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Are you Fit to Sit or Submit?

Life can throw some curve-balls and sometimes circumstances outside of your control can have an impact upon your ability to sit exams, assessments or make assignment submissions.

If this happens, it is always worth letting the University know that you’re having a tough time – to explore what can be done to support you.

A great place to start is to let your Programme Tutor know about what is happening; they can provide you with support and information about the options which could be available to you.

For assignment submissions, one option could involve you applying for an extension to your submission deadline. To do this, you would need to contact the appropriate member of staff from your school with details and evidence of your difficult personal circumstances, and they can let you know whether it is possible to offer you an extension.

If you have significant personal circumstances affecting your ability to sit or submit an assessment, you may want to consider applying for Serious Adverse Circumstances.

To apply for Serious Adverse Circumstances, you simply complete and submit a Serious Adverse Circumstances form to sac@herts.ac.uk

For your application to be considered, you must not sit or submit the assessment. If you apply for Serious Adverse Circumstances and then choose to sit or submit the assessment, your Serious Adverse Circumstances application will not be considered.

Your Serious Adverse Circumstances will be considered and you will be notified regarding whether your application has been accepted or declined. If your application is accepted, you would likely be given another opportunity to sit or submit the assessment at a later date.

For full details about the Serious Adverse Circumstances process, visit the Exams and Awards Office pages on Ask Herts.

Covid-19 Update:

Due to the recent unprecedented circumstances, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the University has taken steps to offer further support to students.

Changes to the Serious Adverse Circumstances (SACs) policy: Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, the limited grounds on which students may submit serious adverse circumstances have been suspended from the start of Semester B 20th January 2020, until further notice. SACs is a different process to requesting an assessment extension.

  • You can still request extensions (and these can be granted for a period of up to 10 days by the discretion of an appropriate member of academic staff). If you wish to request an extension, refer to your modfule/programme information for details about who to submit your request to.
  • A SAC application delays the submission of an assessment until the referred/deferred assessment period or until the following year. To submit a SAC request, you must complete a SAC form and submit it through to SAC@herts.ac.uk. If you have circumstances which mean you are unable to complete or submit assessments on time and wish to request a deferral, please explain in Section C of the Serious Adverse Circumstances form. There is no need to obtain evidence - you can self-certify. Click here for full details about the SAC process

New 'Safety Net' Policy: The University has decided to introduce a ‘safety net’ policy whereby your recent attainment will be taken into account in determining your Semester B performance. You will have already undertaken many assessments and completed some modules that have measured your performance, both in Semester A and part way through Semester B.  The University have decided to use this prior achievement as a benchmark against which to measure the remainder of your Semester B performance. To ensure that all students are treated fairly and equitably, whilst retaining the integrity of the University of Hertfordshire award, it has been decided that:

  • As long as you obtain a pass grade in your remaining modules due to be completed at the end of Semester B, the grades awarded will remain the same as, or higher than, the average you have achieved up to the end of Semester A of the same academic year. If you achieve a grade higher than this average, then your module grade will reflect this.
  • Level 6 Bachelor’s and level 7 Integrated Master’s students: as long as you obtain a pass grade in your remaining modules due to be completed at the end of Semester B, your honours degree classification will be no lower than that calculated from your completed level 5 and 6 modules to date (or level 5, 6 and 7 modules in the case of Integrated Master’s students).

Please note: Around 85% of the University’s undergraduate courses are subject to the requirements of a Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body, and so the above policy may be subject to their approval or require modification. If this is the case, you will be communicated with separately by your School.

We hope that everything goes well with your assessments and if, at any point, you wish to talk to someone or gain advice– get in touch with the SU Advice & Support Centre. We are open Monday to Friday, 10:00-16:00 and you can call us (01707285022) or e-mail us (advice@hertfordshire.su) for advice. If you want a face-to-face consultation, we are currently offering these via Skype by pre-booked appointment.


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