No-Detriment Policy for the Semester 2, Trimester 2 and 3 Assessment Period - 2019/20 Academic Year
We have reviewed our current policy in line with how best we can support our entire student body to be successful in their studies during a period of uncertainty. Our rationale for this decision includes:
- ensuring you have the best opportunity to undertake and gain appropriate learning and understanding in your subject area.
- ensuring you have the best opportunity for your attainment to be accurately reflected.
- fairness and transparency of process for all students.
- an awareness of the challenging conditions you are facing at this present time and supporting you to mitigate against these.
- providing as much flexibility as possible whilst maintaining degree integrity and the long-term value of each degree.
Our no-detriment policy is based on Bath Spa University and its students. We believe this is the best option for you based on how you learn and are assessed during your time at Bath Spa.
Other universities have implemented similar policies based on grade averages. In order to meet the needs of all our students, we have devised an enhanced no-detriment approach to support those students who may not have a grade average. Our enhanced approach provides a safety net for those with a grade average and enables those without to retake assessments without penalty. We believe this approach is fair and flexible, provides all our students with choice, and accordingly no student will be detrimentally impacted by the current situation.
If you feel you have been impacted during Semester 2 or Trimester 2/3 of your studies, we will be putting in place the following mitigation to allow all students the best opportunity to progress to the next level of their course or to achieve their degree by the end of this academic year.
- All examination periods have been cancelled and replaced by alternative assessments (these will be outlined clearly on individual Minerva module pages).
- Alternative assessments have been arranged for any assessment that requires an in-person or practical element to ensure you still meet the intended learning outcomes from your course (these will be outlined clearly on individual Minerva module pages).
- If you do not feel 'fit' to submit your work at this current time, another opportunity will be provided to you during the Summer resit period to submit the work without penalty and without any requirement to put in a claim for Mitigating Circumstances.
- If you attempt a piece of assessment, but then achieve less than 40% (50% for postgraduate modules), you will be able to undertake the work again in the resit period, but this will be treated as a deferral (rather than a referral) and therefore the mark will not be capped.
Progression and Award Safety Net
Undergraduate students who had already successfully achieved 60 credits from their current level of study from Semester 1 following the March 2020 Assessment Boards, will already have been provided with a Grade Average. If you are an Undergraduate student who has not yet achieved 60 credits from Semester 1 this academic year at your current level, one of the following options will apply to you.
Option A: Safety Net One - Grade Average
Undergraduate students will now be provided with a grade average as long as they have successfully passed all 60 credits from Semester 1 within the 2019/20 academic year. Grade averages will be confirmed to you along with your official results on either the 10 July 2020 or the 4 September 2020, depending on when you successfully achieve 60 credits from Semester 1.
If you are due to be granted an award, we will calculate your degree award mark and classification as normal (this includes still being able to drop your lowest 20 credit module mark), using the rules explained in the Undergraduate Academic Framework (.pdf). We will also calculate your degree award classification using your grade average. The higher of the two will stand.
Students who have not yet achieved enough credits to gain a Grade Average will be given the option of whether they want to opt out of gaining a Grade Average and instead continue with Safety Net Two (Option B).
You will need to tell us whether you would like to opt-out of the grade average option by 26 May 2020 by completing the Opt-out form.
If we do not receive a completed opt-out form from you by this deadline, we will assume that you wish to proceed with Safety Net One: Grade Average, which you will receive upon successful completion of 60 credits at Semester One at your current level within the 2019-20 academic year. Please note that if you do not opt out of gaining a grade average by the deadline above, you will no longer have the opportunity to request to retake passed assessments in the August resit period.
Option B: Safety Net Two - Retake Passed Modules (summer reassessment period only)
For those students who are unable to obtain a grade average or have opted not to receive a Grade Average, you will still have Safety Net Two (Option B) available to you. If you pass an assessment following submission for the 8 June 2020 deadline, but believe that the mark does not reflect your grade profile due to the impact of the current situation, you can choose to undertake the work again in the resit period without being capped. Whichever mark is higher will be retained.
Postgraduate students who had already successfully achieved 90 credits from their current level of study following the March 2020 Assessment Board, will already have been provided with a Grade Average.
If you are a Postgraduate student who has not yet achieved 90 credits, you will be able to take advantage of the opportunity to retake assessments that you pass, following the July Assessment Board, if you believe that the mark you achieve does not reflect your grade profile due to the impact of the current situation. Any retakes during this period will not be capped and whichever mark is higher will be retained.
Considerations for Progression
- If you choose not to resubmit in August/September, you can ask to take the modules again in full the next year. You should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to check how any deferrals to the next academic year may impact your progression. PLEASE NOTE: undergraduate students can only progress onto the next level of their course with 40 credits in deficit (these are from failed or referred/deferred modules). You cannot progress onto the next level of your course with 60 or more credits outstanding from your current level.
- If you feel you are unable to continue with your studies at this current point you can request to intercalate (take a break) from your studies until the next academic year (2020/21). You can either return in the academic year 2020/21 to restart your current level from the start of the academic year or part-way through. Students who have previously repeated a year of study or are nearing the end of their registration period are advised to contact email@example.com to discuss their student record with a member of Student and Registry Services. If you decide to intercalate during this period (Semester Two/Trimester Two or Three) or subsequently decide to retake the year, you will no longer retain any grade average which has been confirmed to you. The grade average will also no longer be retained if a student is required to repeat a module with attendance in the next academic year.