If you feel illness or other adverse personal circumstances may affect your ability to undertake an assessment you may be able to apply for an extension or a deferral through what the University calls the ‘Mitigation Process’. Please carefully consider the guidance below on this process, including the guidance provided in the TQA manual , it is important that you read this document carefully. Please note that for Term 3/Exam Replacement assessments, we are unable to offer extensions and instead a deferral will be put in place. If you have any questions about this process please contact your Hub. You can also get independent advice from the Students’ Guild and Student’s Union Advice Units.
The University’s stance is that there is no further requirement for evidence to be submitted throughout the duration of the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
MITIGATION UPDATE - REFERRED AND DEFERRED ASSESSMENTS
For students who have referred or deferred assessments (coursework or exam alternatives) between 13th July – 21st August 2020, and are not able to take them due to personal circumstances, we are offering two further mitigation options. Both of these options will allow you to defer assessments through into the next academic year. This means that you will not progress to the next stage of study in 2020/21 should you have any outstanding assessments.
If you do decide to defer assessments into the next academic year, you will be assessed in the next relevant assessment period (Term 1/January 2021 or Term 2/May 2021) depending on when your original assessment was scheduled. Your hub will notify you at least 4 weeks in advance of when the reassessment is due or scheduled to take place.’. Once successfully completed, you will then be able to progress to your next stage of study in September 2021 and finalist students will be awarded in July 2021.
We recommend that any students considering deferral in August 2020 discuss this with friends, family and academic personal tutors for advice
Defer all Outstanding Assessments
If you are certain that you do not want to sit any assessments during the August 2020 ref/def period, you may defer everything you have outstanding through into the next academic year. Please see the information in the first drop down box below. Applications must be made by midnight on 10 July 2020.
Mitigation for One of More Outstanding Assessments
If you would like to defer one assessment or a selection of assessments or if you would like to apply for an extension, please complete the standard mitigation application form. Please note that extensions are only permissible for coursework assessments – this does not apply to Option 3 Exams/Exam replacements.
Please see the information in the second drop down box below.
Postgraduate Taught Students
In many cases a postgraduate academic year differs slightly to an undergraduate year, and therefore your mitigation may impact your progression and/or awarding differently. Please see the drop down box below for further information on your options.
Black Lives Matter
The University will endeavour to be responsive and compassionate to requests for mitigation associated with recent Black Lives Matter events. Mitigation requests will be considered for individual referred/deferred or PGT assessments until 31st August 2020. Please complete the standard mitigation form in these instances for consideration of individual assessment adjustments. No evidence will be required to support these applications.
Tier 4 Students
For further information on how deferring your assessments will affect your Tier 4 visa, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Because of the Coronavirus situation ALL MITIGATION APPLICATIONS WILL BE APPROVED according to the TQA policy - please bear with us while we process these and confirm arrangements, including new extension deadlines, via email to applicants. This may take up to 5 working days.
Deferred assessments will take place at the next appropriate assessment period (so if your exam was originally in January 2020, it will take place in January 2021; if it was in May 2020 then it will take place in May 2021). If you successfully complete the outstanding assessments in 2020/21, you will progress to the next stage of study in September 2021. Finalists will be awarded in July 2021.
During this time you will retain full access to all University systems. However, please be aware that ELE pages will be rolled forward for new students and content may change. We advise that you download any necessary files before 31st August 2020 to use for revision.
Please copy and paste the text below into an e-mail from your student @exeter.ac.uk email account, complete the details in full and then e-mail this to the relevant hub mitigation e-mail address.
PLEASE READ AND COMPLETE IN FULL
Date of birth:
Programme of Study:
By sending this e-mail I confirm that I would like to defer all outstanding coursework and exams until the next academic year 2020/21. I understand that I will not be able to progress to the next stage of study (or receive my award if I am a finalist) in September 2020, and will not be attending classes in the academic year 2020/21.
You can use this form to apply to defer one or more assessments or to apply for an extension. Please note that extensions are only permissible for coursework assessments – this does not apply to Option 3 Exams/Exam replacements.
Mitigation forms MUST be submitted to the relevant hub e-mail address as soon as possible and at the latest within one working day of the affected assessment submission date. You should expect a response from us within five working days (a decision may take longer, due to current exceptionally high volumes we may need flexibility on this timeframe)
Do not leave work until the last minute. Give yourself sufficient time to allow for problems occurring, so you do not miss deadlines. Computer issues are currently considered applicable reasons for extensions – however, ensure you back up your work on a memory stick or another server. Please also ensure that you leave yourself plenty of time to submit via Ebart/Turnitin, as applicable.
As a postgraduate, your programme may take you beyond August 2020 due to a dissertation.
If you choose to defer ALL outstanding assessments:
This will include your dissertation, as well as any August exams or coursework. Whilst your exams and coursework will take place/be submitted throughout the academic year, your new dissertation deadline will be communicated to you by your Hub.
If you choose to defer ONE OR MORE outstanding assessments:
Deferred assessments will take place at the next appropriate assessment period (so if your exam was originally in January 2020, it will take place in January 2021; if it was in May 2020 then it will take place in May 2021). If you defer your dissertation, your new dissertation deadline will be communicated to you by your Hub.
If you successfully complete the outstanding assessments in 2020/21, you will be awarded in July 2021.
The University may occasionally amend this policy by updating this page. You should revisit the page from time to time to review any amendments.
The information we collect and how it is used
We will ask you to provide personal information to enable us to provide a specific service that you have requested, in this case, the consideration of an application for mitigation. All personal data collected in this way will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act and will only be used for this purpose.
The information you provide is confidential and will only be shared with a limited group of University staff who are directly involved in the mitigation decision-making process.