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Deferral of assessments

On occasion students find themselves unable to complete an assessment or attend an exam due to circumstances beyond their control.

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We define these extenuating circumstances as 'genuine circumstances beyond a student's control, or ability to foresee, and which seriously impair his or her assessed work', for example:

  • Acute illness or injury that is serious and debilitating and occurs at the time of the assessments concerned
  • The death of a member of your immediate family or a very close friend
  • Being a victim of a serious crime

It does not include:

  • Minor accidents or injuries, ailments (eg, a cold) or conditions that you should normally be able to control (eg, hay fever, headaches)
  • Symptoms relating to normal exam stress and anxiety. You should develop strategies to cope with this. Guidance and leaflets are available from Student Services
  • Extenuating circumstances that are not related to the time of the assessment
  • Negligence, carelessness or failure to manage your time effectively (eg, not getting up on time, going to the wrong room)
  • Bad planning (eg, booking a holiday or making travel arrangements).

In such circumstances you can defer (ie, postpone) the assessment but you will need to formally apply for a deferral.

We provide more information about the process, including notes on the evidence required and deadlines that must be met, on this page|.

 
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