Information for Bushfire Affected Students: Extensions, Wellbeing and the Emergency Assistance Fund

Published On January 8, 2020 | By Amy | Latest News, News

The current bush fire crisis has impacted a great number of people across Australia, and our thoughts are with all those who are affected. We are committed to supporting all students who have been impacted to minimise any negative impact on your study.

If you are uncertain of who to contact or how best to proceed, please contact Student Success on 02 6773 2000 to speak with a Student Advisor.

In addition to the usual processes, UNE has put in place the following arrangements to accommodate students who have been adversely affected. Updates to these arrangements can be found on the Information for Bushfire Affected Students page.

Assessment Extension – automatic one week

A one week automatic initial extension will be given if you have been affected by fires and have been unable to submit an assessment by the due date. Please contact your unit coordinator as soon as it is practical to let them know your circumstances.

Assessment Extension – longer than one week

If you require longer than one week extension please let your unit coordinator know when you contact them. Applications will be assessed according to each individual’s circumstances.

Unable to sit for examination or attend an intensive school

The University is considering a number of options for students in this situation. Further information will be provided on the Information for Bushfire Affected Students page in the coming days.

UNE offers a free and confidential Counselling service from 9.00am to 4.00pm. You can arrange an appointment by phoning 02 6773 2897. After hours assistance is also available between 4.00pm and 9.00am by calling 1300 661 927.

If fires have impacted your studies, please do contact Student Success on 02 6773 2000 or via AskUNE as soon as it is possible, and realistic, for you to do so. We understand that normal timelines for submitting requests may not be feasible. Flexibility will be applied where you are not able to submit a request in the normal timeframes due to the impact of fires.

Student Emergency Assistance Fund

Funding has been made available from the UNE Foundation and the University to support quick response grants for UNE students experiencing financial hardship impacting their ability to continue their academic studies (course program or research) at the University.

The grants are intended for students who find themselves in unexpected or unforeseen financial hardship, including because of drought, family circumstances, health or medical emergencies and other one-off issues.

For further information about the Student Emergency Assistance Fund can be found here.

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