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Extenuating Circumstances
Are extenuating circumstances outside of your academic study affecting your ability to get work in or attend taught sessions?
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I have been experiencing personal problems that have been affecting my work, what should I do?

If you feel that extenuating circumstances outside of your academic study are affecting your ability to get work in or attend taught sessions then you should inform your programme. You may need to complete an Extenuating Circumstances Request and submit it with supporting evidence, if necessary. The relevant forms and policy can be found HERE this explains what circumstances are usually considered as extenuating circumstances and how the programme will treat this information.

How do I apply for Extenuating Circumstance?

There are three types of request you can make, which each have a different purpose and criteria.

  1. Self-Certification – to request a 7 day extension or take an examination at a later date. You do not need to provide evidence, but can only use this twice in an academic year. You must make your request within 14 calendar days before the deadline date. 
  2. Evidence-Based Extension Request – to request a 7 day or 14 day extension or take an examination at a later date. You must provide evidence at the same time as you make the request and submit your the request and evidence 14 calendar days prior to, and 7 days after your deadline date. 
  3. Impaired Performance Request – you can only use this request for examinations or time-specific assessments that you attempted on the scheduled date, but wish to take again. You must provide evidence with the request. You can submit this request up to 7 calendar days after the assessment or time-specific assessment. 

For further information on what type of Extenuating Circumstance request you should make click here.

Submission Deadlines

Self Certification                                                           No more than 14 days before your assessment deadline and no later than the assessment deadline or date. 
Evidence Based Extension Request

No more than 14 days before your assessment deadline and no more than 7 days after the assessment deadline or date.

Impared Perfomance Request No more than 7 days after you have taken your assessment

 

If you need further advice on whether you are eligible to make a request and which one is appropriate to you, or if you need a different type of support because you have a longer term problem speak to your Programme Team or a Student Support & Wellbeing Adviser.

Please note: Extenuating Circumstances is not an automatic right, for it to be approved you must have an acceptable reason, apply on time, not have exhausted your request opportunities and provide evidence if required.

 

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