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FAQ: Extenuating Circumstances

  1. Studying with physical/mental functional limitations
  2. Missing an exam due to extenuating circumstances
  3. Missing other course requirements due to extenuating circumstances

1. I am a student with a physical/mental functional limitation (e.g., ASS, ADD, physical impairment) who needs extra facilities/academic accommodations (e.g., extra time, laptop). How can I arrange this?

Make an appointment as soon as possible with the Student Dean to discuss the facilities: http://www.ru.nl/currentstudents/during-your-study/counselling/studying-special-needs/. Inform the Student Advisor as well that you are a student with special needs.

2. I missed an exam due to extenuating circumstances (e.g., illness). What should I do?

Register as soon as possible for the resit because that is your opportunity to pass the course. If the problem is long-standing or recurrent, make an appointment with the Student Advisor to discuss the situation and to explore options.

3. I was not able to fulfil a course requirement (e.g., assignment deadline, attendance requirement) due to extenuating circumstances (e.g., illness). What should I do?

First, check the course rules on Brighspace (usually in the Course Documents section, or the introductory slides) to see if you are allowed to skip or replace the course component. If there are no instructions in the course documentation,  contact the course coordinator to ask if other options are available. If the problem is long-standing or recurrent, make an appointment with the Student Advisor to discuss the situation and to explore options.