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Special consideration: Deferring your exams

Special Consideration takes into account short-term and/or unforeseen circumstances (known as Special Circumstances) that prevent you from attending your examination (including Supplementary or an already deferred exam)

It is not intended for the management of long-term illnesses, disabilities, or other ongoing circumstances. Please see AccessAbility Services.

The following situations that would not be considered Special Circumstances, include but are not limited to:

  • stress and anxiety normally associated with study;
  • adjusting to the demands of university life or homesickness;
  • personal travel or holiday plans that have made a student unable to attend classes or meet required submission timelines;
  • failure to understand or ask for clarification of key dates or procedures where a student could reasonably be expected to have understood or asked for clarification;
  • inability to obtain release from the student's regular paid employment to undertake or complete the learning activities or assessment
  • misreading or failing to ask for clarification of the examination timetable;
  • an increase in hours or duties of employment which is at the request of the student;
  • social and leisure events and activities including sporting commitments not considered as elite athlete obligations.

Please refer to the Special Consideration page and Special Consideration Supporting Documentation for more information about applying for Special Consideration including the situations that are consider Special Circumstances, the timeframe to submit and example for relevant supporting documentation.

Please refer to Deferred and supplementary exams for all dates