Minutes from a prior meeting of the board detail a ‘powerful statement’ from undergraduate representative Zac Morris where he labelled the Special Considerations process as ‘broken’ and ‘hostile to students’.
Under Fit to Sit, UNSW considered the act of beginning an exam as a statement that the student is physically capable of completing it.
This resulted in reports of students developing sickness such as food poisoning or experiencing panic attacks mid-exam and having no avenue to recoup resultant lost marks.
With Simple Extensions, course convenors will have the power to grant extensions to assessments of 5 days or less when students contact them describing extraneous circumstances that they feel warrants extension.
The changes are set to be implemented from t1 next year.
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