Mitigating circumstances - adjusted process | University of Oxford

Mitigating circumstances - adjusted process

The mitigating circumstances notices to examiners (MCE) process has been adjusted to directly take into consideration and acknowledge the impact COVID-19 has had on your teaching, learning, revision, coursework submissions and examinations, alongside any individual circumstances you believe may have impacted on your academic performance. 

If you believe your academic performance has been seriously affected by COVID-19 situation and/or a medical or personal issue you can submit a self-assessment mitigating circumstances formPlease only complete the form once you have completed ALL of your assessments this includes dissertations. If you submit the form prior to completing all of your assessments you will not be able to submit another form.

The form is designed so that you can make the Board of Examiners aware of any problems that occurred before or during your exams, or in relation to your submitted coursework, that seriously affected your performance. The form has three sections:  

  • the first section is for general information about you;  
  • the second section concerns any practical issues you experienced during your examinations or coursework submissions; and  
  • the third section allows you to raise any other problems you may have experienced. 

Further instructions on what to include in the form, timing of notifications, how these are considered by your examiners and complaints procedures can be found in the Guidance Notes. There is also a PDF version of the form that will enable you to see what questions will be asked.

If you need additional help your college/department can be contacted as can the Proctors Office ( It is your decision on whether to submit a form, and your responsibility to make sure that you submit the required information. You, or anyone acting on your behalf, must not communicate directly with the examiners. You will only be able to submit this form once, therefore make sure you are happy with your answers before you submit your form.