'No Detriment' Policy for Loughborough University Assessments

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We are calling for Loughborough University to follow in the footsteps of other top UK universities (such as Exeter, Warwick, Oxford, Cambridge, Leeds, Sheffield, Southampton, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol and Edinburgh) and implement a no-detriment / ‘safety net’ policy for Semester Two assessments.

Whilst the entire UK economy is at a standstill due to COVID-19, it is not enough to simply give students an extra hour for a remote examination. This petition is asking Loughborough University to take into account these extraordinary and unprecedented conditions, with the introduction of a no-detriment policy. Many students will be struggling to study in an environment that will not allow them to demonstrate their full potential, as well as being negatively impacted by mental or physical illness during this anxious time.

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.

This, we believe, is a fair compromise when compared to University of Birmingham and Lancaster University who have cancelled Semester Two assessments.

Here are the articles explaining this policy in more detail from Warwick University, Exeter University and Edinburgh University:

https://mailchi.mp/2a301ddcc266/whats-on-563764

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/coronavirus/communications/students25march/

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

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