The University regularly reviews its student regulations and following discussions with staff and student representatives a number of significant changes have been agreed to the student regulations with effect from 1 September 2010. The changes are being introduced in response to very high levels of non-submission of assessment items and also widespread use of the “24 hour rule”. Feedback showed that the existing arrangements were unfair to the many students who submitted their work by the deadline.
It was also clear that students who did not submit at the first opportunity forfeited the opportunity to receive feedback, which might be helpful in the case of resubmission. There was also a widespread view, which was shared by staff and students that meeting deadlines is an important skill and that students should be encouraged to acquire the ability to manage their work to meet deadlines in preparation for their future employment.
Following extensive consultation, Academic Board has agreed the following changes to regulations:
Late submission of coursework
All coursework must be submitted by the 3pm deadline. Work submitted within 24 hours of the deadline will no longer be considered on time and will therefore be considered a late submission and the grade will be capped at the minimum pass grade.
Non-submission of assessment items
Students who fail to submit an item of assessment or attend an examination will no longer be able to submit reassessment and a student will be required to RETAKE the module again. An undergraduate student who fails 90 credits due to non-submission will be required to leave the course and the University and will not have the opportunity to retake the year.
Students who make encounter difficulties outside of their control may submit a claim for mitigating circumstances. Claims for Mitigating Circumstances will only be accepted for non submission of assessment if the circumstances are such that submission within 14 days of the due date was not possible.
Arrangements for Reassessment
Reassessment has been moved from the end of August to the end of June. For this academic session reassessment examinations will be held w/c 27 June 2011.