As a result of COVID-19, there may be circumstances out of your control that impact on your ability to complete an assessment task. This may include self-isolation, travel bans, carer responsibilities, work commitments, attendance requirements or IT issues impacting online study.
Check our Coronavirus advice page for information on applying for special consideration and documents required in these situations. Be aware as an 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.
If you have an exam scheduled between 10pm and 7am in the timezone you're living in, you may be eligible for a special arrangement.
You will need to provide specific supporting documents with your application.
You may be required to supply originals of these documents at any time during your studies at the University. The acceptable formats for your documents are pdf, tif, tiff, gif or png. Word file formats (doc and docx) are not accepted.
These documents need to include the period of time in which you have been impacted, for example the start and end date of your illness, injury or misadventure.
Your documents need to be in English. To translate non-English language documents you will need to contact an accredited translation agency, such as NAATI.
If your circumstances are of a sensitive nature, please indicate when you expect you will be able to complete your assessment or return to your studies. If you need more time at the end of this period, you can submit another application.
You are not required to disclose the nature of your illness, injury or misadventure. In these circumstances:
Provide one of the following documents:
Provide either of the following documents accompanied by relevant supporting documents:
Only dates on the above documents will be applied, so if you are experiencing ongoing effects limiting your ability to study or complete assessments, you need to provide a professional practitioner certificate and any travel-related evidence indicating the extended dates of impact.
Provide the following documents:
If you are unable to obtain a professional practitioner certificate, include a statutory declaration outlining your circumstances, accompanied by supporting documents. Your statutory declaration needs to indicate how your ability to study has been impacted by your circumstances and when you expect to be able to complete your assessments or return to your studies.
A copy of the summons, subpoena, court order or notice of selection for jury duty stating:
A signed certificate on an official letterhead from a medical practitioner/midwife/relevant adoption agency stating:
This certificate needs to be filled out, signed and stamped by a registered medical/health practitioner who is not related to you. You can download and print the form (pdf, 320KB).
The certificate needs to be completed in full and include an evaluation of the duration (giving start and end dates) of impact and degree of impact that the illness, injury or carer’s duties have had on your ability to attend classes and learn or to complete assessments.
A statutory declaration is a signed, written statement that allows a person to declare something to be true in the presence of an authorised witness. You'll need to use a NSW statutory declaration form and have it signed by a Justice of the Peace.
Your statutory declaration should include:
A dated obituary from a newspaper, a funeral notice or funeral program that includes:
If you need to travel interstate or overseas for the funeral, you will need to provide supporting documents such as a travel itinerary or statutory declaration for the additional time you are away.
The notice needs to include:
This is produced by the police and should include:
If a police report is unavailable when you submit your application, you will need to provide a statutory declaration that includes how the incident has affected your studies, along with a COPS event number, which is evidence a crime has been reported.
This should be written on an official letterhead and needs to include:
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.