We call on the Uni of Bristol to introduce more academic mitigations for January exams

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The University’s planned policy for Extenuating Circumstances (ECs) during the January assessment period do not go far enough to protect students. We are asking for the University to take urgent action to change this, and ensure students aren’t left to fail through no fault of their own. 

Students are currently facing unprecedented challenges that are having a huge impact on their education. Thousands in our community have faced serious illness in their family, infection with a potentially deadly or life-changing virus, self-isolation, halls lockdowns and more.  

We are therefore asking the University to urgently consider the following Academic Mitigations: 

  • Uncapped resits as standard for those who fail exams. This is in line with mitigations in place for summer assessments last year and would ensure that no student falls through the cracks.  
  • Ensure that those who have three or more 7-day exams in a week can automatically apply for extensions on one or all of them.  
  • The same allowances for ECs as in the summer assessment period, which stated there was no need to provide evidence if you did not have any.
  • As with last year, students should not be required to submit evidence to defer their exams. 
  • Mitigations should be put in place and publicised for the loss of Alternative Exam Arrangements for disabled students, with extensions being offered to students who want them.

Read our full statement on our website.