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Statement on Assessment 'Safety Net' Policy

 
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Statement on Assessment 'Safety Net' Policy
by Katy Willis - Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 4:10 PM
 

To all students,

Please see below a statement from Professor Ian Luke, Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic, and Stephen Plant, Registrar and Company Secretary. 

  

Focused on Student Success: Assessment ‘Safety-Net’ Policy

 

Important message

In the present exceptional circumstances, and in addition to the assessment initiatives implemented by programme teams already, the university is introducing an Assessment ‘Safety-Net’ Policy. This means that as long as your remaining assessments are completed appropriately, your final mark for the academic year can only go up, not down.

 

Technical Detail

The University is committed to the following:

For undergraduate students

Your overall mark for the year will be averaged from modules already completed, and:

  • If marks received from assessments in Semester B/Term 2 onwards increase this average, then this will be taken into account and the overall mark for the year increased.
  • If marks received from assessments in Semester B/Term 2 onwards decrease this average, then these marks will not be counted, and your overall mark for the year would be maintained at the same level as for Semester A or Term 1 assessments.
  • Assessments already completed are unaffected, although resit and deferred assessments will align with the bullet point below.
  • For assessments in Semester B or Term 2 onwards, the modules will be ‘condonable’ in terms of academic credit, which means that as long as you achieve a mark of 30-39% for each of these modules then these will be deemed to have been passed.
  • For those programmes recognised by professional bodies, there will still be a need to align with assessment guidance that they provide; this will be evident in the details that your programme teams will have already communicated with you regarding assessments.

 

 

Taught Postgraduate students

Your overall mark for the year will be averaged from modules already completed, aligned to the full-time or part-time pathway you are following.

  • If marks received for assessments following 30th March, within this academic year, enhance this average then this will be taken into account and the overall mark for the year enhanced.
  • If marks received for assessments following 30th March, within this academic year, decrease this average then these will not be counted and your overall mark for the year would be maintained at the level pre 30th March.
  • Assessments already completed are unaffected, although resit and deferred assessments will align with the bullet point below.
  • For assessments in Semester B or Term 2 onwards, the modules will be ‘condonable’ in terms of academic credit, which means that as long as you achieve a mark of 40-49% for each of these modules then these will be deemed to have been passed.
  • For those programmes recognised by professional bodies, there will still be a need to align with assessment guidance that they provide; this will be evident in the details that your programme teams will have already communicated with you regarding assessments.

Note: The ‘safety-net’ is in addition to the other the individual- and programme-specific assessment initiatives already implemented by programme teams to support your success. This programme-specific detail is important because each programme has different requirements, some including alignment with guidance from professional and regulatory bodies. As such, it is important that the information from your programme teams is followed.

 

Marjon is proud of its values and the focus on its students. We fully understand that you are facing numerous pressures at this time and we will ensure that our approach and regulations enable you to achieve the marks you deserve.

 

Stephen Plant: University Secretary and Registrar

Prof. Ian Luke: Pro Vice Chancellor, Academic

 

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Re: Statement on Assessment 'Safety Net' Policy
by Nicola New - Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 4:39 PM
 

Thank you very much for this reassuring information.