No detriment policy for the University of Surrey
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I have become increasingly concerned over the past few days of the extent to which the university is supporting us through the Covid-19 outbreak. Families are sick, people are dying, unpleasant news headlines are constantly popping up on our phones, and students are expected to continue to prepare for online exams as though nothing is happening.
Speaking from my own experience and to friends from the university, students are finding it hard to work at home. Some have no workspace, no laptop and some even no internet. I do not think it is at all acceptable to assume that students can prepare effectively for online exams, nor can they perform to their normal ability.
Other universities, including russell groups, have implemented a 'no detriment' policy, where students cannot score below their current average mark, but can still achieve higher. This still allows assessments (and for those who have not cancelled their exams) exams to go ahead, but this gives students a safety net to put their minds at rest.
I think it is particularly necessary for University of Surrey to consider the mental health of students at this time, and to consider how they can be made to feel secure regardless of where you are in your degree but especially those in their final year.
thankyou to the students of University of Kent to starting a petition there which has influenced this petition.
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