When to apply
Applications are accepted in the following circumstances only:
- Where academic work has been hampered to a substantial degree by illness or other cause. Except in unusual circumstances, a problem involving only 3 consecutive days or a total of 5 days within the teaching period of a semester is not considered sufficient grounds for an application.
- The circumstances must be unexpected and beyond your control. Students are expected to give priority to their university study commitments, and any absence must clearly be for circumstances beyond your control. Work commitments are not normally considered a justification.
- An absence from an examination must be supported by a medical certificate or other document that clearly indicates that you were unable to be present. A student absent from an examination, or who attends an examination and wants to request special consideration, is normally required to provide a medical certificate dated the same day as the examination.
- An application for Special Consideration must be provided within 3 working days of the assessment to which it refers. In exceptional circumstances an application may be accepted outside the 3-day limit.
Students cannot claim consideration for conditions or circumstances that are the consequences of their own actions or inactions.
Applications are normally not considered if:
- The condition or event is not related to performance or is considered to be not serious
- More than 3 days have elapsed since the assessment for which consideration is sought
- Any key information is missing
- Supporting documentation does not meet requirements
- The assessment task is worth less than 20% of the total course assessment, unless the student can provide a medical certificate that covers three consecutive days.
- The School of Mathematics and Statistics will not accept online applications where the assessment value is less than 20 % of the total course assessment. Maths and Statistics students should contact the School directly.
In exceptional circumstances UNSW may waive these requirements, for example, if an accident or sudden illness occurs which requires your immediate hospitalisation.