‘Don’t make students hold in their pee during exams’
FEB is one of the few faculties that bans students from taking bathroom breaks during exams. They can’t leave at all during online exams and when it comes to on-campus sessions, only students with medical conditions are permitted to leave the examination hall under supervision.
The faculty board had assumed this was common practice, but after the issue was brought up at the university council, they’ve now requested the FEB board of examiners amend the exam regulations.
If the request is granted, students will be allowed to leave the examination hall for a bathroom break, or, in the case of online exams, move out of sight of the camera after getting permission from the examiner.
‘I have been struggling with this for two years’, says Marie-Cecile Hatzmann, a student member of the faculty council. ‘So I’m really happy that the faculty is trying to improve the situation.’
FEB vice dean Manda Broekhuis doesn’t know when the board of examiners will make its decision, so it’s unclear whether students will be able to enjoy the easing of the rules this academic year.
This article was amended after publication to reflect that FEB is not the only faculty that bans students from taking bathroom breaks.