Students in lockdown

Latest directions

  • Student Safety Net Package: to provide students with additional support during the ACT lockdown, the ANU Academic Board have approved a Student Safety Net Package to relieve some study pressures for semester 2 2021.
  • If you are in an area in a lockdown, please stay where you are if it is safe to do so and follow all public health directions. You will need to continue your semester 2 studies online until you get an exemption to travel to the ACT or restrictions ease where you are.
  • If you are experiencing distress and or difficulty studying from home (e.g. due to mental illness, family and or domestic violence etc.), the University can provide a range of potential supports and structures, including an option for safe spaces to study away from the home. For more information or support, email

Click here to find out more for

Studying online

Student Safety Net Package

To provide students with additional support during the ACT lockdown, the ANU Academic Board have approved a Student Safety Net Package to relieve some study pressures for semester 2 2021.

CRS/CRN grading system

Please visit this website for full details on the grading system.

Students will be able to opt in to the CRS/CRN grading system for Semester 2, Winter and Spring Sessions in 2021.

What is a CRS/CRN?

Course Requirements Satisfied (CRS)

Instead of a passing grade e.g. High Distinction (HD), Distinction (D), Credit (C,  Pass (P) or Pass at a Supplementary Examination (PS). CRS means that course requirements have been met and that the course will count towards your degree or award. Please note, a CRS grade will not form part of your GPA calculation.

Course Requirements Not Satisfied (CRN)

Instead of a fail grade e.g. Fail (N) or Not Completed/Fail (NCN). Please note, a CRN grade will not count towards your GPA calculation and it will not be viewed as a fail in the context of your expected academic performance.

Further details and information on how to apply can be found here

Important considerations

CRS/CRN grades can have significant unintended impacts, including:

  • it can negatively impact professional accreditation; students should seek program specific advice from their academic College or School;
  • it can make an applicant ineligible for particular scholarships;
  • it can make an applicant ineligible for particular academic programs;
  • it is unknown how international academic institutions will interpret these grades and this could limit future options;
  • we are not able to guarantee how employer schemes and graduate work placements will interpret CRS/CRN which could limit future career options.

Students should carefully consider their circumstances before requesting a CRS/CRN.

PLEASE NOTE: Once a CRS or CRN grade has been applied it will not be possible to revert to a numeric grade; only the CRS/CRN will be recorded to the student's academic record.

Changes to alternative medical certification documentation

Due to the challenges of the lockdown in the ACT, we acknowledge that our community may find it difficult to secure medical appointments. To make things easier, students will be able to submit a personal statement explaining their hardship and circumstances in lieu of a medical certificate and other documentation that is usually required for a request for an assessment task due date extension or a special consideration claim.

Please contact your course convenor in writing to request an assessment task due date extension.  

Special assessment consideration is a process by which an examiner takes extenuating circumstances into consideration during the marking of an assessment item.  You can apply for special assessment consideration using the eForm via ISIS.

A personal statement might include:

  • An explanation of the circumstances, including dates that impacted study, and any ongoing impacts that demonstrate your need for an assessment task due date extension or special assessment consideration claim.

Students unable to sit an examination owning to extenuating circumstances can apply for a deferred examination.  Applications are completed using the deferred examination eForm, via ISIS.

Please remember that a range of support services are available to all current ANU students including mental health and wellbeing and administrative support. There are also a range of financial support options available to you.

Change to Census date

The Census date for semester 2 2021 has been moved from 31 August to 14 September 2021. Students will have additional time to decide whether they would like to withdraw without financial or academic penalty up until this date. Please note the new date is in the second week of the mid-semester break, so make sure it's in your personal diary. 

Changes to WN Grade

We have also replaced WN grade (drop course with failure) with WD (drop course without academic failure) to provide some additional study pressure relief. That means students will be able to drop their courses without academic penalty until 3 November 2021.

Where can I find information about my courses during lockdown?

Contact your course convenors and regularly check Wattle for course updates during this period.

Are library services operating during lockdown?

No. All libraries on campus are closed at this time.

However, Chifley Library's physical spaces will be made available for essential workers needing to record lectures. For more information see question above, "I can't record lectures at home - can I book a room on campus?".

Will I be fined for overdue materials during the lockdown? 

The ANU Library is waiving overdue library fines accrued during the lockdown.    

What if I need something from a library that is closed? 

Please be patient. We will try to acquire an online copy as we are unable to retrieve physical material for you at this time. 

How do I get support from a library staff member?

Library staff are not onsite but all support services continue via email on or phone on +61 2 6125 9577.

Online library services are continuing as normal during this period.

Will the ANU Timetable Viewer reflect changes to classes during lockdown?

No. Students are advised to study remotely and ignore room allocation information displayed on the timetable. Please consult Wattle and your course convenors for updates regarding changes to your courses during this period. 

Accessing support and staying connected

We have a range of support services for our students, and these can be accessed remotely at no cost.

There are also a range of financial support options available to you.