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Reasonable Adjustments for study and assessments (RASA)

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Goldsmiths can make reasonable adjustments to aspects of university life, including assessments and examinations.

Examples of adjustments

Some adjustments that can be made are:

  • Recording of lectures and seminars
  • Supporting materials for lectures uploaded to (VLE) in advance
  • Arranging for taught sessions to be in rooms fitted with induction loops
  • Changing rooms if accessibility is an issue
  • Additional time to complete assignments and exams, or an alternative assessment
  • Use of a computer in exams

Contact the Disability Service to find out if adjustments would be appropriate for you.

Applying for reasonable adjustments (RASA)

We can provide you with a Reasonable Adjustment Support Agreement (RASA). This is a document which outlines all the adjustments that various departments across the university (e.g. academic departments, the Library, Assessments Office) have to put in place, and advises them on practical ways they can support you.

The RASA is sent to your department(s) for them to implement the adjustments.

To apply for a RASA you will need to meet a Disability Adviser who work with you to create it.

Register with the Disability Service to meet with a Disability Adviser

Make an appointment with a Disability Adviser if you are already registered

Exam reasonable adjustments

Once you have a RASA adjustments will be automatically put in place. You do not need to do anything.

Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) are entitled to 25% additional time in timed sat examinations. A cover sheet lets the person marking the assessment know that the student has a SpLD.

If you were unable to sit your exams as planned, you can apply for extenuating circumstances.

Coursework - additional time

If you have a long-term mental health or health condition, you can request coursework deadline adjustments (short extensions) if deadline adjustments are included in your RASA. These need to be requested, and are not automatically in place.

If you need a deadline adjustment for a specific assignment, you will need to contact your course team at least 48 hours before the standard deadline to confirm that you wish to make use of deadline adjustments, as they are not automatically in place.

If you have a RASA because you have a diagnosed Specific Learning Difficulty, you are not eligible for coursework extensions. You are expected to make use of Specialist Study Skills Support and assistive technology.

If you have missed a coursework deadline, you can apply for extenuating circumstances.

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