Special status on the grounds of disability

Special status during corona crisis
The corona crisis is a challenge for us all, but it entails additional difficulties for a number of specific student target groups.
Ghent University is concerned about the welfare of all its students and offers the possibility to apply for special status to those students who are affected most.
Students with special status can be granted extra teaching or exam facilities, or logistic support for their participation in online teaching.


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).

In the case of interuniversity programmes, UGent takes over the recognition of the disability from the student's home university. The facilities are granted by the educational institution where the student takes up the course.

Application procedure

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

  • Via oasis.ugent.be
  • Deadlines: 
    • 6 November 2020 for first semester examination period
    • 26 March 2021 for second semester examination period
    • 2 July 2021 for second term examination period
    • Exceptions may be allowed if the functional impairment occurs suddenly and/or was not diagnosed until after the deadline.
  • Add required documentation and official certificates
  • The Disability Office of the 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 Disability Office 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 the Disability Office on time 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

  • 11 December 2020 for the first semester examination period
  • 30 April 2021 for the second semester examination period
  • 6 August 2021 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.


Disability Office