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Compensation for disadvantages

Study and examination performance – compensation for disadvantages

In order to create a comparable study and examination environment between students with and without a disability/chronic illness, it is possible to receive compensation for disadvantages if a student has an existing disability or an illness-related study impairment.

Depending on the disability or illness, this compensation can be granted, for example, in the form of an extension to the writing time for an exam or term paper, the provision of assistive devices or similar.

People with disabilities and chronic illnesses have the right to compensation for disadvantages in fulfilling academic requirements that result from their disability or chronic illness. In doing so, the principles of compensation for disadvantages must always be weighed up against those of equal treatment. Such decisions are made by the examination offices.

Corresponding regulations can be found in all study and examination regulations of Bielefeld University.

-> You can find more information on what compensation for disadvantages compensation may look like in individual cases on the page of the Legal services department under ‘Requirements for disadvantage compensation’.

-> Application form for compensation for a disadvantage from the Department of Study and Teaching

-> Please apply to the examination offices of the respective faculties for compensation for disadvantages.

-> The ZAB and the representative for students with disabilities and chronic illnesses offer advice on compensation for disadvantages, especially in cases involving dispute.


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