Petition for The University of Westminster to Implement the 'No Detriment' Policy

Petition for The University of Westminster to Implement the 'No Detriment' Policy

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Maryanne Taylor started this petition to Dr Peter Bonfield and

Due to concerns surrounding changes being made to study and assessments because of Covid-19, the University of Westminster should implement the 'No Detriment' policy for all undergraduate and postgraduate students.

To begin; the 'No Detriment' policy is a policy put in place to ensure that students achieve either their already earned grades or higher. Students are therefore not allowed to be marked lower than what they are currently working at. The policy, however, means that students still need to achieve a pass grade and are not able to just write their names and expect to be given their grade. It does, however, mean that if reasons discussed below mean that you are unable to achieve your expected grade, your degree will not be impacted.

Many students are being forgotten about during this crisis, and it is clear that there is great anxiety within the student community about final grades and how they will be achieved during this pandemic. Thousands of students have had their lives flipped upside down in recent weeks, with needing to move back home to different countries or looking after high risk family members, along with a change in the way that teaching happens, moving to online exams and the change in many assignments and dissertations.

As well as the impact that Covid-19 has had on education, it has also mean't that thousands of students are experiencing troubles with mental well-being, with many having to deal with personal or family issues. 

The struggle of balancing personal issues and confusion of changing assessments, along with the rapid change of environment for many, raises concerns about achieving the final grade that students have worked so hard to achieve prior to this.

The 'No Detriment' policy would allow all students to remain on track to achieve in the same way that they would have, despite the current crisis. Many other UK universities have implemented this policy already.

If you share these concerns, please sign this petition for the policy to be implemented for ALL University of Westminster students.

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