Late Penalties and Extensions

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You are expected to submit assessed coursework by the published deadline. Assessment deadlines will normally be published on the Virtual Learning Environment for the course (e.g. Learn) or via a Course Handbook. It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with all assessment deadlines and methods of submission, particularly if you are taking a course outside of your subject area.

 

If assessed coursework is submitted late, the penalty is a reduction of the mark by 5% of the maximum obtainable mark per calendar day (e.g. a mark of 65% on the common marking scale would be reduced to 60% up to 24 hours later). This applies for up to seven calendar days (or to the time when feedback is given if this is sooner), after which a mark of zero is given.

 

Schools can consider cases for coursework extensions of up to a maximum of seven calendar days if the student has good reason for late submission. To request an extension in ECA, you are responsible for submitting your case and supporting evidence to the Course Organiser in advance of the published deadline using the Coursework Extension Request form:

www.ed.ac.uk/academic-services/forms/student-forms

 

Equally Schools will consider accepting late submission of up to seven calendar days without exacting a penalty, if the student has good reason for late submission. If you are requesting late submission without exacting a penalty in ECA, you are responsible for submitting your case and supporting evidence to the Course Organiser at the point of submission using the Coursework Extension Request form:

www.ed.ac.uk/academic-services/forms/student-forms

 

If you are taking a course outside ECA, they may use a different form. You should familiarise  yourself  with  the  School’s  process to  make  sure  that  you  meet  their requirements.

 

Good reasons for requesting a coursework extension or late submission without penalty are unexpected short-term circumstances which are exceptional, beyond your control, and which can reasonably be expected to have had an adverse impact on your ability to complete the assessment on time. Good reasons may include:

 

 

  • Recent short-term physical illness or injury;
  • Recent short-term mental ill-health;
  • A long-term or chronic physical health condition, which has recently worsened temporarily or permanently;
  • A long-term or chronic mental health condition, which has recently worsened temporarily or permanently;
  • The recent bereavement or serious illness of a person with whom the student has a close relationship;
  • The recent breakdown in a long-term relationship, such as a marriage;
  • Emergencies involving dependents;
  • Job or internship interview at short notice that requires significant time, e.g. due to travel;
  • Victim of a crime which is likely to have significant emotional impact;
  • Military conflict, natural disaster, or extreme weather conditions.

 

Should you have a good reason for requiring a coursework extension of more than seven calendar days, you should submit the coursework when able to do so and apply via the Special Circumstances process for the Board of Examiners to disregard the penalty for late submission. In this case we strongly advise you to speak with your Personal Tutor as soon as possible.

 

For more information please refer to the Taught Assessment Regulations, Regulation 28 Late submission of coursework:

www.ed.ac.uk/files/atoms/files/tar18-19.pdf