The University accepts that there are circumstances in which you are formally required to perform or attend e.g. a civic or legal duty and that this may prevent you from attending an examination or assessment.
The University gives examples of acceptable reasons for requesting Authorised Absence which include Jury Service; Court proceedings or Interviews with Government Officials.
Why Should You Apply?
If you fail to attend an examination/meet an assessment requirement without permission then will be as a nonattendance/submission and you will be awarded a mark of 0%. You are likely to be granted a single re-sit opportunity but the mark for this will attract a penalty cap. However if Authorised Absence is granted you will be given the opportunity to re-sit/submit as a ‘first attempt’ with no penalty cap.
If you request permission in good time it is likely that you will know the outcome of your Authorised Absence request in advance and can plan accordingly.