Extenuating Circumstances  |  Applies to all Social Sciences students, 2019-20

Students are expected to meet the academic demands of their chosen programme. However, they may experience a range of serious and unanticipated difficulties, which adversely affect their ability to study, complete assessments or attend their required classes and other learning activities.

The Policy on Extenuating Circumstances provides a framework through which Boards of Examiners may take these difficulties into account fairly and equitably, establishing key principles and outlining the process to be followed.

If the following applies to you -

"I have not engaged with much or any of my coursework over the semester due to extenuating circumstances" or

"I have missed an end of year essay or exam due to extenuating circumstances"

Please find the best next step for you, below:

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There are two steps to applying for extenuating circumstances.

You should submit an extenuating circumstances application on-line. This application form is in your SISweb (under Programme Services). It is important that you clearly outline your circumstances, how they impacted on you.

Please include an electronic copy of any supporting documentation (please note your application may not be succesful without supporting documentation).


The requirement for written verification to support an application for Extenuating Circumstances (5.1 and 5.2 in the policy) is waived for the remainder of the Spring trimester.

You must meet with a social sciences team member to review your application and ensure all documents are submitted correctly.

The social sciences team member will also discuss with you what options are open to the board reviewing applications to help you determine what you should apply for, or if there are any other options more suitable for you.

To find where the Social Sciences Office is, visit here: our Contact Page.

Trimester 2 for all Social Sciences students: 4pm, 22nd May 2020.

If an IX is awarded it will be visible as part of provisional grades.

If you are awarded an IX, you should contact the module co-ordinator to ask what assessment you need to submit to complete the module.

Please contact us in the Social Sciences office for more information. If you are experiencing personal difficulties, you may prefer to talk in private to one of your Student Advisers:

Kieran Moloney
Student Adviser: Social Sciences undergraduate students
T: 01 716 8366 / E: Kieran.Moloney@ucd.ie
Catherine Tormey
Student Adviser: mature students
T: 01 716 7542 / E: Catherine.Tormey@ucd.ie
Colum Cronin
Student Adviser: international students
T: 01 716 8406 / E: Colum.Cronin@ucd.ie