Decisions and outcomes

Next steps

Your school(s) will consider your request and will contact you with an outcome, usually within seven working days.

If your circumstances are complex, your request may be taken to a mitigating circumstances panel. If this happens we'll let you know and will provide you with a new date to expect an outcome. At the panel, your situation will be assessed along with the evidence you've provided.

Decisions

We'll consider the information and evidence you've provided and decide if sufficient grounds have been established to apply mitigation. This decision will be one of the following.

Accepted

Sufficient grounds have been established and your mitigating circumstances will be taken into account. One of seven outcomes will be applied.

Rejected

Sufficient grounds have not been established and your mitigating circumstances will not be taken into account. The original assessment outcome, if there is one, will stand.

Pending

If we think your case is complex our mitigating circumstances panel will discuss it. You may need to provide more information, we'll let you know if that's the case.

Outcomes

If your request has been accepted, one of these seven outcomes will be applied.

Assessment will be submitted late

  • Removal of lateness penalties.

Non-submission of an assessment

  • Provide a new date to attend/submit the assessment, or
  • Provide a new date to attend/submit an alternative assessment, or
  • Void assessment and rescale module mark across other assessment elements

Absence from a scheduled assessment such as an examination, class test, lab work or presentation

  • Provide a new date to attend/submit the assessment, or
  • Provide a new date to attend/submit an alternative assessment, or
  • Void assessment and rescale module mark across other assessment elements

Taken ill during scheduled assessment

  • Provide a new date to attend/submit the assessment, or
  • Provide a new date to attend/submit an alternative assessment, or
  • Void assessment and rescale module mark across other assessment elements

Assessment attended or submitted but the student can provide evidence to support the notion that they were incapable of determining whether or not they were able to undertake an assessment at the time of doing so

  • Disregard attempt and provide a new date to submit the assessment, or
  • Disregard attempt and provide a new date to submit an alternative assessment, or
  • Void assessment and rescale module mark across other assessment elements, or
  • Note that the assessment was affected and carry the mitigation claim forward to the point of award, for the purpose of any borderline considerations

Outcome notification

You will receive notification that the outcome is now published, and will be advised to access your student record for details. This will include guidance on what you need to do next, based on the recommendation.

Academic appeal

There is no specific right of appeal against the outcome of a mitigating circumstances claim. However, you can appeal after receiving the decision from the Board of Examiners, if:

  • Your claim affects your progression or award decision.
  • You wish to raise new evidence of mitigating circumstances. (Important note: you will be expected through the appeal process to demonstrate why it was not possible to bring these circumstances to the attention of your school at the appropriate time in line with the requirements of Senate Regulations, and the Mitigating Circumstances Policy (PDF, 553KB).)

Please do ensure that you have read and understand the criteria for submitting a mitigating circumstances claim, before submitting an appeal. You can see a list of the mitigating circumstances that are typically accepted, along with a list of those that are not typically accepted.

Changes to coursework deadlines because of mitigating circumstances

Depending on the circumstance, your school will normally tell you to hand in the coursework at the earliest possible opportunity that your circumstances allow. If your mitigation is accepted for the affected assessment, no penalty will be applied for its late/non submission. If your mitigation is accepted but your school agrees you could have submitted your work earlier, a partial penalty may be applied.

Schools may set a revised submission date in cases where it is possible and appropriate to do so in order to account for accepted mitigating circumstances (see Senate Regulation 7.93).