Extenuating Circumstances

Extenuating circumstances are defined as:

A circumstance that is beyond your control and could not have reasonably been foreseen and acted upon that will prevent you from completing an assessment at or by the specified time or will have a significant negative effect on your performance in that assessment.

The University’s School Extenuating Circumstances Panel will consider, with appropriate evidence, circumstances that may affect your academic performance, in cases such as:

  • Acute / extended illness or injury
  • Acute Illness of another person
  • Bereavement
  • Significant domestic and/or personal problems
  • Court attendance
  • Unforeseen work commitment
  • Unforeseen representation of County or Country at sport
  • Active exercise of citizenship
  • Unforeseen major transport difficulties
  • Victim of criminal activity

The Panel will not consider circumstances to which you should have planned in advance for, such as:

  • General academic pressures
  • IT problems
  • Religious observance

As soon as you become aware of a problem, you should complete the extenuating circumstances process. EC claims can be accepted after deadlines have passed, but not after the Discipline Examination Panel, who award marks, have met. You will be notified of the outcome of your claim at the earliest opportunity. Further guidance for students on making an Extenuating Circumstances claim can be found here.

You can apply for extenuating circumstances on eVision.