Assignment extensions

Information for students seeking an extension BEFORE the due date

If you wish to seek an extension for an assignment prior to the due date, you will need to apply directly to your Unit Chair.

This needs to occur as soon as you become aware that you will have difficulty in meeting the due date. Please check on the unit CloudDeakin site for any unit-specific directions.

Please note: Unit Chairs can only grant extensions up to 2 weeks beyond the original due date. If you require more than 2 weeks, or have already been provided an extension from the Unit Chair and require additional time, you must apply for Special Consideration via StudentConnect within 3 business days of the due date.

You must provide a reason for the extension and Unit Chair may request that you provide a draft of your assignment as part of your request.

Conditions under which an extension will normally be considered include:

  • Medical – to cover medical conditions of a serious nature, e.g. hospitalisation, serious injury or chronic illness.
    Note: temporary minor ailments such as headaches, colds and minor gastric upsets are not serious medical conditions and are unlikely to be accepted. However serious cases of these may be considered.
  • Compassionate – e.g. death of a close family member, significant family and relationship problems
  • Hardship/Trauma – e.g. sudden loss or gain of employment, severe disruption to domestic arrangements, victim of crime.

Note: misreading the due date, assignment anxiety or returning home will not be accepted as grounds for consideration.

Information for students seeking an extension AFTER the due date

If the due date has passed, you require more than 2 weeks extension, or you have already been provided with an extension and require additional time, you must apply for Special Consideration via StudentConnect. Please be aware that applications are required by University procedure to be submitted within 3 business days of the due date or extension due date.

Please be aware that in most instances the maximum amount of time that can be granted for an assignment extension is 3 weeks after the due date, as Unit Chairs are required to have all assignment submitted before results/feedback can be released back to students.

Penalties for late submission

The following marking penalties will apply if you submit an assessment task after the due date without an approved extension:

  • 5% will be deducted from available marks for each day up to five days.
  • Work that is submitted more than 5 days after the due date will not be marked; you will receive 0% for the task.

'Day' means working day for paper submissions and calendar day for electronic submissions.

The Unit Chair may refuse to accept a late submission where it is unreasonable or impracticable to assess the task after the due date.

It is important that you check any assignment instructions carefully to see if late submissions are impracticable to assess and will not be marked.

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