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Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to arrange an extension of up to two days with your unit of study coordinator.    

A simple extension is an informal arrangement between you and your unit of study coordinator. You may be able to receive an extension of up to two working days for non-examination tasks, as outlined in the Coursework Policy 2014 (pdf, 584KB).

If you need an extension for a longer period, you may be eligible to apply for special consideration. This is a separate process and will not be affected if you apply for a simple extension. This means you will still need to meet the special consideration requirements and deadlines.

How to apply

You’ll need to talk to your unit of study coordinator about your reason for a simple extension. If they agree to give you a simple extension, you should have this confirmed by email. Make sure the email includes the title ‘simple extension’ and shows the unit of study code and your student ID.


If your unit of study coordinator decides it is appropriate, you will be given an extension of up to two working days without penalty.

You cannot appeal a simple extension decision as the outcome is not considered an academic decision for the purposes of the University of Sydney (Student Appeals Against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (pdf, 96KB).

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Last updated: 21 January 2021

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