What counts as force majeure?

Are you unable to be present at an exam or mandatory class due to force majeure? Make sure to notify the right people or department as soon as possible.

Illness

You are feeling sick on the day of an exam or mandatory class or you have to isolate for medical reasons.

Work

As a working student, you are unable to attend an exam or mandatory class due to a professional obligation.

Death

You cannot attend an exam or mandatory class due to the death of a relative by blood or marriage up to the second degree.

Which classes are mandatory?

You can check which classes require your presence and what the consequences are if you miss too many classes (without validation) in the course outline of each course. Make sure to check these before the start of the academic year.

Force majeure procedure

Your faculty's force majeure procedure

Are you unable to attend an exam or mandatory class due to force majeure? Notify the correct people or department as soon as possible and follow your faculty's instructions.

Always follow the force majeure procedure of your own faculty, even if the concerned course belongs to another faculty. Please don't contact the teacher of the course directly, unless you're missing an oral exam. In that case, you notify your teacher via e-mail before the scheduled exam time.

Reschedule your exam

In case of force majeure, you can request to move your exam to another day within the same exam period. Check out how to request this following the specific instructions from your faculty in the side-menu.

Be aware: it's not always possible to reschedule your exam at an alternative time. In that case you would still have to take it during the next exam period (if you have sufficient exam opportunities left).

If you wish to move an exam due to an overlap in your exam schedule, this is not force majeure.
Move an exam due to overlap

Are you dealing with a technical problem during online exams, please contact the teacher of your course immediately. If that doesn't work or you are unable to continue with the exam, please fill out the force majeure form.
Help with online exams

Social Sciences and Solvay Business School

You miss a mandatory class

Notify the teacher (or assistant) of the class as soon as possible. In case of long term absence, it's best to also contact your study path counselor.

You don't attend an exam (no force majeure)

You don't have to notify anyone and don't get to request to reschedule the exam. You are automatically referred to the next exam period (or you can take the course again during the next academic year), if you have sufficient exam opportunities left. If you're not going to attend an oral exam, we ask you to inform your teacher yourself via e-mail at least 1 hour before the start of your exam, to be polite and for practical reasons.

Request to reschedule a missed exam due to force majeure
 

Fill out the online force majeure form

  • Fill out the online force majeure form at the latest on the day of the missed exam.
  • Provide valid proof of force majeure (sick note, death certificate,...) to your faculty secretariat via e-mail within 3 calendar days after the missed exam date, if you haven't included this yet with the online form you sent in earlier.
  • The faculty secretariat will notify you via e-mail (on your VUB account) whether you get permission to participate in the catch-up exam. Make sure to confirm your participation before the deadline mentioned in this e-mail, or you won't be allowed to to participate in the catch-up exam.
  • All communication regarding force majeure and the rescheduling of exams goes via the faculty secretariat. We ask you not to contact your teacher (or assistant) unless our faculty staff explicitly asks you to.
No catch-up exam possible

No catch-up exams will be organised for these exams. In case of a valid absence, we will record β€˜lawful absence’ as the result for this exam. 

  • International Monetary Economics
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Mediarecht
     
Force majeure due to professional obligations

If you can't attend an exam as a working student (official statute) because of a professional obligation, fill out the force majeure form (above) before the start of the exam period (at the latest) and add this document filled out by your employer.

Force majeure due to a death

In the event of the death of a relative by blood or marriage up to the second degree, please fill out the force majeure form (above) at the latest on the day of the missed exam and include a valid attestation:

  • death notice or death letter proving the relationship with the deceased up to the second degree
  • or an official death certificate (via the municipality or medical authority) and proof showing the relationship with the deceased up to the second degree

Inform your study path counselor as well so that they can work with you to see what the options are and what actions can be taken.

Questions about absences or the force majeure procedure?

Contact the faculty secretariat

Questions about the impact on your study path and/or study progress? 

Contact the study path counselor of your programme

Sciences and Bioengineering Sciences

You miss a mandatory class

Fill out this force majeure form

You don't attend an exam (no force majeure)

You don't have to notify anyone and don't get to request to reschedule the exam. You are automatically referred to the next exam period (or you can take the course again during the next academic year), if you have sufficient exam opportunities left. If you're not going to attend an oral exam, we ask you to inform your teacher yourself via e-mail at least 1 hour before the start of your exam, to be polite and for practical reasons.

Request to reschedule a missed exam due to force majeure
 

Fill out the online force majeure form

  • Fill out the force majeure form at the latest on the day of the missed exam.
  • Provide valid proof of force majeure (sick note, death certificate,...) to your faculty secretariat via e-mail within 3 calendar days after the missed exam date, if you haven't included this yet with the online form you sent in earlier.
  • The examiner or the faculty will notify you of the options to reschedule the exam.
     
Force majeure due to professional obligations

If you can't attend a mandatory class as a working student (official statute) because of a professional obligation, provide a valid attestation to your faculty secretariat at the latest on the day of the mandatory class. If you cannot attend an exam for the same reasons, make sure to notify your faculty secretariat at the latest 3 weeks before the start of the exam period.

Force majeure due to a death

In the event of the death of a relative by blood or marriage up to the second degree, please notify your faculty secretariat at the latest on the day of the mandatory class or missed exam and include a valid attestation.

Questions about absences or the force majeure procedure?

Contact the faculty secretariat

Law and Criminology

You miss a mandatory class

Notify the teacher and assistant of the class as soon as possible. In case of long term absence, it's best to also contact your study path counselor.

You don't attend an exam (no force majeure)

You don't have to notify anyone and don't get to request to reschedule the exam. You are automatically referred to the next exam period (or you can take the course again during the next academic year), if you have sufficient exam opportunities left. If you're not going to attend an oral exam, we ask you to inform your teacher yourself via e-mail at least 1 hour before the start of your exam, to be polite and for practical reasons.

Request to move an exam due to force majeure

 

Fill out the online force majeure form

  • Fill out the online form at the latest on the day of the missed exam.
  • Provide valid proof of force majeure (sick note, death certificate,...) to the faculty secretariat via e-mail within 3 calendar days after the missed exam date, if you haven't included this yet with the online form you sent in earlier.
  • The faculty will notify you of the options to reschedule the exam.

     
Force majeure due to professional obligations

If you can't attend a mandatory class as a working student (official statute) because of a professional obligation, provide a valid attestation to your faculty secretariat at the latest on the day of the mandatory class. If you cannot attend an exam for the same reasons, make sure to fill out the online force majeure form (above) utterly before the start of the exam period, including this filled out form and the necessary proof.

Force majeure due to a death

In the event of the death of a relative by blood or marriage up to the second degree, please notify your faculty secretariat at the latest on the day of the mandatory class or missed exam and include a valid attestation.

Questions about absences or the force majeure procedure?

Contact the faculty secretariat

Psychology and Educational Sciences

You miss a mandatory class

Notify the teacher (or assistant) of the class as soon as possible, with the faculty secretariat in cc. In case of long term absence, it's best to also contact your study path counselor.

You don't attend an exam (no force majeure)

You don't have to notify anyone and don't get to request to reschedule the exam. You are automatically referred to the next exam period (or you can take the course again during the next academic year), if you have sufficient exam opportunities left. If you're not going to attend an oral exam, we ask you to inform your teacher yourself via e-mail at least 1 hour before the start of your exam, to be polite and for practical reasons.

Request to move an exam due to force majeure
 

Fill out the online force majeure form

  • Fill our the online force majeure form at the latest on the day of the missed exam.
  • Provide valid proof of force majeure (sick note, death certificate,...) to your faculty secretariat via e-mail within 3 days after the exam, if you haven't included this yet with the online form you sent in earlier.
  • The faculty will notify you of the options to reschedule the exam.
     
Force majeure due to professional obligations

If you can't attend a mandatory class as a working student (official statute) because of a professional obligation, provide a valid attestation to your faculty secretariat at the latest on the day of the mandatory class. If you cannot attend an exam, a professional obligation isn't considered force majeure (unless in exceptional or urgent circumstances), since the exam period is already announced at the start of each academic year.

Force majeure due to a death

In the event of the death of a relative by blood or marriage up to the second degree, please notify your faculty secretariat at the latest on the day of the mandatory class or missed exam and include a valid attestation (proving your relation do the deceased person).

Questions about absences or the force majeure procedure?

Contact the faculty secretariat

Languages and Humanities

You miss a mandatory class

Notify the teacher (or assistant) of the class as soon as possible, with the faculty secretariat in cc. In case of long term absence, it's best to also contact your study path counselor.

You don't attend an exam (no force majeure)

You don't have to notify anyone and don't get to request to reschedule the exam. You are automatically referred to the next exam period (or you can take the course again during the next academic year), if you have sufficient exam opportunities left. If you're not going to attend an oral exam, we ask you to inform your teacher yourself via e-mail at least 1 hour before the start of your exam, to be polite and for practical reasons.

