UCL Philosophy


Extenuating Circumstances

UCL Philosophy Department information for current students

UCL has an Extenuating Circumstances Policy: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/academic-manual/chapters/chapter-4-assessment-framework-taught-programmes/section-6-extenuating-circumstances which is intended to ensure that students are not unfairly disadvantaged by unexpected circumstances beyond their control which may affect performance in assessment.

Note: The Extenuating Circumstances Policy applies only to short-term, unexpected circumstances. Long-term, chronic conditions and disabilities are covered by UCL's Support to Study Policy and Fitness to Study Procedure: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/academic-manual/chapters/chapter-6-student-casework-framework.  If you have a disability or medical condition that you feel might impact on your ability to perform in exams you can apply for special examination arrangements. See the Student Disability Support website [https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/disability-support] for further information. The application form is available from Student Disability Services or from the UCL Examinations Office in Registry and Academic Services.

As a student, you are responsible for making known any circumstances which may affect your performance at assessment in good time for them to be considered by the appropriate body. If not, you will be considered as declaring yourself fit to sit the assessment concerned. 

You must notify your own department, no matter which department teaches the module(s) concerned, using the Extenuating Circumstances (EC) Form available here:


You should include appropriate supporting evidence. All Extenuating Circumstances forms for Philosophy Department students should be submitted to the Departmental Office, first floor, 19 Gordon Square. If you are not able to hand deliver these to the office please contact us

The same form should be used to apply for all forms of mitigation for short-term unexpected circumstances, including short extensions to coursework deadlines of up to one week, special assessment arrangements such as extra time in examinations, or other forms of mitigation, including longer extensions,  or deferral of an examination to a later date.

Further information is available in the Guidance for Students: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/academic-manual/chapters/chapter-4-assessment-framework-taught-programmes/section-6-extenuating-circumstances.