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Extenuating circumstances
Extenuating Circumstances

  • Serious and exceptional circumstances outside the student’s control, normally unforeseeable and unpreventable, which the student feels have significantly, adversely affected his/her ability to study and/or performance in assessment.

General principles
General principles

  • The onus for reporting and providing corroborating evidence of the extenuating circumstances lies with the student.

  • All claims must be supported by documentary evidence.

  • Assessment Boards take all valid submissions into account when determining progression and awards to ensure as far as possible that all students are assessed upon equal terms.

  • All claims are treated confidentially.

  • The scheme does not apply to the day-to-day level of requests for extensions or other matters which can (and should) be dealt with at the time by course/module tutors.

The ec process
The EC Process

  • Claims and evidence submitted are considered by a Panel which meets before the Module Assessment Board to determine whether the claim is valid. The Panel is chaired by a Deputy Dean, Associate Dean or the Director of Institute of Education and serviced by a SaMIS representative.

  • The Panel is drawn from a pool of members of academic staff. Ten members (three of whom will be at Principal Lecturer scale or above) will be nominated for the pool by each Faculty and approved by Academic Board on an annual basis. The Panel shall comprise the Chair and two members taken from the pool.

  • The Panel will not have the student marks available at the meeting.

  • A claim judged as valid, is approved and accepted as having an effect on performance. The module(s)/parts of the module(s) affected will be specified.

Valid ec claims
Valid EC claims

  • Examples of ECs which would be considered valid:

  • A serious illness or accident.

  • Death or serious illness of a close relative or friend.

  • Serious disruption to personal life – such as divorce, burglary, major fire or major court proceedings.

Invalid ec claims
Invalid EC claims

  • Examples of ECs which would not be considered valid:

  • Minor medical conditions such as: colds, headaches, minor accidents or injuries, sleeping problems and minor anxiety and stress.

  • Social obligations such as holidays, weddings, parties and sporting fixtures.

  • Avoidable study related factors such as computer crashes, corrupted or lost discs, printer malfunction, deadline congestion or lost notes.

Possible outcomes
Possible outcomes

  • The Module Assessment Board takes the claims into account when considering the student’s performance in the module, progression or award, and can use its discretion as follows:

  • For undergraduate credit only, to waive the assessment requirement. Up to 20 credits per 120 at each of Levels 3 and 4, and 20 credits across Levels 5 and 6, (and 10 credits where the credits are between 60 and 120) can be waived.

  • To void the assessment and offer the student a first attempt (first sit), so replacing the previous attempt.

Possible outcomes cont
Possible outcomes cont.

  • To construct an Assessment Contract where the circumstances affect 40 or more credits worth of assessed work.

  • Where there are extenuating circumstances affecting groups of students eg disruption in an examination, then this should be reported to the Module Assessment Board which will consider the circumstances make any adjustment to marks accordingly.

  • The action should be reported to the University Assessment Board.

And finally
And finally …

  • Thank you – any questions?