Implement a No Detriment Policy at BIMM

Implement a No Detriment Policy at BIMM

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Stefan McKendry started this petition to BIMM and

A number of universities have recently adopted a 'No Detriment' or 'Safety Net' policy following the rise of the coronavirus pandemic. Perhaps most importantly, the University of Sussex which currently awards degrees for BIMM students has also implemented this policy.

On the 1st of April 2020, the University of Sussex stated: "you will have a safety net as we will ensure that your overall year average will not be lower than the average mark you achieved in Semester 1.  However, you can certainly improve upon your Semester 1 performance through achieving higher marks on Semester 2 modules.".   

This petition calls for the policy to also be extended to BIMM students.

With the closure of all BIMM buildings, students are unable to access many of the resources needed to complete their studies and achieve their full academic potential. Students that required face-to-face participation for research in a number of modules including dissertations will be unable to complete said research, potentially derailing a project that has been worked on for months. A number of live performance based modules at BIMM will instead require students to submit a video performance - this raises some issues as the audio/visual recordings of these performances can be manipulated to achieve a near perfect result. 

Furthermore, students with exceptional circumstances such as disabilities, mental health issues, an unsafe home environment or those without a stable internet conenction/access to a computer will be at a further disadvantage.  

Finally, I would like to urge the governing board that the right decision is made. The students are of course very grateful and appreciative for the ongoing support from the staff at BIMM in what is surely a very stressful time, but unfortunately many students will be unable to achieve their optimal grade and in the interest of fairness and parity a no detriment policy is surely the most just outcome.

 

 

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