Decisions and outcomes

This section explains the decisions and outcomes that can be applied if your request meets the criteria. This process will not result in your marks being changed (other than a lateness penalty being removed).

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:

DecisionWhat this means
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:

1. Removal of lateness penalties
For late submissions, marks are deducted daily. If your mitigating circumstances request is approved, marks are not deducted for those days.
2. Provide a new date to attend/submit the assessment
You will be given the opportunity to attend or submit the affected assessment, with a revised time frame or deadline for submission (e.g. next available exam period or submission date).
3. Provide a new date to attend/submit an alternative assessment
You will be given the opportunity to attend or submit an alternative assessment if the original assessment is no longer available or suitable.
4. Void assessment and re-scale module mark across other assessment elements

Where a module is made up of small pieces of continuous assessment it may be possible to waive the requirement for the missed assessment to be reattempted.

An example of this is:

You miss one of your 10 practical sessions that have an assessment in the practical. Your mitigating circumstances are accepted so the overall mark for the practical sessions is calculated from the other nine practical assessments.

5. Disregard first attempt and provide a new date to submit the assessment

This outcome will only be applied to requests against either of these criteria:

  • c. Taken ill during a scheduled assessment, such as examination or presentation
  • e. Assessment attended or submitted on time but you can provide medical evidence to support that you were incapable of determining whether or not you were able to undertake the assessment at the time of doing so
Your partial attempt at the assessment will be disregarded and you will be offered to sit or submit the affected assessment, with a revised estimated time frame or deadline for submission (e.g. next available exam period or submission date).
6. Disregard first attempt and provide a new date to submit an alternative assessment

This outcome will only be applied to requests against either of these criteria:

  • c. Taken ill during a scheduled assessment, such as examination or presentation
  • e. Assessment attended or submitted on time but you can provide medical evidence to support that you were incapable of determining whether or not you were able to undertake the assessment at the time of doing so
Your partial attempt at the assessment will be disregarded and you will be offered to sit or submit an alternative assessment, if the original assessment is no longer available or suitable.
7. Note that the assessment was affected and carry the mitigation request forward to the point of award, for the purpose of any borderline considerations

This outcome only applies to undergraduate students.

When an assessment has been attended or submitted on time but you can provide medical evidence to show you weren’t capable of making the decision to do so (and attempting the work again would make matters worse), your attempt will be marked. However, the mark recorded in the student record system will flag that your ability was affected and if your degree award is within the borderline range you may be considered for the higher award.

Extensions to coursework deadlines because of mitigating circumstances

Depending on the circumstance, your department 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 department agrees you could have submitted your work earlier, a partial penalty may be applied.

Departments 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).