What academic assessments are Extenuating Circumstances considered for?
If you do not submit academic assessments by the required deadline, you will usually be given a mark of zero, or a reduced mark after a late penalty has been deducted. If you are unable to meet the deadline due to extenuating circumstances you need to submit an extenuating circumstances claim and have this approved in order to avoid receiving a reduced or zero mark.
In the extenuating circumstances claim you can select 'late submission' or 'need extension' as the impact type in your extenuating circumstances claim (the latter option is only available in certain schools). If you select ‘late Submission’ you should enter the date of the original submission deadline in the Assessment/Exam date column and the actual submission date in the Requested Extension Date/Late Submission Date column. Students who have
selected ‘Need Extension’ as the Impact type should enter the date of the original
submission deadline in the Assessment/Exam date column and the preferred new date in
the Requested Extension Date/Late Submission Date column.
Attendance at exams
Remember that if you take an exam knowing that you are unwell, any extenuating circumstances claim you make will normally be rejected. See: What is the ‘fit to sit’ policy? above.
If you are having difficulties, and feel that you are not fit to take exams, you should try to arrange a formal interruption of study. There are deadlines for applying for an interruption and there is more information on the QM Registry web page. If your academic school approves your interruption of study, you will be able to take your exams at a later date. For more information about interrupting your studies please see the Advice and Counselling Service’s guides - there is a guide for home and EU undergraduate students, one for home and EU postgraduate students, and one for international students.
If you are too late to apply for an interruption of study and you are not fit to sit exams, you will need to submit an extenuating circumstances claim to your academic school. Your Subject Exam Board (SEB) will meet after the exams have taken place and will confirm which extenuating circumstances claims have been approved. This means that you will not know until after your exam period has passed whether your extenuating circumstances have been accepted as a valid reason for you being absent from your exams.
Becoming unwell during an exam
If you attend an exam and fall ill during it and do not feel able to continue, the invigilators will make a record of the incident. You may submit an extenuating circumstances claim and select 'non attendance' as the impact option. Your claim will only be accepted if you were not fit to sit on entering the venue but – for unforeseen reasons – became ill during the examination. In these circumstances, any work completed up to the point at which you left the venue will become null and void, irrespective of whether the extenuating circumstances claim is subsequently upheld;you will be treated as if you had never attended the examination.
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