Undergraduate Teaching 2022-23

Rearranging coursework & obtaining extensions: general rules

Rearranging coursework & obtaining extensions: general rules

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Introduction

Although we expect students to attend all lab sessions and respect coursework deadlines, we understand there may be reasons why this may not always be possible. In such cases, students may be allowed to rearrange timetabled lab sessions or request deadline extensions for coursework submission. This document sets out the department’s approach to this subject as agreed by the faculty board.

Principles

  1. All timetabled coursework activities are compulsory parts of the course.
  2. Marks are not awarded for activities not completed. Requests for allowances for the disregarding of marks in respect of coursework activities left incomplete is a matter for the Examination Access and Mitigations Committee (EAMC).
  3. Students may self-declare periods of illness up to 7 days (and a total of 28 days in an academic year) to the department teaching office for the purposes of extensions to deadlines and re-arranging coursework activities. No tutorial support or medical evidence is required.
  4. There is no appeal process as such, however, students unhappy with a departmental decision may apply to the EAMC.
  5. Rescheduling timetabled coursework activities:
    1. Students are expected to pro-actively re-schedule missed coursework activities. The Teaching Office will approve requests and assist if needed.
    2. Requests for re-arrangement of timetabled coursework activities can only be accommodated in the very limited circumstances set out below.
  6. Deadline extension for coursework submissions:
    1. Applications must be made at the time or on return from illness. Retrospective requests will be rejected by the department.
    2. Extensions are only available through the department process for illness up to 7 days or where a student’s SSD mentions extensions may be required. Extensions in other circumstances must be applied for via the EAMC.
    3. Extensions may not be possible, or only be possible for a limited period of time, close to the end of a term or the academic year.

Acceptable reasons for seeking re-arrangement of timetabled coursework activities (not deadline extensions)

Procedure for re-arrangement

Where one of the grounds below applies the student should complete the online form. If the request is accepted the Teaching Office will then contact the relevant lab leader and student approving the request for rearrangement. The student should then discuss re-arrangement with the lab leader. If re-arrangement is not approved or not possible and the activity is missed the student will not be awarded the marks for the missed activity. The student will need to consult with their tutor regarding the possibility of an application to the EAMC in such cases.

Illness

The department will accept self-certification of illness for periods of up to 7 days at a time and a total of 28 days in an academic year. This should be declared using the online form at the time, or as soon as possible after the illness. Where a student has missed a coursework session due to illness they should seek to re-arrange the missed session as soon as possible after their return to study. Re-arrangement on the grounds of illness will only be possible where self-certification has been completed.

Compassionate or religious grounds

Students will, wherever practicable, be allowed to rearrange timetabled coursework activities on compassionate or religious grounds . Such re-arrangements must be made in advance.

Examples of compassionate grounds includes attendance at a funeral of a close family member or a family or medical emergency. Attendance at a family event, such as a family holiday, wedding or graduation would not be considered compassionate grounds. Applications to rearrange timetabled coursework activities for religious observance that usually occurs over a restricted period (e.g. Eid al-Fitr, Shavuot, Pesach, Shivaratri, Vaisakhi) will be considered. Where observance extends over a significant period of time (e.g. Ramadan), and where it is normally expected that daily activities (including teaching) will continue as normal, applications would not be considered. Rearrangements for the purpose of holy visits, pilgrimages etc. cannot be approved.

Interviews

When applying for jobs, work placements or sponsorship, students may be invited for interview on days that conflict with coursework activities. Students should in the first instance seek to rearrange the interview rather than the coursework. If this proves impossible, then the student should try to rearrange the coursework. This must be done in advance and if not possible the coursework session must be attended.

Sporting commitments

Coursework may not be rearranged to accommodate College sporting commitments or College or University training sessions. Students will, wherever practicable, be allowed to seek to rearrange coursework that conflicts with University sporting fixtures. Arrangements need to be made in advance. Retrospective requests will not be accepted.

Other reasons

If a student wishes to seek to rearrange coursework for any reason not covered by the four categories above, they should discuss the matter with the Director of Undergraduate Education in advance of the activity in question.

Deadline Extensions

Disability Related

Where a student has a Student Support Document (SSD) which refers to a potential need for extended deadlines students may request short extensions by completing the online form. These requests will be discussed with the student by the Director of Undergraduate Education. These requests cannot be made retrospectively. The department will refer students to the EAMC process where requests for extensions for an individual student amount to more than 28 days in an academic year

Illness

The online illness self-certification form should be used to request extensions on the grounds of illness of up to seven days. Deadlines falling during the period of illness or immediately thereafter may be extended for the length of the period of illness. The department will refer students to the EAMC process where requests for extensions for an individual student amount to more than 28 days in an academic year.

Other

Requests for deadline extensions on other grounds, retrospective requests, requests for extensions due to periods of illness of more than 7 days or reflecting illness of more than 28 days in an academic year need to be made to the EAMC rather than via the department.

Last updated on 26/09/2022 13:29