What is the 'fit to sit' policy?
Important update to the 'fit to sit' policy during the Coronavirus situation:
Queen Mary has partly lifted the fit to sit policy for assessments during the Coronavirus situation. If you attempt an assessment, you may subsequently submit an Extenuating Circumstances (ECs) claim and have it accepted, but you may only do so up to the relevant school/institute’s deadline for submission of ECs which will be earlier than when the results are released. Check the deadline with your school. Additional marks cannot be given for ECs; acceptance of ECs in this circumstance would mean voiding the original attempt and giving you the opportunity to do the assessment as a first sit at the next normally available opportunity. This applies only to assessments taking place in the affected period, not to assessments from earlier in the year.
The information below relates to claims made at times outside of the Coronavirus situation:
Queen Mary University of London has a ‘fit to sit’ policy, which applies to all assessments. This means that if you sit an exam or submit an assignment, 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 or submit an assignment. If you take an exam or submit an assignment 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 or submitted an assignment 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 or submit an assignment 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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