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3.3 Extenuating Circumstances 


Students may experience exceptional circumstances that temporarily make it impossible for them to participate in their studies, submit assessments or attend examinations. Goldsmiths considers applications from students who believe that their work and assessments have been affected by these circumstances.


Before a submission or deadline: When a student knows before a submission or other deadline that an illness, the worsening of a chronic illness, or an otherwise unforeseen event is beginning, or about to begin, and can provide independent evidence to substantiate this, they should notify the person specified in their department to receive information on extenuating circumstances so that consideration of adjusted deadlines, deferred assessments and alternative assessments can be made.


After a submission or deadline: Where there is a request for the recognition of extenuating circumstances after the deadline for an assessment has passed or after an examination, the student is required to describe the circumstances and provide supporting evidence. The student is also required to show why it was not possible for them to notify Goldsmiths of their circumstances before the deadline or at the time of the examination of assessment.


Details of extenuating circumstances with documentary evidence must be submitted by the student to their Department (or Home Department) as soon as possible and, unless there are exceptional reasons, no later than seven days after the assessment deadline or date of examination. Where a student is unable to contact the person specified in their Department they should contact the relevant administrative staff to seek advice and support.