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Extenuating circumstances

Extenuating circumstances


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During your time with us you might experience significant personal difficulties that are outside of your control. 

If you have a Support Plan that states on it that extensions to deadlines in relation to your disability should be allowed on request, wherever possible, you do not need to complete an extenuating circumstances form. Please refer to the procedure for Students with Support Plans that makes reference to extension.

If these problems impact your ability to study or complete assessments, we recommend that you notify, for example, your Personal Tutor, PhD supervisor or the Support and wellbeing team, as soon as possible.  These people will be able to provide advice and direct you to appropriate procedures or support services, if applicable.   

If you’ve discussed your circumstances and you identify you need to make a claim under the Extenuating Circumstances procedure, you will need to let us know by filling out an extenuating circumstances form.

Your case will then be looked at and you’ll be informed of the outcome of your claim.

Additional information, guidance and advice is available on the Students’ Union website.  We recommend you consult these pages if you are experiencing circumstances affecting your studies.

If your case is highly sensitive and you are concerned about disclosing highly personal information online, we advise that you speak to your Personal Tutor or the Support and Wellbeing team.  These people can review the evidence in confidence with you and may be able to make a supporting statement for you to include with your form, without you needing to submit the sensitive evidence.


What you need to know

If you miss an assessment or coursework deadline, or your performance was affected by extenuating circumstances, you will need to complete an extenuating circumstances form. Coursework extensions should also be requested using this form, (also see guidance above on Support Plans).

Time limits

Extenuating Circumstances claims are subject to strict timescales and must be submitted as follows:

Coursework:  Claims must be submitted before the coursework deadline.

Timetabled examinations/assessments:  Claims must be submitted prior to, or within seven days of, the examination.

Supporting documents can be attached to the form or sent to within 14 days of the assessment, if not available at the time of submission.



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