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Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances


Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances Revised Process due to Coronavirus (Covid-19)

In view of the present national context and present stay at home instructions issued by the UK Government we have adapted our usual mitigation processes reflecting the current exceptional circumstances due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please be assured that should you fall ill with this virus and have to self-isolate, now, or at any time, we will make sure you do not suffer academic disadvantage.

You are also entitled to submit individual claims for mitigation that recognise circumstances where your academic performance has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Details of these arrangements and the online mitigation request process are available on the University’s Covid-19 microsite.

The University recognises that, from time to time, students may encounter issues which may prevent them from being able to submit or take assessment. Where this is the case, students can submit their 'extenuating circumstances' for consideration.

The University operates a fit to sit / fit to submit approach to extenuating circumstances which means students who take their assessment are declaring themselves fit to do so. Students who, for valid reasons, are not fit to take assessment may submit their extenuating circumstances for consideration by their School Mitigation Panel. This will ensure that the relevant Board of Examiners is aware of your  extenuating circumstances when making decisions on your assessment outcomes.

Examples of extenuating circumstances include illness, bereavement, serious family illness or being a victim of crime and other circumstances where your academic performance has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

You are strongly advised to speak to an adviser at the Students’ Union Advice Service before completing the form so they can advise you on how to present your circumstances.

At the present time, you should submit your request for mitigation using the online form available here.

This page was last modified: 25/08/2020

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