Late withdrawal

Late withdrawal applies to students wanting to drop a course after the census date. Late withdrawals may be granted if unavoidable and unpredictable circumstances have impacted your ability to complete the course successfully after the census date. If successful, late withdrawals allow you to drop courses without a withdrawal with failure (WN) appearing on your transcript.

Late withdrawal will be granted when these 3 requirements are met:

  1. The circumstances were beyond your control. This does not involve lack of knowledge of ANU administrative processes, as the circumstances must be unusual and uncommon.
  2. The circumstance did not make their full impact on you until after the census date.
  3. These circumstances made it difficult or impossible for you to complete course requirements (including study, attendance at tutorials, completion of assignments). Special circumstances include: Medical reasons, family/personal reasons, employment reasons, course related reasons

For a detailed description of how to lodge an application, visit the link here.

Within 28 business days you will be notified of whether or not your application has been successful. If it has, you will be granted late withdrawal and Withdrawal without failure (WN) will appear on your transcript. If you are unsuccessful, you may appeal your decision outlining your reasons for appeal and including any further supporting documents you deem necessary. Email your appeal to

If you are having difficulty with the process seek assistance from ANU Student Central, your ANU Academic College, or the ANUSA Vice President.

Victims of sexual assault would be eligible to apply for late withdrawal if the incident occured after the census date or the trauma was exacerbated after the census date. When applying for late withdrawal, a personal impact statement will have to be provided. Supporting documentation from doctors, or counsellors or other independent members of the community will also be required. It is important that these supporting documents include the date your circumstances began/changed, their effect on your study and when it became known you could not continue studying. If you are struggling with this process or need assistance, you can contact the Women’s Officer or the ANUSA Vice President.