Mitigating circumstances are those unexpected and unplanned circumstances that have an adverse effect on your performance in assessments and attendance at examinations. The university policy on mitigating circumstances can be found on My Kingston: https://mykingston.kingston.ac.uk/myuni/academicregulations/Pages/mitigation.aspx
EXAMINATIONS AND TESTS
It is your responsibility to know where and when your exams are taking place. The timetables will be available in your Course Syllabus which will be distributed to you on the first day of class. You should arrive early to exams, making sure that you have everything you need. If you are delayed, you should telephone your course administrator. If you are more than 30 minutes late, you will not be allowed to enter the examination room.
If you have mitigating circumstances for a test or exam, you should not attend the assessment but instead submit a mitigating circumstances form, available from your Course Administrator or from StudySpace. You must also supply evidence e.g. doctor's note. By attending an exam/test, you are deemed to be declaring yourself fit and able, and the assessment boards will not normally consider mitigating circumstances for exams/tests you have attended.
You should only miss exams/tests if your performance would be severely affected and you have the documentary evidence supporting this. If your mitigating circumstances are rejected, non-attendance will result in a grade of F0.
If you have unforeseen circumstances which affect your ability to complete an assignment on time, you may ask for an extension by submitting an extension request form to your course administrator prior to the assessment deadline. You will need to provide evidence of the circumstances and their effect on you
e.g. doctor's note, death certificate. You are unlikely to be given an extension for traffic problems, computer/printer problems, uncertified illness or financial problems. You are expected to factor in any short disruption to your work within your planning and time management. If you are ill for a longer period, then you will be required to support this with a doctor's note.
Where an individual member of a group has mitigating circumstances, these will not be accepted for the whole group, but will only be considered for the individual member if the mitigating circumstances create a long disruption to their potential to contribute. Experience of early mitigating circumstances or absence should be factored into the group planning and mitigating circumstances experienced at the end of the period should have little impact if the group has organised its time correctly.