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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 and Serious Adverse Circumstances: Due to the outbreak of coronavirus the limited grounds upon which students may submit serious adverse circumstances have been suspended from the start of Semester B 20th January 2020, until further notice. If you have circumstances which mean you are unable to complete or submit assessments on time, please explain in Section C of the form. There is no need to obtain evidence - you can self-certify. In some modules, because of the nature of the assessment, the module leader will inform you that a whole module group deferral has automatically been made. In these circumstances, you do not need to make an individual application and do not need to complete the form.

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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