When you register as a student of the University of South Wales, you are agreeing to comply with the Student Code of Practice and all other University regulations and procedures. The University’s regulations and procedures outline our approach to learning, teaching and assessment as well as academic and non-academic conduct issues and complaints and appeals, and are designed to ensure the University acts fairly and consistently in relation to all students.
Support for Students with Disabilities
The Student Casework Unit is committed to providing an inclusive service to all our students. We recognise that engaging with student casework procedures (Appeals, Complaints etc.) can be a very stressful time. The guidance below details the number of ways in which the University can support those with a disability, through its casework procedures.
The University is committed to providing a fair, accessible and consistent service for all its students, in particular those who access student casework procedures. However, we also have a duty of care to our staff and consequently, we will not tolerate behaviour which is deemed to be unacceptable or unreasonable. The guidance below details how we manage the minority of students whose actions we consider unacceptable and/or unreasonable and are impeding the ability of staff to carry out the University’s procedures.
No Detriment Approach
The No Detriment Approach will still be applicable in certain circumstances for the November 2020 Assessment Boards. For example, some assessments scheduled for submission in the 2019-20 academic year were deferred and postgraduate students’ dissertations will have only been submitted in September in the main. These results will be presented in boards in the 2020/21 academic session even though they technically fall into the 2019/20 academic year. As the modules could have been affected by the period post March 16th 2020, and to ensure parity of treatment, students in these types of situations will be subject to the no detriment principles.
However, any assessments submitted for modules following enrolment in 2020/21 will not require consideration under the no detriment approach because their planned learning and assessment will not have been affected. NB: Should the pandemic impact further, this position may change.
Exceptional Arrangements Regulations
The Exceptional Arrangements Regulations (Section A5 of the Regulations for Taught Courses) were invoked for the remainder of the 2019-20 Academic Year at the start of June 2019. The normal regulations came back into effect from the start of the new Academic Year 2020-21.
Extenuating Circumstances and Assessment Deadlines
As a result of the current coronavirus pandemic and social distancing measures introduced by the Government, we understand that you may have queries regarding Assessment Deadlines and the need to apply for Extenuating Circumstances. Further information can be found here: Assessment Information and Support | University of South Wales and here: Extenuating Circumstances | University of South Wales
The University’s response to Covid-19:
Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education’s FAQs for students:
The Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) is an independent body set up to review student complaints. Under the Higher Education Act 2004 the University of South Wales subscribes to the independent scheme for the review of student complaints (including complaints into decisions regarding appeals and student misconduct).