Academic Justice

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We, the current Law students at Monash University, wish to respectfully register our distress, frustration and anger at the information released on 10 June 2020 by the Law Faculty regarding the procedure for the upcoming e-exams.

This newly released information is unexpected and very different to all previous information released by Monash about the technical process and device requirements for e-exams. The process is increasingly complicated and confusing. Additionally, we have effectively been given only 11 days’ notice before the start of the exam period to ensure we have multiple devices that can sustain three hours of video call. It is unfair and unacceptable to presume that all students have access to such devices, or the ability to buy new devices for the exams. Furthermore, the information provided by the Law Faculty also raises further questions without providing avenues for receiving direct answers – for example, the information does not clarify whether the previous device requirements (such as having a webcam built into our laptops) are still applicable to law students.

We, the students, have already registered our concerns about the inequality and inequity of remotely invigilated exams and the difference in devices, internet connections and home environments. This new information compounds these difficulties. Only being informed of these new requirements now is also problematic as applications for special arrangements due to technical issues closed weeks ago. This adds unnecessary further stress and pressure during an already very stressful period. We should be focusing on revising content – not worrying about whether our personal laptops and phones are adequate.

This has been a stressful semester for us – and I’m sure it has been difficult for the teaching staff too. I appreciate your work during the transition to online learning. However, I do not understand why the Faculty has continued to add confusion and pressure on the students during this time, especially so close to exams.
It is my understanding that Monash is the only law school in Victoria pushing on with remotely invigilated exams this semester.

The argument for ensuring academic integrity is substantially weakened by the following points:
• The fact that we already have an open book exam;
• That we are allowed to do assignments, quizzes and in-semester assessment without being videoed as we do it; and
• Lawyers Ethics – a core unit – already has a take-home exam.

We, as students, have not received adequate or clear explanations as to the Law Faculty’s decision to continue with remote invigilation.

We encourage the Law Faculty to reconsider the proposals put forward by the Law Students’ Society regarding e-exam procedures.