Academic study support

Student Responsibilities

If you have a LAP you are responsible for:

  • forwarding your Learning Access Plan to each Subject Coordinator and other relevant academic or professional staff at the beginning of each semester of study, or upon initial receipt of the Learning Access Plan
  • informing university staff in a timely manner of any difficulties you are having regarding attendance at classes/practical sessions, participation, and/or completion of assessments
  • contacting academic staff at least two weeks prior to in-class tests/examinations to confirm the use of alternative arrangements
  • contacting a Disability Advisor if their condition or enrolment changes, if changes are required to this Learning Access Plan, or if this Plan is about to expire
  • discussing placement arrangements with a Disability Advisor prior to the commencement of semester in which placement occurs.
  • Contacting Equity & Diversity each year of study to renew their supports and ensure Alternative Exam Arrangements for centrally managed exams will be implemented.

Learning Access Plans

After you have completed your registration and discussed your needs with your Disability Advisor, you may be given a Learning Access Plan (LAP). The LAP will document what supports or adjustments you need to manage your study. You should give your LAP to academic staff as soon as you receive it. This way you will get your supports when you need them and there is time to negotiate any changes if necessary.

Special consideration

You can apply for special consideration if illness or adverse circumstances affect your performance in assessments or examinations, or you are unable to sit an exam or submit an assessment. Be aware that special consideration only applies to assessment tasks worth 15% or more of the total assessment for the subject.

See eligibility criteria and access the online application for special consideration. Please note that if accommodations have been made to adjust for a disability, special consideration may not apply. Contact a Disability Advisor or your relevant academic staff for advice.

Adaptive equipment and assistive technologies

Far from the classroom and whiteboard, modern curriculum can now be accessed on phones, tablets, laptops, as well as the personal computer, at home, at work, or even on public transport. Anywhere is now a learning space. Various technologies and applications available facilitate your academic journey.

Equity and Diversity have made available a range of adaptive equipment and assistive technologies for students registered with a disability. The Equity and Access Room on the Melbourne Campus and other regional campuses provides access to a scanner, OCR software, magnifiers, screen readers and text-to-speech software.

Disability Services staff can assist you with advice on adaptive equipment, apps and software for your needs. Contact us to discuss what solutions may work for you.

Accessible course materials

The Inclusive Resources Development (IRD) team assists students with disabilities with their subject print requirements by converting learning resources into accessible formats.

The IRD team works closely with students and academic staff to ensure learning materials are available when needed. A wide range of different formats can be made available:

  • eBooks and audiobooks
  • MP3 files
  • accessible PDF
  • hardcopy tactile
  • Braille
  • captioning or transcripts for videos.

To discuss what options and formats may work best for you, please register with Equity and Diversity and a Disability Advisor will assist you in working with the IRD team.

If you have a print disability it is important to register early for support so you do not have delays in receiving your alternative format materials.

Academic support workers

You may be eligible for assistance from an academic support worker such as an Auslan interpreter or for laboratory, library research or lecture assistance.

Please read the Rights and responsibilities of students with support workers [Word 217KB] to understand your obligations when working with support staff.

You must be registered with Equity & Diversity to use this service. Contact a Disability Advisor for more information.

Library services

Library staff can organise:

  • retrieval of items from shelves
  • extended loan periods
  • accessible computer services
  • alternative formats for library materials.

Make arrangements in advance to take advantage of these additional services. See more information on library services for students with a disability.

Alternative assessment arrangements

Extensions on assignments

Information about due dates, penalties for late submission and how to request an extension is available in your Subject Learning Guides in the LMS. In general, an extension request should be sent to your Subject Coordinator or Instance Leader. Please remember requests for extensions need to be submitted at least 3 days prior to the due date for the assessment task. If you have a Learning Access Plan that recommends extensions when required you can submit your Learning Access Plan to support your extension. However you still must submit in the required timeframe of 3 days prior to the assignment due date.

Extension requests should be made only in extenuating circumstances such as illness, injury or other extenuating circumstance. Poor time management is not usually a reason to approve an extension. If you are unable to meet the due date, were unable to submit an extension request on time and you have extenuating circumstances, you can submit a special consideration request as long as the assessment task is worth more than 15% of the total subject.

If you require regular or longer than normal extensions please contact your Disability Advisor.

Changes to assignment methods

If you need to change your assignment methods or exam arrangements to accommodate the impacts of a disability, discuss this with your Disability Advisor, who can help negotiate with academic staff.

Alternative examination arrangements

If you require adjustments to your examinations to accommodate your disability these need to be organised through your Disability Advisor. You may be entitled to additional time, specialist software, ergonomic furniture or use of a scribe.

Ensure you arrange these well in advance of the examinations.

Adjustments to teaching

Academic staff may be able to make adjustments to their teaching to include a student with a disability. Discuss your needs with your Disability Advisor as soon as possible, so they can be outlined in a Learning Access Plan. Late notification may make it difficult to implement adjustments.

Physical access

Access to lecture theatres

If you have specific access requirements notify our staff as soon as possible to ensure your classes have accessible venues. Check out the location information and mobility maps available for information on accessibility at your campus.

Parking permits

Disability parking is available on all campuses. Display the relevant permit to access this parking. If you are not eligible for such permits and you believe you have special circumstances, please contact Car Parking at your campus.

Other Support Areas

  • Student Learning can also help to improve your study skills and assist with assignments.
  • Peer Learning Advisers (PLAs) who are experienced and successful students trained to assist fellow students with preparing and writing assignments.
  • Career Ready can help to plan for your career and explore the range of options available based on the course of your study.