Withdrawal under exceptional circumstances is primarily intended for unanticipated exceptional circumstances which have prevented you from successfully completing a paper or papers. These could include:

  • Serious illness or accident, or severe psychological impairment
  • Bereavement
  • Critical personal circumstances involving the health or wellbeing of a relative or close friends
  • Sporting/cultural commitments (you must be representing New Zealand, or trialling for New Zealand representation)
  • Service in the New Zealand Armed Forces
  • Other exceptional circumstances beyond your control (e.g. natural disaster, damage to significant property, impacts arising from being the victim of a crime, etc.)

You may apply for a withdrawal under exceptional circumstances after the normal deadlines for deletion. Most applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis and you may be asked to provide additional information as part of your application.

"Exceptional circumstances" do not normally include situations such as forgetting to withdraw within the standard timeframe, disliking your paper selection, being declined from a particular course or programme, or non-University obligations such as sports, volunteering, or cultural activities.

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