Retrospective Unit Withdrawal

You can apply for retrospective withdrawal from a unit if you have not completed the requirements due to exceptional circumstances.

This allows for students to withdraw from a unit up to 12 months after the unit has finished, and potentially have their tuition fees refunded and/ or fail grade replaced with a withdrawn grade.

You must apply in writing within 12 months of the withdrawal date or at the end of the study period for the failed unit.

Eligibility for respective withdrawal

You must have exceptional circumstances to justify the retrospective withdrawal.

Exceptional circumstances are circumstances that:

  • Are beyond your control
  • Do not make their full impact on you until on, or after, the census date
  • Make it impracticable for you to complete the unit requirements

You can apply for retrospective withdrawal if you have not completed the requirements for the unit by withdrawing from the unit, receiving a fail grade or after being awarded deferred assessment.

Application process

To apply for a retrospective withdrawal, you need to submit:

Supporting documentation should provide evidence of the exceptional circumstances. This can include statements from doctors, counsellors, or employers.

If you need assistance in creating your application, please don’t hesitate to contact Student Assist.

It can take up to eight weeks to review and assess your application. You will be advised of the outcome of your application through MyAnswers. If your application is successful, your unit outcomes will be amended and you may be refunded or re-credited your HELP or tuition fee liabilities. 

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