Applications made on compassionate or emergency grounds

Students Exams & Results Applications made on compassionate or emergency grounds

Applications for special consideration on compassionate or emergency grounds in relation to an exam may be granted in serious personal circumstances such as:

  • the death or serious illness of a close family member

  • a severe disruption to a relationship or domestic arrangements

  • significant and unexpected employment problems or pressures that cannot be changed

  • being the victim of a disruptive crime

  • being involved in an accident.

Supporting evidence

Supporting evidence for these applications would depend on the situation, but examples might include a bereavement/funeral notice, a letter from an employer, professional or practitioner on letterhead, a copy of an accident report or a police incident report. Any documentation provided must be an original or a certified copy of an original.

In some circumstances where it is difficult to obtain documentary evidence, for example, relationship problems or divorce proceedings, it may be appropriate to submit a Statutory Declaration, stating the facts on which the application relies. The Statutory Declaration must be witnessed by a person who is not a relative. A Justice of the Peace is an appropriate person to witness a Statutory Declaration.

JCU Counsellors are generally not able to provide a recommendation for an application based on compassionate grounds unless you have seen them prior to applying for special consideration.

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