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That policy has now been confirmed and can be viewed on the College Intranet, along with a guide to extensions and extenuating circumstances.
Extenuating Circumstances Guide
This policy was driven by VP Welfare & Diversity, Willow Wong, who worked with the College’s Vice-Principal (Student Experience) Bob O’Keefe, in a bid to free up Health Centre appointments. As highlighted in Willow’s blog post back in June, almost one-third of appointments were being taken up by requests for medical notes, rather than for medical diagnosis or consultation.
Policy was passed at academic board, and students who cannot meet their assessment deadline due to short-term unforeseeable or unpreventable circumstances, can now apply for an extension to their original deadline.
There are two different extension types you can apply for:
A five day self-certified extension for circumstances of a very short-term nature, where it may not be possible to obtain evidence (e.g. illness lasting less than five working days). You can apply for this extension twice per academic year, and will be asked to meet with your department should you apply for more than two extensions, so that any wellbeing issues or support that may be required can be discussed.
A ten day evidence-based extension, which must be supported by appropriate evidence. There is no cap on the number of extensions that you can request, but again you will be asked to meet with your department as above, should you apply for more than two in an academic year.
Examples of circumstance where you may be able to self-certify, and a guide to what will and won’t be accepted as appropriate evidence, are outlined in Appendix B: Extensions and Extenuating Circumstances.
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