DNS and extenuating circumstances
During the course of your degree programme you might be faced with problems that are outside your control and are negatively affecting your academic performance. Such problems are known as extenuating circumstances and the University has a Policy on this.
Students should submit an extenuating circumstance request if they feel that such problems have negatively affected, or will affect, their ability to complete coursework, to attend classes or to prepare for and/or sit their exams. You are strongly encouraged to discuss any circumstances that are affecting you with your Academic Tutor, your School Director of Academic Tutoring, or the lecturer responsible for your coursework/module.
The Extenuating Circumstances Policy details what is and is not considered extenuating circumstances. Please review this or speak to your Student Support Coordinator if you are unsure.
DNS means 'deemed not to have sat'
The University Standing Committee on Special Cases considers all extenuating circumstance forms (ECFs) submitted by taught students who believe their circumstances have impacted on their ability to study and prepare properly for their exams, and/or finish any outstanding assignments.
A decision by the University Standing Committee on Special Cases could allow a student the opportunity to sit their exams for a further attempt, and their result will therefore be deemed not to have sat (DNS). Assignments and in-class tests may also be deemed not to have sat (DNS).
If you have been offered a DNS in any examinations, it means that you have been given the chance to have a fresh attempt at your examination during the next examination period.
If you have been offered a DNS in any other assessments, such as an essay, a project or dissertation, then you will be given the chance to submit the work by an agreed deadline and this will not count as a further attempt. New deadlines for submission will be set by your School.
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