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Illness at exams / postponed exams

If you are ill or have another valid reason for not taking an exam, your absence may be approved. With an approved reason for absence, you do not use one of your examinations attempts, and you can apply for a postponed examination.

The study programme in medicine have their own regulations concerning postponed exams

What is a postponed exam?

Postponed written exams are arranged for you if you are ill or have another valid reason for not attending an exam. The postponed exam is held in the same semester as the regular exam or before tuition commences in the next semester.

In courses which are offered each semester, students with an approved reason for absence may be directed to the next ordinary examination.

With home exams or assignments, you may in some cases be granted an extended deadline instead of a postponed exam.

Do I qualify for a postponed exam?

Valid reasons for absence must be documented and include the following:

  • If you, or a person for whom you are the primary caretaker, are ill
  • Childbirth
  • Death of a close relative
  • Other weighty reasons outside of your own control

Other weighty reasons outside of your own control may include for instance military service, trials or political representation. High-level sports or cultural events may also be approved.

Nervousness, insomnia, traffic delays, private travels or similar are not accepted as valid reasons for absence. In the case of illness during the preparation period, you should consider applying for a leave of absence.

How to apply

If you are ill on written exams

1. Fill in the application form

Indicate on the form if you apply for an approved reason for absence only or if you would like to apply for a postponed exam as well.

The faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences have their own regulations concerning registration for postponed exams.

2. Obtain documentation

Valid documentation includes medical certificates, confirmation of due date/birth or the equivalent.

Medical certificates must be stamped/certified and hold the doctor's signature in order to be valid. They must explicitly state that the student was ill on the day of the exam.

3. Deliver or send the application to the faculty

The application form and the documentation can be delivered or sent by mail to the student information centre at your faculty.

The deadline is three days after the exam. It the deadline runs out on a holiday, it is prolonged to the next business day.

In the case of serious illness, the faculty may give an exemption from the deadline if you can document that you were unable to apply within the deadline.

If you are ill on home exams or assignments

1. Notify your contact point

You will find contact information on each course page.

2. Obtain documentation

Valid documentation includes medical certificates, confirmation of due date/birth or the equivalent.

Medical certificates must be stamped/certified and hold the doctor's signature in order to be valid. They must explicitly state that the student was ill on the day of the exam.

3. Deliver or send the documentation to your contact point

The documentation can be delivered or sent by mail to your contact point.

The deadline is three days after the exam. It the deadline runs out on a holiday, it is prolonged to the next business day.

In the case of serious illness, the faculty may give an exemption from the deadline if you can document that you were unable to apply within the deadline.

If you are ill on oral exams

1. Notify your contact point

You will find contact information on each course page.

2. Obtain documentation

Valid documentation includes medical certificates, confirmation of due date/birth or equivalent.

Medical certificates must be stamped/certified and hold the doctor's signature in order to be valid. They must explicitly state that the student was ill on the day of the exam.

3. Deliver or send the documentation to your contact point

The documentation can be delivered or sent by mail to your contact point.

The deadline is three days after the exam. It the deadline runs out on a holiday, it is prolonged to the next business day.

In the case of serious illness, the faculty may give an exemption from the deadline if you can document that you were unable to apply within the deadline.

Questions?

Contact the faculty's information centre.

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Published Dec. 3, 2014 9:38 AM - Last modified Apr. 12, 2017 11:54 AM