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, which needs to be done before the deadline. 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. IT failure is also now grounds for an extension.
Generic mitigation: one of the components of the new safety net package, which grants you deferrals and extensions, without supporting evidence. All students will receive this where possible.
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 generic mitigation aspect of the safety net is providing mitigation to all students, without them having to apply for it or provide supporting evidence, as is normally the case. This applies where you are unable to submit, miss an exam, or do not pass. It may not apply to some courses with PSRB requirements and you can check with your Course Leader if you are unsure if this applies to you.
However, if you have passed an assessment and are making an application for unrepresentative performance, you do need to submit a mitigating circumstances claim, detailed below.
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 or one related to it, the new unrepresentative performance policy will not require you to submit evidence in support of your application if you are unable to obtain this. You are being encouraged to provide it, if you have it, but not doing so will not exclude your application outright.
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.
Referral: a further attempt at an assessment or a new assessment in place of it, which IS capped at the pass mark.
Safety net: 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 3 components: 1) generic mitigation 2) unrepresentative performance and 3) revised algorithm for degree award classifications. These aspects are in place until September 2021.
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).
Unrepresentative performance: see “Mitigating circumstances” above.