Some students face significant unplanned and unforeseen events in their personal life that occur after their course has started, which have a greater impact on their studies than can be solved by the use of an extension. If this applies to you, the University is ready to support you both with regard to your course and your personal wellbeing through a process called Extenuating Circumstances.
Extenuating Circumstances include situations where you have experienced:
Significant illness or injury
Extenuating Circumstances do not include:
Although this may be a difficult time for you, it is in your best interest to apply as early as possible. You must apply no later than 3 working days after any examination or assessment submission date. Do not wait until you receive your assessment results to submit a claim.
If your application for ECs is approved, you should not sit any examinations or hand in assessed work until you feel able to do so (or when any period of time away from study granted by the EC process expires).
You will be advised what you need to do regarding your assessments. For example:
Your Academic Advisor, module or course tutor may be able to offer guidance or support or make you aware of where additional help is available. The Student Union may also be able to provide advice through the Advice Centre.
If you still hand in work or sit any exams, this will be considered as a first assessment attempt and your work will be marked. Although you may have passed, if you feel that you have not performed as well as normally because of the ECs, you have the right to submit an appeal within 2 weeks of receiving the result. Any re-attempt at an assessment granted upon appeal will be considered as a first sit, in that your mark will not be capped at a minimum, and the higher of the two grades achieved will be awarded. Find out more about the Appeals process here.
If your request is refused you must complete your assessments as normal.