Student Regulations

Student Regulations

Student Regulations

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. 

Support for Students with Disabilities

Unacceptable Behaviour

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.  

Unacceptable Behaviour

No Detriment Approach

In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, for academic year 2020/21 a revised ‘no detriment’ approach was taken. Further information and details regarding the approach can be found at the No Detriment Approach page.

Assessment Boards were more flexible in considering performance whilst still balancing the need to maintain academic standards. For example: 

  • Uncapped resits for modules that count towards a final qualification.  
  • Our regulations around repeating assessments and modules for academic year 2020/21 were relaxed to provide additional opportunities to resit modules, rather than repeat, in certain situations.  
  • If students do not pass an optional module, they may have still been able to progress to the next level without resitting, within certain parameters. 
  • If a student was in their final year and within a small margin of the next classification boundary, they may have been awarded the higher classification if their overall academic profile supported this.

Unfortunately, the changes set out above may not apply to all modules, particularly where there are course specific regulations. Students were advised to check with their course team. A set of FAQs for the 2020/21 No Detriment approach may be found here.

For this academic year (2021/22), standard regulations and procedures will apply, although the University is committed to reviewing the impact of the pandemic on students and consider whether to re-introduce a No Detriment Approach prior to Assessment Boards for 2021-22. 

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. 

Regulations for Taught Courses

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


Useful Links

The University’s response to Covid-19:  

Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education’s FAQs for students:

Office of the Independent Adjudicator

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).

Maintaining your Student Record

Office of Independent Adjudicator