No Detriment Policy for University of Bath During 2020/2021 Academic Year

No Detriment Policy for University of Bath During 2020/2021 Academic Year

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Anonymous Student started this petition to University of Bath

*adapted from previous university petitions*

We are calling for the University of Bath to follow in their footsteps from last year and implement a new no-detriment policy for assessments and exams this year due to COVID-19 disruptions.

COVID-19 has affected every student at the University of Bath. With limited contact hours being available, and all lectures being online for many students, students have had to learn to, and adapt to, a new way of receiving their education mid-pandemic. Student health is being challenged more than ever during the current climate, with constant stress, anxiety, and negativity being a more prevalent issue than ever before. Many students may not have suitable circumstances to sit their exams this January, let alone beginning semester 2 in the third national lockdown in 10-months, and the second national lockdown this academic year. The virus has also, directly and indirectly, affected many students, with friends, family, and coursemates being ill, or worse, to COVID-19. All of these incredibly stressful factors prevent students from achieving their grades in previous years. Prioritising the mental health and wellbeing of their students should be a top concern for the University of Bath, helping to relieve some stress from their student's hectic lives.

This petition is asking Bath University to take into account these extraordinary and unprecedented conditions, with the introduction of a no-detriment policy. This no-detriment policy would mean that students would still have to participate in coursework and assessments, but without the fear that this will negatively impact the grades, which they worked so hard towards during whilst 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 type of mitigating system will help to create more equal results for students being assessed at the University. This is because it allows students to achieve a grade which reflects their work under ordinary circumstances, whilst providing an incentive to do well in future assessments and still giving students who did not achieve their desired grades previously a chance to improve. Final year students, in particular, have worked for 3/4/5 years to get the grade they deserve. A pandemic completely out of our control, massively affecting our wellbeing and ability to work should not affect this.

Other universities may not yet have implemented this form of no-detriment policy for the 2020/2021 academic year, but this should pave the way for other universities to make the same choice to help their students in these unprecedented and unpredictable times.

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