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.

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:

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.

COVID -19 related exceptional circumstances

The COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, and the virus continues to affect students’ lives and health. You can apply for a Special Consideration for Assessment if you have COVID-19 and are unwell or you’re needing to isolate. You can also apply if you are suffering from ongoing health effects due to COVID-19 or your whānau or household has been seriously affected by COVID-19.

Medical or other evidence needs to be provided (though delays in accessing medical care through no fault of your own can be taken into account).

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.​

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