Deadlines for assessment are usually very rigid and exams are compulsory. Missing an exam will almost always involve a medical certificate from your doctor, late submissions for assessment are usually penalised significantly (check your programme handbook). But sometimes students miss an exam or assignment deadline for unavoidable reasons. Maybe they’re really sick on the day of the exam, or they have had a period of sickness or a genuine family crisis (eg required to look after a sick parent or child) or bereavement in the run up to an exam, or they were forced to miss tuition earlier in the term and this impacted on their assessment later on.
If so, the important thing is to inform the university and do this at the time the problem occurs. If you only bring it up later, for example, after sitting an exam and performing badly; then the University has no obligation to consider your exceptional circumstances.
Also, you need to complete a form EC1. You can tell your programme leader or personal tutor if you choose, but the only officially recognised way of informing the university so that it can take account of your circumstances when considering your academic performance is to complete an EC1 form and submit it along with any documentary evidence you can to support your case (e.g. a medical certificate or letter from your doctor).
You can download an EC1 form here.
If you want help in submitting your EC1 or want to know more about the process, contact ISAS (229-8791) for help.
You can make an appointment by telephoning 229 8791 or send an e-mail with your enquiry. We will aim to see you as soon as possible and within three working days during term-time.
You can also check out the Student Survival Guide for more advice. Pick up a copy from NSA at 12 Merchiston Place.