Flinders Law Assignment Cover Sheet

Contacting Humanities and Creative Arts

Telephone:(+61 8) 8201 7900 College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
(+61 8) 8201 5840 Professional Practice and Postgraduate Services 

Fax:(+61 8) 8201 2784
Email:HASSenquiries@flinders.edu.au
Location:Room 211 or 252 Humanities Building, Car Park 5
Postal:Humanities and Creative Arts
Flinders University
GPO Box 2100
ADELAIDE  SA  5001
Opening Hours:9am - 5pm Monday - Friday

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Assessment Submission

E-submission and return of assignments is mandatory at Flinders University. This means that you are required to submit all assignments in electronic format, generally through the FLO system, or as instructed by your Topic Coordinators (refer to Handbook for details).

Some assignments that cannot be produced electronically, such as drawings, portfolios, artefacts etc. can be submitted to the Undergraduate Student Services Office. These will be identified by the Topic Coordinator. These assignments can be submitted to the Undergraduate Student Services Office:

LOCATION: Room 211, Humanities Building, Car Park 5
OPENING HOURS: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

Please note the assignment box is cleared each week day at 4pm.

When submitting an assignment manually, a cover sheet must be used:

Extensions

Students can request an assignment extension online via the FLO topic page. The Topic Coordinator (or nominated person) will receive a notification where they will either approve or decline the request. If it is approved, the extension date will be automatically set in FLO. The student will receive an email that tells them if the request has been approved or not.

Students must lodge a request for an extension before the due date unless an illness or other unforeseeable serious circumstances prevent them from doing so. In this scenario a request should be made with supporting documentation within three days of the original due date for special consideration.

 

Humanities and Creative Arts Assessment Policies

Flinders University outlines assessment policies and procedures that apply to students and staff. Principles of assessment, definition of terms, staff and student responsibilities, and assessment procedures are set out in ‘Assessment Policy and Procedures’ https://www.flinders.edu.au/ppmanual/student/assessment-policy.cfm.

In addition to the policies outlined by the University, Humanities and Creative Arts has adopted its own policies in order to expand, clarify, or augment University policies. Summaries of these policies are available in this document. We have attempted to be consistent with the University policies whenever possible, but in the event of inconsistencies or contradictions, University policy will be adhered to.

Penalties for late assignments
Late assignments which have not been granted an extension will be penalised 2 percentage points per day (or part thereof) up to a maximum of 7 calendar days or 14 days in the case of assessment pieces which must be submitted in order to pass the topic. Assignments submitted after these periods will not be marked unless an extension has been granted.

Policy for the return of work
Normally work will be returned within two weeks. In the case of casual or part-time teaching staff work may on occasion be returned within three weeks.

The Law School's academic staff have collaborated to produce some guidance about the way that we work out whether someone is entitled to an extension. We are trying to make sure that all students know how decisions about extensions are made. We are committed to making sure those students who need and are entitled to an extension get one. Extensions are designed to address unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances. The most common examples are illness, injury and personal or family tragedy.

Where a health condition is involved, we will accept a medical certificate from a medical practitioner, hospital or other registered practitioner (eg dentist, physiotherapist, psychologist) that states your unfitness for study for a defined period of time. If someone you are caring for such as a child, partner or other close relative becomes ill and that prevents you from studying, we will accept their medical certificate, or formal documentation stating that you were required to care for that person for a specific time. Medical certificates do not need to say what the illness or condition is. You may be asked to sign a statutory declaration asserting the truth of these claims. Where compassionate circumstances (examples include relationship breakdown, death of someone close to you, violence against you or members of your family, or other serious family or personal stress) are involved, you do not need to disclose them. However, you must provide a letter from a counsellor or registered health practitioner stating that your ability to study was impaired for a specific period of time. Getting support can make dealing with stress easier, speed your return to having a good life and being an effective student or deal with the difficulty you are facing. However, not all difficulties are the basis for an extension. Each student has the responsibility of calculating their own balance between study, work, family responsibilities and other activities.

Access Plans and extensions

If you have an Access Plan which enables you to apply for extensions without having to produce additional medical certificates, please be aware that you still need to apply for an extension.

When to apply

The extension application must be made as soon as you become aware of the circumstances which require an extension. An application made at or after the due date for submission will be granted only if it was not possible for the application to be made earlier. The length of an extension will generally be proportionate to the delay or impairment caused by the circumstances on which the application is based. The fact that you have other assessment due or have not organised your time to get the paper in by the due date will not be grounds for granting an extension. If you are in doubt, please contact the topic coordinator as soon as possible and ask.

What do I have to disclose?

Unless you wish to, and/or consider it necessary, there is no need to provide specific details of your circumstances. For example, if you are seeking an extension on compassionate grounds it does not need to state your circumstances, but rather confirm that you have compassionate grounds for an extension. This allows you the option of sharing your personal information on a need to know basis with a suitable person.

What is not a sufficient basis for an extension?

According to University policy, to achieve an average grade, you should expect to spend two hours per week in classes and in individual study time for each unit point in which you are enrolled. A student enrolled in a full- time load of 18 units for a semester should expect to spend 36 hours on study every week. (Your particular workload may vary between weeks). This includes every week from the beginning of the semester until the end of exams, including weeks in which no lectures are given. You can choose to undertake a study overload or a heavy overall load of study and other commitments. However, the resulting workload is not unforeseen or unavoidable, and will not therefore usually be sufficient basis for an extension in itself. For this reason, a study overload, work commitments, family responsibilities, holidays, overseas travel or participation in sport will not usually be a sufficient basis for an extension. If your overall commitments are more than you can manage, it may be appropriate to withdraw from one or more topics, before the cut-off date. Retrospective Withdraw Not Fail (WN) is only available as a last resort, where medical or compassionate circumstances are such that extensions would not provide an adequate solution. There are a range of other foreseeable matters that will not be sufficient grounds for extensions. You are expected to plan enough time for assignments to allow for minor crises such as printer breakdowns and malfunctions, car breakdowns and so on. Do not leave handing your paper up until the last moment and then expect an extension if you have printing problems five minutes before the deadline.

False Medical Certificates

Submitting a false medical certificate will result in more than simply a denial of the extension. Consequences include all that flows from a breach of academic Integrity, including being listed on the confidential register. Being listed on the confidential register will affect your admission to practice as you are required to supply documentation relating to academic dishonesty and any criminal convictions. Forging any details on a medical certificate is a criminal offence.

Click here to view the University policy on academic integrity

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