Contact InfoStudent Records and Examinations Division
Student Guidance Centre
Tel: 02890 97 2727
Fax: 02890 97 2828
Extracts from the University Calendar
Cases of illness or emergency/extenuating circumstances
1.3.32 Extenuating circumstances for the purposes of assessment decisions are defined as unforeseen factors or factors outside the student’s control which may adversely affect performance, such as illness during an examination. Chronic conditions for which some students have received support and reasonable adjustments do not constitute extenuating circumstances, though a worsening of a condition may do so. It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that medical certificates and other documentary evidence of extenuating circumstances are submitted to the School Office within three working days of returning to their studies, or, in the case of emergencies which arose during examinations, within three working days of the date of their last examination. Boards of Examiners are not obliged to consider any medical certificate or evidence of extenuating circumstances presented more than three working days after the last examination (see Regulations for Students 7.6 and Study Regulation 1.2.19).
Regulations Governing Absence
i. During illness, and especially if they know that they are going to miss an examination because of illness, students should inform the relevant School Office by telephone or letter of their enforced absence, either personally or, if too ill, via someone on their behalf.
ii. The Head of School may require any student to be examined by the University’s Occupational Health Service
iii. Repeated self-certification may result in referral to the University’s Occupational Health Service