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Mitigating Circumstance

Mitigating Circumstances for COVID-19

The Academic Council had previously determined that COVID-19 is a valid mitigating circumstance in all cases and have formally added it to the list of conditions qualifying for mitigation.

The Academic Council have now approved changes to the mitigating circumstances process to support that decision.  For this academic session the following process will now apply.

 

Council Decision Implication for students

Deferrals will be automatically granted to candidates, at the semester 2 examination boards, where the student has not attempted the assessment and/or has not achieved a passing grade. 

 

There is accordingly no need for students to make an application for a deferral or submit evidence of COVID-19 impacts.

The Institute will automatically assume you have been impacted by COVID-19 if you do not attempt or do not pass an assessment. You will therefore see a ‘Deferred’ grade recorded as the result.

 

You will be entitled to take the repeat assessment as your first attempt for that module and there will be no fee charged for the autumn repeat assessment.

 

As this will be done automatic you do not need to worry about submitting any application.

Candidates that have achieved a passing grade may seek mitigation and will be granted a deferral in all cases.

If you get a result (that enables you to pass the module) but you think does not reflect your ability, then you can apply for mitigation and you are automatically entitled to be granted a deferral.

 

In such cases, you will be entitled to take the repeat assessment as your first attempt for that module and there will be no fee charged for the autumn repeat assessment.

Candidates that have achieved a passing grade and seek mitigation will have the autumn sitting count as their first attempt and will have that mark used as their final grade in all cases even if it is lower.

If you have passed a module and opt to take the autumn repeat assessment, then that result will be the final mark you achieve regardless of whether it is higher or lower that the semester 2 assessment result.

 

If you select to repeat you will not have the choice of which mark will be used and only the autumn mark can be counted.

A simplified on-line application process for students that have achieved a passing grade to request deferrals will open after the examination results are issued.

As the need for applying for mitigation only occurs after the results will be issued (all other mitigation will be automatic) then a simplified system will be put in place and advised to students once the exam results are issued.