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Non-submission or late coursework, and absence from exams

The Mitigating Circumstances process at SOAS has changed. Plese refer to the new Mitigating Circumstances Policy.

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Submitting coursework late

If you are unable to submit a piece of coursework by the published deadline for medical or other mitigating reasons, you should submit the work as soon as you are able. 

Two marks will be deducted per day that the work is submitted after the published deadline unless you also submit an application for 'mitigating circumstances' as soon as possible after your missed deadline along with supporting evidence such as a medical certificate. If this application is approved by the Mitigating Circumstances Panel the deducted marks will be partially or fully refunded, depending on the supporting evidence you provide.

You can apply for an extension if you know you are not able to meet your deadline. Applications should be submitted at least 10 working days before your original deadline. If accepted, you can be granted an extension of up to 28 days. If circumstances occur closer to your deadline, you can apply for mitigation, which if accepted, will refund late deduction penalties for up to 28 days.

Deadlines for submission of evidence of Mitigating Circumstances

Please review the information available on the Mitigating Circumstances pages on MySOAS for Students.

You should submit any claim for mitigating circumstances for late coursework via the Mitigating Claim Form, and send your supporting evidence to mitigatingcircumstances@soas.ac.uk

Deadlines

CourseworkThe deadline for submitting a mitigating application for Mitigating Circumstances for coursework is 10 working days after your missed deadline.

Exams The deadline for submitting a mitigating application for Mitigating Circumstances for exams is 10 working days after your missed exam.

We encourage students to apply as early as possible to ensure they receive an outcome in good time. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

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Unable to submit coursework

If you are unable to submit a piece of coursework you should submit any claim for mitigating circumstances along with supporting evidence such as a medical certificate for non-submission of coursework via the Mitigating Form

If your evidence is accepted and your non-submission deemed to be with good cause, you will be automatically re-entered to submit at the next opportunity, provided you remain within the time limit for completion of your degree. This re-entry will not use up one of your rights of re-entry. Your new overall result for the module(s) will not be capped, as long as any previous attempts were failed due to accepted mitigating circumstances. 
You can read more about undergraduate and postgraduate re-entry.

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Absence from exams

If you are absent from one or more of your examinations for medical or other mitigating reasons, you must submit a claim for mitigating circumstances.  

Deadlines for submission of evidence of Mitigating Circumstances

The Mitigating Team will review this evidence. If your evidence is accepted, and your absence deemed to be with good cause, you will automatically be re-entered to sit the missed exam(s) at the next available occasion, provided you remain within the time limit for completion of your degree.

This re-entry will not use up one of your rights of re-entry. Your new overall result for the module(s) will not be capped, as long as any previous attempts were failed due to accepted mitigating circumstances.

Absence from late summer exams:

All those who are eligible will be automatically re-entered for exam(s) in the summer exam period of the following academic year. Details of the examinations you have been re-entered for will be communicated via email.

Absence from Term three summer exams:

Eligible Undergraduate non-finalists are automatically re-entered for exam(s) in the late summer exams of the same academic year .

Undergraduate finalists and all postgraduate students will be automatically re-entered for exams(s) in the Term three summer exam period of the following academic year.     

If the Mitigating Team rejects your evidence and your overall result for that module is a fail, you will use up one right of re-entry. You will be automatically re-entered to sit the exam(s) at the next available opportunity provided you have not used up all resit attempts and remain within the time limit for completion of your degree. Your overall result for that module will be capped following re-entry. 

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For more information on Mitigating Circumstances, please refer to the mitigating circumstances webpage.

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