The following arrangements apply to assessments submitted during the 2021/22 academic year.
To support and reassure you during the pandemic, we have made significant changes to some key policies and procedures. Please see Extensions, Deferrals and Exceptional Circumstances document. However, in order to ensure the academic integrity of the School’s assessments and its awards, it is necessary to apply late mark penalties where an assessment is received after the published deadline or agreed extension. Where an assessment is submitted late it may be possible to consider your reasons for late submission and determine whether or not to apply a penalty. More information about this procedure can be found below.
Note: If there are any professional accreditation requirements, then it is possible the late penalties may differ slightly. This will be confirmed by the department responsible for the course.
Students who encounter exceptional difficulties outside of their control that might prevent them submitting on time during the assessment window should submit Exceptional Circumstances within the normal deadline. They should contact the relevant academic department as soon as possible after submission to explain why they could not submit on time.
Time limited assessments with a common start/finish time for all students (12 noon, GMT); or,
Time limited assessments to be taken at any time within a 24-hour window:
- One percentage mark will be deducted per minute (or part-minute) the submission is late, up to a total of 15 minutes.
- Students who submit more than 15 minutes late will receive a zero mark
- These students should submit exceptional circumstances and the Exam Board will consider whether the zero mark will be discounted or, where the student has run out of attempts, a further opportunity to attempt the assessment will be granted.
Students who are not ‘Fit to Sit’ would be expected to defer in advance of the assessment window.
Online ‘take home’ assessments with a 24-hour assessment window
- Five percentage marks will be deducted for every hour (or part hour) the assessment is late.
Assessments with either a 48-hour, 72-hour, one-week, two-week or three-week window:
For the first 24 hours after assessment submission deadline:
- Five percentage marks will be deducted for every half-day (12 hours), or part of a half day the assessment is received late. This will result in a maximum penalty of ten percentage marks for the first 24 hours.
For beyond the first 24 hours after assessment submission deadline:
- Ten percentage marks will be deducted for the first 24 hours as above then five percentage marks will be deducted per 24 hour period (not limited to working days) the assessment is late, or 24 hour period, thereafter
Assessments of longer than three weeks:
- Five percentage marks will be deducted per day (normal days not just working days), or part, thereafter late.