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3.9 Learning Support
Goldsmiths has a legal responsibility and an ethical commitment to provide fair access to education and equality of opportunity in teaching, learning and assessment for all students. In some cases, teaching and assessment methods must be adapted to meet an individual’s needs, in accordance with the institution’s legal responsibility to make reasonable adjustments.
Recommendations for adjustments may be made through a Reasonable Adjustments Student Agreement (RASA) where a student has a ‘protected characteristic’ (as defined within the Equality Act 2010) that impacts their ability to learn and perform under specific teaching conditions, or in particular types of assessment tasks.
Extenuating Circumstances should not be used as an alternative to a RASA. However, there may be occasions where exceptional and unforeseeable factors present themselves which mean that a RASA is unable to provide adequate reasonable adjustments for a situation.
Goldsmiths provides guidance for students concerned about the scheduling of assessments during religious festivals or other periods of observance.