Application assessment and outcomes
Applications are assessed by specialist staff and based on evidence of the unexpected circumstances outside your control and their impact on your performance in an assessment task.
All communication will be via your RMIT student email account. You can expect at least two emails to:
- acknowledge receipt of your application
- advise you of the outcome of your application.
If your application is incomplete when submitted, we'll email you asking for further information and/or documentation to support your application.
You’ll receive an outcome email up to 10 working days after the notification your application is complete. The email will state the outcome for each assessment task listed in your application. The standard outcomes are ‘granted’, ‘denied’, ‘cancelled’ and ‘withdrawn’.
If you’re granted special consideration, it’s important that you follow any instructions and recommendations in your outcome email. Where an outcome requires you to contact the course coordinator by a given date, you must do so otherwise the outcome may be deemed to have lapsed.
After applying, check your email often, read your messages carefully and respond to any requests by the specified date.
Keep in touch – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're having difficulties obtaining supporting documentation. If you don’t respond to a request for more information or documents, we may have to cancel your application.
Types of outcomes
Outcomes of applications for special consideration are detailed in section 5.3.6 of the Assessment and assessment flexibility policy and include (but aren’t restricted to):
- Equivalent assessment: your course coordinator decides the form of equivalent assessment task.
- Deferred assessment: a further opportunity to sit the assessment.
- Extension of time: if you've applied for an extension, continue to work on the assessment and submit it as soon as you can, even if you haven't yet received your outcome.
- Late course withdrawal without academic penalty.
- Cancellation, denial or withdrawal of an application.
The following outcomes are not available:
- An increase in the mark you achieved in an assessment.
- A transfer or increase in the weighting of other assessment tasks so that the assessment task affected by adverse circumstances is no longer required.
- Supplementary assessment.
While an application may be approved, outcomes provided are subject to change. If we receive relevant information that leads to the outcome being changed, we will notify you of a revised outcome.
It may not be possible to always approve assessment adjustments and there are some circumstances in which Late course withdrawal without academic penalty is the only available outcome.
Cancelled, denied and withdrawn outcomes
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