Faculty of Education and Social Work


Aegrotat and compassionate consideration

You can apply for aegrotat and compassionate consideration if you feel that personal circumstances affected your exam performance or preparation.

Missed examination (reporting for an exam at the wrong time)


You cannot sit that examination at another time unless you are enrolled for Masters or Bachelors Honours postgraduate degrees, or a Postgraduate Diploma, when special arrangements may be made within a period of 24 hours from the start of the scheduled examination.

  • Go to examinations office
  • Apply for special pass by completing appropriate form.
  • Submit form not later than one week after missed examination

Prevented from being present at an examination (written test) by temporary illness or injury or exceptional circumstances.


Note: Your application will not be considered if you were responsible for the illness, injury or exceptional circumstances.

  • Apply for Aegrotat or Compassionate Consideration by completing appropriate form.
  • If you are ill or injured see a medical practitioner on the day of the exam, or on the day before/after the exam.
  • Get a written medical certificate.
  • Make sure the medical practitioner states:
    • the date you saw them
    • sufficient detail of the illness or injury
    • specifies that the illness or injury prevented you from sitting the exam
  • In the case of exceptional circumstances (see possible examples below) beyond your control ensure that you gather suitable evidence to support your application. (On-going situations do not qualify)
  • Submit application form to University Health and Counselling Service within one week of the date that the examination affected took place
  • If more than one examination affected, submit application within one week of the last of your examinations

Possible examples that may be considered for Compassionate Consideration

  • Death or illness of a parent
  • Death or illness of a grandparent
  • Break-up of a marriage or significant relationship
  • Illness of a child
  • Wife or partner having a baby
  • Mental illness of a family member
  • Assault or violence
  • Court-case involving student or a family member
  • House or car break-ins, theft of notes
  • Car accidents

Preparation for or performance in an examination (written test) has been seriously impaired by temporary illness or injury or exceptional circumstances.


Note: Your application will not be considered if you were responsible for the illness, injury or exceptional circumstances.

  • Apply for Aegrotat or Compassionate Consideration by completing appropriate form.
  • See a medical practitioner within the fortnight immediately preceding the examination (unless special circumstances apply).
  • Make sure the medical practitioner states:
    • the date you saw them
    • sufficient detail of the illness or injury
    • specifies that the illness or injury seriously impaired your preparation for, or performance in the exam
  • In the case of exceptional circumstances (see possible examples below) beyond your control ensure that you gather suitable evidence to support your application. (On-going situations do not qualify)
  • Submit application form to University Health and Counselling Service within one week of the date that the examination affected took place
  • If more than one examination affected, submit application within one week of the last of your examinations
  • Long term ongoing conditions do not qualify, but, unexpected exacerbations of such conditions can

Possible examples that may be considered for Compassionate Consideration

  • Death or illness of a parent
  • Death or illness of a grandparent
  • Break-up of a marriage or significant relationship
  • Illness of a child
  • Wife or partner having a baby
  • Mental illness of a family member
  • Assault or violence
  • Court-case involving student or a family member
  • House or car break-ins, theft of notes
  • Car accidents
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