DEP: 6.11 Special Considerations

A student may apply for Special Considerations if (s)/he can prove that there were exceptional circumstances outside of his/her control; and these have or will negatively affect his/her performance in an upcoming assessment, or ability to meet a deadline for submission of an assessment. Extensions now also fall under the Special Considerations policy.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of examples that the university would commonly regard as falling with the definition of special considerations ie. exceptional circumstances outside of the student’s control that may have a negative effect upon performance or ability to meet a deadline:

  • Bereavement – death of close relative/friend/significant other
  • Serious short-term illness or accident
  • Significant adverse personal/family circumstances
  • Significant disruption of an examination
  • Severe adverse weather conditions
  • A significant failure of due process by the University
  • Other significant exceptional factors for which there is evidence of stress caused

If a request is made after the deadline for an assignment has passed a student must submit a Special Considerations form and evidence to Dr Sarah Kirby (psy-support-pg@soton.ac.uk) with a copy to the Programme Director normally not more than five working days after any assessment or deadline may have been affected by exceptional circumstances.

If a request is made before the deadline for an assignment has passed. A student must submit a Special Considerations form and evidence to the programme Director, Sarah Wright (sfw1@soton.ac.uk)

Further information, with examples of the kinds of requests which fall into this category can be found at:
http://www.southampton.ac.uk/quality/assessment/special_considerations.page

In addition, students can obtain free, independent and confidential advice about special considerations and extensions from the SUSU Advice Centre
http://www.susu.org/advice-centre