Illness and accommodations for exams

Sometimes circumstances arise that make it difficult to pass—or even attend—an exam. If you’ve become ill or there’s been a serious, unexpected disruption in your life, we may be able to help.

When you’re ill

If you’ve been sick and you feel unprepared for an exam, we can help you request a deferral. Simply obtain documentation from your doctor and complete the Exam Deferral Request Form [PDF - 61 kB]. Once the request form is submitted to Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME), they will write to you and confirm the deferral.

If you’re granted a deferral, your transcript will show the word “DEFR” until you write the exam and earn a grade.

If you fail

Failing one exam isn’t the end of the world. If it happens to you, you’ll need to write a supplemental exam in July at a time set by the UGME office. You must pass this supplemental exam to be promoted to the next year. Although your transcript will show your original grade, your supplemental grade will be recorded as well.

We’re accommodating

Student Affairs works closely with Dalhousie’s Student Accessibility and Accommodation office. If you have an identified learning challenge that requires some form of academic or non-academic accommodation, you need to talk to us.