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Mitigating Circumstances

Patrick & Henry Community College considers a mitigating circumstance as a major occurrence completely out of a student’s control that might have a significant and adverse impact on their academic performance within a given semester. Prospective students must request mitigating circumstances after the course withdrawal date. Claims must be submitted within 12 months of the end of term for which the course was taken.

Circumstances can include the following situations:

Other circumstances that are not considered viable may include, but are not limited to:

For more information, contact the Mitigating Circumstances Coordinator (Joyce Divens, jdivens@patrickhenry.edu, 276-656-5463) to determine if their situation qualifies as a mitigating circumstance.


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