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When can I apply for Special Consideration?
During your studies, there may be times when circumstances beyond your control may impact adversely on your performance, such as severe and/or grave illness, misadventure or accident. Under such circumstances you may apply for "Special Consideration".
You will need to notify the University of your illness, misadventure or extenuating circumstances, as well as provide supporting documentation which demonstrates the severity and/or gravity and timing of the circumstance which has affected your academic performance.
Types of Special Consideration
You may seek Special Consideration for an assessment task or tasks, or for your attendance or overall performance in a unit or units or in a final exam or final deferred exam.
- Special Consideration (during the teaching session)
- Special Consideration (during the formal exam period)
- Deferred exam applications
- Unable to attend deferred exam
Applying for Special Consideration
You can now apply for all types of Special Consideration online using the new Special Consideration & Deferred Exam eForm.
All applications for Special Consideration must contain appropriate supporting documentation to substantiate the circumstances that are impacting on your studies. Applications without supporting documentation will not be considered.
You may apply for Special Consideration if you have suffered severe and/or grave illness, misadventure, accident, or have extenuating circumstances beyond your control.
These circumstances must have:
- prevented you from meeting an assessment deadline or
- caused you to perform below your usual standard during an assessment or
- prevented your from attending a compulsory component of your course
You may be considered for Special Consideration for:
- an assessment task in one unit of study or
- part or the whole of a teaching session for one unit of study or
- for part or the whole of a teaching session for more than one unit of study
Applications must be lodged online via eForms no later than 5.00pm of the second working day after the due date of the assessment (working days are defined as Monday to Friday, not including public holidays).
For applications in one or more units in a teaching session the Special Consideration form must be lodged as soon as you are aware that you may have extenuating circumstances that could affect your studies.
You may apply for Special Consideration if you have been seriously ill or have other extenuating circumstances beyond your control at the time you sat a final (end of session) exam or final deferred exam.
Normally requests will relate to situations where you:
- believe your studies and academic work have been adversely affected such that you will be unable to perform in the examination at your usual standard or
- you are unable to complete the final exam or final deferred exam due to ill health or another cause
Applications must be lodged online via eForms no later than 5.00pm of the second working day after the date of the examination (working days are defined as Monday to Friday, not including public holidays).
Late applications may be granted if evidence is provided to support extenuating circumstances affecting submission of application. If this happens, you should contact Student Central.
All Special Consideration applications must include supporting documents (refer to supporting document reference list) as evidence to support the claim. It must clearly indicate the severity and/or gravity of the circumstances, the extent of the impact and the relevant dates.
Applications without supporting documentation will not be considered.
If there are exceptional circumstances where the severity/gravity of the events prevent you from attending your examination, you may apply to sit a deferred examination.
What happens if I can't attend a deferred exam?
If you have approval to sit a deferred exam but are unable to attend on the day due to illness or misadventure, you may apply for Special Consideration.
You must lodge the eForm along with supporting documentation, no later than 5.00pm on the second working day after your scheduled deferred exam.