If illness or other personal circumstances have caused you to miss classes, or may have affected your performance in all or part of an assessment, you must submit written details to allow these circumstances to be taken into consideration.

Absence from Exams or Affected Exam Performance:

If you believe that illness and/or other personal circumstances may have affected your performance in an examination, or you have been unable to attend an examination, you must submit details through MyAberdeen Absence reporting on the day of the exam and certainly no later than three days following the date of which you were expected to appear for the exam concerned. This is as per the University’s Policy and Procedures on Student Absence.

You should complete the relevant aspects of the Absence Form in MyAberdeen.

Absence from Classes:

You must report your absence if:-

(i) You are absent for any period of more than seven consecutive days;
(ii) You are absent for a period of less than seven consecutive days but during this time they:

  1. fail to attend an examination;
  2. do not submit a piece of in-course assessment by the required deadline;
  3. are unable to attend a compulsory teaching session (e.g. tutorial, laboratory or seminar).

Impaired Performance

Where illness or other good cause has impaired performance on an in-course assessment or an examination, it is not possible for the Examiners to make a judgement about the extent of the impact and thereby to determine the compensation which should be applied to the obtained grade.  Rather, where the Examiners agree that illness or other good cause has impacted on performance, the following will be followed:

  • If the Examiners are confident that the assessments completed by the candidate provide evidence that they have met the learning outcomes of the course then, subject to at least 75% weighting of the assessments for the course having been completed, an overall grade for the course may be returned;
  • Where less than 75% weighting of the components of assessment for the course have been completed, the assessment should be set aside and the candidate should be given a further opportunity of assessment with this being considered to be their first attempt.

NB the decision of whether Intended Learning Outcomes have been met lies with the examiners only.

Where the Examiners do not consider the grounds presented to be sufficient good cause, the assessment should be treated in the same way as it would have been had no mitigating evidence been submitted.  No partial compensation for good cause can be given.