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Mitigating circumstances guidance


We understand that students may be affected by illness and/or difficult and distressing events that are outside their control but may affect studies.

Should such circumstances begin to affect student’s ability to participate in studies, it is important that they let their school know as soon as possible. There is a great deal of support available across the University, and Schools will provide advice regarding who to contact and how.

If there are short term unanticipated circumstances that impact on assessment, applications may be made for mitigating circumstances to be considered by assessment boards.

The following Guidance on Applications for Mitigating Circumstances is part of the Code of Practice on Assessment published by Schools. Students may apply to Schools for mitigating circumstances using the Mitigating Circumstances Form.


2020 Amendments to Mitigating Circumstances Guidance

The University has published Amendments to the Mitigating Circumstances Guidance for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic session to take into consideration the current circumstances of all students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students wishing to request an extension of time for submission of an in-course assessment should use the Extension Request Form (this is the Word version of the form set out in Annex 1 of the above document.)

Further procedural advice in these areas can be obtained from the Student Cases team:


The Student Cases Team
The Secretariat
11.68, Level 11, E C Stoner Building, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT


Last updated: 30.4.2020 (CLLC)