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During your study

Course Deferrals and Suspensions

Students are able to defer or temporarily suspend their studies during their course only in certain limited circumstances, on the grounds of compassionate or compelling circumstances. Students who would like to defer their studies must first speak to the Student Services Coordinator. Prior to applying to defer their program students must ensure that they have paid any tuition fees outstanding, or which will fall due during the period of leave. There is no reduction in course fees during periods of leave. Deferral of studies is permitted only in compassionate or compelling circumstances such as:

  • Serious illness or injury where a medical certificate states that you are unable to attend classes from a recognised medical practitioner.
  • Bereavement of close family members such as parents or grandparents (where possible a death certificate should be provided)./li>
  • Major political upheaval or natural disaster in your home country which requires emergency travel.
  • A traumatic experience, such as involvement in or witnessing of a serious accident, or witnessing or being the victim of a serious crime (these cases should be supported by a police or psychologists’ reports).

The above circumstances are only some examples of what may be considered compassionate or compelling circumstances. SBTA and SELA reserve the right to assess each request on a case-by-case basis. Students will be required to provide evidence of the compassionate or compelling circumstances.

Students that are suspended or granted deferral may be required to extend their course and their visa at their own expense, and that availability of units of study are not guaranteed. Students may be suspended from their studies for serious and wilful misconduct. Misconduct may include, but is not limited to, criminal activity, harassment or verbal abuse of staff or students, failure to pay fees, plagiarism or cheating. Students will have the right to appeal through the college’s published appeals and grievances process. In this event, any and all additional costs in completing the enrolled course will be borne by the student.