Cancelled, denied and withdrawn special consideration applications

In some circumstances a special consideration application may be cancelled, denied or withdrawn.

Cancelled outcome

Your application may be cancelled if: 

  • it’s submitted late
  • the requested supporting documentation is submitted late, or not at all.

Review opportunity

You may request a review of the cancellation no later than five working days after the outcome is sent to you. Send your request and supporting documents to Late requests won’t be accepted.

You’ll be notified of the review outcome within 20 working days. The reviewer's decision is final.

You're unable to appeal to the University Appeals Committee when your request for special consideration has been cancelled – see section 4.8 of Assessment Processes for more information.

Denied outcome

Your application may be denied if:

  • you were absent from required learning activities because of circumstances that were within your control
  • you misread the details or instructions for an assessment or forgot you had to submit/sit an assessment
  • an electronic file of your work becomes corrupt, or your hard drive is damaged or affected by viruses, and you haven’t kept a back-up of your work, e.g. on an external hard drive, Cloud or USB
  • you went on holiday during the relevant teaching period or at a time when you might reasonably be expected to be available for an assessment
  • you were managing the workload from other RMIT course/s
  • you were managing activities arising from voluntary representation as a member of a club or society
  • you experienced IT-related problems that could have been prevented, avoided or the effects minimised by reasonable diligence
  • you describe and document other circumstances that aren’t unexpected or outside your control.

If your application is denied, the reasons for this will be provided in writing.

Appeal opportunity

You may be eligible to appeal a denied special consideration outcome to the University Appeals Committee. You need to apply within 10 working days from the date of the outcome email and meet the grounds of appeal stated in section 7.25 of Assessment Processes. Late appeals will not be accepted.

To submit an appeal, follow the instructions on the Appeals webpage.

Withdrawn outcome

Your application may be withdrawn if:

  • you’ve submitted a duplicate application, i.e. an application for the same course, assessment type, weighting and date/due date that’s already detailed in a previously submitted application
  • you enrolled late into a course or program (this is not grounds for special consideration because when your school accepts your late enrolment they are then required to make arrangements for you to catch up on any missed work - contact your course coordinator or program manager if you need advice)
  • your placement has been terminated.
  • you did not complete and/or submit your compliance paperwork before the commencement of your placement (or by the required date).
  • you’re requesting an extension of time up to 7 days in advance of the assessment due date - in this case, apply for an extension of time
  • what you’re seeking is not available as an outcome of a special consideration application
  • you have an allegation or finding of misconduct at RMIT. If there’s no final finding of misconduct you can reapply
  • you are requesting a further opportunity to complete a micro-credential after failing all permitted attempts to complete it
  • you are applying for special consideration to resubmit a previously completed assessment in order to obtain an opportunity to achieve a higher grade
  • you are applying on the grounds of dissatisfaction with your learning environment
  • the circumstance you've described is not a matter for special consideration, and is best addressed via another appropriate university process (e.g. the formal complaints or appeals process).

There is no review or appeal opportunity available for a withdrawn application outcome.

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