As I walk through the hub and plaza at lunchtimes these days it has been wonderful to see so many of you socialising and studying in and around our beautiful Bedford Park campus.
We are getting close to the end of semester and I am pleased that for those of us in South Australia and Northern Territory we have been able to get to this point without having to face as many disruptions during this semester as we did last semester.
This has sadly not been the case for everyone across Australia or in other countries. My thoughts are with all those in ‘lock-down’, wherever they are, and to those who are separated from family and friends due to ongoing travel restrictions. I’m sure you join me in wishing them well and ongoing
fortitude as they help to stop further spread of this virus.
Whilst we are very well placed, it is important to remain careful and to keep as safe a place as possible.
Keep practicing good hygiene and social distancing wherever you are, and stay home if you are unwell.
Semester 2 Assessment
During Semester 1, staff and students had to make many changes very quickly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University also allowed for some temporary variations to the University’s policies around assessment and grading in recognition of the sudden and significant changes which
students faced in Semester 1. These included the availability of optional non-graded passes and increased ability for students who did not pass their topics to have a second chance.
This semester we have reverted to our existing policies, but in recognition of the particularly difficult situation for those students who only started their university studies this year we will retain the optional use of non-graded passes for students in first-year level topics in Semester 2 2020.
- After the release of grades for Semester 2 2020, any student in a first-year level topic [ie a topic with a number 1xxx] may make an application to have any passing grade changed to a Non-Graded Pass.
We will also retain the flexibility for students who do not pass a topic to demonstrate they have achieved the required learning outcomes.
- Any student who fails a topic in Semester 2 2020 who can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the topic coordinator that they have engaged meaningfully with all topic assessments, will be given the opportunity to demonstrate they have achieved the Topic Learning Outcomes
through a further piece of assessment or a supplementary examination.
- Meaningful engagement with topic assessment means that all assessments must have been submitted on time and with a tangible attempt to address the assessment requirements.
- On-time submission includes assessments submitted by a revised due date if an extension has
Exceptions: Work-integrated learning or placement topics are excluded from these special considerations due to the nature of the activity and assessment process. Any student experiencing difficulty during a work-integrated learning topic should discuss this with their coordinator.
Our support for you
There are many services available to help you if you need advice or support in coming weeks and most will stay open and available right up to the end of year close down in late December.
The Student website has links to all of these here. If you are unsure what you need, the Flinders Support Network can help connect you to the right service for your needs.
I wish you all the very best as you come towards the end of this academic year.
I would like to especially send out my thoughts and best wishes to all international students who may be far from friends and family. We understand that most of you cannot return home as you normally would at the end of the semester, and so we are developing a program of academic and social
activities for you to do over the summer. The Flinders International team will keep you posted.
Take care and keep looking out for each other.
Professor Clare Pollock