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 (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Further information, with examples of the kinds of requests which fall into this category can be found at:
In addition, students can obtain free, independent and confidential advice about special considerations and extensions from the SUSU Advice Centre