Special status on the grounds of functional impairment


You are afflicted by permanent or long-term loss of one or several bodily functions as listed in the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) (learning disorders, chronic medical disorders, motor, visual, hearing, psychiatric, and other or multiple functional impairments).

The UGent recognises the status of functional impairment of the home university in case of interuniversity trainings.

Application procedure

Submit a substantiated request with the director of the Department of Educational Policy

  • Via oasis.ugent.be
  • Add required documentation and official certificates
  • Deadlines: 
    • 8 November 2019 for first semester examination period
    • 27 March 2020 for second semester examination period
    • 3 July 2020 for second term examination period
    • Exceptions may be allowed if the functional impairment occurs suddenly and/or was not diagnosed until after the deadline.
  • The contact point Students & Functional Impairment (Aanspreekpunt student & functiebeperking) Department of Educational Policy) arranges all follow-up and communicates its advice to the director of the Department of Educational Policy. This document also mentions whether the special status is granted for one or more academic years or for the entire student career at Ghent University.


The contact point Students & Functional Impairment (Department of Educational Policy) (Aanspreekpunt student & functiebeperking) annually grants particular education and examination facilities to students who have been given special status.

In this process, the contact point applies the principle of equal treatment and guarantees students the right to fair adjustments that respect the requirements of the study programme.

You need to contact timely Aanspreekpunt student & functiebeperking according to the deadlines and guidelines communicated via your Ghent University email account.

You need to inform the lecturer(s) in charge via oasis.ugent.be which of the awarded education and/or examination facilities you wish to invoke for the course unit at hand, no later than

  • 13 December 2019 for the first semester examination period
  • 15 May 2020 for the second semester examination period
  • 7 August 2020 for the resit examination period

If the special status is awarded later than the above-mentioned deadline you need to inform the lecturer(s) as soon as possible.

Facilities are always granted in joint consultation with the lecturer in charge. In dialogue with the faculty director of studies or the chair of the study programme committee, the lecturer in charge may refuse a facility if duly justified. S/he may do so if the essential programme competences are impaired as a result of the facility or if it is practically not feasible to grant the facility. The faculty and/or institutional ombudspersons may mediate in this procedure if necessary.

Special status students who are denied any education or examination facilities may appeal against this decision with the Institutional Appeals Committee, as stipulated in article 100 of the Education and Examination Code.

More information

Studeren met een functiebeperking


Aanspreekpunt student & functiebeperking