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Special consideration

Further information



Faculty variations

Faculty conditions vary for ‘special consideration'. Always seek advice from your faculty adviser.

Getting help

A counsellor may be able to help you.

If your study has been adversely affected by illness or other significant circumstances outside of your control, you can apply for special consideration.

Significant circumstances may include but are not limited to:

  • death or serious illness of a member of the student's immediate family or household or of a close friend
  • serious injury
  • being a victim of a crime
  • breakdown of relationship
  • sudden loss of income or employment
  • serious disruption to domestic arrangements
You should consult the University Policy on Special Consideration (UP11/23) to determine whether you are eligible for special consideration.

The faculty can consider:

  • extensions for assignments
  • withdrawal or changes to courses
  • changes to your final grade in a unit of study
  • deferred examinations
Applying for special consideration cannot save you from the consequences of poor academic preparation.

An application for special consideration must be submitted no later than three university working days after the date the assessment was due. Applications can be submitted in person or online via askUWA.

  1. Application guidelines
  2. Deferred examinations

Application guidelines


  • Third university working day after the date the assessment was due.

Your faculty may be able to extend this deadline if you can provide evidence that exceptional circumstances prevented you from submitting your application on time. Please remember that applications can be submitted in person or online via askUWA.

Application form


Applications on medical grounds are best supported by having section 6 and 7 of the application form completed by a medical professional. Alternatively, you may provide a certificate signed by your medical professional indicating that you were seen during an illness, or as soon as it was possible afterwards to seek help. The certificate should show:

  • when you first sought attention
  • probable duration of illness
  • level of impact on performance.

Within the limits of confidentiality, certificates should provide sufficient detail on the nature and seriousness of the illness so that an equitable performance assessment can be made.

Applications on other grounds are best supported by a healthcare professional, religious leader, residential college principal, or by a relevant professional who is sufficiently qualified and informed to be able to make a comprehensive and objective assessment of the severity of your circumstances.

The kind of documentation you need will depend on the situation, but should support your account of the circumstances and indicate the likely duration and level of impact on performance.

Certificates signed by family members are not acceptable.

If you have difficulty obtaining sufficient documentation within 3 university working days from your assessment deadline, please contact your faculty for advice. The faculty may permit you to submit your application and hold it for a specified number of days pending the receipt of your documentation. You should still submit your application form within the 3 university working day deadline.

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Deferred examinations

If your special circumstances prevent your from sitting exams as originally scheduled you can apply for a deferred examination. If you are granted a deferred examination you will need to be available to sit your exam during the deferred examination period.

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