Presidents Report – Assessment Procedure Policy

A few editions ago I reported on the existence of the Simple Extension. I said that they were important to those in the student body who rely on the face to face relationship between staff and student and those who may have anxiety when dealing with University Administration teams in the formal process of applying for Special Consideration.

Last week the Academic Board met to debate the new Assessment Procedure Policy, including the policy on Simple Extensions. The proposal was to remove all reference to it entirely. Before then, I had students messaging and emailing me asking that I argue the value of the Simple Extension to the Academic Board, which myself and representatives from SUPRA did. Following the debate, I moved an amendment to the proposal to keep the policy around Simple Extensions. Unfortunately the vote narrowly lost. These changes are set to come into play in January 2016 but there is still time to discuss this further with University Management and save Simple Extensions.

Throughout the next month I ask that students continue to send me their thoughts on Simple Extensions to help me gauge what the Student Body is thinking and structure an appropriate debate that would benefit the students of our University.

I would also like to take this time to congratulate our Education Officers, Blythe Worthy and David Shakes, along with the Education Action Group (EAG) for organising a brilliant National Day of Action last week in the name of Free Education. I encourage everybody to use the NDA to keep momentum up in the campaign against the threat of Education Minister, Christopher Pyne’s deregulation bill.

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