Application for Extension Guidelines
Timing of Applications
Applications for extension must be submitted prior to the assessment due date. Students requesting an extension after the due date of the assessment must apply for Special Consideration through the Student Information System https://sis.unimelb.edu.au/.
Guidelines for Eligibility
Students may be granted an extension of up to 10 working days (14 calendar days) if the student’s capacity to complete work by the due date has been affected by significant factors beyond their control and which can be verified by supporting evidence. These circumstances might include, but are not limited to:
- illness or a medical condition,
- injury or physical or psychological trauma
- impairment or incapacity arising from an event, the death or diagnosis of a serious illness of a close family member or friend
- illness of a child, parent/guardian, or spouse, for whom the student is the primary caregiver
- an unforeseen event that substantially impacts on the preparation of an assignment, such as family breakdown or substantial change to economic circumstances.
- legal commitments, where a student is called for jury duty or is subpoenaed to attend a court, tribunal or hearing, supported by documentary evidence.
- obligatory involvement in a religious ceremony or cultural event of a unique nature, supported by documentation from a relevant official or leader
Extensions will not be provided in the following circumstances:
- computer failure
- assessment tasks in other subjects due, employment responsibilities and routine financial support needs
- stress or 'normal' anxiety
- study difficulties
- difficulties adjusting to university life
- language difficulties
- minor inconvenience
- regular, normal life events, such as family life, work, sporting activities, social and other commitments,
- minor interruptions and disruption to routine that might result from minor illness, mishap or other minor adversity.
- the nature of the assessment precludes the granting of additional time (e.g. a problem set for which the answers have been released)
- the subject is taught intensively and the assessment is tightly integrated into teaching
- the program relies on integrated assessment across more than one subject.
Students requiring extensions longer than 10 working days (14 calendary days) must apply for Special Consideration due to unexpected circumstances. Click below for information on how to apply: https://students.unimelb.edu.au/your-course/manage-your-course/exams-assessments-and-results/special-consideration/unexpected-circumstances
A separate application form is required for each subject which requires an extension.
Students are required to provide supporting documentation, such as a medical certificate or police report, and explain the impact of the circumstances on their ability to complete the assessment task.
Submission of an application for extension does not mean automatic approval. Students should submit their work as soon as possible as there is no guarantee that they will get the outcome they are seeking and late penalties would apply.
Submission of assignment after receiving an extension
Students granted an extension must attach the advice of the extension to their assignment when submitting via LMS or to the subject coordinator/tutor/studio leader.