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Special Consideration - Disruption to Studies
The Special Consideration policy has been replaced by the Disruption to Studies policy, and now you must have been impacted for at least three consecutive days. The Disruption to Studies policy provides provisions for students who have been adversely affected by a serious and unavoidable disruption to their studies that is beyond their control, to demonstrate the Unit Learning Outcomes through Disruption to Studies provisions.
A Disruption to Studies does not cover the following situations:
- Missing a Final Exam – refer to the Deferred Exams web page
- Minor illnesses or misadventure preventing a student meeting an assessment deadline – refer to Request for Extension or missing a compulsory teaching activity form in Western Now
- Missing a compulsory component of a subject, except where a serious and unavoidable disruption is the cause – refer to the Assessment Policy Guidelines.
- Missing placement or a compulsory class (less than three-days impact) - refer to Request for Extension or missing a compulsory teaching activity form in Western Now
Disruption to Studies
Disruption to Studies is a serious and unavoidable disruption that prevents a student undertaking study or completing assessment during the teaching term. The University will provide students who have experienced a serious and unavoidable disruption to their studies a Disruption to Studies provision, which is an opportunity to demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes for the subject. To be eligible for a Disruption to Studies Provision, the disruption must impact your studies for at least three consecutive days.
Covid-19 and Disruption to Studies
If you have tested positive to COVID-19 and your essential learning activities or exams and assessments have been impacted you are able to complete a Disruption to Studies application. This will require you to include supporting documents. In this instance, a supporting document can be a text message sent to you from NSW Health with the dates of your isolation period, please include a screenshot of this with your application. Noting that a photo of a rapid antigen test will not be accepted as supporting documentation. Given that the close contact rules no longer apply, being a close contact to a Covid case is unlikely to be accepted.
Am I eligible to apply for a Disruption to Studies provision?
I have an Academic Integration Plan (AIP) – am I eligible for a Disruption to Studies provision?
When do I need to submit an application for a Disruption to Studies provision?
What can I do if I could not submit my application on time
How do I apply for a Disruption to Studies?
What Documentary Evidence or supporting documents do I need to provide?
How do I submit my documentary evidence / supporting documentation?
Submitting documentation separately to your application
My study has been impacted for less than three days
I am a WSU Online student – how do I apply for Disruption to Studies?
If you need further help completing your application, you can contact one of the following services:
- Student Central (help submitting the form)
- Student Welfare Service (help understanding the process and completing the application)
- Disability Service (for students with a disability, mental health condition or chronic illness or injury)
- Counselling Service (for students who have been in touch with Student Support Services during a period of hardship)