Compassionate and compelling circumstances

Compassionate and compelling circumstances are defined as circumstances outside a student’s control that impact the student’s ability to study.

What are compassionate and compelling circumstances?

Compassionate and compelling circumstances are defined as circumstances outside a student’s control that impact the student’s ability to study. Students who are applying for a reduction of study load, leave of absence or transfer to another education provider are required to provide evidence to demonstrate that they are impacted by compassionate or compelling circumstances.

Examples of compassionate or compelling circumstances and evidence

Circumstance
Evidence
Illness or injury
  • A medical certificate from the registered health practitioner who is treating your condition that includes the dates of consultation, the medical condition, impact of the condition on your ability to study, recommendation for a reduced study load or break from study, and treatment plan
Death, illness or injury or a close family member
  • Death certificate
  • Evidence of the illness from a doctor or hospital
  • Evidence of your relationship to them (e.g. birth certificate, passport, family record book, etc)
Permanent or temporary disability
Incident or issue impacting student's capacity to study – personal (e.g. serious accident, witnessing or being the victim of a serious crime or incident)
  • Police report
  • Letter from psychologist that includes the dates of consultation, the outcome of the assessment, the impact on the student's ability to study, the recommendation for a reduced study load or break from study, and treatment plan

Incident or issue impacting student’s capacity to study – community issue (e.g. political unrest, natural disaster, community health event, other community issues limiting access to what a student needs for study)

  • Media reports of political unrest or natural disaster
  • Evidence of student’s residency in the affected area
  • Personal statement outlining how the issue impacts your ability to study
RMIT unable to offer full-time load of courses
  • Program plan from your School
Delay in receiving a student visa
Unforeseen delay to research (Higher Degree by Research students only)
  • Email/letter from supervisor outlining situation that was outside student’s control
Military service

     

  • Correspondence from military organisation
  • Note: Leave of absence can only be approved for up to 50% of the total registered duration of your program. If your military service exceeds this period, you may consider cancelling your program and re-applying for your program when you are ready to return to study

Other circumstances
  • Any relevant certified document attesting that the situation is outside student’s control and affects their ability to study

Examples of situations that are not considered compassionate or compelling circumstances

  • Work commitment​s
  • Travelling overseas​
  • Minor medical illness or condition
  • Financial hardship

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For more information, please contact Student Connect.

Status and details

Last updated August 2022

By Academic Registrar's Group (ARG)

In accordance with National Code 2018 Standard 7, Standard 8, Standard 9

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