Assessment Information and Policies

Academic Integrity

The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences is committed to your success; that success includes developing 'good scholarship' practices that will help you avoid issues with academic integrity.

As a student, it is your responsibility to make sure you understand and uphold the University’s expectations. The University takes allegations of Academic Misconduct seriously and uses a number of tools for its detection. Ignorance, good intentions, or ‘different rules’ at places at which you have previously studied will not be accepted as excuses for engaging in academic misconduct.

A reminder that every time you submit or begin an online assessment, you acknowledge and declare that you are familiar with and will adhere to the Student Academic Integrity Policy.

See the declaration

If you are confused or uncertain of anything around academic integrity, please ask! There are a range of other resources available to support you and you can also raise questions with your subject coordinator:

  • Academic Integrity Module (AIM): This online module takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. The module includes a self-assessment quiz on your responsibilities for ethical academic conduct.
  • Academic Skills: This website offers a range of resources, workshops and programs to help you refine your academic skills.
  • Academic Integrity: On this website you will find explanations and examples to help you to understand the different types of misconduct.

Submission via Turnitin

Student assignments should be submitted through Turnitin. Turnitin links for each assignment are located within each subject's LMS page.

Visit the LMS


  • For any absences, or assignment extensions of more than 10 business days, please apply for Special Consideration.
  • For assignment extensions of less than 10 business days, please use the faculty online form.

For further information, please see ask.unimelb.


Special Consideration

For details and instructions on how to apply for special consideration, see the University's Special Consideration page. 

Assessment items that may be covered under Special Consideration include:

  • Assignments (extensions of more than two weeks)
  • In-class tests
  • Examinations
  • Attendance, field trips and hurdle requirements

The eligibility of your application will be assessed by staff in Stop 1 (Student Equity and Disability Services). If your application is assessed as eligible it will then be forwarded to your subject coordinator to determine an outcome.

NOTE:  A special examination will only be awarded once with respect to a given subject in a given study period.  For further details, see the FVAS Exam Procedure page.

If you are experiencing ongoing or long-term circumstances that impact on your study, you can register for an academic adjustment plan, which may include alternative assessment arrangements. See Registration for ongoing support for more information.

If you require more information, see:

Special Consideration

Late Submission of essays/assignments

Unless otherwise stated on the LMS or with the assessment criteria, any assignment handed in late will incur a penalty of 10% deduction (of the total marks available) for every day or part of a day that it remains not submitted.

Assignments that are submitted late and are marked to a fail as a result of late submission may not be resubmitted. Assignments should be submitted via the LMS. Hardcopy, fax and email copies will not be accepted unless agreed to by the subject coordinator in advance.

Calculators in Exams

You are required to purchase your own calculator.

Since 2017, the approved calculator for all subjects is the Casio FX82 (any suffix). No equivalent models of calculators will be permitted.

Exceeding word limits in assignments

Unless otherwise stated in the subject outline, assignments that exceed the word limit by more than 10 per cent, inclusive of footnotes, will have 10 per cent of the marks that would otherwise have been awarded deducted.