I have a query regarding how mitigating circumstances may work through Clearing.
During the period May-June my friends father became very ill and came to the edge of his life before being saved by an emergency operation (he's all fine now)*
Obviously since this happened smack bang in the middle of exam time, my friend was affected somewhat and hadn't filled this out on his UCAS form seeing as there's no way he could have predicted it.*
If he misses his grades on results day and applies to other uni's through clearing, can he inform the uni's on results day of this mitigating circumstance? How and when should provide info regarding what happened? And will universities be more lenient upon learning this?*
Clearing and Mitigating Circumstances Watch
- Thread Starter
- 14-08-2016 13:27
- 14-08-2016 13:35
The school should have contacted the exam board, and if the board agreed it was distracting enough they would give your friend a few extra marks. Unis don't tend to be more lenient as far as I know because the only way to prove it isn't a lie is if it was reported to the exam board and they gathered relevant proof i.e. doctors notes etc and then the exam board will have already acted. There's nothing the unis can or will do as far as I'm aware
- 15-08-2016 11:01
- 15-08-2016 11:26
it's possible that if he/your school contacts the university and he only just misses his grade they may still give him a place (often a few students who just miss grades will get a place anyway) but mostly universities don't take these things into account as the exam board should have already processed any IP claims, you can submit these AFTER the exams if something comes up last minute
- 15-08-2016 12:44
Universities do vary on how they deal with mitigating circumstances on an application. Some have mitigating circumstance forms that can be submitted - Durham, for example, states that the exam board should have been informed but have a form to complete if this was not done (should have been submitted by 8th August, though). Bristol states the exam board should be informed, but they also say
"You should also let us know by submitting an extenuating circumstances form as soon as possible after they occur" - but the deadline is 31st July.
In general, they seem to prefer to be notified as early as possible, so I wouldn't wait until Thursday. It should have been done much sooner, and may now be too late, but even sending an email to admissions at this stage would be better than waiting any longer - preferably with evidence attached. Or look on the uni's website to see if there is any information on how they handle it and if there is a form to be submitted.
Can't know if it will make any difference at this stage, but there's nothing to lose by trying.