The University recognises that it may be difficult for students to obtain evidence in the current climate, noting the current pressures on health and other services, and will make every effort to consider applications sympathetically.
As such, it has been agreed that students may ‘self-certify’ for up to a period of 7 calendar days. This means that provided that your School/College accept your circumstances as valid (for more information on what would be considered valid extenuating circumstances, please refer to ‘What are extenuating circumstances?’ above), you will not be required to provide supporting evidence for a period of up to 7 calendar days. For any periods beyond 7 calendar days, you may be asked by your School/College to provide supporting evidence.
If self-isolation is affecting your ability to complete or submit a piece of work, for your supporting evidence, you will need to provide information on the circumstances in your application form. The University will accept self-certification for up to 14 calendar days for self-isolation.
Please note the following guidelines on supporting evidence:
If working remotely from home has affected your ability to complete or submit a piece of work, please clearly explain the specific issues you’re having on your extenuating circumstances application form. A member of your School/ College will be in touch if further information is required. During this period the University will accept extenuating circumstances applications based on technical difficulties, to reflect the challenging circumstances.
If self-isolation is affecting your ability to complete or submit a piece of work, for your supporting evidence, you will need to provide information on the circumstances in your application form. The University will accept ‘self-certification’ for up to 14 calendar days for self-isolation relating to Covid-19 Coronavirus.
Other illness or injury:
If you have an illness or injury that is affecting your ability to complete or submit work which is not related to COVID-19 Coronavirus, then for your supporting evidence you will need to provide details on these circumstances in your application form. Your School/ College will accept self-certification for up to 7 calendar days for any illness or injury not related to COVID-19 Coronavirus. If you have an illness or injury that requires a longer period of recovery, please inform your School/College. They will let you know whether further evidence is required, and if so, what type.
Caring responsibilities and domestic difficulties:
The University recognises that many students may have caring responsibilities or experience domestic difficulties that may impact upon their ability to prepare for/undertake assessments during this period. Please provide details of these circumstances on the College/School application form as supporting evidence. The University will consider applications sympathetically.