If you discontinue a unit of study after the relevant census date but before the DC deadline, you will be financially liable for the unit but it will not count as a fail on your transcript and does not affect your Weighted Average Mark (WAM).
The DC deadline will vary for each unit but it is usually the end of Week 7 in Semesters 1 and 2, or before half of the unit of study has run in other sessions. You can find the DC deadline for each session on the deadlines for discontinuing a unit page.
A DC grade may also be used if you’re unable to reasonably complete your studies due to serious illness or misadventure that occurred or became worse after the DC deadline. You’ll need to provide supporting documents to show that before the DC deadline you had reasonable prospects of completing the unit(s) of study.
DC grades can’t be granted for periods of short-term illness or misadventure lasting up to 20 working days. These circumstances need to be addressed through Special consideration.
To discontinue a unit after the census date but before the DC deadline, log in to Sydney Student (go to ‘My studies’, ‘Units of study’, ‘Other options’, then ‘Discontinue from a unit of study’).
If you’re an international student, a DC grade will reduce your study load. You need to apply for a reduced study load, and provide the necessary supporting documents. If you are granted a reduced study load, a DC grade will be given for your unit of study.
If you’re a domestic student studying full time and the award of the DC grade will result in an enrolment of less than 18 credit points, you need to apply via email to the Associate Dean (Professional Law Programs) to have this reduced study load approved.
If you are an international student and the award of the DC grade will result in an enrolment of less than 24 credit points, you need to apply via email to the Law Postgraduate Team at email@example.com to have this reduced study load approved.
Under some circumstances, if you are granted a grade of DC you may be eligible for a refund of fees or re-credit of a HELP balance.
In certain circumstances you may be able to receive a DC grade after the DC deadline has passed. In this instance you will have to apply directly to your school.
You may be eligible for a DC grade after the DC deadline if:
It's important to consider your circumstances and what happens if your application isn't approved. You may want to consider applying for a Discontinue fail in case your application isn't approved.
You will need to provide a statement and (original or certified) documentation completed by a registered medical practitioner or counsellor (or other professional as applicable) which demonstrates that you meet the eligibility criteria and:
In the case of illness, you need to provide a Professional Practitioner Certificate (PPC) (pdf, 313KB).
When assessing DC applications, the faculty takes into account your academic record and any special consideration claims you have lodged throughout the semester.
If you are registered with Disability Services, any reasonable adjustments are also taken into consideration. You will need to notify your faculty or school that you are registered with Disability Services if you want this information to be taken into account.
Be aware that your faculty or school may have additional requirements around eligibility and supporting documents.
Complete the Discontinued not to count as failure (DC) web form.
Make sure you attach the relevant supporting documents to the web form. If you are applying after the deadline, please include a statement and supporting documents to explain the reason for your delay.
If you are unable to apply using the web form, for example, applying to discontinue units prior to 2019 or across different years, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an alternative application form.
Email an DC (discontinued not to count as failure) application form (pdf, 75KB) and supporting documents to email@example.com.
The University wishes to avoid placing an additional burden on the health care system during the COVID-19 crisis. As an alternative to a medical certificate or other medical documents, you can submit a student declaration, with any available supporting evidence, that describes the misadventure, illness or injury that you suffered and for how long. The conditions for making student declarations are outlined in the template.
Submit your written statement and supporting documents either in person at the faculty office in the Peter Nicol Russell Building, or via email to the Engineering Progression and Appeals Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re a master’s or graduate diploma student, submit the postgraduate Law DC application form (doc, 90KB) to the Sydney Law School.
If you are undertaking the Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor, email the Professional Law Programs at email@example.com from your University student email account and attach your supporting documents.
Note the following.
You need to complete the Discontinued not to count as failure (DC) web form Make sure you attach the relevant supporting documents to the web form.
If you are unable to apply using the web form, for example, applying to discontinue units prior to 2019 or across different years, please complete the Faculty of Science DC Application Form (pdf, 47KB) and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your supporting documentation.