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FAQs - Supplementary Assessment and Academic Consideration

Can a student apply for Academic Consideration if they are not offered a supplementary assessment?

A student cannot apply for Academic Consideration in the event that he/she is not offered a supplementary assessment after receiving a final subject mark of 48% or 49%. According to section 3.6 of the Student Academic Consideration Policy, students cannot apply for academic consideration:

  • after completing and submitting an assessment task, including an examination, or
  • once grades have been declared for that subject.

In these circumstances, students can consult with the Sub Dean/Associate Dean of the Faculty which offered the subject or lodge a grievance following the Faculty’s grievance procedures.

Please also see the flowchart on managing overlap between Academic Consideration deferred assessment and Marginal Fail supplementary assessment processes for an illustration of how to manage the overlap between the Academic Consideration deferred assessment and ‘Fail’ Supplementary Assessment processes.

The two subgroups of students – those that have requested academic consideration and those that get a marginal fail - are quite likely to overlap. However, it would be quite unfair to impose PS grades and marks no greater than 50 to students who have genuine grounds for academic consideration.

A student who receives and accepts an offer of a supplementary assessment, but is then sick and can't do the exam, can apply for academic consideration. However, the conditions of the original supplementary assessment process will still apply to that student: i.e., if they complete the assessment successfully, they'll get a mark of 50% and a grade of PS.

Students who apply for academic consideration in the first instance and then get 48% or 49% should also be considered for the offer of a supplementary assessment, and faculties will need to ensure a transparent process is in place so this can happen outside of the end of session exam meetings.

Please also see the flowchart on managing overlap between Academic Consideration deferred assessment and Marginal Fail supplementary assessment processes for an illustration of how to manage the overlap between the Academic Consideration deferred assessment and ‘Fail’ Supplementary Assessment processes.

Last reviewed: 23 October, 2017

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