Special Consideration

What happens after I apply?

The Student Case Review Team will assess the information and evidence provided in your application. UNSW’s procedures ensure that the confidentiality of this information is maintained.

The majority of applications will be processed within 3-5 working days.

To determine the outcome of your application, the following may also be considered:

  • Your performance in other assessments in the course
  • The severity of your circumstances and their effect on your performance
  • The type of assessment that was affected by your circumstances
  • Your academic standing and academic progression

If you are applying for Special Consideration for an assessment with a set due date (i.e. essay, report, long take-home exam), you are not expected to wait for the application to be approved before submitting the assessment. You should continue to work on the assessment and submit it when you believe you have completed your assessment to a satisfactory standard.

If an extension is approved, it will be applied from the original due date (and is normally equivalent to the period of impact outlined in your documentation). Once you have submitted your assessment, no resubmissions will be allowed.
If you are applying for a timed assessment (ie. exam or quiz), under the Fit to Sit rule, if you access or sit the timed assessment, you will no longer be eligible for consideration.

What outcomes can I expect?

If your application is approved, the outcome may be one of the following:

  • A supplementary or alternative assessment,
  • An extended deadline for the assessment (note the extension granted is normally equivalent to the period of impact outlined in your supporting documentation),
  • An aggregated or averaged mark derived from other comparable completed assessments.

Your Course Authority may be contacted to help determine the most appropriate outcome for your circumstances.

Applying for Special Consideration does not automatically mean that you will be granted an additional assessment, or that you will be awarded an amended result. For example, if you have a poor record of attendance or performance throughout a Term in a course, you may be failed regardless of illness or other reason affecting a final examination in that course.

What if I am not happy with the outcome of my application?

You can request a re-assessment

If it is not longer than 3 working days since you received your outcome AND you provide additional documentation to support your application, you can request a re-assessment of your application by replying to your outcome email.

You can appeal an outcome

If you do not have additional documentation, but wish to appeal the outcome of an application, you must reply to your outcome email within 3 working days of receiving the outcome, outlining your reason/s for the appeal.

Only one appeal will be considered by the Student Case Reviews team. You can further appeal your outcome by following UNSW’s complaints and appeals procedure.

Important student responsibilities

Applying for Special Consideration is an official UNSW process and means that you have responsibilities under the UNSW Student Code and the Special Consideration Student Declaration that you must be aware of. 

Significant personal information

If you feel that your circumstances are too significant or personal to use in the Special Consideration process, you may prefer to use other UNSW Support Services.

It is always important and is your responsibility to let UNSW know if there is anything that may affect your ability to continue your studies.

Short Extension

What happens after I apply?

Where a Short Extension is available for an assessment, students who have applied will receive an automatic approval email with a revised due date. 

All approved Short Extension requests can be viewed via the Short Extension Student Portal.

What outcomes can I expect?

Outcomes for Short Extension applications do not vary. The only outcome for students who apply is APPROVED and your extension duration will be equivalent, in days, to that stipulated in your course outline or LMS.

If you require a longer extension on your assessment or a different outcome due to your circumstances, look into applying for Special Consideration instead.

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