Special consideration

If you experience circumstances which significantly affect your ability to meet your academic requirements, you can apply for special consideration. There are two types available, and it’s important to understand which is right for you.

Advice for students impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you are awaiting a COVID-19 test result, or have tested positive, you will be considered for special consideration on receipt of supporting documentation.

Receipt of supporting documentation will allow us to determine if your circumstances are eligible for Special Consideration and how this should be applied to your studies based on your circumstances and  the impact and disruption experienced. Any outcome adjustment provided will take into consideration your personal circumstances and the learning outcomes of the subject. Options for supporting documentation have also been updated to provide more flexibility for students. Find out more.

Required documentation

  • Confirmation of undertaking a test if you are waiting for the results of that test and/or the student declaration verifying the impacts this is having on your studies to date.
  • Confirmation of test results, if positive, and a student declaration verifying the impacts this is having on your studies to date.

We are aware that it may be difficult for students to procure documentation as each country may differ in the way this information is communicated. Given these circumstances, we strongly encourage you to submit a student declaration with your application verifying your circumstances, the impact on your studies and provide a reason why testing documentation may not be available.

On campus activities

Do not come to campus if you are waiting for a COVID-19 test result and self-isolating or have tested positive as you will be considered for Special Consideration on receipt of supporting documentation.

Online studies

If you are waiting for a COVID-19 test result or have tested positive for COVID-19 and you are not well enough to continue classes for a period, you will be considered for Special Consideration on receipt of supporting documentation.

How to apply

In unexpected circumstances

Length

You can apply for special consideration due to unexpected circumstances if the circumstances you are experiencing and the expected duration of impact on your studies will be less than six weeks.

Eligibility

Circumstances which may be eligible include sudden illness, bereavement, trauma or hardship.

When to apply

As early as possible. Timely applications must be submitted no more than four working days after your examination or assessment due date. Any applications lodged more than four working days after your examination or assessment due date will be considered late and will require an explanation for late submission of your application. Late applications will only be accepted where evidence demonstrates that submission of a timely application was not practicable and/or possible. This is in line with Section 4.133 & 4.134 of the Assessment and Results Policy.

Outcomes

Possible outcomes include an extension or resubmission of an assessment.

More about unexpected circumstances 

For ongoing support

Length

You can register for ongoing support with SEDS if your circumstances and their expected duration of impact on your studies will be six weeks or more.

Eligibility

Circumstances which may be eligible include an ongoing disability, mental health condition or commitment (such as being a carer).

When to register

You can register any time during your studies however, we recommend registering when you enrol in your course in order to commence studies with academic adjustment plan in place.

Outcomes

Possible outcomes include a tailored academic adjustment plan (AAP) which may include assistance from an academic support worker, study adjustments, assistive technology, or flexible attendance requirements et al.

More about ongoing support

If you are applying for special consideration due to major technical disruptions or failures in an online exam, visit special consideration (technical) for information on supporting documentation and how to apply.