• Guide to the Exceptional Circumstances Procedure

    We hope that your time here at Oxford Brookes University will be happy and productive. However, we recognise that unfortunately sometimes our students can experience serious personal difficulties which can affect their ability to study or undertake assessment.

    The Exceptional Circumstances Procedure is designed to ensure that our students are not unfairly disadvantaged in these circumstances, but have the opportunity to be assessed on equal terms with other students. 

    About this guide

    This guide is intended to help you familiarise yourself with the procedure so that you know what kinds of circumstances we consider to be exceptional, what evidence you’ll need to provide and what timescales you’ll need to follow in order to make an application.

    It also refers to other policies or sources of support that might be more appropriate, depending on what it is that’s causing your problems.

    Deadlines when the University is closed

    Most assessment submissions are completed online and computers are available at the University. Therefore if extra time is given, it is expected the student will submit their work on or before the revised submission date, even if it is not considered a ‘working day’ for the University.

    Only if there is a need for an assessment to be physically handed in should this date be amended and this should be agreed with the module leader in advance.

    We suggest you read through all the sections here and follow the links to other policies that might be relevant, so that if something happens that you think will affect your study or assessment, you’ll know what to do or where to go for help.