No Detriment Policy #SaveOurDegrees

 

As you are probably aware, The University of Aberdeen Senate has voted down the No Detriment Policy. The aim of the policy was to protect you from the negative impacts of the pandemic. This has still not been achieved. Not having a No Detriment Policy could mean that your grades are not protected from the impacts of the pandemic.  

 

We will continue to fight but we need YOUR help to win this. These are 3 things we would like to ask you to do: 

  1. Sign our petition 

  1. Email your lecturer using our email template 

  1. Share your experience with us 

 

  1. AUSA has started a petition to demand that the Principal, George Boyne, calls for an emergency meeting of the University Senate to hear the same No Detriment Policy again. We already had lots of signatures, so to those who have already signed it – thank you for your support. If you haven’t signed it yet, please do so.  

  1. What else can you do to support it? You can email your lecturers and voice your concerns about not having this policy in place. We know it might be a bit intimidating, so we’ve put together an email template to make it easy. Feel free to use it, just remember to tell your own story in it. Try not to email your lecturers outside of working hours (weekdays 9am-5pm) and please be polite.  

  1. We know that it’s really hard to be a student, now more than ever. Please share your experiences with us so we can understand what you’re going through better and find more way to support you. We have a quick form to fill out and we would love to hear your feedback and hear your story about your experiences studying during the pandemic.  

If you are struggling and need help with academic matters or your health and wellbeing, please email our advisers at AUSA Advice on ausaadvice@abdn.ac.uk.  

I really appreciate all your support and all you're doing, so let's keep working together to make sure we get the ND policy back. 

We are grateful for the support of so many students supporting a cause that will help countless students, and we are glad to hear George has listened to our student body and called an additional meeting of the Senate. We will update you as soon as we hear more.

 

In solidarity,  

Ondrej Kucerák  

AUSA VP for Education 

 

 

 

Key points of the No Detriment Policy and what it does 

  • Student’s degree classification will not be caused to drop by the results of the current second half session if they are in an Honours Year (levels 3,4 and 5) or Post Graduate Taught degree 

  • Extensions – schools have been encouraged to be more lenient when students reach out to ask them for an extension  

  • If a student fails to attain the number of credits required for progression by failing a module or modules, their case will automatically be considered by the Student Progress Committee (SPC) 

  • For levels 1 and 2 this will be after the summer resits 

  • At levels 3, 4 and 5 the SPC will consider whether a student can make up the credits by doing additional study the following term alongside the normal workload 

  • At the point of graduation, a student may be eligible to receive compensatory credit 

  • If a student contacts their school to explain that they are unable to undertake an assessment due to ill health or other extenuating circumstances, they will not be required to submit medical evidence.  

  • The 2019/20 No Detriment Policy released in April 2020 is still applicable alongside the current No Detriment Policy