The Union has released a report that outlines key findings from our research into the current mitigating evidence process.
Mitigating evidence claims are submitted by students if they experience sudden, unforeseen and temporary circumstances that hinder their academic ability in assessments.
If a student’s claim is successful, they may be able to re-sit an exam or re-submit an assessment without a cap being applied, or a late penalty may be removed.
Research was conducted between November and December 2014 and involved an IT Workshop, focus groups and an online survey.
The report evaluates the availability and clarity of information on mitigating evidence and outlines student’s perception of the process after they have used it.
It also provides recommendations for improvement that, if implemented, will ensure that the process is able to fully support students and has their best interests at heart.
Report key findings:
Key recommendations for improvement:
Students' Union Welfare and Education Officers, Rianna Gargiulo and Bethan Hunt said:
This is a really important piece of research because it shows exactly why students are dissatisfied with the current mitigating evidence system. We implore the University to act on these recommendations as they are based on best practice within the university sector and Sussex students' own experiences.
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