If your studies are severely impacted by illness, injury, or other serious events (misadventure), you may be eligible for special consideration in affected assessments. This can apply to compulsory tutorial or class attendance, assignments, or exams.
Common circumstances that may be eligible for special consideration:
If you are registered with the University Disability Services and have an Academic Plan, you are still eligible to apply for Special Consideration.
Applications are due within 3 working days of the original assignment due date or exam date. You will need to apply online through the University’s website.
Don’t wait for the outcome of your application before submitting any assessment. You should still submit as soon as you can.
If you are too unwell to go see a doctor, go as soon as you can. Be aware that medical certificates dated after 3 days of the assessment deadline may not be accepted.
Late applications will not be approved without a reasonable explanation for the delay, with evidence to support this explanation. For example, this could be a medical certificate or PPC stating that you were hospitalised or unable to consult a doctor due to illness or injury.
Waiting to see if you passed an assessment before applying for Special Consideration is not a reasonable explanation. If you have no other explanation the application will be declined.
If you are too unwell to sit the replacement assessment you should apply again for Special Consideration with new supporting documentation. If your application is accepted you may be given a further replacement assessment. If this is not possible, you be awarded a grade of Discontinued not to Count as Failed (DC).
You may withdraw your application at any time so long as it is before release of results for the assessment, or before completion of the assessment.
Make sure all documents (especially PPCs and medical certificates) you submit are legitimate. Do not use a medical certificate from online doctors unless it is your regular treating practitioner. If you submit a false PPC you will be in breach of the Academic Honesty Policy and Code of Conduct for Students. Misconduct penalties are severe and can include zero marks for the unit of study, and exclusion from the University for up to 2 years.
Some circumstances that may prevent you from completing assessments fall outside the Special Consideration Policy. Instead you may be able to apply for Special Arrangements for the following:
A friend’s wedding will not usually be considered eligible for a Special Arrangement; a funeral for a family member or close friend is.
Apply via the University website as soon as you are aware of the circumstances. Requests for Special Arrangements for assessments or examinations held in formal University exam periods must be made within 14 days after the publication of the examination timetable.
If you believe an incorrect decision has been made on your application, you can ask for your application to be reviewed within 15 working days. This is called an ‘informal resolution request’. You can submit this request online through the Special Consideration website, or through the link in the decision email.
If you are dissatisfied with the decision, you may formally appeal to the Academic Panel within 20 working days of the decision on your application. The form to appeal is available on the Special Consideration and Arrangements website.
University of Sydney Special consideration and arrangements website
University Health Service
List of Justices of the Peace at the University of Sydney
Coursework Policy 2014
Assessment Procedures 2011
University of Sydney (Student appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended)