Absence from Examinations
Students are required to present for examination at the annual session for their class. Students who, on the basis of their performance in the annual examination, are required to sit supplemental examinations, must present for examination as specified on the annual examination results publication sheet.
In addition to the information provided below, staff and students should refer to §§ 30-38, H8 & H9, in the General Regulations of the Calendar, Part I.
- Absence from an examination due to illness
- Medical certificates
- Absence from examinations for reasons other than medical
(i) Where a student becomes ill prior to the commencement of the annual examination or where illness prevents a student from completing any part of the annual examination, the student may, through their tutor, seek the Senior Lecturer's permission to withdraw and present for the supplemental examination in that year. There are no supplemental examinations for moderatorship candidates. A student who is unable to present for, or to complete, his/her final degree examination may, through his/her tutor, seek the Senior Lecturer's permission to defer his/her examination to the following year.
(ii) Where a student is unable to present for the supplemental examination for medical reasons, the student may, through his/her tutor, seek the Senior Lecturer's permission either to repeat his/her year or to withdraw and present for the annual examinations the following year.
(iii) Where illness occurs during the writing of an examination paper, it should be reported immediately to the Chief Invigilator. The student will be escorted to the Student Health Centre. Every effort will be made to assist the student to return to the examination venue to complete the writing of the examination.
Note: Where an examination has been completed, subsequent withdrawal is not permitted.
Students who consider that illness may prevent them from attending an examination (or any part thereof) should consult their medical advisor immediately. Where a medical certificate is issued, in addition to any other relevant information, it should confirm that the student is unfit to sit examinations during the specified period. A medical certificate must be presented to the student's tutor within three days of the beginning of the period of absence from the examination. The tutor must immediately forward the certificate to the Senior Lecturer's Office. Where the student's tutor is not available to receive the medical certificate, it may be presented directly to the Senior Lecturer's Office or to the Senior Tutor's Office. Medical certificates will be held in confidence. Medical certificates will not be accepted in explanation for poor performance.
Students who, for medical reasons, are permitted to withdraw from examinations may be required to present a certificate of fitness before being permitted to present for examination at a future session.
In exceptional circumstances, a student who is prevented by serious illness or other grave cause beyond his/her control from writing the whole or part of the moderatorship examination in his/her final year may apply to the Senior Lecturer, through his/her tutor, for the award of an aegrotat degree. Such application must be made as soon as the extent of the illness or grave cause becomes evident and must be accompanied by a full explanation of the illness or grave cause.