Can I make a Mitigating Circumstances request based on a disability or learning difference?
Due to learning support provisions the university does not automatically give extensions to students with a disability or learning difference. A specific learning difference will also not in itself be considered as a justifiable reason for an extension to an assessment deadline, nor is it considered to be a Mitigating Circumstance.
However, there are some exceptions.
• If it can be evidenced that the University has failed to provide you with
support as highlighted as an entitlement within your learning support agreement.
• If you have recently been diagnosed and have not received sufficient
support to enable effective study strategies to be employed to meet a deadline.
The University recognises that some students with disabilities, and long term medical
conditions, may from time to time experience adverse impacts on their ability to study or
meet deadlines due to a deterioration in health and wellbeing which arise from that condition.
(For example a mental health condition with periods of illness, or a worsening of a long term
physical health condition such as arthritis).
If this is the case you are required to apply for Mitigating Circumstance in the usual way.