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					                              ANU Medical School
Policy and Procedures for Special Examinations, Special Consideration and Special
                              Exam Arrangements
The procedures detailed below, address three distinct matters
   • Special Examinations;
   • Special Consideration; and
   • Special Exam Arrangements.

These procedures should be read in conjunction with the ANU Examinations Rules; available at:
http://www.anu.edu.au/cabs/rules/ExamsRules.pdf

For the ANU Medical School:
   • For Years 1 and 2 the Dean, ANU Medical School, is the approval authority.
   • The Delegated Authority for Years 3 and 4 is the Deputy Dean, ANU Medical School.


Special Examinations
The ANU permits Special Examinations under sub-rule 11(1) or 12(6) for a student who was eligible to
take an examination in a course but was unable to attend an examination.

Procedures for Special Examination:
     In the first instance the student should contact their respective Year Coordinator.
     The student must lodge an ‘Application for Special Examination (s)’ form with the Dean or
     Delegated Authority not less than three (3) working days after the time fixed for the completion
     of the examination the student failed to attend.
     A request may be made prior to an examination
     The ‘Application for Special Examination (s)’ form is available at
     http://www.anu.edu.au/sas/examinations/application_for_special_exams.pdf

     Students should not assume that non-attendance at the scheduled examination and an application
     will lead to a Special Examination being given.
     A Special Examination cannot be held until the Medical School approves the request.
     The date of the Special Examination will be set by the Medical School, taking due account of the
     student’s application.

Special Consideration
The ANU provides for Special Consideration of student performance in an assessment which was
affected by illness or other cause under sub-rules 12(1), (2) or (3).

The Special Consideration Form is available at
http://www.anu.edu.au/sas/examinations/application_for_special_consideration.pdf

Approval is not automatic and the Dean or the Delegated Authority must sign your application.
As a consequence of applying for Special Consideration, the student, under sub-rule 12(6) may be
granted a Special Examination.

     Procedures for Special Consideration (prior to an examination)
     For circumstances relating to preparation for an examination the student must submit the request
     for Special Consideration before the examination is held.
     In the first instance the student should contact their respective Year Coordinator.
     A completed Application for Special Consideration form must be lodged with the Dean or
     Delegated Authority prior to an examination being held.

     Procedures for Special Consideration (during an examination)
     For circumstances relating to preparation for an examination the student must submit the request
     for Special Consideration as soon as possible after the completion of the examination.

     Under sub-rule 12(2), if during an examination the conduct of which is under the supervision of
     invigilators:
          • a student notifies an invigilator that his or her performance in an examination as been
              adversely affected by illness or other cause [12(2)(a)]
          • Another person present notifies an invigilator that it appears that the performance of a
              student in an examination has been adversely affected by illness or other cause [12(2)(b)]
          • It otherwise appears to an invigilator that the performance of a student in an examination
              has been adversely affected by illness or other cause in the course of an examination;
     the invigilator must, as soon as possible after the completion of the examination, so inform the
     Director, Medical Education Unit.

     If a student considers the student’s performance in an examination other than the type referred to
     in sub-rule 12(2) has been adversely affected by illness or other cause, the student should notify
     their respective Year Coordinator either during or as soon as possible after the completion of the
     examination.

     A completed Application for Special Consideration form must be lodged with the Dean or
     Delegated Authority as soon as possible after the completion of an examination.

Special Examination Arrangements
Under sub-rules 8(1) and 8(5) the ANU provides for Special Examination Arrangements for a student
with a temporary or chronic disability.
Special Examination Arrangements may include, but are not limited to, additional reading or writing
time, the provision of special equipment, separate accommodation or the services of an amanuensis.
A request for Special Examination Arrangements must be approved by the Dean or Delegated
Authority.

     Special Examination Arrangements under sub-rule 8(1).
     This sub-rule provides for Special Examination Arrangements for a student who has dealt with
     the University’s Disabilities Services Unit.
         1. The student should make an appointment with the Disabilities Services Unit.
   2. The Disability Services Unit will forward the details of the Special Examination
      Arrangements to the Director, Medical Education Unit.
   3. The Dean or Delegated Authority after liaising with the Chair of the relevant Examination
      Committee may request changes to the arrangements.
   4. It is advised that three weeks notice be provided, if at all possible, in order to ensure the
      smooth organisation of any Special Examination Arrangements.
   5. These Special Examination Arrangements must be lodged with the Dean or Delegated
      Authority prior to an examination being held.


Special Examination Arrangements under sub-rule 8(5).
This sub-rule provides for Special Examination Arrangements for a student with a temporary or
chronic disability to whom sub-rule 8(1) does not apply.
   1. In the first instance students should contact their respective Year Coordinator.
   2. A completed request for Special Examination Arrangements must be lodged with the
       Dean or Delegated Authority prior to an examination being held.

				
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