Other Assessment-Related Information
(1) Return of assessments
Each School/Faculty has different policies on the return of assessment items and it is your responsibility to check the policies for your papers. For example, the Waikato Management School has the following policy:
18.1 All assessed coursework should be marked and returned to students as quickly as possible. Other than in exceptional circumstances this should be not more than two weeks after submission date (one week for Summer School papers) and at least one week before the final examination.
You should expect to receive your work back in time for feedback to inform how you accomplish your coursework.
(2) Referencing guidelines and caution against plagiarism
All information in an assessment item that has been copied or paraphrased from another person’s work, including ideas, concepts, images, as well as text, must be acknowledged in the assessment item. The source, author, date, page number, title of publication or website URL and so on are essential for correct referencing. Refer to your Department guidelines for the referencing system to be followed.
The correct acknowledgement and citation of sources used in assessments is essential to avoid the possibility of a complaint of student misconduct through plagiarism.
The guidelines on dealing with plagiarism or cheating in respect of assessment are published in the Student Discipline Regulations. http://calendar.waikato.ac.nz/policies/discipline.html
Specific policies and/or guidelines for dealing with plagiarism, multiple submissions of essentially the same material, cheating etc are provided in School/Faculty handbooks and websites and you are strongly recommended to familiarise yourself with these guidelines.
(3) Class representatives
A student from each class is appointed by fellow class members to be ‘class representative’ for the length of the paper. The class representative acts as a liaison between the class and academic staff. Class representatives are advocates for any concerns that impact on the quality of education and the ability to study effectively. These can include assessment items, access to course reserves, the quality of tutorials, paper materials, and teaching facilities. https://sites.google.com/a/waikato.ac.nz/class-reps/home
(4) Complaints procedures
If you have a complaint in relation to assessment, you are entitled to seek resolution of your issue. Generally, your first point of contact should be your paper lecturer. The ‘Student Concerns and Complaints Policy’ (http://calendar.waikato.ac.nz/policies/studentcomplaints.html ) provides details of the University’s process for handling concerns and complaints and is available from School/Faculty offices.
(5) Querying a grade for a specific piece of internally assessed work
If you have a query about your grade, you have the right to ask for a reconsideration. First, you should discuss the matter with the lecturer of the paper. If it is agreed that a reconsideration of the mark or grade is warranted, it is the lecturer’s responsibility to ensure that the work is re-marked (which may be done by another staff member). If you aren’t satisfied with the outcome, you should approach the Chairperson of Department next. If discussion with the Chairperson of Department does not lead to an acceptable resolution, you may express your concerns, in writing, to the Dean of your School/Faculty.
(6) Deadlines and extensions
- You are required to complete and submit all internal assessment by specified dates. The last date for accepting internal assessment (the deadline) is written in the paper outline. If you cannot meet the deadline for a significant reason there are clear procedures which must be followed or you will fail the assignment.
- You should make every effort to request an extension before the due date. Extensions to the submission date should be agreed to in writing by the paper’s lecturer.
- Unless an extension in writing has been granted, a lecturer may refuse to accept a piece of work which is submitted after the specified date, and automatically award it no mark, or may lower the mark as a penalty for lateness.
- Extensions will normally only be given in case of illness, family bereavement, or serious personal accidents or circumstances. (Please note that too many assignments due at the same time is NOT an acceptable reason, neither are claims that computers and/or printers have crashed).
- Requests for extensions on medical grounds must be accompanied by a medical certificate.
- No deadlines may be extended beyond two weeks after the last teaching day of the semester(s) in which the paper is taught as final grades must go to the Board of Examiners at this time.
(7) Marking criteria
Your lecturer should provide marking criteria for every assessment task. These should indicate the standard of performance required to pass the assessment task and to receive different grades. Usually these should accompany each assessment task. In some instances your lecturer may invite you to discuss the criteria with them before you undertake the task or invite you to participate in developing the criteria. If you don’t understand the meaning of any of the criteria you need to check with your lecturer before beginning the assessment task.
The Waikato Students' Union (WSU) offers advocacy services for students on a variety of matters. For more information see their website: http://wsu.org.nz/