Some examples of what might be considered a valid Exceptional Factor.
- Illness or injury during the period which you were working on an assessment for submission such as flu, gastroenteritis or a broken arm.
- A close family member or friend died around the time of an assessment
- A worsening of a long-term health condition such as depression during the time you were working on an assessment
- Personal problems, for example court proceedings or separation from a spouse or partner which have affected you around the time of an assessment.
- You were the victim of a crime e.g. you were assaulted or were subject to a theft.
- A close family member became unexpectedly ill around the time of an assessment and you were required to look after them, or the news caused you to feel stressed, anxious or depressed.
- Illness on the day of an exam, for example food poisoning, a migraine or tonsillitis
- Your car broke down on the way to an exam
- Complications because of pregnancy, for example Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
Remember, all of these would need to be fully evidenced and must have affected either your performance in or attendance at an assessment.
The following circumstances are examples of what would not normally be classed as a valid Exceptional Factor:
- Missing a coursework deadline because you got the time or date mixed up
- Your computer stopped working meaning you lost your work – students are expected to take appropriate precautions to back their work up
- Long-standing appointments (e.g. medical or legal) that could be rearranged
- Misreading an exam timetable
- House moves, holidays or celebrations where you either have control over the date or could choose not to attend
- A long-standing condition for which you have a Personal Learning Plan (PLP)
- Pregnancy and maternity, as students are supported through the Student Pregnancy and Maternity Guidelines.
If you would like further information or have any questions about the information on these pages, you can contact your Student Hub: Manchester 0161 247 2747, Cheshire 0161 247 5783