Extenuating Circumstances are circumstances which are outside of your control as they’re unforeseeable and unpreventable. Extenuating Circumstances (ECs) impact on your ability to carry out any assignments or exams to the standard normally expected. The university can make allowances through the ECs process when such circumstances happen. You can apply for ECs for work you’ve attempted/submitted (whether it’s an exam or assignment) and for work that you were not able to attempt/submit.
If you have ECs at any point during the academic year and are struggling to hand in your work on time, you can also apply for an extension. Extensions are there for any short-term circumstances which mean you cannot meet a deadline. You are allowed two 2-working day and two 5-working day extensions per academic year, and you don't need to supply evidence for these, but once you have used your allowance you cannot get further extensions.
It’s best that you contact your department as soon as possible when you start experiencing difficulties so that they can assist you where they can. You can also speak to staff from student support services or SU Advice Centre and we can let you know what necessary steps you need to take.
We have seperate pages on our Academic Rights Hub which outline the process for applying for ECs and extensions:
There is also lots of information available on the Student Intranet. We would encourage you to take a look at the Extensions Policy and Extenuating Circumstances Policy, and the guidance for students if you require more information.
Extensions are there for short-term circumstances which affect your ability to meet assessment deadlines. You may also wish to apply for ECs if one or more of the following applies:
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