All students must attend end of semester examinations, and any other examinations arranged during their programme. All students must also hand in required coursework. If a student has extenuating circumstances which they believe may affect their performance in assessed coursework or examinations, or causes them to miss an examination, they should submit and Extenuating Circumstances claim. If a student misses an examination or fails to submit coursework and has no extenuating circumstances the University's Regulations Governing Attendance and Engagement will be applied.
1. Students for any written examination paper who arrive late but before one hour has elapsed from the start of the examination shall be permitted to sit the paper. Such students shall be allowed no extra time, whatever the reason for their lateness, but if appropriate may make a submission under the Extenuating Circumstances procedure.
2. Students for any written examination paper who arrive after the expiry of the period referred to in Regulation 1 above shall not be permitted to sit the examination.
Missed Assessment Regulations
3. No student shall be permitted to leave the examination until one hour has elapsed from the beginning of the examination.
4. (a) A student who, with sufficient cause, misses an assessment (this to include not submitting assessed coursework prior to the meeting of the relevant Board of Examiners) will have their circumstances taken into account as laid down in the extenuating circumstances procedure. If the student is offered a further assessment the timing and form of this will be at the discretion of the student's School in consultation with the module convenor and subject to the approval of the Board of Examiners, and it will be regarded as the first attempt at the assessment.
(b) A student may be regarded as missing an assessment with sufficient cause if they have attempted the assessment under circumstances that would have constituted sufficient cause under Regulation 6 below.
(c) For the purpose of calculating the weighted average mark under the University's Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Regulations, where students with sufficient cause have missed an assessment or had their performance affected and have not taken up the offer of another opportunity to take the assessment, the original mark will be used.
(d) Where students have with sufficient cause missed an assessment or had their performance affected and have taken up the offer of another opportunity but gained a lower mark at that attempt, the original (higher) mark will be used.
5. Where the student has, with sufficient cause, missed an assessment which counts for 50% or less of the overall module mark, the marks obtained from those assessments which were undertaken may be used as the overall module mark at the discretion of the student's school, taking into consideration the required learning outcomes, and subject to the approval of the Board of Examiners. This regulation does not remove the need to offer the student another opportunity to take an assessment, if he or she so wishes.
6. (a) Students will be regarded as missing an assessment with sufficient cause if they can demonstrate the presence of circumstances under which it would be unreasonable to expect them to have attempted the assessment. Information on such circumstances is available in the ‘Extenuating Circumstances Procedure'. The relevant Board of Examiners will determine, on the basis of recommendations made by Schools and on evidence submitted by Schools, whether or not sufficient cause existed.
(b) Students must, where possible, make their School aware of circumstances that may constitute sufficient cause prior to the meeting of the relevant Board of Examiners/Extenuating Circumstances Committee. Information on the reporting of extenuating circumstances is available in the ‘Extenuating Circumstances Procedure'.
7. A student who misses a timetabled assessment without sufficient cause will receive a mark of 0% in that assessment.
8. (a) A student who submits assessed coursework after a deadline given to them in writing at the start of the module (and as modified by any extensions to the deadline granted by the student's School) shall have the mark for that coursework reduced by 5% for each normal working day (including vacations but not weekends, public holidays or University holidays) that has passed since the deadline, until a mark of 0% is reached. For example, an original mark of 67% would be successively reduced to 62%, 57%, etc.
(b) Notwithstanding (a) above, a student's School may specify any length of time after the coursework deadline as the point at which a mark of 0% will be awarded, so long as: the period is not longer than that which would arise from the application of Regulation 7(a) above; and the period is given in writing to the student at the beginning of the module.
(c) In all circumstances, a student will receive a mark of 0% if, without sufficient cause, the coursework has not been submitted prior to the meeting of the relevant Board of Examiners.
Return to Assessment Policies home page
Last updated 25 September 2017