Mitigating Cirucmstances are situations beyond a students’ control which may prevent them from preparing or performing as well as could have been expected in their exams. If you are deemed to have mitigating circumstances and go on to fail an exam, you may be offered an additional attempt at the exam.
Mitigating circumstances will not result in your grade being raised, nor will you be allowed to pass into the next year without passing the exam. All claims for mitigating circumstances should be accompanied by supporting evidence, ideally from an unbiased source such as a GP, before you sit the exam.
Full guidelines on how to apply for mitigating circumstances are available here.
Applications unsupported by independantly verified documenation will not be considered.
Unlike in previous years, no meeting will be held at a faculty level. Instead you will be asked to withdraw from the course and given details on how to appeal.
All details of any mitigating circumstances must be listed at this time, usually something the FEO is currently not aware off, along with any documentation. This all needs to be submitted to the registry, although you may be allowed to provide documents at a later date if they are currently unavailable.
A meeting by the exam board will be held where they will be looking to see clear evidence that “something has affected a students ability to study and will not affect them next time”.
Full guidelines on how to appeal can be viewed here
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch,
ICSMSU Welfare Officer 2011-12