Reasonable Adjustments to Coursework Deadlines for Disabled Students

Where possible disabled students are encouraged to aim to complete their work within the usual deadlines. However, the University recognises that disabilities can have an affect a student’s ability to effectively manage their studies and submit academic work that demonstrates their learning, within the standard time frames. 

Disabled students who have an Individual Support Plan (ISP) in place (or equivalent if studying at a USW partner college) are therefore permitted to submit coursework within the late submission period (5 working days), without the usual penalties (The five-day grace period does not apply to examinations, in class tests, presentations, clinical practice appraisals, performances or group work). Regulations for Taught Courses (pdf) 

If you have concerns about assessment deadlines, which are not addressed by the above anticipatory adjustment, you should discuss your circumstances with a Disability Adviser. If appropriate “flexibility around deadlines” will be added as a reasonable adjustment to your Individual Support Plan (ISP). You will then be able to apply for additional reasonable adjustments to particular assessment deadlines when required via the Extenuating circumstances process. Extensions are not granted by default and requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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