In general, extenuating circumstances will be of a medical or personal nature affecting you
for any significant period of time and/or on the day of the assessment event, or immediately
preceding the time of the deadline.
It is important to realise that only the most serious extenuating
circumstances will have any significant impact on your overall performance,
particularly when degree classifications are being considered. Therefore, the Board of Examiners is unlikely to
take any action unless it is believed that the extenuating circumstances have had a
Judgements can only be made about the impact of extenuating
circumstances in light of the evidence of your academic ability demonstrated in
non-affected work. Judgement cannot be made about your potential to have
gained a higher mark if there is no evidence in the rest of your performance to
support this. Furthermore, unless it appears that the extenuating circumstances
have had a material effect on your results, it is unlikely any action will be taken. You should therefore consider carefully before
submitting a form (see also how
extenuating circumstances claims are assessed).
We expect you to undertake your assessment, however, we understand that these are difficult times and the University is committed to ensuring that the COVID pandemic does not affect your academic performance unfairly.
We recognise that you may experience difficulties that mean you are unable to take one or more of your assessments. If you are not able to undertake the required assessment we will apply our extenuating circumstances policy to support you.
There may be a number of reasons why you are unable to attempt assessment including ill health, caring responsibilities, lack of suitable quiet space to revise or sit exams, or technical barriers. Whatever the reason, if you are unable to complete the online examination all you need to do is complete a Notified Absence from Exams form on MyEssex. You do not need to submit an extenuating circumstance claim or provide any evidence.
We will use the information you provide to inform our planning to support students and to help us to identify any immediate support that we should be offering to you and your peers. Your reason for not completing the assessment will have no impact on the action taken – all reasons are valid reasons.
Please check our guidance for more information on the late submission and extenuating circumstances process under our No Detriment Policy.
Performance in assessments negatively affected
We recognise that many things may be uncertain and you might not be at your best. If you believe that your performance in your assessment(s) has been impacted by circumstances outside of your control, you should submit an extenuating circumstance claim using the online form on MyEssex. We understand that you may not be able to obtain evidence to support your claim, and so we will not require it. You can self-certify.
What's not a claim
Under our No Detriment Policy in all cases, where a module has not been passed the Board of Examiners will offer reassessment. Where an extenuating circumstances claim has been submitted and the module has been passed, the Board of Examiners will offer voluntary reassessment.
It is not possible to list every circumstance that would not be accepted or taken into account. However, some of the
more obvious examples are listed below:
- general pressure of work is not taken to be circumstances beyond
your control, as you are expected to plan your work schedule
- a short-term problem or illness which has occurred during the
year and which is not deemed to have had an overall effect on your
- personal disruptions or events which could have been
anticipated; such as holidays, weddings, changing address or
employment, religious holidays or festivals which are usually known
- excessive demands on time or pressure of one’s employment, which
could have been anticipated
- financial constraints commonly experienced by students
- missing an online examination because you misread the timetable or
- having more than one deadline on the same day or on
consecutive days (unless you were already suffering from illness or
- problems with the teaching timetable where you have not taken
the necessary action to ensure that appropriate module choices are made
- where extenuating circumstances have affected you throughout
your time at University, it is difficult to determine what your
marks might have been like otherwise. In such cases, it is unlikely that any action will be taken
- where you have chosen to undertake reassessment without attendance or to trail failed modules (without attendance) from 2019-20, extenuating circumstances claims regarding prior disruption to your learning caused by the pandemic will not be considered. This is because you had the opportunity to repeat your failed modules with attendance but have chosen not to
Find out what you need to do to make a claim and when the deadlines are:
Making a claim Deadlines and forms