Illness in connection with exams

Unable to participate in the exam
Students who are unable to participate in an exam due to illness must send documentation of the illness through their student mail to the Office for Study Programmes and Student Affairs at no later than two weeks following the date of the exam. If this procedure is followed, the student will automatically receive a new exam attempt  and the unattended exam during the period of illness will get the registration 'Ill' (SYG). The course registration(s) are still binding, cf. DTU Inside under 'Teaching'/'Binding courses'. The student in question must bear the expenses for the medical certificate.

Illnes during the exam
Students who become ill during the exam must notify an invigilator or examiner before leaving the exam. Students must contact the doctor on the day of the exam or the proximate weekday at the latest. 

If a student choose to complete an exam despite not feeling well, it will count as an exam attempt.

It is the students' responsibility to register for a new exam attempt in the same course.

If a student is unable to comply with one of the deadlines specified for the programme due to documented illness, the deadline will be extended until the next (re)-exam is held in the course in question without the student having to submit an application. If the student remains ill at the next exam in the course, the student must submit an application for an exemption to have the deadline extended again. However, the above does not apply if a deadline is granted through exemption. This also apply if an exam attempt has been granted through exemption in order to be used before an exact deadline. In such cases, students must immediately apply for exemption for a renewed postponement of the deadline.

Illness of a close family member
If a student is unable to participate in an exam due to severe illness of a family member or friend, or in case of a serious event that may affect the student’s performance at the exam, the student can apply for cancellation of the exam by submitting relevant documentation to the Office for Study Programmes and Student Affairs via student mail to If the student has already completed the exam, it will count as an exam attempt, and the exam cannot be cancelled.

Illness and exemption
If a student cannot observe the study activity requirement and deadlines for the study programme because of documented illness, the deadlines will be extended without an application for exemption until the re-exam can take place. If the student is also ill for the re-exam, the student must apply for exemption.

The rule above regarding illness and exemption does not apply, if the student already has been given an exemption in regards to the study activity requirement or deadlines, or if the student has been granted an extra exam attempt. In this case, the student must apply for exemption immediately.

Illness and final projects
If a student falls ill while completing the final project, the rules in the students programme specification apply. Find the rules at DTU Inside under ‘Structure and rules’/‘Final projects’/'Deadline'.
25 NOVEMBER 2020