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Special Consideration for Impaired Performance or Missed Examination

Special consideration is available to students who are either:

  1. prevented from sitting University examinations due to circumstances beyond their control;
  2. are seriously impaired in either their examination performance;
  3. are seriously impaired in their preparation for an examination.

The Assessment and Graduation Office is responsible for the special consideration process for formal examinations only. For missed or impaired performance in items of internal assessment, including tests, applications should be made in writing to the examiner of the relevant paper no later than three days after the date on which the item of internal assessment is due.

For further information on the regulations for special consideration, refer to the Assessment Regulations in the University of Waikato Calendar.

Who can apply for special consideration?

You may apply for special consideration if your situation falls under one of the three provisions below:

  1. absence from an examination - you have been prevented from sitting an examination by circumstances beyond your control;
  2. serious impairment to examination performance - you consider your examination performance has been seriously impaired by illness, injury, personal bereavement or any other critical circumstance;
  3. serious impairment to examination preparation - you consider your examination preparation has been seriously affected by an illness or trauma, for which you are under continuous and well documented care by a qualified person, e.g. a medical practitioner. To make an application under this provision you must demonstrate that effective preparation for the examination was not possible in the two weeks immediately before it.

Applications for special consideration must include supporting documentary evidence.

How to apply

Applications for Special Consideration are completed online. 

To apply for special consideration you must consult either a registered medical or dental practitioner, midwife, registered psychologist or counsellor, depending on the circumstances, on the day of the examination or, if this is not possible, within 24 hours of the examination.

Download this form for your practitioner, psychologist or counsellor to complete. Apply online and upload the form completed by the health professional to your online application. The Assessment Office must receive your application within 72 hours of the examination affected.

If you need help with completing the form or you need further information on special consideration, contact staff in the Student Centre on 0800 WAIKATO.  Tauranga students can contact our Student Services staff at The Hub on 07 262 0500.