Current students: No Detriment Policy

This policy is in place to provide for additional measures to support you at times when circumstances beyond the University’s control may impact on your studies and your academic performance.  The University has extended the implementation of specific measures for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year.  These recognise that, due to COVID-19, you have faced disruption in your personal and academic life: they focus on enabling you to manage individual difficulties and relieve pressure around the time you are preparing for and attempting assessments.  The measures cover Mitigating Circumstances and Extensions, late submission of coursework, and reassessment opportunities, and consider detrimental impact at award stage.

The University is relaxing the requirement for you to provide evidence as part of a request for an Extension or a claim for Mitigating Circumstances. You may self-certify rather than seek independent evidence which should make the process of applying quicker and easier.

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Yes you can: the University is relaxing the requirement for you to provide evidence as part of a request for an Extension or a claim for Mitigating Circumstances.

  • If you are a Bucks-campus student who is self isolating due to Coronavirus, the fact that you have informed the Student Centre will be enough evidence for your claim/request.
  • Partner students should follow their own reporting mechanism: claims should include a supporting statement from the Partner College.

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We set assessment deadlines so that you don’t have to submit assessments for different modules all at once, so it’s best if you plan to hit the original dates given on Blackboard. Under standard regulations you may normally submit assignments up to 10 working days later than the original submission date, and they will be marked and given a capped mark – a maximum of 40%.  Under the No Detriment Policy measure this penalty is removed so assignments submitted in the late submission period will be given the full mark.  Pass/fail assessments will also be given a late submission opportunity.

Late submission does not apply to online or in person Time-Constrained Assessments (TCAs) or Examinations, and it is not available for reassessment work.

Yes - the measure allowing full marks rather than capped ones also applies to In Year Retrieval submissions. As usual, in year retrieval is available to Foundation Year and Level 4 students for modules taken in the first Semester of study only.

Assessment Boards will normally allow you to submit reassessment work where you have not passed modules: under the No Detriment Policy measure, reassessment set in 2020-21 will be given the full mark instead of being capped at 40%, so you’ll not be disadvantaged.  However, if you have a proven academic misconduct case, the penalty where reassessment is capped will stand.

Under the No Detriment Policy exceptionally this year Assessment Boards at progression stage will expand compensation at Foundation Year and Level 4.  This means that if you have a module mark between 30% and 39% the Board may award the academic credit based on your performance in passing the remaining 90 credits without you having to take reassessment. This is limited to a maximum of 30 credits per Level.  NB: compensation does not apply where it is not allowed by PSRB or programme requirements.

Yes - Assessment Boards will look at whether inclusion of your grades from 2019-20 have a detrimental impact on your overall grade. For those undergraduate programmes where Level 5 contributes to the classification at Level 6, the University will consider your result both including and excluding your grade from 2019-20: the higher of the two grades will be used for your final award classification.

Yes, whether you study at Bucks, at a partner institution, via distance learning or through apprenticeship arrangements, the measures apply to you.  All learners can make a claim for Mitigating Circumstances or request an extension using self-certification rather than having to provide evidence, and all can benefit from uncapped late submission and reassessment. Assessment Boards apply regulations consistently across programmes, wherever they are delivered.

Yes - the measures regarding late submission and reassessment for full marks also apply to postgraduate programmes. The impact of grades from modules undertaken during 2019-20 will be taken into account by Assessment Boards at award stage.