- After leaving QUT
- Special circumstances
Special circumstances apply differently depending on the situation.
If you think special circumstances might apply to you, make sure you check the information for your situation.
You might be able to claim special circumstances when:
When making a claim, you must provide independent supporting documents with your application to demonstrate special circumstances. You'll need to provide different types of documents depending on what your special circumstances are.
Special circumstances may be accepted for some applications but not for others. For example, if you're sick you may be granted an assignment extension but remain ineligible to withdraw without academic penalty from a unit. Withdrawing without financial or academic penalty after the due dates requires more substantial supporting documentation to be provided.
You may be able to claim special circumstances if you're unwell, or a pre-existing physical or mental health condition has changed to such an extent that you're unable to continue studying, either temporarily or for the remainder of the semester.
You may be able to claim special circumstances if family or personal circumstances beyond your control have arisen or become apparent, and make it unreasonable for you to undertake study for a short period of time or expect you to continue studying for the remainder of the semester.
Family or personal circumstances include:
A decision based on family or personal circumstances is more subjective than one based on medical grounds.
Depending on the nature of the circumstances, supporting evidence may include a medical certificate or letter from a counsellor, doctor or police officer.
The supporting documentation must contain the name, date and contact details of the person providing the evidence. It should also demonstrate the impact these circumstances have had on your ability to complete your studies.
Employment-related circumstances may include:
Sudden and unplanned travel for work that's beyond your control may be considered for an assignment extension or deferred exam.
Applying for and being appointed to a new position will not be grounds for employment-related applications as these are normally circumstances within your control.
International students on student visas can't claim employment-related special circumstances.
You'll need to provide a signed and dated statement from your employer on official company letterhead stating:
You may be able to claim special circumstances for unavoidable commitments in very limited cases. These are:
A signed and dated statement on official letterhead from an appropriate representative of the organisation stating:
You may be able to claim special circumstances if a unit has been changed and therefore you'll be disadvantaged by:
A supporting statement from the QUT school or faculty that offers the unit, clearly indicating that changes made it impracticable for you to complete the unit requirements.
If you've experienced a situation that has affected your school or academic results, you may be able to apply for special consideration of educational disadvantage when you apply through QTAC.