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About us FEB Education / FEB Study advisors Extraordinary circumstances


Extraordinary circumstances include all circumstances that occur outside your control, for example through force majeure, such as illness, special family circumstances, addiction, dyslexia and performance disabilities due to a physical disability, a psychiatric problem or a chronic illness. Situations such as pregnancy, top-level sports, committee work etc. also fall under this heading.

Study delay and financial support

Extraordinary circumstances may result in study delay, perhaps even preventing you from graduating within the timeframe of the performance grant. Luckily there are some regulations that can provide financial support.

For example, in situations of force majeure, the RUG offers possible financial compensation via the Graduation Fund. In order to qualify, you have to report the force majeure that may lead to study delay to the study advisors immediately.

Study delay due to top-level sport or committee work is compensated in the form of top sport grants and committee grants. Committee members and top athletes do not have to report their study delay to the study advisor or a student counsellor. However, if you also suffer study delay as a result of force majeure during your top sport year or committee year, report immediately to your study advisor!

DUO also provides extra grants in the event of illness, incapacity for work and other situations of force majeure. If you think that you qualify for this, contact one of the student counsellors.  

Adaptations to teaching and/or exams

Sometimes extraordinary circumstances necessitate adaptations to teaching or testing. This usually involves:

  • making certain facilities available (extra exam time, adapted exam material,…) and/or
  • permitting departures from the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER)
    - different exam time or place
    - relaxation of study progress rules
    - replacement assignment for compulsory lectures or practical parts, etc.

Together with the study advisor, you can examine what is necessary or determine which facilities you can use, which departures from the OER will be requested, whether it is necessary to adapt your study pace or study planning, etc.  

Other possibilities for advice and support

For more intensive support and more extensive advice you can also go to other people and organizations within and outside the RUG: student counsellors, Study Support, student psychologists, Student & Disability or the RUG Confidential Advisor. For more information: extraordinary circumstances on the UG website.

Last modified:30 September 2019 10.30 a.m.
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