Extend the grade safety net to the 2020/21 academic year at UCL

In regard to discontinuing the no-detriment policy, UCL have said: "Rather than apply mass adjustments which some students might not need, we are focusing our support on those students who need help."

UCL, there are not "weak" students who can't cope with lockdown and "strong" students who can. NOBODY wants to be studying in isolation, and it is a struggle for anybody to work to the same degree without basic social contact or the support normally provided by campus life. Providing fast-food counselling for the most vulnerable does not come close to a solution.

One student says: "The no detriment policy put in place last year was marketed primarily to deal with the fact that some students were now no longer studying or sitting exams in conditions as favourable to their learning as at UCL. Why have they made the assumption that the same people in troublesome conditions in April are suddenly in excellent circumstances that have no affect on their studies?"

UCL is not 'open' this year - access to library books, conversations with teachers, and the social support of university life are severely restricted during the pandemic. The treatment of students should reflect that.

We demand that the exact same no-detriment policy of 2019/20 be extended to the 2020/21 academic year in recognition of the significant mental and physical challenges of studying in isolation that have not changed.

Update #33 years ago
Dear all, I'm sure you will have heard the news by now - UCL have effectively said no to the safety net, bar some small concessions. For this reason - we have decided to encourage everybody to sign up to the Student Group Claim against UCL. The least we can do is try to get some fees back and it's looking like the case will go ahead. We have also spoken to the firm regarding key concerns and if you want some more information we will be posting it on our Facebook page in the next few days. Thanks
Update #23 years ago
Hi everyone! We've just hit 3100 signatures, that's amazing.

UCL have said that they are 'revising and reviewing' the no detriment policy, read Anthony Smith's official statement here : https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2021/jan/assessment-and-no-detriment?utm_source=UCL%20%28Internal%20Communications%29&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=12076984_Leadership%20Briefing%206%20January%202021

In the meantime keep sharing the petition around with your friends for one last push. We've got this!
Update #13 years ago
Hello! Thanks to everyone who's signed the petition so far. We've sent the petition to Michael Arthur and the incoming provost Michael Spence in an email.

The email that we sent is on our Facebook page
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