Special Status for Students
In consideration of the reason why they have been awarded special status, and in joint consultation between the lecturer in charge and the student concerned, special status students may be awarded one or several of the following facilities:
- be given exemption from educational activities requiring the student to attend, in which case a task may be imposed in substitution;
- have their examinations rescheduled to a different time during the same academic year;
- be examined in a manner different from the regulatory manner;
- be given an alternative time for feedback;
- be awarded different terms and conditions with regard to the concrete manner in which tuition is provided and in which the students concerned are evaluated.
Who can apply for a special status?
Special status may be awarded on the grounds of one or more of the following:
1. Functional impairment
Students registered at the "Vlaams Agentschap voor Personen met een Handicap" (VAPH), students with permanent or long-term impairment of one or more bodily functions, as listed in the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) (motor impairment, visual impairment, hearing impairment, learning disorder, chronic medical disorders, mental health problems, other or multiple functional impairments).
These students may call on the services of "Cursief vzw" for assistance in compiling their application case file and consultation regarding the desired facilities.
- Cursief vzw (in Dutch)
- Registration of students with a functional impairment (in Dutch)
2. Approved top league sports activities
For regardless of the sports discipline involved, students qualify to be awarded special status if they first and foremost comply with one of the following requirements:
- be recognised as a top athlete by the BOIC or BLOSO;
- be considered as a top athlete or as a promising young athlete by their own sport federation;
- meet the standards held out for taking part in the Universiade or the University World Championships.
- Top league sports and studies (in Dutch)
3. Tenure of office
- in a Ghent University central administration or advisory body: Board of Governors, Executive Board, Education Board and Social Council.
- at AUGent and at the umbrella of Student Unions and Societies.
5. Exceptional social or individual circumstances
- must have already obtained a minimum of 60 credits in an academic programme
- must have acquired at least half of the credits taken up in the curriculum, in the academic year preceeding the application for a special status
- must submit a plan demonstrating the intention of offering a valid product or service. This plan must also demonstrate the intention of initiating this activity in the form of a corporate person or in the form of a self-employed status with the student-entrepreneur as initiator. The activity must have a prospect of growth.
- the application must be supported by a mentor (ZAP-member or IOF mandatary). The mentor supervises the application of the special status, supervises the student in the execution of the plan and will give advice relating to the renewal of the special status
Applications and deadlines
- Application form
- Submit application at the start of the semester in case of 1, 3, 4, 5, 6
- Submit application in case of 2: before 15 October