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Your coursework assessment rights

You have a right to fair and equitable participation in learning and assessment at the University of Sydney.

Some key assessment rights include:

  • the right to be assessed by more than one method, e.g. an essay as well as an exam
  • the right to constructive, timely feedback so you can learn from mistakes and improve in the next assessment task in the unit
  • the right to valid and fair assessment, which means assessments are marked against published criteria
  • the right to receive advice on academic referencing
  • the right to appeal against a mark or grade
  • the right to reasonable adjustments for assessments for students registered with Disability Services (where recommended by Disability Services)
  • the right to request simple extensions (up to two working days) where allowed by the unit coordinator
  • the right to request special consideration on the grounds of injury, serious illness, misadventure, or carer responsibilities
  • the right to apply for special arrangements for issues like a funeral for a close family member, or a religious or cultural event.


  • Unit of study outlines must be available before the start of semester and include details on the assessment for the unit, including any late penalties.
  • Where possible, assessments should be timetabled to prevent clashes with other study commitments in your degree
  • All written assignments and exam scripts must be identified only by Student Identification Number (SID).

If you are unhappy with practices within your faculty relating to teaching and assessment you may want to submit a complaint.

If you need assistance or advice on your assessment rights, contact us.


The SUPRA office is closed – but you can still get help!

To help protect the health of our community during COVID-19 our Postgraduate Advocacy Service, Legal Service and council are working from home. We are working to full capacity and are providing timely and accurate information, advice and support.