Understand the consequences of withdrawing from a unit, the importance of the census date and the support available to help you manage your studies.
As part of the Government's Job-ready Graduates Package, new student protections have been introduced from 1 January 2022 to ensure students are not penalised if there are special circumstances that have impacted them beyond their control. Find out more about how these changes affect you.
Assessed against a specific criteria, students can now apply for late discontinuation from a unit of study under special circumstances.
Depending on when you withdraw from your subject, there may be financial and/or academic penalties.
|Timing||Outcome||How to apply|
|Before the unit's census date||
You withdraw from a unit by selecting the rubbish bin on the unit of study selection screen in Sydney Student (go to ‘My studies’, ‘Units of study’, then ‘Change your units of study’).
You'll need to select 'Continue' and then 'Confirm' on the confirmation screen to finalise your change
|Requirements for student visa holders
If you want to discontinue a unit of study, before its census date, you'll need to apply for a reduced study load to drop below the required 24 credit points.
|After the unit’s census date and before the last day of teaching (last date to discontinue fail - DF)||
||Log in to Sydney Student (go to ‘My studies’, ‘Units of study’, ‘Other options’, then ‘Discontinue from a unit of study’).|
|After the unit’s last date to discontinue fail (DF)||
||You can no longer discontinue from the unit. Your mark will be recorded.|
Withdrawing from a subject can be a big decision, as it may have financial or academic consequences.
If you’re considering withdrawing from a subject because you are finding the academic content challenging, or your personal or financial circumstances are impacting your studies, know that there is a range of support services available.
If you’re worried about your results and academic progress, we recommend first talking to an academic advisor in your faculty or school.
You can use our tool to understand what options are available to you depending on your scenario.
If the census date has passed, but you have been impacted by circumstances beyond your control you can apply to discontinue from a unit of study under special circumstances. If your application is approved, you will receive a DC grade which does not count as a fail on your transcript and fees associated with your unit of study will be remitted. Find out more about how this process works.
If you intend to withdraw from all your units of study and it's before census, you should look at suspending your studies.