Academic appeal: a formal request you can submit to the University to ask them to reconsider a decision they have made in relation to degree classification, progression or a module mark, among other areas. If you are thinking about appealing, BSU Support Service can assist you by offering advice and guidance: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic misconduct: a serious assessment offence. Some examples include collusion, plagiarism and cheating on an examination. Some outcomes of this procedure are a mark of zero for the piece of work or entire module, a deferral or referral.
Capped: you will be capped at the pass mark, even if you achieve a higher score.
Deferral: a further attempt at an assessment or a new assessment in place of the original one, which is NOT capped at the pass mark.
Extension to deadline: a process that enables you to request a revised deadline, either beforehand or retrospectively, up to two weeks after the deadline has passed. If you experience an unexpected issue that you believe can be rectified quickly so that you are eventually able to submit your work, you can apply for an extension through your course leader and you do not need to provide any supporting evidence.
Generic mitigation: one of the components of the no detriment policy, which grants you deferrals and extensions, without supporting evidence. All students will receive this, even if their course is governed by a regulatory body which prevents performance benchmarking.
Late submission: a penalty is applied to work that is submitted after the deadline set and where an extension request has not been submitted. To avoid this, you must request an extension through your course leader, as detailed above.
Mitigating circumstances: This procedure is normally reserved for unforeseen general personal issues that negatively impact on your ability to study, submit an assessment or complete an examination. Students will usually apply for this where they are experiencing a longer-term difficulty and an extension is not sufficient. However, as a result of COVID-19, the no detriment policy is providing mitigation to all students, without them having to apply for it or provide supporting evidence, as is normally the case.
If you submitted a mitigation circumstances form before COVID-19, you will have been required to provide evidence from an independent source, including a doctor or counsellor, and your application would have been considered by the relevant board under the normal procedures. If during COVID-19 you have experienced an issue outside the remit of coronavirus, generic mitigation will provide you with the full range of options available, which is why you do not need to submit an application, but if you have concerns, please get in touch with the BSU Support Service: email@example.com.
No detriment: a new policy in response to COVID-19, which has suspended the University’s General Examination and Assessment Regulations for Taught Courses (GEAR) and will now govern degree award and progression decisions. It consists of 2 components: 1) generic mitigation and 2) individual performance benchmarking. It applies to assessments submitted after March 5.
Non-attempt: non-submission of assessment work.
Progression: an exam board decision on whether you can proceed to the next stage of your course. Where you have been told you are unable to progress to the next level, you may be asked to repeat modules the following year or leave the University.
Pass mark: 40% for an undergraduate assessment or 50% for a postgraduate assessment.
Performance benchmark: the second component of no detriment that is defined as your individual achievement, which your upcoming marks are benchmarked against. This will take the form of a weighted average of your semester 1 marks if you have accumulated 40 credits or more during that period OR as a combination of your average from semester 1, in addition to your year average from the previous year, where you have not accumulated 40 credits in your first semester.
Referral: a further attempt at an assessment or a new assessment in place of it, which IS capped at the pass mark.
Stage of study: the year or level you are currently enrolled on as part of your course. For instance, if you are a second-year undergraduate student, you would be on level 5.
Uncapped:you will be awarded a mark within the full range of marks available (i.e. 0 – 100).
Weighted average: your performance benchmark will be reflected as a weighted average of all the assessments you have completed up to March 5. Therefore, the marks you obtain are going to contribute to your benchmark proportionatelyto their credit value.