Mitigating Circumstances


Mitigating Circumstances are unforeseen events or circumstances which have a significant negative impact on your ability to successfully complete, or study effectively in preparation for, summative assessment tasks such as essays, written or oral examinations, assessed presentations or assessed laboratory work. 

Examples of mitigating circumstances may include:

  • Significant physical or psychological illness (which in employment context would have led to a period of sickness absence)
  • Serious illness or death of a member of your immediate family (e.g. mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter)(which in an employment context would have led to a period of compassionate leave)
  • Sudden deterioration in a long standing medical condition or disability
  • Being the victim of a serious crime
  • Legal proceedings requiring attendance at court 

The following would not normally be accepted as mitigating circumstances:

  • Personal illness or disability for which special arrangements are already in place
  • Failure to read the examination timetable or coursework deadline properly
  • Pressure of work
  • Failure to save work properly
  • Minor illnesses or self-induced conditions (e.g. colds, coughs, sore throats, hay fever, hangovers etc.)
  • Religious festivals as work should be planned to be completed before and clashes with exams anticipated at the beginning of the academic year and the exam office informed.
  • Domestic or personal disruptions which may have been anticipated (e.g. moving house, holidays etc.)
  • Sporting fixtures  

Only request a Medical Certificate if essential