Reintroduce the safety net policy at the University of Plymouth

Reintroduce the safety net policy at the University of Plymouth

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Jack Luck started this petition to Professor Judith Petts CBE and

Dear Professor Judith Petts CBE, Vice-Chancellor, 

As you will be aware the new lockdown announced on the 4th January 2021, will have considerable consequences for the students of the University of Plymouth. We therefore are writing to you to request the reintroduction of a safety net: to ensure no student is adversely effected academically by the new COVID-19 restrictions. 

The government demands that students who are not yet in Plymouth, stay at home until at least mid-February, this will lead to decreased access to University resources such as the library and face to face interaction with lecturers. Furthermore, the scale of the lockdown will also have a negative effect on students mental health; especially those with pre-existing mental health issues. Students are also being told that they cannot return to accommodation that they are paying rent to live in. However, no consideration has been given to the 13.6% of surveyed students who remained in Plymouth student accommodation over Christmas (UPSU, 17 November 2020), who otherwise live outside of Plymouth or Internationally. Have also been given no indication that tuition fees will be lowered and refunded, despite a lower quality of education. 

Therefore, we urge you to reintroduce a safety net and no detriment policy as robust as that offered to students in 2019/2020 including but not limited to: A guarantee that students will not receive a lower mark on average this year, than that achieved by the 4th January 2021; A ten day automatic extenuating circumstances extension granted on all assignments between the 4th January 2021 and the end of the academic year; accommodations for those sitting Semester one examinations in the next few weeks; the reduction and refunding of tuition fees for the years 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 and the creation of a fund helping those with financial issues stemming from the COVID-19 restrictions, especially with regards to paying rent, as many students rely on jobs in industries that have been forced to close to get by financially during term time. 

We believe that the students of the University of Plymouth, should not be disadvantaged by events totally outside of their control which is why we urge the University to consider these requests, so that no student is left behind because of COVID.  

Yours Sincerely, 

Jack Luck, Economics with Politics Student and President of the University of Plymouth Labour Society

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