Exams and Assessments

The School would like to remind you of some important rules/policies in relation to exams and assessments. This information is not all-encompassing and students are advised to read the Student Handbook to ensure they fully understand the University's rules and regulations in relation to student conduct.

Academic misconduct

Instances of academic misconduct such as plagiarism, cheating in exams, etc. are treated very seriously by the School and are formally dealt with according to UNSW policy. In cases where academic misconduct is proven, penalties imposed may include zero marks for the assessment/task or failure in the course. Students will also be put onto the UNSW Academic Misconduct Registry. Ignorance about what constitutes plagiarism or academic misconduct is not acceptable defence for having committed them. More information can be found at UNSW Student Misconduct.

Academic Standing

Students whose academic standing is in a category less than 'Good' following a given session, will be required to meet with an Academic Advisor. The School writes to each of these students following the release of results and places a block on their enrolment until the student has met with the Academic Advisor. More information about academic standing can be found here.

Exam conduct

Exams, whether they be formal end-of-session exams or exams held in class during session, are governed by rules as outlined under Essential Information for Students.

In particular, it should be noted that the use of mobile phones or music players during an exam constitutes Academic Misconduct.

Rescheduling on religious grounds

UNSW recognises that there are students whose religious faith prohibits sitting exams during certain periods, or on particular holy days. Wherever possible, the University will attempt to accommodate students so that they may fulfil both their religious and University obligations. For exams or assessment tasks held in a course during session, the course coordinator should be contacted as soon as possible and at least 2 weeks prior to the affected exam or assessment task. Where examinations administered by the UNSW Examinations Branch conflict with a student's religious obligations, a Request for Alternate Exam Arrangement for Religious Reasons form should be completed and returned to the Examinations Branch no later than two weeks after the publication of the final examination timetable. More information can be found here.

Special Consideration

Any student who is unable to complete an assessment task, or who believes that their performance in an assessment task has been adversely affected, by sickness or any other reason, may request special consideration as detailed here.

Students must make formal application via Online Services in myUNSW for special consideration for the course(s) affected as soon as practicable after the problem occurs and within three working days of the assessment to which it refers. It is also recommended that students also inform the relevant lecturer/course coordinator that the problem has occurred.