If you experience circumstances that may affect your ability to perform in assessments you may be able to apply for Extenuating Circumstances. The key principle of these regulations is to provide equality for all students in relation to the assessments they are required to undertake during their course. The University aims to ensure that a student who has proven extenuating circumstances is not unfairly disadvantaged as a result; at the same time, students with extenuating circumstances will not be disproportionately advantaged over other students.
For copies of the Extenuating Circumstances Form and guidance please contact the Advice Zone at your campus or visit Advice Zone Online.
In December 2020, the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA) published a new good practice framework on ‘Requests for Additional Consideration’ (Extenuating Circumstances). The University’s Extenuating Circumstances Regulations and Procedure were subsequently reviewed and revised to take account of the new framework and amendments approved through the University’s deliberative structures.
Amendments to the placing of sections throughout the document
Inclusion of a specific section on monitoring and referral to other procedures (B8 8.6-8.8)
Inclusion of a section detailing the procedure for claims by students with a disability/long-standing condition (B5)
Clarification that student are not able to self-certify retrospectively (B4 4.4)
Inclusion of options for students when submitting a claim (B3 3.6)
Inclusion of a reference to the new Discontinued Student Policy (B2 2.8)
Inclusion of the importance of students aiming to complete their work within the usual deadlines (A2 2.8)
Amendment of references from Fitness to Study Procedure to Support for Study Procedure as a result of proposed changes to this set of regulations and procedure (A2 2.5 / B8 8.6)
Amendments to wording for the purpose of clarification (A1 1.1 / A2 2.6, 2.10 / B3 3.1 / B4 4.1, 4.2 / B9 9.2 / B10 10.4, 10.5 / B13 13.1)
The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) have now replaced the Data Protection Act. An explanation of how the University will use your data can be found here and in the Communication Plan above. Please note that in accordance with GDPR Regulations any third party supporting evidence will only be accepted if it is accompanied by a completed Third Party Consent Form.