What is the 'fit to sit' policy?
Queen Mary University of London has a ‘fit to sit’ policy. This means that if you sit an exam, you are declaring yourself fit to do so. Being ‘fit’ generally means that you are feeling well and functioning effectively. Therefore, if you are feeling unwell because of medical or personal difficulties, you should not sit an exam. If you take an exam knowing that you are unwell, you will not normally be able to successfully claim extenuating circumstances. There are very limited circumstances in which a student can make a successful extenuating circumstances claim after having gone ahead and sat an exam knowing they were unwell. This would normally be limited to situations where a student was so unwell that they were unable to recognise or determine their own ill health, and medical documentation would need to be provided to confirm this.
If you do not sit an exam because you are feeling unwell, you must notify your School and submit a claim for extenuating circumstances. You will need formal documentation to submit with your extenuating circumstances claim so you might need to, for example, see a doctor urgently. This guide includes more information on what documentation you need and how to submit your extenuating circumstances claim; please read the relevant sections.
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