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Disruption to Studies

more about What is it about?

The Disruptions to Studies process is for students who have been affected by serious and unavoidable disruption (for example, illness) to their studies and/or absent to their assessments. It provides an official means for students to receive recognition of the interruption and the University to provide support in such situations.

Student can apply for a variety of reasons, such as illness (either physical or psychological), accident, injury, societal demands (such as jury service), bereavement, family breakdown or unexpected changes in employment situations. 

This procedure replaces what was previously known as the Special Consideration policy, and is now in effect for Session 1 2014 onward. Special Consideration is now referred to as the provision of the additional opportunity for a student after Disruption to Studies application is approved.

more about applying How do I apply?

To submit an application, please refer to the following steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Select "Current Studies Domestic and International"
  3. Login with your OneID
  4. Click on "Disruption to Studies" 
  5. Fill in your relevant details
  6. Attach supporting document(s) by clicking on "Add an Attachment" to add the document which you have scanned

Please ensure you submit your application(s) within 5 working days of the commencement of the disruption(s).

more supplementary exam info Have I been awarded a supplementary exam?

Emails will be sent to the official Macquarie University student email address regarding outcomes of their Disruptions to Studies application.

Note: If you sat the Final Exam and are granted Disruptions to Studies:

  • you will have to sit the supplementary exam.
  • your performance in the supplementary exam would replace your performance in the Final Exam

more other information What other useful information I may need to know?

  • Supporting documentation should be included in the application. 
  • If Disruptions to Studies is being sought on medical grounds, students must provide a Professional Authorities Form. Medical certificates will NOT be accepted.

Supplementary Final Exam Timetables

Please click here to access Session 2 FBE Supplementary Exam Timetable.

The Session 3 Supplementary Examination Timetable will be released on 12 February 2018.

Upon the release of the supplementary exam timetable, should you find a clash of timings for the supplementary exams that have been granted to you or, if you have been granted a supplementary exam but do not find your student number listed, please notify us immediately by calling 9850 1050.

Please be aware that Supplementary Exams for Faculty of Business and Economics units will be held in the following dates: 

Session 2, 2017 supplementary exams: 12th - 15th December 2017

Session 3, 2017/18 supplementary exams: 14th - 15th February 2018

Important Information:-

Fit to Sit - Macquarie University operates under a 'Fit to Sit' model. This means that in sitting an exam, a student declares themselves fit to do so. Therefore, if a student is feeling unfit to sit their exam, they should not do so. If a student sits an exam knowing they are unfit to do so, they will not be granted Special Consideration (refer to Disruption to studies page, in particular the link to the Disruption to Studies policy).

Disruptions for Supplementary Exams - For each assessment task affected by a Disruption event, there will be a limit of one extra assessable task or remedy applied. If a further event affects the student's ability to partake in this assessment activity, the student will need to proceed with the grading  of the task or submit a further Disruption notification which would be normally be assessed for a Withdrawal without Academic Penalty outcome. Please note that if you wish to withdraw from the unit, do not sit for the supplementary exam.