Teaching & Learning


Campaign to raise awareness of Extenuating Circumstances among students

18 January 2019

New leaflet and webpage set out what students can do if illness or other personal problems affect their exam or assignment

leaflet explaining Extenuating Circumstances

Staff who teach or support teaching are being asked to help raise awareness among students of UCL’s Extenuating Circumstances process.

To support the campaign, Academic Services has developed a new page on the Current Students website and a four page leaflet for distribution to students. All departments should have now received a number of these leaflets via departmental teaching managers.

‘Extenuating Circumstances’ are events that are sudden, significantly disruptive and beyond the individual’s control, and that have an impact on their performance at assessment. Support for students experiencing these events include extensions and deferrals of assessment.

The leaflet describes what counts as extenuating circumstances, details 5 steps a student should take if they are affected, and explains how their request for support will be dealt with.

The leaflet also emphasises that students must submit an Extenuating Circumstances Form to their home department or faculty office within one week.

If you would like to order more leaflets for your team please contact teaching.learning@ucl.ac.uk.