Extenuating Circumstances procedure

What is the extenuating circumstances process?

Please refer to Guidance for Students on Extenuating Circumstances for more details on how to complete the process.

During your period of study any number of circumstances may affect your ability to perform well in assessments (this includes essays, class tests and final examinations).

"Extenuating circumstances" (formerly known as "mitigations") is the process of informing your School of circumstances that have affected you throughout the year. Depending upon the nature and severity of these circumstances your School may wish to take them into account when the Board of Examiners meet to decide what your progress decision should be.

To ensure that details of your extenuating circumstances are handled with the utmost sensitivity, privacy and confidentiality, discussions about the validity of requests for extenuating circumstances will take place at Extenuating Circumstances Panels, rather than the full Examination Board. The Examination Board will not discuss details of the extenuating circumstances you present.

Please ensure that you are aware of the cohort legislation that will apply to you.  This means the Legislation that applies to you throughout your Programme of study, this is dependent upon your entry cohort, i.e. the year in which you started your studies.  

Presenting an extenuating circumstance

You should use the forms and guidance below to ensure that you correctly submit your request for an extenuating circumstance to be taken into account.

Forms and guidance

Extenuating circumstances 

College online forms for Extenuating Circumstances

College of Arts and Law https://canvas.bham.ac.uk/courses/43491

College of Social Sciences https://canvas.bham.ac.uk/courses/43442

College of Life and Environmental Sciences https://canvas.bham.ac.uk/courses/44367

College of Medical and Dental Sciences https://canvas.bham.ac.uk/courses/36707

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences    

Chemical Engineering - https://canvas.bham.ac.uk/courses/47880

Chemistry - https://canvas.bham.ac.uk/courses/47819/pages/wellbeing-and-support

Computer Science - https://canvas.bham.ac.uk/courses/47814

Engineering - https://canvas.bham.ac.uk/courses/47894

Mathematics - https://canvas.bham.ac.uk/courses/47910

Metallurgy and Materials - https://canvas.bham.ac.uk/courses/47893

Physics and Astronomy - https://canvas.bham.ac.uk/courses/47911

Medical certificates

Mental Health and Wellbeing Service users

If you have registered with the Mental Health and Wellbeing Service, you can discuss with your counsellor/wellbeing advisor the issues which have affected your academic work. If appropriate, they may provide written support for your extenuating circumstances. However, they are unable to provide this written evidence unless they have worked with you for a minimum of two sessions following your initial assessment.  

Further help

Nightline is a student listening and information service operating every night during term from 18.00 to 08.00.  The service is run by trained student volunteers and is completely anonymous.  Please note that Nightline runs on a non-advisory basis.

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