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DMU guidance for taking exams remotely - academic year 2020-2021
Given the ongoing restrictions and physical distancing requirements needed to reduce the transmission risk of Covid-19 locally and nationally, and after consulting with the student community, DMU has decided that we will not be running any face-to-face exams during the 20/21 academic year. Therefore, exams (including resits) are to be held online.
Earlier in the year of 2020, the system we had in place was for 24-hour exam periods. However, following lessons learned in the spring and summer, student engagement and feedback and ongoing dialogue with De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), we are currently reviewing our approach this time round.
We are currently working with faculties and module leaders to determine the optimum mode and process for online exams and assessments for their respective courses. A number of academic, structural and technical issues are also being considered to ensure all of our students receive a fair and robust mode of assessment. It’s our firm commitment you will all get the opportunity to achieve the outcomes you deserve.
Once arrangements are finalised we will communicate the final plans through our regular student channels and issue guidance to support you on the exams webpage. As normal, examination schedules will be published on MyDMU and your module leader or module tutor on Blackboard can also provide information on when you are expected to take your examinations.
We are committed to informing you about the details as soon as possible.
This document provides guidance for taking your examinations remotely.
Examination schedules are published on MyDMU and your module leader or module tutor on Blackboard can also provide information on when you are expected to take your examinations.
Remote (i.e. on-line) exams must be completed within a 24-hour period. This 24-hour period is referred to as the ‘exam window’ throughout this guidance.
This guidance sets out the examination procedure and describes the preparation required and behaviours expected from you when taking exams remotely.
PLEASE NOTE that in some modules, examinations are now considered to be ‘online assessments’ rather than remote exams. Instructions on Blackboard will make it clear which type of assessment applies to your modules - please check for further instructions and timings within the relevant Blackboard shell.
Guidance for taking examinations remotely.
Exam dates and timetables
Examination schedules are published throughout the year on MyDMU. The current schedule runs from January to April. The next schedule will run in May 2021.
The main May undergraduate schedule will be published in March 2021.
If you cannot attend your exam due to sudden unexpected extenuating circumstances, you can apply for a deferral of assessment. You should seek advice from your Faculty Student Advice Centre to discuss your situation directly. Click here for more information about deferrals.
If you wish to discuss individual exam adjustments due to a disability, medical condition or mental health issue, you should contact Disability Advice and Support or the Mental Health Inclusion Team.
Students can book an exam quick query appointment via MyGateway, or email email@example.com.
There are deadlines in place for extra support arrangements to be finalised however; please bear in mind that these deadlines are for the completion of the process. During your appointment, the Disability Advice and Support team may require further evidence, so our advice is that you apply as soon as possible and not leave it until near the deadline.
For students on standard undergraduate programmes taking exams in April/May 2021, the deadline for extra support arrangements to be finalised is Friday 26th March 2021. For students taking resits exam in August 2021, the deadline for extra support arrangements to be finalised is Friday 16th July 2021.
Where extra support has been put in place the Examinations Office will contact you to confirm all the details, your exam dates will not normally be any different to the standard exam dates.
Individual Exam Arrangements: ‘Stop Clock’ Breaks
Where a requirement for a ‘stop clock’ break has been confirmed through the Disability Advice and Support team, this will be put in place for formal exams.
Stop clock breaks give the student the chance to take a rest break during the exam, these breaks are flexible in that the clock can be paused any number of times up until the end of the exam and the total number of minutes the clock is paused for is added to the end time of the exam.
Students can only apply this during the standard length of the exam, for example:
An exam starting at 9.00 am until 11.00 am. The clock can be paused any number of times during 9.00 until 11.00. At 11.00 the total number of minutes paused will be added to the end time of the exam.
So if a student pauses the exam for a total of 22 minutes, between 9.00 and 11.00, the exam will conclude at 11.22.
The clock cannot be paused after 11.00 (or after the standard end time of any exam).
If a student is permitted extra time in addition to stop clock breaks, for example, 25% extra time, the clock can only be paused up until the end of the exam, including extra time.
An exam starting at 9.00 am until 11.00 am with 25% extra time, so the exam will finish at 11.30 and the clock cannot be stopped after 11.30
Full exam conditions remain in place during stop clock breaks.
Extra support deadlines
For students on standard undergraduate programmes taking exams in April/May 2021, the deadline for extra support arrangements to be finalised is Friday 26th March 2021. For students taking resits exam in August 2020, the deadline for extra support arrangements to be finalised is Friday 16th July 2021. For students on postgraduate, distance learning, semester based and nursing and midwifery programmes, the extra support deadlines are at least six weeks before the date of exam.
If you have had individual exam arrangements for previous formal examinations at DMU, these will automatically be in place for formal examinations during the 2020/2021 academic year.
Click here to read the University Regulations concerning examinations.
The examinations office is responsible for
- Scheduling exams and invigilators
- Managing exam documents
- Issuing and receiving exam documents to/from invigilators
- Responding to queries about exams
- Putting Individual Exam Arrangements in place
Our aim is to provide an examination schedule and service that is equitable to all students and in accordance with the University regulations concerning examinations.
The Examinations Office can be contacted on: firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 116 250 6379