ECs are classified as circumstances which “would normally be sudden, unforeseen, out of the student’s control and proximate to the assessment(s) in question.”
As this deadline has now passed, if you feel you have valid ECs, you would now need to raise it via an appeal. However, you would need to:
- Explain and evidence the ECs that affected the assessment in question
- Provide a good reason (with evidence) for not submitting an EC application at the time
The Standards of Evidence document outlines the kind of evidence the School would expect to see under different scenarios.
It is important to note that LSE operates a “Fit to Sit” policy. In effect this means that once you enter an exam room (or in the COVID era, once you accept/commence an online assessment) you are deeming yourself fit enough to undertake the assessment in question.
The reason it is necessary to highlight this is because the School would expect students who were not fit enough to take their assessments to have either deferred them or to have sought an extension. Given that the criteria and evidence requirements for both deferrals and extensions were relaxed in light of the pandemic, any successful appeal under the EC ground will need to provide a good reason why these options weren’t explored at the time (particularly the deferral). There may well be strong reasons (for example, linked to mental or physical ill health) why you didn’t, but you will need to provide evidence.
There are two final points to be made about appeals based on ECs.
The first is that you can only appeal:
- Your final degree classification
- Not being awarded a degree, or a decision to class you as a “Final Fail”
- A mark or grade of “Absent,” “Incomplete” or “Fail”
The second is that your marks must be borderline. More specifically, you need to meet the following conditions:
- Your classification marks are no more than three marks below the next higher classification in a single course, and/or:
- Your aggregate is no more than fifteen marks away as an Undergraduate, or ten marks as a Postgraduate, from the next higher classification on aggregate
If your appeal is based on new information about ECs, and doesn’t satisfy the above criteria, it is highly likely that your appeal will be unsuccessful.