted. Digital photos of documents are not accepted.

Faculty of Science

Students taking Faculty of Science units of study over summer or winter sessions should submit their complete set of Special Consideration documents, including medical documents or statutory declaration to the Summer School Office to be processed on behalf of the Faculty.

Once you have notified your summer or winter session lecturer of your circumstances, then you should Download the University of Sydney Special Consideration form and email your documents direct to the Summer School Office.

Please note, only legible documents in hard copy or pdf format are accepted. Digital photos of documents are not accepted.

All other faculties

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, you should send a scanned copy of your complete set of forms, including the the University of Sydney Special Consideration form medical certificates or a statutory declaration by email to the Summer School Office:

Download the University of Sydney Special Consideration form

Please note, only legible documents in hard copy or pdf format are accepted. Digital photos of documents are not accepted.