Compassionate or compelling circumstances
Reasons that your application for leave of absence, reduce load or release may not be approved
Reasons your application may not be approved include but are not limited to:
- financial hardship
- work commitment
- travelling overseas
- minor medical illness or condition.
Reasons that your application may be approved
Your application may be approved on compassionate or compelling grounds when your circumstances are:
- outside of your control, and
- impact on your ability to study, and
- are documented by evidence.
If you are ill, you need to supply a medical certificate which must:
- be from the registered health practitioner who is treating your condition, and
- include 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.
If you have a close family member who is ill, you must supply evidence of your relationship to them (e.g. birth certificate(s), passport, family record book, etc.) as well as evidence of the illness from a Doctor or hospital.
- Death certificate and
- Evidence of relationship.
- Letter from RMIT Disability Liaison Unit recommending a reduced study load or a break from study.
For example, political upheaval in home country, natural disaster in home country, involvement in a serious accident, witnessing or being the victim of a serious crime or critical incident.
Evidence required (as appropriate):
- Media reports of civil war/significant political unrest or natural disaster plus evidence of student’s residency in the specific affected area;
- 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.
RMIT University unable to offer a full-time load of courses (reduced load) or any courses (leave of absence) in a semester due to failure of occasional courses, RPL/credit or unavailability of required courses due to program structure.
- Program plan from School.
- Correspondence from the Department of Home Affairs
- Email/letter from supervisor outlining situation that was outside student’s control.
Leave of absence can only be approved for up to four semesters. 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.
- Correspondence from military organisation
- Any relevant certified document attesting that the situation is outside student’s control and affects their ability to study.
Status & Details
RMIT International Compliance (IACRR)
In accordance with
National Code 2018