We are committed to providing a support package for our students which provides flexibility while also ensuring that assessment is fair, academic attainment is recognised and specific impacts experienced by individuals are mitigated.
With this mind, the Exceptional Circumstances (EC) Policy has been updated to now include the provision of self-certification for an extension due to exceptional circumstances (effective from 25 October 2021).
Self-certification allows you the opportunity and responsibility to submit a claim for a two working day extension, in appropriate circumstances. This is in recognition that it is not always possible or appropriate for you to seek an appointment, or consult with a GP, for short-term illness nor is it always possible to obtain evidence for other short-term circumstances. Self-certification will be granted only on the basis of allowable exceptional circumstances.
The ability to self-certify for an extension due to exceptional circumstances is only permitted twice in one academic year. Subsequent requests in the same academic year will need to be submitted using the standard, non-self-certification, exceptional circumstances form and will require evidence in the normal way. Self-certification should be used if you have valid ECs that you cannot evidence. If you can provide evidence of your circumstances and their impact on your study, submitting a standard EC form would be the better option for you.
Self-certification is not available for every type of assessment and can only be used for a two working day extension for eligible coursework assignments.
Please note: We are introducing self-certification in 2021-22, it is possible that in this first year records about which pieces of coursework are eligible for self-certification may not be fully accurate. Module convenors have been asked to confirm to you for each piece of coursework whether or not it is eligible for self-certification. If in doubt, please check with your module convenor.
In you wish to self-certify in order to receive a two working day extension of an eligible piece of coursework, you must complete the self-certification request form on RISIS.