Student education and exams

UNIVERSITY EXECUTIVE GROUP

COVID19: STUDENT EDUCATION ARRANGEMENTS

Tuesday 17 March 2020

The following arrangements will apply to Student Education for the remainder of the 2019/20 academic session.  These are based on the following principles: (i) that the integrity of the Leeds award should be maintained, and (ii) that the interests of Students must be protected. This is in line with the University’s conditions of registration as a Degree Awarding Body.

From 6pm Wednesday 18 March until Friday 27th March for all UG and PGT students:

  1. All physical classes (including assessment activities) will be cancelled.
  2. Learning and teaching activities will continue online, with a minimum expectation that Students will receive access to appropriate learning opportunities and content via Minerva, to the maximum extent possible.
  3. Where technically possible, synchronous online interaction (e.g. live online classes) should take place with Students in timetabled slots.
  4. Opportunities for asynchronous online interaction between teachers and Students must be available in all modules (e.g. discussion boards).
  5. Final Year Students must have opportunities for synchronous dialogue with teaching staff in relation to dissertation supervision.
  6. Where technically possible and practical, In-Course Assessments should continue online.

From Monday 27 April to the end of the academic session:

For Final Year UG Students and PGT students

  1. Online teaching and learning activities will continue as in (1) – (4) above until the end of the teaching period.
  2. Dissertations will be submitted and marked online.
  3. Where technically possible and practical, In-Course Assessments will continue online.
  4. All Examinations will be amended to be issued as open-book Examinations (or replaced with alternative forms of assessment), except where closed book Examinations are absolutely required for Professional or Accreditation purposes. In these (exceptional) cases, students will undertake online proctored Examinations remotely.
  5. Further guidance will be issued so that Examination Boards classify finalists in line with existing policies about exceptional circumstances and special cases and the Rules for Award.

For UG students in their Penultimate Year

  1. All timetabled learning and teaching activities will be cancelled and no live online classes will take place.
  2. Students will receive access to appropriate learning opportunities and content via Minerva, to the maximum extent possible.
  3. All coursework assessments will be completed, where technically possible and practical.
  4. All Examinations will be cancelled.
  5. Further guidance will be issued so that Examination Boards are able to formulate module marks based on the component marks available, with reference to existing policies about exceptional circumstances and special cases.
  6. Further guidance will be issued in relation to the progression of Students but the expectation is that, unless there are specific criteria associated with accreditation requirements, all Students will be progressed to the Final Year.

For all other UG students

  1. All timetabled learning and teaching activities will be cancelled and no live online classes will take place.
  2. Students will receive access to appropriate learning opportunities and content via Minerva, to the maximum extent possible.
  3. All in-Course Assessments and Examinations will be cancelled.
  4. Further guidance will be issued in relation to the progression of students but the expectation is that, unless there are specific criteria associated with accreditation requirements, all Students will be progressed to their next year of study.

Notes:

  1. Separate arrangements may be agreed for Students registered on SWJTU programmes in due course, but until further notice, this policy also applies to those Students.
  2. Separate arrangements may be agreed in relation to higher and degree apprenticeships, on a case by case basis.
  3. Re-designed assessments for learning and teaching activities which were due to take place over the Easter vacation (e.g. fieldtrips) should continue for affected Final Year and Penultimate Year Students as per points (9) and (14).
  4. Information and guidance about systems, tools and processes available to support delivery of online in-course assessments, open book examinations and remote proctored examinations will follow.
  5. Where technically possible and as a general rule, online submission and online marking is expected. Hard copy submission and marking will only be agreed in exceptional circumstances, and may not be technically possible. Information and guidance about systems and processes for online submission and marking will follow.
  6. As a general rule, this policy applies to all Foundation Year Students and for Students returning from Study Year Abroad or Industrial Years. Further guidance will follow relating to any agreed variations.

All Students and Staff will be informed of this policy once agreed by the University Executive Group, and by Tuesday 17 March, at the latest.

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