In Universities, the Student Services unit manages the initial assessments of an Academic Consideration process. The Unit responds to student enquiries and requests for help and support submitted by students as they progress through their courses. Academic Consideration is intended to help minimise the impact of circumstances beyond a student’s control, which significantly impair a student’s ability to complete assessment work, or affect Academic Progress in their subject(s).
COVID-19 created a huge increase in Academic Consideration applications from students.
As part of the application process students are required to provide insight and reasoning into their situation and why they are requesting consideration. Sometimes these reasons are deeply personal, highly sensitive and indicate the student is in deep distress.