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Fit to Sit policy

What is the University’s ‘fit to sit’ policy?

The University operates a ‘fit to sit’ policy so if you decide to sit/submit an assessment, the University will not normally accept a claim that you had Serious Adverse Circumstances (SAC) with regard to the assessment (See UPR AS14 Section C.3.8.3 and C3.8.4).  

For all assessments submitted online via Canvas other than timed summative quizzes, students are indicating that they are ‘fit to sit’ by pressing the submit button. 


There are very limited circumstances in which you can claim an exemption from the ‘fit to sit’ policy. Essentially it means that you were not capable of understanding that your health at the time of assessment meant you were un-fit to submit your coursework or sit your exam. This is normally in very serious circumstances such as a psychosis or a post traumatic response to an incident close to the assessment date.

You will need to provide the University with evidence to support an exemption from the ‘fit to sit’ policy, please make arrangements for the completion of this Exemption from Fit-to-Sit form and submit it to 

By way of exception, in the case of a timed summative quiz on Canvas, students are indicating that they are ‘fit to sit’ by starting the quiz.  

If during a practice quiz students have technical difficulties or other issues which means they will not be able to do the forthcoming summative quiz, they should submit a SAC request via their Student Record

If after a successful practice quiz a student starts the summative quiz but is unable to complete the quiz because of technical difficulty or disturbance at the location where they are completing the quiz – students should complete the SAC request via your Student Record within 24 hours of the quiz start time. If the SAC request is received after this period, the SAC will not be considered. 

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