Extenuating circumstances are formally defined by the University as circumstances which are beyond your control, such as a medical or personal issue, and which cause you to be absent from a timetabled teaching event.
Your department will consider the reasons for your absence and decide whether it should be recorded as an authorised absence, so please make sure your department know about your circumstances by reporting your absence in via My Essex.
You may need to provide supporting evidence if you're absent frequently for short periods of time, or if you're absent for more than ten days.
Participation in certain events
- Representing the University in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions, or in regional, national or international competitions.
- Being selected for, and being required to train with, or compete for, a national sports team (eg. Home Nations or Great Britain).
- Participating in a significant extra-curricular University or SU Society event or one-off activity.
We have some guidance available for students called up for jury service.
University work-based placements
If you are on a University organised work-based placement and your timetable shows that you should be in a teaching event/s you must submit a notification of absence.