Academic Services

Special Circumstances consideration process

An overview of how special circumstances applications will be considered by the Board of Examiners and the notification procedure.

The Board of Examiners will consider the evidence submitted and make a decision as to whether circumstances were exceptional, beyond the student’s control and adversely impacted performance.

Factors considered during Special Circumstances assessment

The Board of Examiners will consider what response is in the student’s best academic interest, and would not cause the student or others disadvantage.

Options available to the Board of Examiners include:

  • offering the opportunity to repeat assessed work, or a whole course;
  • disregarding late penalties for a particular piece of work; or
  • disregarding a particular mark from the calculation for a course, or for a progression or classification decision.

Boards of Examiners will never adjust a mark on the basis of special circumstances.

When should the student be notified of a decision?

The School should contact the student within one week of the meeting of the Board of Examiners to inform him or her of the outcome of the Special Circumstances request.