Implementation of a 'Safety Net/No Detriment Policy' For Aston University Assessments

Implementation of a 'Safety Net/No Detriment Policy' For Aston University Assessments

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Priya Kumari started this petition to Aston University and

Covid-19 has affected every student at Aston University. All classes are now online meaning students are missing out on being taught to the usual standard and many have missed out on essential practical workshops for their courses. Now all university buildings have closed, students can not access library books or other essential learning facilities. Many students mental health will be extremely negatively impacted by the pandemic, many will have to work in unsuitable environments that will not allow them to work to their full potential, and many will be hindered by coronavirus directly affecting them or their loved ones. 

We are asking Aston University to introduce a mitigation system similar to the one introduced by the University of Exeter & University of Warwick in order to bring fairer results for undergraduates and postgraduate students, especially final years who are worried about graduating with a lower grade.

This 'no-detriment' policy would mean that students would still have to participate in end of year assessments, but without the fear that this will negatively impact the grades we have worked so hard towards during our time at university. This would mean that as long as students obtain the pass mark of 40 in further assessments, their average will remain the same as, or higher than, the average already attained. If students achieve higher than their current average in further assessments, then they can still raise their final mark.

The University of Exeter, The University of Warwick, The University of Edinburgh, The University of Manchester, De Montfort University, University of Leicester and now even Coventry University have implemented this no detriment and safety net approach. Where is Aston University's no detriment approach?

These universities have clearly informed students and written on their websites the following information: 

"If you achieve higher marks in assessments submitted and examinations undertaken after Sunday 15th March then you will be able to raise your mark for the year. To repeat, as long as you qualify to pass the year, completing the summer assessments can only help not hinder you because we will not let the extraordinary circumstances in which you are completing these assessments leave you with a mark below your current overall mark."

Considering the exceptional and unexpected circumstances brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic, this type of mitigating system will help to create more equal results for students being assessed at Aston University. This is because it allows students to achieve a grade which reflects their work under ordinary circumstances, whilst providing an incentive to do well in summer assessments and still giving students who did not achieve their desired grades last term a chance to improve.

Many other students are calling out for changes to be implemented including; the University of Leeds, Newcastle University, University of York, Queen's University Belfast, University College London, Cardiff University,  University of Nottingham and Bournemouth University.

[Please see evidence for current university action in this manner through articles from the Tab, with excerpts from official university communications listed below.][1]https://www.exeter.ac.uk/coronavirus/communications/students25march/ 

[2] https://thetab.com/uk/soton/2020/03/26/sotons-no-detriment-policy-means-your-grades-cant-go-below-your-current-average-83828

[3] https://thetab.com/uk/edinburgh/2020/03/26/breaking-no-remaining-exams-assessments-can-negatively-impact-your-course-grades-for-this-semester-65113
 

It is about time Aston University did something to protect the welfare of their student body. This year has been rife with difficulties and it is not fair for assessment changes, communicated via email to determine our futures. There has been no clear communication about a safety net & having a safety net would alleviate so much pressure and allow us all to focus on what is actually important in our education; learning and bettering ourselves. 

Please sign so we can hopefully enact change!

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