Changes to exams, special consideration and your Weighted Average Mark (WAM)

Find out how COVID-19 may affect your studies.

Last updated: 10.24am, 14 September 2020

Exams and assessments

In light of the Victorian Government’s ongoing response to COVID-19, Semester 2 examinations will be held online.  There may be exceptions for those practical or specialist subjects which require in-person assessments (that is, those Semester 2 subjects with essential in person requirements); however, these will be subject to government restrictions.  A decision on these subjects will be made on a case-by-case basis and will be communicated directly to students enrolled in these subjects by the Subject Coordinator before the mid-semester break.  Subject to government restrictions in place during the Semester 2 examinations period from Monday 9 November to Friday 27 November, the University hopes to be able to offer a limited number of spaces on campus for students to sit their examinations should they not have access to a safe space.  Any updates to the delivery of Semester 2 assessments in light of changing Government restrictions will be communicated as required.

The Exams page will be updated with important information about how online exams will run in Semester 2, 2020, including different exam types and formats, how to get ready for your exams and the support available to you during the Semester 2 and special and supplementary exam period.  We will let you know once the website has been updated and when the Semester 2 Exams Timetable will be released in the Portal.

Some specialist subjects or those with a practical component might have different exam arrangements in place. For further information on the exam arrangements for these subjects, please refer to your LMS subject site or ask your Subject Coordinator.

Your subject assessments have been designed to assess the learning objectives outlined in the subject entry of the Handbook.

In selecting our assessment methods, we ensure that your assessments meet the usual high standards of academic integrity for validly and reliably assessing your learning.

Special consideration

The University’s policy and procedures for Special Consideration will continue to apply. These cover a wide range of circumstances that may have affected student progress. If you have been affected by COVID-19 but are unable to provide evidence (such as if you are caring for someone who has been diagnosed), you can submit one of the following supporting documents to explain how your study has been affected:

A medical certificate or Health Practitioner Form

  • If you’re seeking Special Consideration on the basis of a medical condition, you should contact your regular doctor, or a doctor at the University’s Health Service via a telehealth consultation. This may mean you don't need to attend the clinic in person. If appropriate, your doctor will issue a medical certificate via telehealth
  • If you have a current referral with one of the Health Service psychiatrists or psychologists, you can also talk to your mental health provider(s) through telehealth to obtain documentation to support your Special Consideration request.

University Health Service telehealth appointments are only available to students currently in Australia. If you are currently studying overseas, you are encouraged to seek documentation from your local doctor or health clinic. If there are COVID-19 physical distancing measures which prevent you from doing so and telehealth consultations are not available, you should consider submitting a Student Declaration form below. You may also wish to book an appointment with the University’s Counselling and Psychological Services for advice.

A statutory declaration

  • If you don’t have access to a doctor or medical certificate, you may provide a statutory declaration as an alternative. A statutory declaration is a written statement that you sign and declare to be true and correct in the presence of an authorised witness.
  • If your current circumstances mean you are unable to contact an authorised witness, you may prepare a student declaration – see below.

A student declaration

  • If you are unable to source a medical certificate, health professional form, or statutory declaration to support your application, a student declaration (PDF 106.8 KB) can be filled in and uploaded to your application (please use the reason Hardship or Trauma).
  • The Special Consideration student declaration will be used along with the information provided to assess your application. Eligibility is not automatic.

Special Consideration will not normally be considered in relation to the University’s transition online for teaching, learning and assessment. Similarly, self-isolation without having contracted COVID-19 would not normally be grounds for special consideration. However, where there are special circumstances these will be considered on a case by case basis.

A special note regarding healthcare workers

We recognise the extraordinary contribution that healthcare workers are making on behalf of the community as part of the COVID-19 response. In light of this, we will make reasonable academic adjustments for students who are healthcare workers who have been required to support these efforts at this time.

If you are a healthcare worker and would like to apply for special consideration on this basis, please upload confirmation of your work in this capacity to support your application.

Weighted Average Mark (WAM) assessment for 2020

Academic Board has extended the revised WAM calculation methods from First Half Year 2020 to Second Half Year 2020 (including winter subjects). Summer subjects are exempt from the revised WAM calculation. Yearlong subjects are exempt from the revised WAM calculation unless otherwise approved by your faculty dean. Find out more about the WAM calculation.

Academic progress

We have approved some changes to the academic progress review process for students in the First Half Year 2020. The main change for you is that no coursework student will be suspended or terminated due to unsatisfactory progress in the First Half Year 2020 period. For more information see: