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- Students are informed during orientation that NYAC considers requests from students for course deferment on compassionate grounds.


- There must be a reasonable reason deemed acceptable to NYAC, and the course must be on-going such that by the time the student returns at the end of the deferment period, he is still able to study all the required modules and successfully complete the requirements for graduation. Acceptable reasons may include:

    - family members who are very sick or dying where the student’s presence at home is required

    - traumatic family circumstances (e.g. death of a parent in an accident) where the family needs to be together to support each other

    - sickness or poor health where the student needs to have an extended period of rest


- For deferment requests, the service target is to assess and reply to the student’s deferment request within 7 working days.


- To request for a course deferment, students are required to write to NYAC giving the reason for their request and providing relevant documents (if available).


- If the student is under 18 years of age, the Education Consultant will contact the parent / legal guardian and seek confirmation of the request for deferment. The Education Consultant records the exchange and confirmation given, and requests the parent/legal guardian to give written confirmation via email where appropriate.


- The Principal will consider the deferment request and may consult with his Academic Manager or other relevant staff as appropriate.


- Any deferment granted would ordinarily be up to a maximum of one year. If necessary and upon a fresh request, the deferment may be further extended.


- Admin Manager will give a written reply to the student (which may be via email) on whether the deferment request has been accepted, and if so, indicating the deferment period. This reply will include an addendum to the existing contract which the student (or his parent/guardian if the student is below 18) will be requested to sign and return to NYAC. 


- Where a deferment is allowed,

    - all supervisory processes are suspended. The student does not undertake any academic work and is considered to be 'inactive'

    - no course fees will be charged during the deferment period.

    - the length of time of the deferment is not included in the time period for completion of the program and any deadlines will be adjusted accordingly.


- The policy of the school is not to allow course extensions where a student is given an extended period to complete a course that other students in the same course would not normally be given.


Maintain up-to-date transfer, withdrawal and deferment records


- Admin Manager keeps the transfer, withdrawal and deferment records in hard copy. NYAC's data management system also keeps a record of the student status, as per the requirements for the student register.


- Admin Manager also maintains a list of all transfer, withdrawal and deferment cases.