RE: Adopting a No Detriment Policy for the final exams.
May 28, 2020 —
Thank you for sharing with us the concerns of you and your fellow students.
We realise that the COVID-19 crisis has seriously affected our student body. We at the School of Business and Economics understand that the past few months have not been easy for our students, and that you have all been faced with many challenges, both linked to your education and to your personal lives. On our end, we are doing our best to ensure the continuity of education and of exams in order to limit the disruption caused by the corona crisis, including possible study delays.
As you know, conducting online exams represents several challenges, especially for courses taken by a large number of students. The stress test we carried out last week further highlighted some of these challenges. We have thoroughly evaluated this test, carefully examining the different issues that arose. This has resulted in a differentiated approach in which the majority of courses will have alternative assessments. However a number of courses will still have an online examinations. These can be split in two flavours: online proctored exams, adjusted in such a way that the challenges experiences in the pilot can be tackled, and online multiple choice exams, similar to the MC exams in period 4. The relevant course coordinators will provide their students with more details shortly.
As stated earlier, our goal is to not delay the study progress of our students. For this reason the exams will take place as planned and are not postponed. In general, our efforts are focused on minimizing as much as possible the negative effects of COVID-19. For instance, as you already acknowledge, there will be no official decision regarding a negative binding study advice this academic year for first year students. Students who have not yet finished their bachelor’s programme will have the possibility of starting a master’s programme at SBE as of September 1 on certain conditions. As always the highest grade obtained will be the ‘final’ grade, whether it was obtained in the first sit or the resit.
With regard to the upcoming exams, we cannot know for sure how these exams will be experienced by students, but we can ensure you that we will evaluate these exams very carefully. The information we obtain from this evaluation will guide us in the assessment and in the designing of the exams for the resit periods.
It continues to be the intention of the Board of SBE and of the Education Institute that you, our students, have exam results that reflect your learning experience, and that your efforts are appropriately reflected in your grades. You can count on this.
This is the Dean of SBE's answer to our petition. The university's board has answered many of our concerns and most exams are scheduled with fair measures. The No Detriment Policy has not been adopted, but the upcoming exams will be evaluated carefully to understand the effects of the COVID pandemic on our education.
Thank you for signing and following this petition. If more news arrives I will post an update through here. Good luck to everyone on their exams!
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