Special consideration for an assessment

At some point during your qualification, your ability to attempt or prepare for an assessment may be seriously affected by exceptional circumstances beyond your control. If this happens, you can apply for special consideration for that assessment.

Extension of 5 days or less during COVID-19 alert level 4

If you need more time beyond the automatic extension (27 August, 5pm), you can now access a five working day extension period. This will be granted automatically if you fill out the request for extension with the reason 'COVID-19'. You will NOT need to supply any supporting evidence for this.

If you want to apply for an extension on an assessment that is only available within a set timeframe, you can do so using the ‘COVID-19’ reason but your faculty will be in touch directly with you to confirm how the extension will work for you.

Extension of more than 5 days during COVID-19 alert level 4

If you need an extension of more than a five-day period, you must supply the appropriate evidence and/or confirmation from a relevant professional practitioner as per the existing extension process.

How to apply for special consideration

You must submit completed applications with supporting evidence no later than 5 working days from the assessment due date.

If you do not have a valid reason for missing the due date or have not notified the teaching department within the required time, you will receive a failing grade for your assignment or examination.

To apply for special consideration:

  • Go to Blackboard
  • Click on the tab labelled 'Special Consideration' where you can apply for special consideration and find out more about the process.
  • Refer to this user guide for step-by-step instructions

Permissions request

We are now on a new system for this process. When you are accessing it for the first time, you will be asked by Microsoft to approve access to the new software. Make sure you click on ‘accept’ and proceed.

Examples of exceptional circumstances

Exceptional circumstances can be due to medical or emotional/mental conditions, as well as bereavement, being a victim of crime, essential sporting or religious commitments, AUT-related commitments and other circumstances.

The specific requirements for your application will depend on the situation and are explained in the Special Consideration Application (SCA) form.

Exceptional circumstances do not include:

  • Misreading assessment dates, times or instructions
  • Computer problems, including printer problems, unless they relate to an officially notified failure of University equipment
  • Losing data - ensure that you keep backup copies of everything.

Completing the Student Impairment Report

If the reason you give for your application is 'medical' or 'emotional/mental', you also need to provide a Student Impairment Report completed by a suitably qualified person.

Medical impairments

For medical impairments, registered nurses at the AUT Student Medical Centre are able to complete the Student Impairment Report for your Special Consideration Application.

Emotional or mental impairments

For emotional or mental impairments, there are suitably qualified staff within the Student Hub who can complete the Student Impairment Report (as well as all other professionals previously listed). If you want to speak to one of these designated staff regarding your Special Consideration Application, contact the Student Hub.

Student Counselling and Mental Health services are still available for appointments if you have urgent or ongoing needs for counselling and/or mental health support.​

Use the AUT app to book a Student Hub appointment

You can book an online appointment with a student advisor using the AUT app to discuss disability support, Special Consideration Applications on emotional or mental health grounds, student visa queries or financial assistance.

To book:

  • Open the AUT app and tap the hamburger menu (three lines in the bottom right-hand corner)
  • Choose ‘Make a Booking’
  • Choose ‘STUDENT HUB’, and follow the prompts to complete your booking

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