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Special Circumstances

If you feel that something beyond your control such as a medical or personal issue is exceptionally having a negative effect on your coursework and assessment performance, and you have evidence of this,  you can ask us to take these circumstances into consideration when we are making decisions about your assessment results, progression, or degree classification.  Do this by consulting with your Student Support Officer or Personal Tutor and submitting a Special Circumstance Form (SC Form) with supporting evidence to your SSO.  

Students should submit the form as soon as possible, and not more than a week after the student’s final assessment of the semester.  If your circumstance was specific to a single assignment on a single you may wish to submit the SC form just after the assignment was due.  However, if the circumstances are likely to affect a number of accessments across a number of courses ongoing, it would be best to submit the SC form at the end of the semester.  By then you will have a better idea as to how much any of your courses or assignments may have been impacted. 

Guidance on Special Circumstances from Edinburgh University Students’ Association

The deadline for submitting special circumstances forms are:

  • Semester 2 honours (year 3 and 4) courses - 15th May
  • Semester 2 non-honour (year 1 & 2) courses - 31st May
  • Resit diet (all courses) 20th August 2018

If you are an undergraduate student studying for a degree in the School of Social and Political Science, please submit your form directly to your student support officer.

If you are not studying for an undergraduate degree with the School of Social and Political Science,  please send your form to the email address below:

 specialc@ed.ac.uk

 Click for form and more information about the procedure.

If you need help or have any questions, contact your Student Support Officer.

Contact details for Student Support officers in SSPS 

Guidance on Special Circumstances from Edinburgh University Students’ Association

University advice on the Special Circumstances consideration process

Further guidance on the Special Circumstances process may be downloaded here.
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