Message to Students
The University is actively working to provide a range of alternative assessments instead of on-site examinations which will now no longer take place for the remainder of the current Academic Year up to and including August 2020. Alternative assessments will not require your attendance at the University. Your College will provide you with further communication in due course in respect of the nature and forms of these alternative assessments and students are asked to wait for further notification at the current time.
For all courses leading to professional registration in the School of Medicine, College of Human and Health Sciences and the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law (Legal Practice Course only), students are advised to await specific information from their Colleges.
Before an examination:
The University recognises that sometimes you may not be able to sit an exam due to circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, accident or bereavement. You are advised to notify the University as soon as possible if you are prevented from sitting an exam, in order to submit a request for deferral of that exam. You will need to support your request with evidence of your circumstances, following the procedures outlined in the Policy on Extenuating Circumstances.
During an examination:
If you start an exam but are unable to finish it due to illness or other circumstances you are advised to inform an invigilator immediately and before you leave the exam venue. You should then obtain supporting documentary evidence (e.g. medical certificate) and follow the guidelines in the Policy on Extenuating Circumstances.
If the University is closed during exam periods due to adverse weather conditions, exams will be cancelled. You are advised to check the University's website, social media and Blackboard for further updates.
If the University remains open, exams will continue as normal. If you are personally affected by adverse weather conditions you are advised to inform the University in accordance with the Policy on Extenuating Circumstances.
Extenuating circumstances are serious and acute problems or events which are beyond your control or ability to foresee which may have affected your performance and/or impeded your ability to attend, complete, or submit an assessment on time.
If you have been affected by extenuating circumstances before an exam to such an extent that your performance is likely to be significantly affected you might wish to consider postponing the sitting of the exam until a future date. In this case, you must contact your College to request to defer the exam. This must be done either in advance of the exam or within 5 working days of the exam taking place. You must provide supporting evidence with your request.
If you are taken ill during an exam you must inform the Chief Invigilator during the exam. You should then contact your Home College as soon as possible, and submit supporting documentation for an extenuating circumstances claim within 5 working days of the affected exam taking place.
For further information see the section concerning examinations in the Policy on Extenuating Circumstances.