Extensions

Coursework

An extension of time for submission of  assessment in coursework courses is granted at the discretion of the course convenor. An extension will be granted only in the event of unforeseen circumstances having prevented timely submission of work. Applications for extensions should be lodged as early as possible, and must be lodged before the due date of the work for which the extension is requested. Only in exceptional circumstances will applications be considered after the due date. Requests for extensions of time to submit coursework should be supported by medical or other documentation validating the grounds for the extension.

Thesis

An extension of the deadline for thesis submission is granted only under exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Associate Dean (Education). Students seeking an extension must fill out the ‘Application for Extension of Time to Submit Honours Thesis’ form and submit it to the CAP Student Centre. The form needs to be signed by both your supervisor and the Honours Convenor. It should be accompanied by a letter from you, setting out in detail your case for an extension.

Acceptable grounds for an extension of the deadline for thesis submission may include that you have:

 

  • been ill while working on it. Minor bouts of illness (eg colds, minor flus) will only be considered grounds for extension if suffered in the final six weeks before the due date.
  • suffered unforeseen misfortune (eg illness or death of a family member or close friend, or the need to assume significant caring responsibilities) while working on it.
  • through no fault of your own, experienced abnormal, unpredictable, and unforeseen difficulties in carrying out the work (eg as a result of the destruction of an archive during your candidature).
  • had a significant unforeseen and unavoidable escalation in your paid work hours.

Non-acceptable grounds for an extension of the deadline for thesis submission may include:

  • a personal event, such as a wedding or a holiday, during your program of study.
  • that you are not a native speaker of English.
  • that you could do a better job if you had extra time in which to complete the work.

Applications for extensions should be lodged as early as possible, and must be lodged before the due date of the thesis. Only in exceptional circumstances will applications be considered after the due date.

In all cases, supporting documentation must be lodged along with the application.

If you consider that you have a case for an extension of time in which to submit a thesis on grounds that are not among those listed above, you should consult with the Associate Dean (Education).

Penalties for late submission of work

Standard penalties apply for late submission of work as part of the coursework component of your Honours degree. See the Class Summary for information specific to your course.

Note that this does not apply to the thesis – if you don not submit the thesis on time, without acceptable grounds, it will be marked “zero”.

Updated:  24 April, 2017/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team