Q. What are personal mitigating circumstances?

What are personal mitigating circumstances?


If you have suffered from serious personal mitigating circumstances which are beyond your control and which have affected your ability to complete assessments, you can use this secure personal mitigating circumstances (PMC) form to advise the University of your circumstances (click here to access).  


Mitigating circumstances are situations or circumstances of a serious nature (i.e. not day-to-day minor illnesses or circumstances you could have easily avoided through prior planning).  The University does not define those circumstances which are serious and which are not. However the following are examples of circumstances which will probably not be taken into account:

  • circumstances over which you have some control over through prior planning (e.g. moving house, getting married, computer problems);
  • circumstances experienced by all or most students (e.g. financial difficulties);
  • minor illnesses of a short-term nature;
  • circumstances which have already been appropriately provided for by special assessment arrangements or via a Reasonable Adjustment Plan/Student Support Plan.


You can find a link to the University’s PMC Procedure here.

  • Last Updated Sep 13, 2017
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