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    Self-certification of short-term circumstances, affecting you for seven days or fewer

    We are now allowing students to self-certify for short periods of illness that have impacted significantly on their exams or assessments.

    Self-certification enables you to ask for additional consideration without the need to provide medical evidence, when you have suffered short-term ill-health that does not require medical intervention. This is in-line with arrangements in most workplaces, where employees are generally allowed to report their own absences and to self-certify short periods of illness.

    You may self-certify extenuating circumstances that affect you for seven days or fewer. Self-certifying means that you must state what your extenuating circumstances are, but you do not need to provide further evidence of the circumstances themselves. As well as describing the circumstances, we will ask you to tell us, in your claim, how they have impacted your ability to attend and complete assessments. When self-certifying, the claim must be received immediately following the seventh day.

    Valid extenuating circumstances must meet all three of the following criteria:

    1. They have a significant impact on your ability to attend or complete assessment(s) occurring during or shortly before the assessment in question, and
    2. are exceptional, and
    3. are outside your control.

    Claims that do not meet this definition will be considered invalid.

    If considered valid, your self-certified extenuating circumstances claim is likely to result in you having:

    • an extension of up to 14 days for individual coursework assessment in a taught module,


    • for any other type of assessment (eg exam, presentation), and individual coursework with a deadline less than 2 weeks from the end of the current assessment period, an opportunity for re-assessment at the next opportunity, without penalty.

    Even with an extension granted, you will still need to submit your assessment by the newly agreed timeframes.

    If you wish to defer your assessment, then you will need to submit a separate deferral claim, which will require supporting evidence to be provided

    See more here for Extenuating Circumstances

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