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  Fit to Sit - Extenuating Circumstances

These regulations apply to all matriculated students of Edinburgh Napier University who believe that their ability to complete an assessment of any type has been adversely affected by extenuating circumstances that have had a detrimental effect on their academic studies or progression.

Please note that this information supersedes the extenuating circumstances information in section five of your programme handbook.

Changes to Extenuating Circumstances Procedures for 2017/18

We have introduced changes to these procedures. Details of the changes, what you have to do and the support available to you can be found in the Fit to Sit Student Fact Sheet​​ and below throughout this page. There is also a Frequently Asked Questions section which can be accessed by clicking on 'FAQ' in the column to the left. 

Please click on the statements below to expand the boxes to access the correct form (RE1/DA1/EC1) and 
more information​​​​​​​.​ 

Fit to Sit

​If you take part in an assessment, whether handing in a coursework, sitting an exam or taking another kind of assessment you are declaring yourself to be well enough to do so: in other words you are “Fit to Sit”.

However, occasionally things can go wrong with your health or personal life that can impact on your studies. The University calls these “Extenuating Circumstances” and has a process to support you. This page explains what to do if things go wrong and where to look for help.

If you are experiencing such difficulties, you should speak to a member of staff at the University for support, advice and guidance.  The most appropriate person is usually your Programme Leader (PL) or Personal Development Tutor (PDT). In addition your School has an Extenuating Circumstances Officer (ECO) who will deal with administrative arrangements.


If you think you can still complete your assignments with a little more time
If you can’t do your assessments at all or become ill during an exam
If you realise later that you should have applied for deferral but didn’t
Students studying on Edinburgh Napier University programmes delivered with our international partner institutions

​Contact details for form submission


The Business School:
Room 2/61, Craiglockhart


School of Arts and Creative Industries:
Room C81a, Merchiston
School of Computing:
Room C34, Merchiston
School of Engineering and the Built Environment:
Room C81b, Merchiston


School of Health & Social Care:          
Room 3.B.06, Sighthill
School of Applied Sciences:
Room 2.B.27, Sighthill | Edinburgh Napier Mobile App