Students impacted by COVID-19

The University’s policy and processes for special consideration continue to apply. These cover a wide range of unexpected circumstances that may have affected students.

Online learning and assessments

RMIT is supporting students with study tools, personal support and information available to assist your transition to online learning. Special Consideration applications will not be considered in relation to the University’s transition to an online teaching, learning and assessment environment.

If your online assessment is a timed assessment i.e. scheduled at a specific time (Australian Eastern Standard Time - AEST), you must make yourself available at the time advised.

Technical issues with assessments

If you experience a technical or connection problem during an online assessment, please refer to the FAQ below I am experiencing information technology (IT) related issues. Am I eligible for special consideration?

Extensions for assessments

If your studies have been impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19), you might need extra time to complete your assessments. You can request an extension of time for these assessments of up to 21 days (instead of the usual 7 days). To apply, complete the Application for extension of time form and submit it to your school (with your relevant supporting documentary evidence) at least one working day before the assessment deadline.

If you need an extension of time beyond 21 days, you should apply for special consideration.


Self-isolation without having contracted COVID-19 would not normally be grounds for special consideration. However, where there are special circumstances these will be considered on a case by case basis. Please provide as much information as possible in your self-statement and upload all supporting documents you have to help us understand your circumstances.

Please note that this information is subject to change, as RMIT continues to vigilantly review and monitor the coronavirus situation.  For more information please visit the RMIT coronavirus website.

How to apply for special consideration

In most cases you can apply for special consideration online.

Don't apply online if you're:

  • an RMIT English Worldwide student – contact Student Services on level 10 in Building 108
  • a student in the RMIT Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) programs VC2084 or C2085 – contact the School of Education.

To support an application based on medical or mental health grounds, we recommend that you include an impact assessment statement (PDF 41kb 1p) completed by your treating professional.

Before you apply - important information

Before you apply, check whether special consideration is the right type of assessment adjustment for you.

If you're applying on behalf of a student who is incapacitated or you're experiencing ongoing difficulties applying online, please email

Special consideration is made available by the University on the understanding that students will use it sparingly and only in cases of proven genuine need.

Falsifying documents is considered fraud and treated very seriously.  If you are proven to have falsified supporting documents for ANY REASON you are likely to have your course results converted to fail results or have other penalties applied. As a student, you must be aware of your obligations and responsibilities under the RMIT Student Conduct Policy.

Higher degree by research candidates

You may apply for special consideration for coursework components of your program only (e.g. courses such as ‘Research Strategies’ or ‘Research Methods’). However, you will need to request a hard copy application form by emailing

If you are having issues with the research component of your program (e.g. courses such as ‘PhD Research’ or ‘Masters Research’), please refer to the HDR Action and Support Procedure that’s in place to support you.

Frequently asked questions


You can enquire about your special consideration application or provide additional documents by emailing

Please quote your application number when emailing your query.