Exceptional mitigating circumstances

Exceptional Mitigating Circumstances

Please note:

We recognise that the Covid-19 pandemic may impact on your ability to submit assessment in 2020/21. Because of this, we have taken the following action:

  1. Relaxed approach to extensions: All programmes have their own procedures for considering short-term mitigating circumstances and will accommodate you wherever possible. For example, departments can extend submission deadlines or make alternative arrangements for local tests so that you are not disadvantaged. If you are struggling to submit assessment on time, please consult with your department as they will endeavour to be flexible and ensure you are supported in these extraordinary circumstances.
  2. Automatic Deferral for Failure: Any failure at the first sitting will automatically be deferred (that is, a reassessment opportunity automatically provided, with no cap on the final mark). Students will not need to apply for this deferral and any student that fails at the first sitting will automatically be awarded a deferral by the end of year assessment board.
  3. No requirement for evidence to Defer assessment: You may still advise the University if you have been impacted by COVID-19, and aren’t able to perform to the best of your ability. In ordinary circumstances, we would require evidence in support of any such application. However, because of these extraordinary circumstances, we will not require any evidence and your application will be approved on the basis of your statement to us. You can notify us of this via the online form which can be accessed: here.

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If you have circumstances not related to Covid-19, please follow the normal process for submitting an EMC. More details are available in the student guide  EMC – An Overview for Students.

The EMC form can be accessed: here

For the full version of the EMC scheme, please refer to EMC Regulations

Deadline dates for submitting EMC applications differ across faculties.  Deadline dates and Panel dates for each faculty are found here; EMC-deadlines+panel-dates-Academic-year-20-21. Please note, decisions are sent after the panel meeting.

Please note: the deadline for all EMC applications is 5pm.

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