Request to move an exam due to force majeure

 

Fill out the force majeure form

  • Send the filled out form to your faculty secretariat and the teacher of the course in cc at the latest on the day of the exam. This only applies for courses of the faculty Languages and Humanities.
  • Provide valid proof of force majeure (sick note, death certificate,...) to your faculty secretariat via e-mail within 3 days after the exam.
  • The faculty will notify you of the options to reschedule the exam.

     
Force majeure due to professional obligations

If you can't attend a mandatory class as a working student (official statute) because of a professional obligation, provide a valid attestation to your faculty secretariat at the latest on the day of the mandatory class. If you cannot attend an exam for the same reasons, make sure to notify your faculty secretariat at the latest 3 weeks before the start of the exam period.

Force majeure due to a death

In the event of the death of a relative by blood or marriage up to the second degree, please notify your faculty secretariat at the latest on the day of the mandatory class or missed exam and include a valid attestation.

Questions about absences or the force majeure procedure?

Contact the faculty secretariat

Engineering

You miss a mandatory class

Notify the teacher (or assistant) of the class as soon as possible, with the faculty secretariat in cc. In case of long term absence, it's best to also contact your study path counselor.

You don't attend an exam (no force majeure)

You don't have to notify anyone and don't get to request to reschedule the exam. You are automatically referred to the next exam period (or you can take the course again during the next academic year), if you have sufficient exam opportunities left. If you're not going to attend an oral exam, we ask you to inform your teacher yourself via e-mail at least 1 hour before the start of your exam, to be polite and for practical reasons.

Request to move an exam due to force majeure

 

Fill out the force majeure form

  • Send the filled out form to your faculty secretariat and the teacher of the course at the latest on the day of the (missed) exam.
  • Provide valid proof of force majeure (sick note, death certificate,...) to your faculty secretariat via e-mail within 3 days after the exam.
  • The faculty will notify you of the options to reschedule the exam.

     
Force majeure due to professional obligations

If you can't attend a mandatory class as a working student (official statute) because of a professional obligation, provide a valid attestation to your faculty secretariat at the latest on the day of the mandatory class. If you cannot attend an exam for the same reasons, make sure to notify your faculty secretariat at the latest 3 weeks before the start of the exam period.

Force majeure due to a death

In the event of the death of a relative by blood or marriage up to the second degree, please notify your faculty secretariat at the latest on the day of the mandatory class or missed exam and include a valid attestation.

Questions about absences or the force majeure procedure?

Contact the faculty secretariat

Physical Education and Physiotherapy

You miss a mandatory class

Notify the teacher (or assistant) of the class as soon as possible, with the faculty secretariat in cc. In case of long term absence, it's best to also contact your study path counselor.

You don't attend an exam (no force majeure)

You don't have to notify anyone and don't get to request to reschedule the exam. You are automatically referred to the next exam period (or you can take the course again during the next academic year), if you have sufficient exam opportunities left. If you're not going to attend an oral exam, we ask you to inform your teacher yourself via e-mail at least 1 hour before the start of your exam, to be polite and for practical reasons.

Request to move an exam due to force majeure
 

Fill out the online force majeure form

  • Fill out the online force majeure form at the latest on the day of the missed exam.
  • Provide valid proof of force majeure (sick note, death certificate,...) to your faculty secretariat via e-mail within 3 calendar days after the missed exam date, if you haven't included this yet with the online form you sent in earlier.
  • The faculty will notify you of the options to reschedule the exam.
Request to move an exam due to stay abroad
 

If you are staying abroad on the day of the exam for an internship or study exchange, you can request to reschedule the exam. To do so, please fill in the form below. The faculty internationalisation coordinator will confirm in the form that you are abroad for an internship or your study exchange, after which the request will be sent to the lecturer.

Fill in the online form 

You are not allowed to play sports (on medical prescription)

You are only exempted from sports activities during sports lessons, but you follow the lessons themselves, as theory can still be taught. You can contact the teacher and ask if it is useful to attend the lesson if you cannot play sports. Always ask your doctor to write down as specifically as possible what you can or cannot do. For example, if you are not allowed to swim, ask if you can go into the water.

You have an important sporting competition during a compulsory lesson

You can only be exempted from compulsory classes because of sporting activities if you have a top-sports status. In any other case, you are not legitimately absent.

Force majeure due to professional obligations

If you can't attend a mandatory class as a working student (official statute) because of a professional obligation, provide a valid attestation to your faculty secretariat at the latest on the day of the mandatory class. If you cannot attend an exam for the same reasons, make sure to notify your faculty secretariat at the latest 3 weeks before the start of the exam period.

