Assessment Policies

No Academic Disadvantage

In recognition of the exceptional circumstances surrounding Covid-19, UCC has re-instated the additional No Academic Disadvantage measures that were introduced in March 2020.


Students, whose personal circumstances have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, and who did not attempt their online exam or its alternative, may apply to defer their examination. This includes students who cannot access the hardware/software and internet connectivity required to complete the online examination/ assessment.

  • The current deadline for deferral has been extended to 19th January 2021. Deferral will only be considered in cases where an examination has not been attempted.
  • Deferral due to the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 crisis will also be  facilitated for 1st attempt examinations at Spring and Semester 2 (summer) during the 2020/2021 academic year.  Deadlines for deferral applications regarding Spring and Summer examinations will be issued in due course.
  • Please note that deferred examination will take place in August / September. As per normal deferrals, there will be only one attempt at such examinations within the current academic year.


The following  measures are also applicable to all students registered for the 2020/2021 academic year:

  • If students sit an online examination/assessment but are unhappy with the grade awarded, they may choose to re-sit the exam to improve your grade. This application will have to be made within 10 days of final results being released (typically this will be after the Semester 2 examination session, noting that Semester 1 results are provisional).
  • If students fail an assessment/examination at the first attempt, they can take the supplemental assessment/examination without academic penalty (i.e. capping of marks will not apply).
  • If students re-sit/repeat an online exam/assessment, they will not incur an exam repeat fee for the current year only.


Students who failed due to a breach of examination regulation(s) including plagiarism, may not apply for these additional supports.


Application for the supports above must be made at Answers to commonly asked questions (FAQs) can be found here.


Plagiarism is the presentation of work for credit without appropriate attribution. Whether deliberate or inadvertent, it is unacceptable, and subject to the procedures outlined in the UCC Plagiarism Policy.

The procedures outlined in the Plagiarism Policy must be strictly adhered to in a timely manner.

Click here to view the UCC Plagiarism Policy


In addition to the No Academic Disadvantage provisions, existing mitigation processes are still available to students.

A student is not required to inform a Department/School/Programme Director that they are applying to the Mitigation process.

Students may not be refused access to the Mitigation process at local level, nor should any process to evaluate their circumstances in terms of mitigation be undertaken.

Where a student experiencing mitigating circumstances wishes to defer an examination, they can apply using the relevant application form. Applications must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation.

Deferral of examinations will only be considered through this process; deferral of examinations may not be approved or denied at local level.

To note – Extensions – It is expected that where an issue results in a short term delay to the submission of an assessment artefact or inability to sit an examination, Programme or Module Directors/Departments should liaise with students to explore the potential for a short term extension or alternate assessment/examination format.  It is not appropriate for applications to be made to the Mitigation Committee that could be accommodated through short term extension.


Students are entitled to appeal examination results in modules on specific stated grounds (as per Section 19.3.2 of the Guide to Examinations).

Students are entitled to appeal without recourse for permission to do same from Academic Units. The term ‘examination’ covers all forms of assessment within a module. Students can only appeal module results. Students cannot appeal programme judgements. Students can only appeal following the confirmation of results by the relevant Summer/Autumn/Winter/Spring College Examination Boards. Students cannot appeal provisional results.

Students who will to appeal their examination results must do so as per Section 19.5 of the Guide to Examinations.

Upon receipt of an appeal, the Examination Appeals officer will arrange to send a copy of the appeal to the relevant Head of Academic Unit. The Head is obliged to arrange to have the relevant marks rechecked and provide a written response on the issues raised in the appeal. Academic Units must: i) ensure that all aspects of an appeal are responded to irrespective of the perceived merits of an appeal; ii)   be cognisant that If an Academic Unit chooses not to/does not  respond to the appeal within the appropriate timeline, it will be deemed to accept the case made by the student. In the absence of any response from the Academic Unit, the Examination Appeals Committee will assess the appeal on its merits and may or may not find in favour of the appellant and iii) respond cognisant that Academic Units do not decide whether to uphold or not uphold an appeal. This is the sole responsibility of the EAC and its decision is final.

Students and Academic Units are reminded that: i) as per Section 19.5.8 of the Guide, pending the outcome of an appeal, appellants are to avail themselves of any opportunity to re-present for examination on the  understanding that the re-sitting of an examination will not prejudice an appeal. ii) as per Section 19.5.9 of the Guide, where an appeal following the Autumn College Examination Boards, students may speak to the relevant HODs to request ‘guest access’ to the VLE (Canvas), attendance at lectures, tutorials, etc. pending a decision on the appeal. Students must be cognisant that It may not be possible to accommodate these requests, particularly with respect to placements, laboratory partnerships, etc.

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