Extenuating Circumstances

Sometimes, things can happen that significantly affect our ability to continue doing what we usually do, including university. When that happens and you're unable to finish a deadline or do an exam on time to your best ability, you may be able to apply for extenuating circumstances (ECs).

To be considered, an extenuating circumstance has to be:

  • Something significant that affects your ability to complete work or perform in an examination;
  • Unavoidable;
  • Unexpected;
  • And beyond your control.

Don't wait until your deadline or examination date comes, or when marks are revealed — apply for extenuating circumstances as soon as the problem arises.

You can apply for extenuating circumstances through eVision.

What is considered extenuating circumstances?

What's usually considered to be acceptable ECs:

  • Acute illness or injury on the day of or during a 'live' assessment, such as an exam, performance or presentation.
  • Extended illness or injury which lasts for more than 5 days that is serious enough to stop you from studying, writing, or revising.
  • Death or serious illness of a close relative or family friend.
  • Significant domestic and/or personal problems.
  • Court attendance.
  • Jury service, where deferral has been refused by the Court.
  • Unforeseen represenation of County or Country at a sport or other prestigious/significant event.
  • Unforeseen major transportation difficulties.
  • Victim of, or witness to, criminal activity.

What isn't considered to be acceptable ECs:

  • Minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, or short lived viruses.
  • Mistaking the date/time of an examination or coursework deadline.
  • General pressure or stress of academic work, such as the close proximity of multiple deadlines.
  • Employment commitments.
  • Failure of alarm systems on the morning on an examination.
  • Holidays.
  • Foreseeable, planned, or minor travel difficulties.
  • Personal computer/other IT device failure — you must take adequate precautions against this, such as backing up files.
  • Inadequate time to access IT equipment/printing facilities.
  • Non-compatibility of IT equipment with the University's IT equipment — you should plan and check for compatibility.
  • Lack of a laptop/device of the required specification where necessary for an assessment.
  • Religious observances — such events are not unforeseen and should be discussed with your Department in advance.
  • Sports activities.

This list is not meant to be exhaustive, and is instead meant to act as a guide to the types of ECs typically accepted and denied.

For more information, you can visit Brunel's website or read Brunel's Guidance documentation on the matter.