Force majeure due to a death

In the event of the death of a relative by blood or marriage up to the second degree, please notify your faculty secretariat at the latest on the day of the mandatory class or missed exam and include a valid attestation.

Questions about absences or the force majeure procedure?

Contact the faculty secretariat

Educational Master

You miss a mandatory class

Notify the teacher (or assistant) of the class as soon as possible, with the faculty secretariat in cc. In case of long term absence, it's best to also contact your study path counselor.

You don't attend an exam (no force majeure)

You don't have to notify anyone and don't get to request to reschedule the exam. You are automatically referred to the next exam period (or you can take the course again during the next academic year), if you have sufficient exam opportunities left. If you're not going to attend an oral exam, we ask you to inform your teacher yourself via e-mail at least 1 hour before the start of your exam, to be polite and for practical reasons.

Request to move an exam due to force majeure

 

Fill out the force majeure form

  • Send the filled out form to your faculty secretariat and the teacher of the course at the latest on the day of the exam.
  • Provide valid proof of force majeure (sick note, death certificate,...) to your faculty secretariat via e-mail within 3 days after the exam.
  • The faculty will notify you of the options to reschedule the exam.

     
Force majeure due to professional obligations

If you can't attend a mandatory class as a working student (official statute) because of a professional obligation, provide a valid attestation to your faculty secretariat at the latest on the day of the mandatory class. If you cannot attend an exam for the same reasons, make sure to notify your faculty secretariat at the latest 3 weeks before the start of the exam period.

Force majeure due to a death

In the event of the death of a relative by blood or marriage up to the second degree, please notify your faculty secretariat at the latest on the day of the mandatory class or missed exam and include a valid attestation.

Questions about absences or the force majeure procedure?

Contact the faculty secretariat

Medicine and Pharmacy

You miss a mandatory class

Notify the teacher (or assistant) of the class as soon as possible, with the faculty secretariat in cc. In case of long term absence, it's best to also contact your study path counselor.

You don't attend an exam (no force majeure)

You don't have to notify anyone and don't get to request to reschedule the exam. You are automatically referred to the next exam period (or you can take the course again during the next academic year), if you have sufficient exam opportunities left. If you're not going to attend an oral exam, we ask you to inform your teacher yourself via e-mail at least 1 hour before the start of your exam, to be polite and for practical reasons.

Request to move an exam due to force majeure

 

Fill out the force majeure form

  • Send it to your faculty secretariat and the teacher of the course at the latest on the day of the exam.
  • Provide valid proof of force majeure (sick note, death certificate,...) to your faculty secretariat via e-mail within 3 days after the exam.
  • The faculty will notify you of the options to reschedule the exam.

     
Force majeure due to professional obligations

If you can't attend a mandatory class as a working student (official statute) because of a professional obligation, provide a valid attestation to your faculty secretariat at the latest on the day of the mandatory class. If you cannot attend an exam for the same reasons, make sure to notify your faculty secretariat at the latest 3 weeks before the start of the exam period.

Force majeure due to a death

In the event of the death of a relative by blood or marriage up to the second degree, please notify your faculty secretariat at the latest on the day of the mandatory class or missed exam and include a valid attestation.

Questions about absences or the force majeure procedure?

Contact the faculty secretariat

Consequences of absence

If you're absent during a mandatory class

You can check which classes require your presence and what the consequences are if you miss too many classes (without validation) in the course outline of each course.

If you don't attend an exam

You will be marked as 'absent'. If your absence is validated (with valid proof) and you can't make up your exam during the same exam period, you will be marked as 'valid absent'.

Either way (valid absence or not), you will miss an exam opportunity. If you have enough exam opportunities left, you can retake the exam during the next exam period (this means during 2nd exam session in August or by taking the course again during the next academic year). Even if your absence was not validated or you just decided not to take the exam, you will get the chance to retake the exam during the next exam period (if you have enough exam opportunities left).

Check your faculty's additions to the examination regulations

What is a valid sick note?

  • A sick note must be created at the latest on the day of the missed class or exam.
  • The note must be filled out completely, without any contradictions and not 'as declared by the patient'.
  • The note must be created by your doctor (not an automatically generated note you can create without a doctor). Not sure if your note is valid? Check with your doctor.
  • A (clear) scan or photo of your note will be accepted, but always keep the original. This can be requested for verification.
  • The missed class or exam must take place within the period marked on the note.
  • If you participate in a class or exam before the period marked on your note is up, your note is automatically invalid from that day on and is no longer valid for any exams or classes you might miss after that.