Student Support

Special Circumstances

If circumstances require an extension of more than seven calendar days, students should apply for Special Circumstances.

Please note that the following information relates only to courses within the School of Health in Social Science.

If your request does not relate to the School of Health, please consult your home School for the correct Special Circumstances request process.

Special circumstances are circumstances which are exceptional for the individual student, are beyond that student’s control and for which there is sufficient evidence to show that they had a significant adverse impact on the student’s performance in an assessment, or resulted in non-attendance or a non-submission for a scheduled assessment. If circumstances require an extension of more than seven calendar days, students should apply for Special Circumstances.

Further information regarding Special Circumstances, including the policy document which contains examples of circumstances which are and are not likely to be accepted, is available on the Academic Services website:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/academic-services/students/assessment/special-circumstances

Special Circumstances Policy

 

The Advice Place also offers a guide to Special Circumstances:

https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/support_and_advice/the_advice_place/academic/special_circumstances_and_extensions/what_they_are/

 

Process for School of Health in Social Science Courses Only

If you are a School of Health in Social Science student studying a course at another School, please consult that School’s website for their Special Circumstances process. If you need assistance please contact either the School of Health in Social Science Student Support Team, or the Student Support Team of the School that owns the course for which you wish to submit a Special Circumstances form.

For School of Health in Social Science courses students should submit the completed Special Circumstances form to the School Student Support Team no later than the advertised deadlines for each exam diet (see below) . Completed forms, together with relevant documentary evidence, can be submitted in hard copy to a member of the Student Support Team, or can be sent by email to studentsupport-health@ed.ac.uk.

It is the responsibility of the student to submit their request for consideration of special circumstances to the Student Support Team as soon as possible, and not more than a week after the student’s final assessment for the semester. If that date is later than the advertised deadlines for the School, the submission will be considered by the Special Circumstances Committee.

Students should submit the Special Circumstances form in consultation with their Personal Tutor. The Personal Tutor can offer help in completing the submission and will provide a supporting statement where appropriate. Students enrolled in other Schools should consult their home School process. Students should use the form to describe the circumstances, state when the circumstances affected them, and all assessments and courses affected. Students should also ensure that they provide sufficient documentary evidence as detailed in Section 6 of the Special Circumstances Policy. The form is available at:

www.ed.ac.uk/files/atoms/files/special_circumstances_form.docx  

The School will treat the information provided by students as confidential in line with the University’s Data Protection Policy, and will only share it with those who have a legitimate need to access the information in order to consider the student’s case or to provide students with support.

Special circumstances deadlines for the School of Health in Social Science

January

Deadline for Undergraduate Special Circumstances form submission: 10 January 2020 at 12 noon (Committee meeting 14 January 2020)

Deadline for Postgraduate Special Circumstances form submission: 24 January 2020 at 12 noon (Committee meeting 28 January 2020)

May/June

Deadline for Undergraduate Special Circumstances form submission: 29 May 2020 at 12 noon (Committee meeting 1 June 2020)

Deadline for Postgraduate Special Circumstances form submission: 22 May 2020 at 12 noon (Committee meeting 26 May 2020)

August

Deadline for Undergraduate Special Circumstances form submission: 21 August 2020 at 12 noon (Committee meeting 24 August 2020)

September/October

Deadline for Postgraduate Special Circumstances form submission: 14 August 2020 at 12 noon (Committee meeting TBC)

 

The outcome of the Special Circumstances Committee meetings will be published within one week of the relevant Exam Board meets:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/health/information-for-current-students/resultsdates