USYD Arts Faculty: No increase in late assessment penalty!
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The USYD Undergraduate Programs Committee has recently submitted to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences that they should increase the penalty for late assessment submission from 2% mark loss per day to 5% per day. Students do not deserve a more punitive system of assessment submission. Tertiary students in Australia today are living in some of the most stressful, strenuous and uncertain studying/living conditions ever. With an ever-increasing cost of living, increasing cost to student fees, decreasing rates of job prospects immediately after graduation - high rates of stress and anxiety have been found to be affecting around 80% of the student population (As revealed in this UQ study, and this SMH article). An increase to late submission penalties will only further the burden of stressful study for students. There are many valid reasons why students are unable to submit and assessment in on time. An increase in punitive measures is not a way to change this. Rather, genuine student consultation and a more student-focused and congenial learning environment for students would would benefit their wellbeing and study.
We are calling on members of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to not vote through the proposed changes in next month's meeting. It is not in the interests of students to increase the late submission penalty!
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