Failed and invalid units

  1. After results release, the Web Enrolment System (WES) checks your unit enrolment. This check takes up to three days.

Failed units and prerequisite units (N) or (NGO)

If you failed a unit or a prerequisite unit, you should contact your faculty to get some course advice. Your faculty course adviser can help you explore your options.

You can also request feedback on your exam performance or view your exam script book.

To assist you in the future, see Study skills for a range of useful study skills and exam preparation tips.

Withheld results (WH)

If your unit result has a WH (withheld) grade, this means your unit result hasn’t been finalised yet.

Your grade may be withheld for one of the following reasons:

  • you haven’t finished all your assessments
  • you’ve been given an extension to finish a piece of work
  • your assessment is still being marked and your final unit result will be updated shortly.

If you're unsure of the reason, ask the unit coordinator.

Invalid units

WES will discontinue units and mark them as invalid if they don't meet certain rules. We send an email to your Monash account if you have invalid units. Units become invalid if:

  • you failed a unit that has prerequisites or corequisites
  • you have enrolled in units that are incompatible (cannot be studied together).

Check WES after results release

It's important to check and update your enrolment in WES to ensure you:

  • remove all invalid units
  • enrol in other units.

Getting help

If you've failed a unit or received a warning letter, see how you can improve on your results and address academic progress concerns.

Counselling is available to current students on all campuses.

Failing a unit due to extreme circumstances

Applying for Withdrawn Incomplete (WI)

If, due to extreme circumstances beyond your control, you receive a fail grade of N or WN for not completing a unit assessment, you can apply to have the grade altered to WI (Withdrawn Incomplete). Unlike other fail grades, a WI grade won't be included in your Grade Point Average (GPA) or Weighted Average Mark (WAM).

How to apply

Apply in writing to your managing faculty within 10 University working days of the day your result is published.

Your application must provide evidence that your circumstances were extreme and:

  • arose during the withdrawn fail period or later of the relevant semester, or
  • didn't have their full impact until the start of the withdrawn fail period or later of the relevant semester, and this impact was not foreseeable earlier, or
  • prevented you from withdrawing from the unit before the withdraw fail period of the relevant semester.

Acceptable reasons include:

  • serious illness requiring hospitalisation
  • severe mental health condition
  • death of a person with whom you had a significant relationship
  • obligations to emergency or military service
  • other extreme circumstances beyond your control, including a natural disaster or serious accident.

Acceptable evidence includes:

  • record of hospital admission
  • police reports
  • notification of obligations to emergency or military service.

Your faculty will assess your application and notify you of the result. If your application is successful, you'll need to re-enrol in the unit in order to pass it.

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