Special Consideration

Special Consideration for assessment

Special Consideration for assessment is for students who have covered the work of a course but have been prevented from demonstrating their knowledge or skills at the time of the assessment due to unforeseen circumstances. This may be because the student has not sat the test/exam or has sat but with impaired performance. Applications under this category should be submitted within five working days of the assessment due date.

Special Consideration for late discontinuation

Special consideration for late discontinuation is for students who have been prevented from completing a course of study, due to circumstances beyond their control, or that were not reasonably foreseeable, and they were unable to withdraw from the course(s) by the published withdrawal deadline. Applications under this category should be submitted no later than five working days after the examination period has finished. 

Special Consideration - compassionate grounds

Special Consideration on Compassionate Grounds is for any student who has been impacted by the Mosque attacks.   Special Consideration on Compassionate Grounds can be applied for any assessment item greater than 10%.  This process will be in operation between 25 March 2019 and 1 July 2019.   After this date you should apply for Special Consideration using the existing process. 

Please note that you do not need to apply for a Special Consideration on Compassionate Grounds for a cancelled assignment / test which should have happened between 18 to 22 March 2019, when all assignments / tests were cancelled across the University.  The Course Coordinator / Academic Administrator will determine an appropriate academic remedy and this will be communicated to you. 

You can apply for Special Consideration on the grounds of a missed assessment / test or impaired performance.  If you are seeking an extension request please contact your Course Coordinator or Academic Administrator.   

The academic remedy for a missed assessment will include an extension and/or an alternative assessment item as a preference. 

For assessment items less than 10% please contact your Course Co-ordinator for advice.

If you are considering withdrawing from your course, please contact Student Services (Enrolments Team – Level 1 Matariki) to discuss this with an Enrolment and Fees Advisor.  The last date to withdraw (no refund) from a course is 10 May 2019 for Semester 1. 


If the assessment is an essay or assignment where it may be possible to receive an extension, your first step is to contact the course co-ordinator directly to apply for an extension to complete the piece of work. This doesn’t stop you from applying for Special Consideration, but if an extension has also been granted, this will be taken into account when assessing your application.

If you are applying for Special Consideration, it is recommended that you also contact your course co-ordinator(s).

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After you apply for Special Consideration

The first step is for your application to be reviewed by the Special Considerations Committee who will decide whether to accept or decline the grounds of your application.

If your application is for an assessment item and the grounds are accepted, it will be forwarded to the department to determine an academic remedy (if required) which they will organise with you directly.

If your application is for late discontinuation and the grounds are accepted, it will be forwarded to the Dean of the owning college of your qualification. 

If your application is declined, you will be notified by the Examinations Office.

Appealing a decision 

You have the right to appeal the outcome of a special consideration application. Appeals should be made in writing within 10 days of the notification of the decision.

If you wish to appeal a decision of the Special Consideration Committee or a Dean, the appeal should be addressed to the Academic Appeals Committee via the specialconsideration@www.arurban.com.

If wish to appeal a decision of an academic department, the appeal should be addressed to the Dean of the Faculty for your qualification. Check the appeal regulations for more information.