Special consideration allows the University to take account of unexpected circumstances outside your control that can affect your ability to complete an assessment. Examples of unexpected circumstances for eligibility may include:
- physical or mental illness
- carer responsibility for a member of your immediate family
- an unexpected, unavoidable employment commitment
- bereavement of an immediate family member or someone else close to you
- having been the victim of a serious crime.
Further information about special consideration can be found here.
How to apply
You must apply for special consideration no later than 5 working days after the relevant examination or assessment deadline. Complete the Special Consideration Application form and lodge it with RMIT Connect or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications should be supported by a medical impact assessment statement (in Section B of the form and also available in Vietnamese) and relevant supporting documentation. If you cannot obtain the impact statement or supporting documents within five days, you should lodge an incomplete application form and provide the additional documents within five working days of lodgment.
If you are seeking an extension of time, you are advised to submit your work as soon as possible, to minimise deduction of marks if an extension is not granted (or a shorter extension is granted).
If your special consideration application is late, you are still entitled to lodge the application but should include a detailed explanation of why it is late, supported by valid documented evidence. Late applications can only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. The Registrar will determine if there are special circumstances sufficient to allow a late application.
Assessment of applications
Complete applications that include supporting documentation and evidence will be considered within 10 working days. Communications about your application will be through your RMIT student email account. It is your responsibility to check your account regularly, promptly respond to any requests for information or action and ensure your account can receive incoming emails.
Outcome of applications
Possible outcomes of a special consideration application are:
- an equivalent assessment
- an extension of time
- a deferred assessment
- other arrangements deemed appropriate to your circumstances and the course concerned
- a late course withdrawal without academic penalty
- denial of special consideration
- cancellation of the application for lateness or incompleteness
The outcome notification is copied to your course coordinator. Where an outcome requires you to contact your course coordinator or School by a given date, you must do so by the date specified, otherwise, the outcome may be deemed to have lapsed.