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So, Census Date is coming up on Monday 23rd March, but everything feels very up-in-the-air at the moment, and you’re not sure what the right decision is for your enrolment this trimester. 

We hear you. We understand that these are stressful times for everyone and that your reality today may look very different tomorrow. 

Given this, we strongly believe that knowledge is power, and more importantly, that knowledge can empower. Which is how we’d like you all to feel. Empowered by the knowledge that you have all the facts you need to make a decision that best suits your situation. 

As the COVID-19 situation develops in Australia and across the globe, you can stay up to date with the latest UNE news on the Coronavirus Information page using the Information for Students tile. Please be assured that we are committed to working with you throughout the trimester to minimise any negative impact to your studies as we all adapt to the latest information from the federal government.

You can find information and links under the relevant headings below, but if you can’t find what you need or it’s all a bit too confusing or overwhelming then please do give us a ring on (02) 6773 2000 and we’ll help you out. You can also catch us by email through AskUNELive Chat or through Facebook or Instagram!


Personal Support

As you’ll see below, there are plenty of options available with regards to your academics depending on what you’ve been experiencing. We can help you figure this out if you need, but your safety and wellbeing is always the most important thing.

Our Counselling Team are available to provide personal and emotional support over the phone or via Zoom, so if you’d like to speak with someone we invite you to arrange an appointment by phoning (02) 6773 2897. 

If you are in need of urgent support outside of office hours, you can contact the UNE After Hours Crisis Support Line by phoning 1300 661 927 or texting 0488 884 169. You can find a helpful service directory here


Proceeding with your studies:

Special Extensions of Time

If you have an assessment due and won’t be able to submit due to reasons beyond your control, you could look into applying for a Special Extension of Time. 


All paper-based exams for Trimester 1 have been cancelled. All exams will either be transferred to other modes of assessment, or offered online

Most exams are already offered online and you can identify if your exams is online already by checking Moodle. UNE is considering alternatives for students who are unable to access their exams online.  The online exam period will occur between 9th to 19th June. You can read more about this on our Exams Announcement blog, and more information will follow in the next week.

Special Exams 

If, down the track, you find you’re unable to sit your scheduled Examination for reasons beyond your control, you can apply for a Special Examination.

Special Consideration

If unexpected circumstances impact you whilst you’re completing an assessment or exam, you can apply for Special Considerations. This allows your marker to take your situation into consideration when marking your work. Check out the online form for more information. 


If you need to withdraw from units later:

Remission of Fees

If your circumstances change following the Census Date, and this results in you being unable to continue with your studies, you can apply for a Remission of Fees. This application can recover your fees for the unit, and if you have been enrolled past the 4th May (last date to withdraw without academic penalty), then a successful Remission of Fees application will remove any fail grade from your transcript. You can read more about the types circumstances and required supporting documentation on the online form.