What is student academic consideration?
Academic Consideration is intended to help minimise the impact of compassionate, compelling or extenuating circumstances beyond a student’s control, which significantly impair a student’s ability to complete an assessment task on or by the due date as stipulated in the Subject Outline; or which affects Academic Progress in a subject relevant to their course of study. Academic consideration may be granted on the basis of compassionate, compelling circumstances and/or extenuating circumstances.
The Student Academic Consideration Policy enables students to request consideration for the evaluation of assessable components of a subject in a fair, reasonable and consistent manner.
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, UOW has waived the requirement for supporting documentation for all academic consideration (for students studying in Trimesters 2 and 3, and Autumn and Spring sessions). After completing your application in SOLS, students must finalise their application in the Academic Consideration Portal. In this portal, students now have the option to select ‘I do not have supporting documentation’ from the ‘What supporting documentary evidence are you attaching?’ drop-down menu. Find out more about the application process below.
In addition to the above, applications for an ‘exemption from compulsory attendance’ are only required if attendance is compulsory for your subject/faculty (for students in Trimesters 2 and 3, and Autumn and Spring sessions).
Students are responsible for making reasonable efforts to minimise the impacts of circumstances affecting their academic performance. In all instances, students should liaise with their Subject Coordinator when they become aware of an impact on their studies.
Academic consideration is considered for compassionate and compelling circumstances which:
- Significantly impact a student's ability to meet the requirements of a subject teaching/learning and/or assessment task (as defined in the relevant subject outline); and
- Are beyond the student's control, i.e., not due to their action or inaction'.
Prior to submitting an application, students should familiarise themselves with eligibility criteria outlined below.