Sometimes, life brings unexpected circumstances that completely impact our ability to study or complete assessments. The last date to Discontinue NOT FAIL (DC) is the last Friday of week 8.

If you had a serious illness or misadventure that was out of your control, became worse after week 7 (i.e., 1st October) and severely impacted your ability to study, you can apply for a late DC (Discontinue not to count as fail) grade. You will need to show that you were engaging with the subject, e.g., attending classes and submitting assessments, before you became sick or had the misadventure. Explain how your illness or misadventure impacted on your study, e.g., you couldn’t attend class or complete an assessment, and provide supporting documentation from a GP, counsellor or other relevant professional. Ask them to focus on how you were impacted, rather than an actual diagnosis. There are only a few, very limited, situations where you can use a Statutory Declaration or Student Declaration in lieu of a professional’s documentation. If you are seeking a DC from only some of your subjects you will also need to explain why you can’t complete these subjects, but can complete the others. It is unlikely that you will get a DC if you apply after final results are published, so apply as soon as possible.

Reducing your study load may also have consequences for international students or students on Centrelink payments. COVID-19 has made these circumstances a bit more flexible than before, but check with an SRC caseworker before applying for a DC. Becoming a part-time student will also mean you cannot use a concession Opal card.

If your DC is approved you can apply to have your fees refunded. This is not automatic and is not granted to everyone. Talk to an SRC caseworker about your specific circumstances. The deadline for applying for a fee refund for local students is 12 months, and international student fee refunds are even more strict. So apply as early as possible.