Illness or personal problems

As a student, you should anticipate the occasional minor illness or other disruption which prevents you working normally for a few days. We expect that you will normally be able to catch up without requiring special arrangements, and you should plan time for coursework to complete in advance of the deadline.

What should you do if you have an illness or problem affecting an exam?

If you have a minor illness (e.g. cold, cough, sore throat), you should address the symptoms and attend the exam.

If you have a more serious illness or problem which prevents you from attending an exam:

  1. You must contact the dept on the day that you are ill/affected by email: acse-support@sheffield.ac.uk stating the nature of the illness/problem, which assessment you are unable to attend, and when you expect to be back.
  2. You must complete an extenuating circumstances form from http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/forms/circs and provide documentary evidence of your illness/personal problem to the dept within 7 days.

What should you do if you have an illness or problem affecting other assessments?

If you have a minor illness (e.g. cold, cough, sore throat) or a minor problem, you should address the symptoms and engage with the assessment with no special consideration from the dept. If a minor illness does impact on an assessment, such that you cannot complete the assessment on time:

  1. You must contact the dept on the day that you are ill/affected by email: acse-support@sheffield.ac.uk stating the nature of the illness/problem, which assessment you are unable to attend, and when you expect to be back.
  2. Depending on the type of assessment, you might also wish to contact the module leader. For example, if it is a laboratory, you might be able to do the assessment on a different day.
  3. You must then provide self-certification of your illness using the form downloaded from http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/forms/circs to the dept within 7 days.

What should you do if you have a significant illness or problem?

For any more serious or longer illness (more than a week) or significant personal problem it is essential that you contact the University Health Service (http://www.shef.ac.uk/health) promptly for advice. You must also contact your personal tutor.

Illnesses/problems that are not minor or that are covered by Learning Support Plans are discussed in the University webpages at:

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/forms/circs

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/disability/exams

What happens next?

You will receive an email from the department to confirm that we have received your extenuating circumstances form.

The form will then be considered by the staff who teach you and by the Dept Scrutiny Committee which meets in advance of each Exam Board.

If the department requires further information or supporting evidence regarding your circumstances, you will be contacted by email.