Assessment Accommodations for Disabled and Chronically Ill Students

  Lecture hall and overhead projector Copyright: RWTH Aachen

The university takes steps to ensure that disabled and chronically ill students are not at a disadvantage during their studies.  Exam regulations also take the particular needs of disabled and chronically ill students into consideration and regulate the compensation for disadvantages.


Examples of Compensation for Disadvantages During Studies and Assessments

  • More time to work during time-dependent academic assessments such as exams, papers, or final papers and exercises
  • Interruption of time-dependent academic assessments, through individual breaks, that will not be included in the time to work, even if it has already been lengthened. This is particularly true for supervised work.
  • Exam assessments divided up into partial assessments
  • Written assessments subsitituted with oral ones and vice versa, for example for hearing impaired students or students with a speech impediment
  • Exemption from mandatory attendance in courses by completing something else to compensate for the absence
  • Interpreters allowed for sign-language
  • Adapted documents, such as exam papers, can be made available.


If you need compensation for disadvantages, please provide a written application (no particular format necessary) to the responsible exam board. The representatives for disabled and chronically ill students will gladly help you with the application and the necessary enclosures. As a disabled or chronically ill individual, we recommend that you seek advising before or during your studies. This way, you are aware of the necessity, type of, and breadth of the compensation for disabilities and can make sure you receive what you are entitled to.


Compensation for Disadvantages Does Not Mean Relaxed Exams

Compensation for disadvantages in studies or exams does not relax the subject-specific demands that students face.  A compensation for disadvantages does not relax the demands, but rather changes conditions, based on the needs of disabled and chronically ill students, so that they can complete their exams under equal conditions.