With the current issues being faced by the Covid-19 outbreak and potential closure of the institution, the impact on assessments for the remainder of the regular term and final exams is one of significant concern. A closure of the institution would render the Test Centre unavailable – and for a large majority of our student population, this is how/where they complete their exams.
Additionally, students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have symptoms linked to this disease are being told to self-isolate, not attend classes or exams, and to self-report their absence. Similarly, students who have weakened immune systems or other conditions or situations that would put them or their families at increased risk if exposed to the possibility of COVID-19 will also be able to self-report their absence. In each case, this is in lieu of providing supporting medical documentation and the absence will be automatically approved in light of the extraordinary circumstances. Please anticipate that although everything is being done to minimize the potential impact of the pandemic at the University:
- You might be faced with significant numbers of students missing class, including tests and assignment deadlines and final exams, and a subset who might become more seriously ill;
- As much as possible, you should plan in advance how to help students catch up and how to handle missed assignments/tests and final exams, or how to manage graduate defenses;
- If large numbers of students are affected as the term comes to a close, you may need to be flexible. e.g. rather than simply extending the deadline or the exam date, you might want to consider alternate assignments, or simply pro-rating graded materials or allowing students to reallocate marks across assignments/projects/tests/exams in consultation with the Dean’s office and on a case-by-case basis.
This document is designed to identify a few different methods for dealing with the closure of the Test Centre and the inability to give face-to-face exams to your students. Regardless of which of the following options are to be employed, it is important to communicate these changes to the students impacted. The following are some assessment options: