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Changes to the special consideration process

Here's what you need to know if life gets in the way and you can't meet a deadline

Every now and then, you might come across an event outside your control which interferes with your ability to submit an assessment on time or sit an exam on the scheduled date. The University understands this and has processes in place which you can pursue if you need special consideration. Recently, Monash has updated this policy and there are some important changes you need to know about. Here's what you need to know.

Short extensions

You may be eligible for a short extension. However, this is not availoable for group assessments, in-class tests/assessments (including presentations), practical assessments (including laboratories), mid-semester tests or scheduled final assessments. Note that late applications for short extensions will not be accepted unless you can provide documentation supporting your reason for it being overdue.

Complex arrangements

This refers to types of assessment that generally cannot be extended past 10 calendar days of the due date or the end of the teaching period. In these cases, you may be offered an alternative assessment or an exemption from submitting assessments weighing 10% or less. If you are granted an alternative assessment, you will no longer be entitled to an extension. 

In cases where extension requests extend several weeks, you may be advised to apply for a refund or a Withdrawn Incomplete Grade (more on that below). 

Deferred assessments 

Deferred final assessments must be completed within 90 days of the results release date.

Withdrawn Incomplete Grade

You must apply for a Withdrawn Incomplete Grade (WI) within 10 working days of the rescheduled deferred assessment, extension due date or other form of special consideration. WI has a very strict criteria. Only successful WI applications will also be assessed for a refund.


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You can learn more about the University's special consideration policies here. If you are unsure about anything else to do with special consideration, don’t hesitate to touch base with us at


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