Illness and unexpected disruptions to your exam or assessment

If your assessments are disrupted by serious events like illness or bereavement you can apply for ‘Extenuating Circumstances’

What if I cannot complete my assessment because of Covid-19 or other circumstances? 

If you think that you have symptoms of Covid-19, or you have been in close contact with someone with symptoms, please follow the guidance on self-isolation and do not visit your GP surgery. 

If circumstances affect your ability to complete assessments, you should complete the Extenuating Circumstances self-certification web form. A link will be emailed to you by your Faculty or Department.  

How long can I self-certify for? 

You can self-certify for the period covered by your extenuating circumstances. 

Do I need evidence? 

No. For self-certification claims, you will be automatically granted mitigation without the need to submit evidence. 

Can I self-certify more than once? 


What if I have extenuating circumstances which are not Covid-19 related? 

During this period, you can self-certify for any valid Extenuating Circumstances, not just Covid-19 related difficulties. UCL’s Grounds for Extenuating Circumstances outline the types of circumstances which will usually be considered.

What happens to my assessments if I self-certify? 

For timed online assessments such as online exams, you will be granted a deferred assessment i.e. the opportunity to take the assessment as if for the first time and without academic penalty at a later date. 

For coursework type assessments, you may be granted an extension where possible, however you may be granted a deferred assesment instead. It is your responsibility to ensure you meet any coursework extension deadlines. 

Do I have to self-certify if my department has changed or delayed my assessment? 

No, if your department has advised your whole class that an assessment will take a different form (e.g. online exam), will take place at a different date, or that all students will have an extended deadline, you do not need to submit an EC claim. 

I work for the NHS or other frontline services. What should I do? 

Professional emergencies are covered by the Extenuating Circumstances regulations. If, for example, you work for the NHS or police, or are involved in critical research, you might be worried about missing classes or exams, or not being able to finish coursework or your dissertation. You can still self-certify. Your department will be as flexible as possible deferring assessments or allowing you to interrupt your studies.