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Religious observance and Exams

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Does the University recognise religious observance?

Yes, the University of Nottingham respects the rights and religious views of all of its students.

The University's protocol relating to absence from an examination for reason of religious observance sets out the procedure for students who are unable to take examinations on a particular day during the published examination periods for reasons of religious observance.

 

What should I do if my exams fall on a religious festival/holy day or religious observance?

Students should complete a Religious Observance Form 

This form needs to be authorised by your personal tutor (or equivalent) and submitted to the School Examinations Officer. A copy should be kept by the School for in-house examinations.

Send completed forms to ss-altsexams@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk
 

When should I fill out the form?

This form should be filled out when a student begins their studies. Student's details will remain on record for the remainder of their time on their current programme of study.

 
Do I have to fill out a form for every exam session/semester?

No. Having completed a Religious Observance form students are not required to fill out further forms each Semester.  

A student’s modules will be taken from the Student Records System for each examination period.

It is imperative that students check their modules when prompted to do so as the timetable will be based on the module records that we have.

 

I’ve graduated from my degree and have enrolled on a second degree. Do I need to complete a new Religious Observance form?

Yes, any student returning to the University to undertake a second degree (e.g. Postgraduate Masters) will need to complete a new Religious Observance Form relating to their current course.

 

Is there a deadline for me to complete the form, to get Religious Observance in place?

Yes, there are details, for completed forms to be sent to the Exams Office:

  • January 2020 examinations: November 2020
  • May/June 2020 examinations: 5 March 2021* 
  • August 2020 examinations: 2 July 2021*

*Only submit forms for these exam periods where a form was never previously submitted during a student's programme of study.

 

Is it always possible to take my request into account?

Unfortunately, it isn’t always possible to take student requests into account.

Where it is not possible to take a student’s request into account, and the student has completed the Religious Observance Form by the published deadline, the student should contact their School Examinations Officer for further advice. The School concerned may make the following alternative arrangements:

  • Setting an alternative examination paper for such students to be taken on another day
  • Permitting the student(s) to take the examination as an alternative assessment candidate at either an earlier or later start time, on condition that the student is able to provide a chaperone acceptable to the School, who will accompany the student in the intervening period
  • Setting an alternative form of assessment

 

It is anticipated that Schools will make every effort to ensure an alternative arrangement for a student is possible. 

In exceptional circumstances the School should consider offering the student a deferral of their examination until the August/September resit period under the University’s Extenuating Circumstances Policy. You should complete a University of Nottingham Extenuating Circumstances form and return this to your School as quickly as possible.

Information about extenuating circumstances can be found on the Extenuating Circumstances webpages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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