In accordance with the University's Assessment Variation Procedures, students are eligible to apply for a deferred assessment if unforeseen or exceptional circumstances prevent them from either sitting or remaining for the duration of the original examination.
Unforeseen or exceptional circumstances may include, but are not limited to:
- illness of the student or a close relative;
- unanticipated personal circumstances of a compelling nature;
- unanticipated and significant work-related circumstances of a compelling nature; and
- sporting commitments for recognised elite athletes.
A deferred assessment can be in a wide variety of formats, however, if you miss your final examination due to illness or compassionate circumstances, your deferred assessment will normally take the form of an examination.
Medical or compassionate grounds
If you need to apply for a deferred assessment based on medical and/or compassionate grounds, you need to complete a Deferred assessment application form and submit it to the College responsible for your topic within three (3) working days of the examination taking place or assignment due date. The college contact details are on the form.
You can also submit your application online and attach the supporting documentation.
Deferred assessment applications based on medical or compassionate grounds must have supporting evidence obtained from a doctor (medical certificate) or an appropriate professional. Please ensure supporting evidence covers dates applicable to this application (eg. medical certificate is for the date of the exam).
On campus exams
If you are unwell on the day of your exam, or are displaying any COVID symptoms please do not come on campus. Phone your medical practitioner or health professional to make an appointment or alternatively phone the University’s Health, Counselling and Disability Service to make an appointment and obtain the necessary supporting documentation. You must then submit a deferred assessment application within three (3) working days of the exam taking place.
If you are unable to complete your online exam due to medical or compassionate reasons, complete the Online Examination Incident Report to record your early departure.
Phone your medical practitioner or health professional to make an appointment or alternatively phone the University’s Health, Counselling and Disability Service to make an appointment and obtain the necessary supporting documentation. You must then submit a deferred assessment application within three (3) working days of the exam taking place.
Your application will be considered by the College and you will be notified of the decision.
If you have been offered a deferred assessment, you will see a deferred assessment indicator on your results. Eg I/M (*/M indicates that a deferred assessment has been awarded on medical or compassionate grounds).
If you are unsure which College your topic is aligned to, you can check here on the topics mapped to College page.