Short extensions & special consideration

If you experience unexpected circumstances which had an adverse impact on your ability to complete an assignment and submit it on time, you may apply for special consideration or a short extension of time.

Short extensions

Short extensions of time (maximum five (5) working days) for assessments can be applied for directly through your College Unit Coordinator.

You should send the application for short extension for submission of assessable work to your Unit Coordinator at least one (1) working day before the assessment due date.

Short extensions may be granted for reasons such as:

  • unavoidable work commitments
  • family, cultural, religious or elite sporting commitments known in advance
  • other unexpected circumstances outside a student’s control.

We recommend that you attach documentary evidence such as a letter from a relevant authority (e.g. employer).

For extensions of more than five (5) working days, or short extension applications after the deadline, submit a special consideration application.

TAFE students assignment extensions

If you need additional time to submit your assignment, please complete the TAFE Student request for extension to assessment.

Special consideration

Special consideration is available for students who experience acute unexpected circumstances that adversely impact an assessment, or who require an extension of longer than five (5) working days. This can be for any form of assessment such as:

  • assignments
  • examinations
  • laboratory experiments
  • literature reports
  • portfolios
  • presentations
  • tests.

Submit an Online Special Consideration application via MYVU Portal within three (3) working days of the assessment due date. This means you have 3 working days after the due date to apply.

If your application is approved, you might be granted an extension of time, a special examination, an alternative assessment, removal of a late penalty or adjustment to marks, depending on your circumstances.

Sample reasons to apply for special consideration

  • Student A was unwell on the day of her exam. She asked her doctor to complete a Treating Professional Supporting Document and uploaded this to an online special consideration application the day after the exam.
  • Student B needed more time for an assignment because of something unexpected (he had to attend a funeral interstate). He applied for special consideration online, attaching supporting documents (funeral notice, flight details and a statutory declaration).
  • Student C was in hospital on the day of his exam and all the following week. He could not submit a special consideration application before the deadline (within 3 days of the exam). Because it was a late application, he wrote a half-page letter explaining his exceptional circumstances. He also attached a statement from the hospital showing the dates of his stay and a Treating Professional Supporting Document completed by his doctor.
  • Student D was unable to do an in-class presentation because of an unavoidable work commitment. Knowing this in advance, she contacted her Unit Coordinator to discuss her options. She then applied for a short extension well before the due date, attaching an official letter from her employer.

Supporting documentation

When applying for special consideration, you will need to provide supporting documentation.

If your reason for applying is due to a medical condition:

  • Ask your medical practitioner or other treating professional (such as a counsellor) to complete the relevant section of the Treating Professional Supporting Document form.
  • If you have seen a non-VU counsellor about problems affecting your studies, that person is the more appropriate one to support your application.

If your reason for applying is non-medical, you will need to upload external support verification, such as a letter from your employer, statutory declaration, police statement, funeral notice, letter from another authority or religious leader statement.

Late applications for special consideration

If you were unable to submit a special consideration application before the deadline, and there were exceptional circumstances that prevented you from lodging in time, your application may still be approved.

  • Write a letter (between a half and a full page in length) describing the exceptional circumstances that caused your application to be late.
  • Apply for special consideration online and upload this letter, along with supporting documentation.

Contact Student Advocacy if you would like further advice as to whether your circumstances may be considered exceptional.

Tips for applying

  • Remember - it is your responsibility to organise your work/other commitments around your assessments. The expectation is that you complete them by the due date!
  • If you know in advance you won't be able to complete an assessment on time, contact your Unit Coordinator as soon as possible to discuss options.
  • Stay in touch with your Unit Coordinator about your circumstances!
  • Don't forget to attach supporting evidence to your application.

Review of Short Extension & Special Consideration decisions

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of your application, and you think there are good reasons that this should be reviewed, then you may request your Course Coordinator to review the decision. You must make the request within three (3) working days of being notified that your application was rejected.

  • Write to your Course Coordinator (half to one page) outlining the reasons the decision should be reviewed. Attach the documents from your original application along with any other relevant evidence.
  • If you don’t know who your Course Coordinator is, ask the Student Service Centre or find their details on your College webpage.

You should be notified of the outcome within three (3) working days through your VU email.