While you study with Sheffield Hallam University you may experience some of the difficulties of life that affect most people, such as ill health or personal issues. Normally, you will be able to overcome these without any impact on your studies. Occasionally, you might experience circumstances that impact on your ability to complete your assessments on time because they occur suddenly, unexpectedly and are severe in nature. In these cases, you can explain your extenuating circumstances to us and if they meet our definition, we can support you in your studies. For further information see coping with difficult circumstances.
The following list indicates the type of situations which do not meet our definition of extenuating circumstances because we believe they can be avoided or that you can act to limit the impact. The list is not exhaustive.
long-standing medical conditions (as these should be covered by a Learning Contract)
planned health appointments
minor ailments such as a cold
the break-up of a short-term relationship
attending or taking part in sporting events
holidays or travel
normal domestic issues
work commitments for fulltime students reducing time available for study and coursework
completing coursework too late and missing deadlines
not following the examination timetable
refusal to return for assessments scheduled for the July reassessment period
transport difficulties which could have reasonably been avoided
withdrawal of IT facilities as a result of being in debt to the University
circumstances that affect another individual in relation to group work.
If you are experiencing difficulties which are having a significant impact on your ability to complete your assessments you may want to consider submitting a request to repeat an assessment attempt (RRAA).
You are strongly recommended to speak with your Faculty Student Services team prior to submitting your request.
Extending deadlines for disability-related reasons
If your learning contract allows you to request extended coursework deadlines, you must contact your Faculty Student Services team as soon as you are sure that you will not be able to submit your work before the original deadline date, and with at least 24 hour’s notice.