FAQs: Special Academic Regulations

LAST UPDATED: 5th October 2020


1.         What Are The Special Academic Regulations?

The University introduced its Emergency Regulations in response to the sudden closure of the University’s campuses and the resulting impact on teaching and assessment.  The University has had more time to plan for 2020/21 and to introduce carefully revised curricula to be delivered through its hybrid model which blends campus activity with online learning. As a result, it has moved from the Emergency Regulations put in place during full closure, to Special Regulations which will govern this academic year. These Regulations override those elements of the standard Academic Regulations to which they refer – in all other circumstances the standard Academic Regulations remain in place.

They override the existing Regulations, and you should read them carefully. The full regulations can be found here.

Special Academic Regulations

These FAQs will be updated on a regular basis as new questions are raised, so please do check back often. Please do note that academic questions should be addressed to your programme/module leader as normal, but for questions about how these regulations work please submit an enquiry through Compass. For further information and FAQ’s related to Covid 19 please visit https://sj.sunderland.ac.uk/gateway/covid19/ .

 

2.         Students on regulated courses

Please note that if your course has professional, statutory or regulatory body accreditation, some of these Regulations may not be applicable due to the rules of that body – your programme leader will let you know the situation for your programme. Please also see point 8 below on Programme Extenuating Circumstances.

 

3.         Part time students and students on non-standard academic years

Part-time students who studied the first part of their current Stage in 2019/20 will remain under the Emergency Regulations to the completion of that Stage, as will students on non-standard academic years who began their Stage in 2019/20, and students who have gone part-time in 2020/21 to complete the Stage 1 or Integrated Foundation Year study that they took in 2019/20.

 

4.         Degree classifications for students who were in Stage 2 in 2019/20

A student’s Stage 2 average contributes 20% to the overall degree classification. This average is normally calculated on the best 100 credits. For those students who took stage 2 during 2019/20 the average will instead by calculated on the best 60 credits.

 

5.         Other classifications

These will be calculated as in the standard regulations for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

 

6.         Progression

 All undergraduate students will be able to progress (so from Integrated Foundation Year to Stage One, Stage One to Stage Two, Stage Two to Stage Three) on the basis of passing 100 credits in the stage (or 90 where a programme is configured in 30 credit blocks) as long as:

  • The failed module is not a prerequisite
  • At least 20% has been achieved in the failed module, and all elements of assessment in that failed module have been submitted.

This will count as the first 20 credits of compensation under the existing standard Academic Regulations, allowing a further discretionary 20 credits as per those regulations. 

 

7.         Extensions and Leave of Absence

The extension window is changed to one week without requiring evidence, from the standard regulations 72 hours; and module leaders are granted the ability to grant a further extension period at their discretion where evidenced. Programme Leaders retain the power from the Emergency Regulations to grant an additional six months leave of absence over that permitted in the standard Leave of Absence Policy.


8.         Student Extenuating Circumstances

Students may be required to self-isolate without formal diagnosis, or while awaiting testing. Where evidence can be provided, students should do so. Where evidence cannot be provided, the student can explain why and the Extenuating Circumstances process will make a judgement as to accepting this claim.

 

9.         Programme Extenuating Circumstances

Programmes might be able to demonstrate an exceptional requirement, affecting all students, due to structure or nature of programme, which is not covered by the Special Regulations and will be able to apply for a local approach through the ‘Programme Extenuating Circumstances’ process. This is initiated by the programme leader, not students, and will apply to all students. A PEC from 2019/20 can be renewed but will require a rationale for renewal and approval through the process.

 

CONTACTS AND QUESTIONS

Don't forget - these FAQs will be updated on a regular basis as new questions are raised, so please do check back often. Please do note that academic questions should be addressed to your programme/module leader as normal, but for questions about how these regulations work please submit an enquiry through CompassFor further information and FAQ’s related to Covid 19 please visit https://sj.sunderland.ac.uk/gateway/covid19/ .

 

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