Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the marking of assessments and tests will take into consideration that students may have experienced unanticipated and challenging circumstances beyond their control.
Grades for B Trimester papers will be determined in the normal way and your lecturers will moderate those grades using their usual processes.
Grades for undergraduate and taught post-graduate papers that started during or before A Trimester and have been running during B Trimester - what we typically call 'full year' papers - will be determined using the same processes as used for A Trimester papers outlined below to ensure no one is disadvantaged by the COVID-19-related disruptions:
Once all assessments are marked, to ensure that final grades were fair and properly reflect students' efforts and capabilities, we are automatically applying 'impaired performance' criteria across all students and all papers without you needing to do anything.
The process is as follows:
- We are taking into account every student's grades individually through a moderation process with the Board of Examiners of each Division or Faculty. The Board considers whether your grades are out of alignment with your average grades in previous trimesters/papers. If your grade or grades are lower than usual, they are be adjusted to bring them into line with your final grade average.
- Similarly, we are reviewing every paper to check whether the average grade has changed from that in previous years. Papers with an average grade that are lower than the past will have its grades scaled up. 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).
The Grade Reconsideration process whereby you can apply for your grade/s to be reconsidered on the basis of COVID-19-related issues will run again at the end of the grading period and students can apply for the reconsideration of grades for B Trimester papers. This is intended to allow us to take into consideration any disruption to your studies caused by the increased COVID-19 Alert Levels in Auckland or any disruption caused by ongoing COVID-19-related issues, including for our students studying off-shore.
For assessment regulations on grade reconsideration please click here.
How to apply
This process is available for students who believe that the above impaired-performance scaling and other special considerations have not sufficiently accounted for the impact of Covid-19; between 30 March 2020 and 28 June 2020, students impacted by the Alert Level 3 lockdown in Auckland between 12 August 2020 and 30 August 2020 and throughout 2020 for students who are studying off-shore due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation overseas.
Applications for grade reconsideration for eligible papers will be available from 20 November to 4 December 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 [email protected].
What if I want to make graduation in December 2020?
Applications for grade reconsideration must be submitted before 5pm Friday 27 November. The Graduation Team will try their best to include you in the December Graduation Ceremony for 2020, but we unfortunately cannot guarantee this.