Internet Exempt

It is a condition of offer to study at UNE that students have access to a computer capable of sending and receiving emails, playing CDs and accessing the internet. Students are required to access their UNE emails on a weekly basis.*

However, we understand that some students are currently in remote locations or for other reasons do not have access to reliable internet and/or online technology. We therefore provide strategies that ensure that they are not unduly disadvantaged academically as a consequence of their lack of available reliable internet services.

Applying for a Partial Computer Exemption 

If you would like to apply for a partial computer exemption, you will need to:

  1. Provide documentation to SA&I that states that your residential address is in a remote area that doesn’t have adequate internet service. UNE IT services has information here about adequate internet for study. A letter from your service provider that states your address in incapable of receiving a connection speed of 1.5Mbps is sufficient evidence as long as it states your residential address that you have provided to UNE.
    1. You may provide other supporting documentation that outlines your circumstances, such as evidence from your employer about your limitations.
  2. Please send any documentation to
  3. If approved, you will be provided with a Study Access Plan (SAP). SA&I staff work you and unit coordinators for each unit that you are enrolled in each trimester to provide study materials to you in an alternative format.
  4. Please be aware that some unit materials and assessments may not be able to be delivered off-line, due to the inherent requirements and/or unit learning outcomes of particular units. It is your responsibility to then withdraw from that unit or make other arrangements to access the material online.

If you have a disability or health condition that prevents you from accessing the internet/downloading material, you will need to use the disability/health condition registration and provide Health Professional documentation.

Applications for special consideration and/or special examinations must be submitted in accordance with University policy. The University recognises the nature and extent of circumstances for students in remote locations can be unpredictable and outside a Student's control. A Student is expected to plan for known commitments in advance and is required to seek assistance as soon as possible to ensure the best outcome, as the timing of requests may have an impact on the University's capacity to provide assistance.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

* UNE’s General Rules (35) outline that ‘the University requires all Students to have access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to:

  1. manage all aspects of their enrolment;
  2. receive and send electronic communications; and
  3. be able to participate in teaching, learning and assessment activities.