The Retrospective Mitigating Circumstances (Retrospective MITS) process has replaced the previous process that allowed Academic Appeals to be submitted on personal/medical grounds after receiving your results.
As the name suggests you should complete and submit a Retrospective MITS form if you experienced circumstances outside of your control that adversely impacted on your academic performance during that trimester or assessment diet (or that caused your absence from an exam or non-submission of coursework) but were unable to submit a Mitigating Circumstances form to let the University know this by the Trimester deadline due to exceptional circumstances.
It should be noted that the GCU guidance (see links below) makes clear that by “exceptional circumstances” that prevented you submitting a Mitigating Circumstances (MITS) form by the deadline they are referring to reasons such as “hospitalisation or extenuating or unforeseen personal circumstances”.
Being unaware of the MITS process or deadline or being unhappy with your results will not be accepted as reasons for not having followed the MITS process by the Trimeser deadline (and any Retrospective MITS form submitted on these grounds will be rejected).
There is a deadline of 10 working days from the date on your formal results email/letter for submitting a Retrospective MITS form. Evidence of the reason for not being able to submit MITS by the Trimester deadline must be submitted with the form in addition to evidence of the circumstances that impacted on your academic performance during the trimester/assessment diet.
The Student Advisers can advise and assist you in deciding whether you meet the criteria for submitting Retrospective MITS by discussing your circumstances, and can offer practical help and support in completing the Retrospective MITS form and gathering the relevant evidence required to support your case.
Your Student Adviser will provide on-going support throughout the whole process and will stay in touch with you afterwards to ensure that you receive any further help or advice you might need.
Contact a Student Adviser.
Download an electronic copy of the Retrospective MITS form (Word document).
Download the GCU MITS/Retrospective MITS Help Sheet for Students (Word document).