This article provides you with information on extenuating circumstances.

What extenuating circumstances are

If there are short-term circumstances (problems) with your health or personal life, which have been serious and significant enough to have prevented you from attending, completing or submitting an assessment on time, then you can fill out an Extenuating Circumstances Form (ECF), which will give you more time to complete assignments.

You cannot submit an ECF for Deferred First Attempt Assessment(s) or Second Attempt Assessments.

If the circumstances extend for more than 20 working days, and the circumstances are ‘long-term,’ then it is recommended that consider suspension of studies. Suspension of studies should be discussed with your Head of Department, and we also advise that you investigate support that may be available from ASDAC.

Extenuating Circumstances Form (ECF)

An ECF is submitted by students, who for unforeseen circumstances, have not been able to complete their work and require an extended deadline.

To complete an ECF, firstly you can collect a copy of the ECF from your department/school office or from the Unions’ Advice Centre. When completed, you will need to submit your ECF to your department/school office.

You can find out information on how to complete an extenuating circumstances form, including what documents you need to fill in, or examples of circumstances on the Students’ Union independent advice pages.


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