During the COVID-19 pandemic and until a date determined by the Academic Senate, where students in standard teaching periods have been impacted by COVID-19, the application for Special Consideration can be lodged no later than seven (7) working days after the assessment task due date, examination or test date. Special consideration rules for all other students remain unchanged.
Eligibility requirements for Special Consideration
Macquarie recognises that students may experience events or conditions that adversely affect their academic performance.
If you experience serious and unavoidable difficulties at exam time or when assessment tasks are due, you can consider applying for Special Consideration.
Find information on the application process below and check out our FAQs.
Applying for Special Consideration
Special Consideration applications must be made:
within five (5) working days for standard teaching periods (Session 1 and 2) **
within five (5) working days for non-standard teaching periods (eg term, block) **
of the assessment task due date using the application form in AskMQ. Lodging an application for Special Consideration does not guarantee that you will be granted an additional/alternative assessment. You should continue to work on your assessments and complete them as soon as possible.
** For definition and details on standard/non-standard teaching periods and time frames, please refer to the Policy/Procedure.
The evidence must:
identify the circumstances
include dates and/or the length of the circumstances
explain the severity and impact of the circumstances
clearly describe how the circumstances have adversely affected your capacity for effective study to which an assessment relates
include the date(s) on which you were seen by the professional providing the evidence
Professional Authority Form – stating how the student was affected; or
Official letter from relevant source/authority
Death of a relative/close friend
Statutory Declaration or Statement of Fact- stating the relationship to the student; or
Medical Certificate; or
Professional Authority Form - stating how the student was affected; or
Wedding invitations accompanied by Statutory Declaration or Statement of Fact; or
Letter from religious leader/Elder; or
Letter from employer – stating why the student cannot be released from the unexpected work commitments; or
Letter from doctor/medical certificate; or
Letter confirming student’s attendance to Jury Duty/court date
Exacerbation of ongoing illness
Medical Certificate or Professional Authority Form – stating the exacerbation
Elite athlete or performer commitments
Official letter from the Macquarie Elite Athlete Program or appropriate organisation supporting increased training commitments/competition
Army Reservists/SES commitments and Volunteer Firefighters
An official training notice from the organiser explaining why attendance is required; or
Special consideration application outcome
The University will aim to let you know the outcome of your application via your student email address within 5 working days of receipt of the application and all necessary supporting evidence. This may take longer during peak periods.
After grant of special consideration
If your Special Consideration application is accepted, the University will deem what is most suitable as an outcome and may offer one of the following:
an additional assessment to assess your performance
a supplementary examination
an extension to a deadline for an assessment
an aggregated/average mark
In certain circumstances, the outcome of a Special Consideration application may be to recommend the student apply to Withdraw Without Academic Penalty. The student must determine whether to apply to Withdraw without Academic Penalty or accept the outcome where no alternate assessment can be provided.
You may already be registered with Student Wellbeing due to ongoing/long-term circumstances such as
If you have ongoing or long term circumstances and you are not registered with Student Wellbeing, you should contact them to seek support. They are open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.30pm (excluding public holidays).
Exams and in-class tests
Macquarie operates under a ‘Fit to Sit’ model, where, in sitting an examination or in-class test, you are declaring you are fit to do so. However, you may be taken ill during the assessment (in the case of an examination or test) or may not have been fit to make reasonable judgement on your fitness at the time. In these cases, you must advise the examination supervisor who will record the case on the Examination Room Report Form in order for you to be able to apply for Special Consideration.
How to apply
To apply for Special Consideration, students should submit a formal application with appropriate supporting documentation and within the required timeframes. If seeking to apply for more than one assessment task, you will need to select each assessment task for each unit separately from the drop-down menu.