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    Ok so basically as the title says, a friend of mine is currently undergoing chemotherapy and university won't accept any mitigating circumstances that she may not be able to hand in some course work in on time. She also begins her second round half way through our exams and the won't accept them for an exam deferral.

    They have accepted fake ones and ones based on questionable excuses, I am unsure why they will not accept hers. They say our timetable gives adequate time for recovery, but when you see her you can see she can't.

    Is there anything that can be done?
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    Get a doctor's note stating proving her point?
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    If she gets a letter from her oncologist stating the dates of her cycles, the expected side effects and an estimate of how long the recovery would be, I would find it hard to believe that the university would turn down her extenuating circumstances request. From family experience with chemo, there isn't really any 'healthy time' between recovering from one cycle and starting the next, which would put her in a very difficult position indeed. There's no way they can reasonably expect her to deal with the nausea, fatigue and stress of chemo and perform in exams at the same time.
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    Get a doctor's note stating proving her point?
    Forgot to say, she has multiple letters from her doctor. It's grossly unfair considering some of the feeble excuses they do accept.
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    Forgot to say, she has multiple letters from her doctor. It's grossly unfair considering some of the feeble excuses they do accept.
    That's insane. Has she spoken to her head of department and everything?
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    That's insane. Has she spoken to her head of department and everything?
    Yes and most of them just shake their heads and blame the 'broken system'.
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    Is there anyone higher? Have you just tried tutors in your department or have you contacted your university student support services. I'd suggest maybe contacting a head of student welfare or someone like that to see what they have to say.
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    Yes and most of them just shake their heads and blame the 'broken system'.
    Ask your student welfare SU reps for advice, contact the dean, go as high as you need to, because letting something like this go on and simply blaming the system is frankly scandalous.
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    Ask your student welfare SU reps for advice, contact the dean, go as high as you need to, because letting something like this go on and simply blaming the system is frankly scandalous.
    Agree completely with this. The uni are being unreasonable, chemo and its side effects can be really harsh and would be something I'd assume most universities would show sympathy or a bit of compassion with a student going through it.


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    Cancer is classed as a disability, therefore your friend has protection under the Equalities Acts 2010. (there's no time limit - you're disabled from day one if you have cancer) The uni have to make reasonable adjustments. In your friends case, that would be deferring exams until her treatment is over.

    Your friend has to complain. What exactly is "adequate time to recover"? Recovery time is different for everyone. And there's sometimes side effects from the cancer (not the treatment) which can affect your ability to study.

    Do you know what the letters to the uni have said? It has to be made clear how the chemo affects study. For example, some have fatigue, (which makes studying difficult) concentration issues and sleep issues. All of which can affect study.
 
 
 
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