What are mitigating circumstances?
If you have experienced anything that has had an adverse impact on your ability to study you can apply for mitigating circumstances. If you are granted mitigating circumstances by the school you will not be penalised for handing in assessment after the original deadline.
When can I apply for mitigating circumstances?
The school accepts applications for mitigating circumstances based on:
Serious injury or illness, including mental health illnesses
Personal problem/trauma/family problem, including a range of issues such as separation from a partner, family conflict, caring for a dependant
Court attendance, including jury service, attendance at tribunals and the requirement to attend court as a witness, defendant or plaintiff
Victim of a crime, including when you have chosen not to report the crime to the police
Exceptional financial or accomodation problems
School IT failures, including IT systems and computer viruses, will only be accepted when they occur SOAS-wide, nationally or internationally
Exceptional work commitment (part-time students only)
If you are in doubt about whether or not your experiences will be considered under the mitigating circumstances procedure, please contact your Faculty/ Department Office or the Students’ Union (Susanna, Advice and Welfare Caseworker: firstname.lastname@example.org) for advice.
You can find the whole mitigating circumstances policy here.
How do I apply?
If you are applying for mitigating circumstances you need to have your evidence submitted to the Faculty/ Department office or via SID by the 9th of May at 23:59 (for Academic Year 2017/18). See below for details on how to apply for mitigating circumstances.
Here is a super fun guide to the online system:
- Go to 'https://www.soas.ac.uk/sid',
- Click on sign in and sign in with SOAS log in;
- Click on the tab that says 'Remedyforce Self Service 2.0: Preview':
- Click on 'Request a Service' with the trolley icon
- Click on 3rd tab down:
- Then there is the online form to fill out:
When can I hand in my assessment if my mitigating circumstances are accepted?
If you are applying for mitigating circumstances for the original deadline of your assessment the school advises that you hand in your assessment by the school deadline on the 4th of May (for Academic year 2017/18). If you miss the school deadline for any reason beyond your control, you can apply for mitigating circumstances. This means if you're an:
- Undergraduate non-finalist: and the school accepts your mitigating circumstances, you’ll be re-entered to submit the outstanding coursework by the first day of the Late Summer examination period (22-29 August 2018).
- Undergraduate finalists and all postgraduate students: and the school accepts your mitigating circumstances, and the resulting failed module means that you are not eligible for award, you will be re-entered to submit the outstanding coursework by the last day of Term 2 in 2018-2019 (i.e. 22 March 2019).
What happens if I can't sit my exam?
If you unable to sit any of your examinations you will need to fill in an Exam Mitigating Circumstances Form on SID and submit this along with supporting evidence between 30 April 2018 to 13 June 2018 for the May/June 2018 examinations.
If your mitigating circumstances are accepted you’ll automatically be re-entered to sit the missed exam(s) at the next available occasion. This means if you're an:
- Undergraduate non-finalists: you will be re-entered to sit the missed examination in the Late Summer examination period (22-29 August 2018).
- Undergraduate finalists and all postgraduate students: you will be re-entered to sit the missed examination in May/ June 2019.