WELCOME WEEK 2020

The time has come...

 
10 things you can do if you are self-isolating

"Whilst this situation is definitely not a ‘good’ one, there are certainly some positives to being stuck at home."

 
An Introduction from your new Vice President!

"My name is Sorin-Marius Predica"

 
Calling all new ARU London students (and those returning!)

As your Students’ Union Adviser, I’ve put together my top tips for those starting studies over the next few weeks.

 
 

 Mitigation, Late Mitigation, Extensions & Late Submissions 

 

Extensions...

... are only to be applied for as a rare occurence. It is important that as a student you learn how to manage your assignment deadlines.

 
Your Personal Tutor or the Wellbeing Team can help you with various techniques to manage your deadlines effectively. However, we know that sometimes things happen which affect your ability to perform well or prevent you from submitting your work.
 
If this happens you may be able to request a short term extension (10 working days). Please bear in mind that needing an extension should be a rare occurrence. If you regularly find yourself needing longer you must speak with your Personal Tutor or Wellbeing Team to avoid this having a negative impact on your course and/or mental health.
 
Short-term extensions are authorised by ARU London if you meet the criteria, click the links below for more information.

 

ARU London's "Extensions FAQ's"

 

ARU London's "How to Apply for an Extension" Guide

 

Late Submissions...

...should be a last resort if you have missed your deadline. It is still possible to submit your coursework piece up to five working days after the original deadline (at 2pm), but will be capped at 40% (as per the Academic Regulations). Any work submitted after this time will not be accepted, and will result in a mark of 0 for that element.
 
If you believe your work is going to be late due to an extenuating circumstance, you may be eligible to apply for mitigation (see above).

 

ARU London's "Late Submission" Guide

 

 

Mitigation and Late Mitigation... 

...are the processes by which the University makes allowances for any unexpected and serious problems. 

 

  Grounds for Mitigation (for which you are required to produce evidence):

•            A serious personal illness which is not a permanent condition

•            The death, or serious illness, of a close family member, a friend or person for whom you have responsibility of care

•            Sudden or unforeseen circumstances beyond your reasonable control.

 

Not accepted as grounds for Mitigation:

•            Family, work, financial or other general problems that could have been anticipated

•            Ignorance of the Academic Regulations, or ignorance of/or misunderstanding, submission deadlines or examination dates

•            Computer, disc, printer or any other technical failure for which you are responsible (you are required to keep a copy of your work).

How do I submit a claim for mitigation or late mitigation? (Click to expand)

A mitigation claim should be submitted by email within five working days after the submission date for the assessment and / or the date on which an exam has been set. You should speak to one of the University’s Student Advisers before submitting a mitigation claim to ensure you are following the correct process and understand the implications on your progression. They can also check your evidence to ensure it is relevant to submit with your mitigation form. You should provide relevant and timely evidence such as a letter from a professional e.g doctor, solicitor or therapist or in the case of a death of a close family member a death certificate or a funeral order of service. You can find more information from the Academic Registry on Mitigation & Late Mitigation, the form to fill in and how to submit your form here

 

What happens after I submit my claim? (Click to expand)

Once you submit your mitigation form and your evidence to the academic registry your claim is then heard at a Mitigation Panel, these happen several times throughout the academic year. The panel is made up of University staff such as Director of Studies, Academic Registrar and a manager from Student Services. The panel will discuss your claim and look at the supporting evidence to decide if the claim is justified or not. The panel is closed and confidential. If due to the sensitive nature of the reasons for submitting a mitigation or late mitigation claim you do not want your personal information and situation being shared in a panel setting you can request that it is seen only by the Academic Registrar, the University’s Student Advisers or Student Union Advisers can help you make this decision and request on your behalf if needed.

 

How will I know the results of my claim? (Click to expand)

The outcome of your mitigation or late mitigation claim will appear on your eVision, please keep an eye out after you have submitted your forms and evidence. The element(s) of the module that you have submitted a claim about will show the relevant outcomes next to the module information as your claim is processed e.g:
  • Submitted (awaiting outcome)
  • Accepted
  • Deferred (e.g: awaiting further evidence or information)
  • Rejected, No evidence received to support claim
  • Rejected, Evidence was not time relevant
If you are not sure about the outcome or don’t understand the reasons for your claim being rejected please get in touch with your University Student Adviser or Students Union Adviser.

 

If my claim is successful, what might be the outcome? (Click to expand)

The outcome of your mitigation or late mitigation claim will appear on your eVision, please keep an eye out after you have submitted your forms and evidence. The element(s) of the module that you have submitted a claim about will show the relevant outcomes next to the module information as your claim is processed e.g:
  • Any mark achieved for the relevant element(s) is annulled
  • You are required to take either the initial attempt (or the re-assessment attempt) in the mitigated element(s) at a time determined by the University. In certain circumstances you may be required to re-attend the module in order to be assessed in the mitigated element;
  • The module result will not be capped unless it is a further attempt at the re-assessment attempt following a previous failure.

 

Download a mitigation form here

 

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