If you participate in official religious or cultural observance and your commitments will have an impact on your studies, you may be eligible for ongoing support.
Who is eligible?
Students who participate in ongoing religious or cultural observance, and whose participation may impact their studies, may be eligible for support.
Examples of religious or cultural observance include:
- Official religious observance such as prayer, fasting or religious holidays
- Official cultural observance such as memorials, holidays or practices related to a specific culture or cultural tradition.
Types of support available
Study adjustments (sometimes referred to as reasonable or equitable adjustments) are changes to how subjects are taught and assessed. The University can make these adjustments to your studies to help offset any disadvantage you might face without them.
Adjustments are made on a case-by-case basis, and depend on the type of support you apply for.
How to apply
There are two different types of support you can apply for, depending on your circumstances.
- If you need a one-off study adjustment (for example, if fasting will impact on your exam period), apply via special consideration due to unexpected circumstances.
- If you need ongoing study adjustments (for example, if you cannot attend class on Friday afternoons due to religious observance), apply via special consideration for ongoing support.
Please provide a letter on the official letterhead of your religious congregation or cultural authority, outlining the nature of your observances and the potential impact on your studies.
The letter must be written and signed by an official authority within your religious congregation or cultural authority. This might include:
- A religious authority such as a rabbi, minister, priest, imam, monk or similar
- A cultural authority such as a director, manager, organiser or similar.
This University service may also be helpful to students who participate in official religious or cultural observance.
Chaplains are representatives of different faith groups in the wider community, who are placed in the University by their respective faith group with the approval of the Vice-Chancellor.
- Standards for equity support
Information about student equity and disability support standards at the University of Melbourne for students, staff, and the wider University community.
If you still have questions relating to ongoing support for cultural or religious observance, please contact Stop 1.