An email from the Proctor to all University students stated that two sets of regulations have been established amid the “Covid-19 crisis” this semester in efforts to grade students as fairly as possible.
The email outlined that for students about to start their Honours programmes in 2020/21, any grade-related honours entry prerequisites for modules taught in Semester 2 will be reduced from 11.0 to a pass at 7.0.
As long as students have passed all of the required modules for Honours entry and have acquired the requisite number of credits at the right level, sub-honours students will be free to progress to their intended Honours programme. This also applies to passes achieved for Semester 2 modules during the re-assessment diet in August 2020.
Students completing modules at 3000- or 4000- level or taught modules at 5000-level in Semester 2 will have the option of having any module retrospectively S-coded “on the basis of the disruption caused by the Covid-19 crisis.”
The email states that this will be in addition to any S-codes awarded for other reasons in line with current policy.
After they have been notified of their module result, students can ask for an S-code to be attached to either one, several or all semester 2 modules.
These S-coded results will not be used to calculate the degree classification should they impact negatively on the class of degree awarded.
The Proctor assured that these new regulations will allow students to study in confidence, “knowing that if – in spite of your best efforts and our determination to grade you as fairly as possible – you are not satisfied with a module result, you can ask for it not to be factored into the calculation of your degree classification.”