Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Mit Circs and Extensions at Escape Studios

What happens if a student fails to meet an academic deadline at Escape Studios? Or, if a student hasn't yet missed a deadline, but thinks they might miss it? There are two online forms our students need to know about.

The first form is the Extenuating Circumstances form, which applies when a student - through no fault of their own - fails to meet an academic deadline. The second is the Deadline Extension Form, which applies when a student needs more time to complete a project - but has not yet missed the deadline. 

Academic Regulations
Our academic regulations are not our own, they are supplied by the University of Kent, who ultimately award degrees to students at Escape Studios. It's important to understand that the tutors at Escape have no discretion when it comes to applying these regulations; we are all bound by them. So, all our students need to inform themselves about the right procedures to follow if they think they're likely to miss a deadline.

Extenuating Circumstances
Extenuating Circumstances (also sometimes known as Mitigating Circumstances, or "Mit Circs"), applies when a student - through no fault of their own - fails to meet an academic deadline.  The Mit Circs form is filled out after the event, and the student needs a proper reason (such as a medical emergency) to explain why they could not submit on time.

Deadline Extension form
The Deadline Extension Form should be filled out when the deadline is looming, but has not yet been passed. Again, this only applies when the circumstances are beyond the student's control, and the student will miss the deadline through no fault of their own.

Hand it in early
As a general rule, it's always best to hand your work in early, even if you think it isn't perfect. Handing in work close to a deadline exposes you to a level of risk which you just don't need.  Your internet connection could go down at the last minute - any number of late night problems could arise, and these are not considered good excuses for failing to deliver on time.

What happens to late work?
Unlike late submission at some universities, Kent regulations are unforgiving about work that is handed in late - it is graded a zero. In other words, a fail.

So, the moral of the story: don't be late.

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