Change to University of York Assessments in light of COVID-19

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We recognise that by moving teaching and assessments online, the University is attempting to maintain uninterrupted educational provision; however, the adjustments currently in place are insufficient in these exceptional circumstances. 

The forthcoming Exams and Assessments should not negatively affect the current grade-average of final year students at the University of York and should be postponed for second-year students.  During this time of worry and uncertainty, students cannot be expected to concentrate fully on their academic studies and may not have access to the resources necessary to complete essays and assignments to the best of their abilities, particularly where access to archive materials or specialist facilities is impossible due to Government self-distancing and self-isolation recommendations.

A move to online teaching and assessment is not sufficient, as it cannot replace face-to-face teaching and the University cannot ensure that the proposed online exams are sat fairly, thus compromising their value. These online provisions are particularly unsatisfactory given the disruption caused by Union strikes throughout this academic year- we have not received the education we are paying for.

If the University deems further assessment necessary,  Students should submit their assignments as originally planned but given this unprecedented public-health crisis, these results should not negatively affect their current grade- average (non-detriment assessment). Alternatively, the University should postpone final year exams and/or assignments to a later date. 


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