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Extension Policy

Extensions can only be applied for in relation to Essays. No applications for an extension will be accepted for tutorial assignments. Essays must be handed in by the due date unless an extension has been granted by the lecturer in charge of the paper.

The Extension Request form can be downloaded below, or may be available on Blackboard. Completed forms must be emailed to the Programme ( in advance of the set deadline. Do not contact the course coordinator to apply for an extension. No retrospective application is accepted except the case of serious medical condition, for which a medical certificate is required.

Extensions will be granted only for the following cases:
1. ill-health
2. bereavement
3. personal difficulties of a serious nature
4. provincial or national representative activities
5. job interviews outside Dunedin

Nothing else (such as pressure of other university work) will be accepted as a legitimate reason for extensions. Computer problems do not constitute an exceptional circumstance unless it is an officially notified failure of University equipment.

Your application for an extension must be accompanied by evidence:
1. medical certificate for ill-health
2. documentary evidence for bereavement
3. written statement in support of your application from other university officer for personal difficulties of a serious nature
4. documentary evidence for provincial or national representative activities
5. documentary evidence for job interviews

No other evidence will be accepted. The evidence must be submitted to the Programme (, at the same time as, or within three working days after, the application for an extension either in hardcopy or as an email attachment of scanned image.

Application with evidence does not guarantee the grant of extensions.
The maximum length of an extension is ONE WEEK, i.e. five working days (except the case of serious medical conditions).

Late essays in all papers will be penalised by a grade deduction of 5% for each day of lateness. Thus, for example, an essay handed in three working days late which received a grade of 65% (B-) would be lowered to 50% (C-). Essays will not be accepted for marking after graded essays are handed back. Late tutorial assignments will NOT be accepted.

Extension Request Form