Mitigating Circumstances (formerly known as Extenuating Circumstances)

Information for when your studies have been affected by circumstances beyond your control.

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It is essential to recognise that illness and difficult or distressing events do occur and that it is a normal part of life to manage these. Students also have a responsibility to manage their own workload throughout the year.

It is recognised that there may be circumstances which prevent students from completing assessments and a student may apply for mitigating circumstances to be taken into consideration where they feel their performance in assessments has been affected by circumstances beyond their control – that is, circumstances which were unforeseen and unpreventable.

Mitigating Circumstances is used to describe those things which cause exceptional interference with academic performance, over and above normal difficulties.

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