Special Consideration

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. For an overview of Special Consideration, watch these short videos, Introduction to Special Consideration at UWS (opens in a new window) and What is Special Consideration? (opens in a new window)

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.

If you're unsure which type of Special Consideration you should be applying for, find out your options using the Which Special Consideration should I apply for? (opens in a new window) video

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 should read through the information below carefully, and refer to the Special Consideration policy before you apply. If you require assistance please contact the Student Welfare Service

Special Consideration (during the teaching session)

You may apply for Special Consideration if you have suffered severe and/or grave illness, misadventure, accident, or have extenuating circumstances beyond your control. For a step-by-step guide to applying, watch the How to complete an in-session Special Consideration Application (opens in a new window) video.

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

Application deadlines

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.

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Special Consideration (during the formal exam period)

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
  • Application deadlines

Step-by step video guides:

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.

Supporting documentation

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. To understand more about supporting documentation and what you may need, check out the Do I need supporting documentation? (opens in a new window) and Which documents are acceptable? (opens in a new window) videos.

Applications without supporting documentation will not be considered.

Deferred exams

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.

After you've applied

To find out more about what happens after you've applied for Special Consideration, watch the What to expect after you've applied for Special Consideration (opens in a new window) video.

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