In marking assessments this Trimester, we have been taking into account that many students have experienced unanticipated and challenging circumstances beyond their control.
Once all assessments have been marked, to ensure that final grades are fair and properly reflect students' efforts and capabilities, we will be automatically applying 'impaired performance' criteria across all students and all papers without you needing to do anything. This involves:
- Looking at every student’s grades individually through a moderation process with the Board of Examiners of each Division or Faculty. The Board will consider whether your grades are out of alignment with your average grades in previous trimesters/papers. If your grade or grades are lower than normal, they will be adjusted to bring them into line with your previous grade average.
- Similarly, we will be reviewing every paper to check whether the average grade has changed from that in previous years. If we find that a paper has produced an average grade that is lower than what we have seen in the past, we will scale up the grades of that paper. For example, if a paper has had an average grade of a B+ for all students who took that paper, but this year the average grade is a B, we will scale up so that the grades are in line with previous grade averages. Under no circumstances will we scale grades down.
- For first-year students who do not have past grades that we can compare, this approach to reviewing the average grades of the same paper in previous years will be particularly important.
- Boards of Examiners will pay special attention to students who are close to either passing or failing a paper, to ensure a fair outcome. We do not want students to fail unfairly. Anyone who does receive a fail grade for a paper will not have this counted toward their Grade Point Average (GPA).
We will also be adopting this same process for Y-coded (full-year) papers at the end of the year.
Further grade reconsideration
Further to the impaired performance criteria above, the University has developed an additional process whereby students can request reconsideration of a final grade for a paper, where they believe that Covid-19 has impacted their performance and where they believe that the above impaired performance scaling and other special consideration has not sufficiently accounted for that impact.
How to apply
This process is available for students who believe that the above impaired-performance scaling and other special consideration has not sufficiently accounted for the impact of Covid-19.
Applications for grade reconsideration will be available from 21 July to 4 August 2020.
To apply for grade reconsideration, please log in to your MyWaikato portal, click into your 'Results' tab, then select the 'Apply for Grade Reconsideration' tile.
Applications for grade reconsideration must include supporting documentary evidence such as a medical certificate, evidence of a change in financial circumstances, or evidence of a change in family circumstances..
If you need help with completing the form or you need further information on grade reconsideration, please phone 0800 WAIKATO (0800 924 5286)or email firstname.lastname@example.org.