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Special Consideration

Special Consideration takes into account short-term and/or unforeseen circumstances (known as Extenuating Circumstances) that substantially affect a students’ ability to complete an assessment item. It is not intended for the management of long-term illnesses, disabilities, or other ongoing circumstances.

Examples of Special Consideration include being unable to attend an exam, requiring an extension to a due date, advising you have missed a compulsory class and also telling us when you have experienced an adverse impact. Adverse impact relates to exceptional circumstances that have substantially impacted upon your ability to complete an assessment item.

There is one application form that covers these application types:

  1. Request to extend the due date of an assessment
  2. Notification of adverse impact for an end of study period exam
  3. Deferring an end of study period exam
  4. Notification of missing a compulsory lab/prac/class or mandatory attendance requirement
  5. Request to re-schedule the start date/time of an assessment
Special Consideration Application CategoryApplication timeframes

During the Study Period – Unable to complete assessment

 

You will miss or have been unable to attend/sit assessment/on-course examination/practical/compulsory class

No later than 3 University working days after the date of the assessment/learning activity

You are unable to submit your assessment on time

Prior to the due date

During Examination Period - Unable to complete assessment

 

You will miss or you have been unable to sit an exam

No later than 3 University working days after the date of the assessment

Adverse Impact – Completed the assessment

 

The assessment has been completed but your performance has been demonstrably affected by extenuating circumstances

No later than 3 University working days after the date of the assessment

To apply for Special Consideration, students must complete the Special Consideration Application Form and provide independent supporting documentation.

Please refer to the Extenuating Circumstances Supporting Documentation webpage to ensure you are supplying the right documentation as this will provide a quicker response to your application.

You need to lodge an application form per subject, per assessment piece so if you are experiencing extenuating circumstances which impact upon multiple assessments or subjects, you will need to lodge an application for each one.