‘An extra resit is not a good solution’
Students remain concerned about in-person FSE exams
Last Friday, one day after the faculty board promised the third chance, student Rik van den Top created a petition in which he calls for an end to ‘on-campus exams’. This petition has already been signed a hundred times.
According to the petition, it’s ‘unsafe and irresponsible’ to organise an exam where ‘hundreds of students will sit in the same room for hours’. The students therefore call upon the faculty board ‘to stop this irresponsible policy and cancel on-campus exams’.
Last week, students protested in-person exams being held at the Aletta Jacobs hall. Students who are currently abroad were also worried they would automatically fail their exams if they couldn’t attend them. During the faculty board meeting last Wednesday, FSE portfolio manager of education Rob Timmermans promised that students will not suffer the consequences for not sitting an exam.
They also won’t fail automatically, he said. ‘We won’t register a mark for any students who can’t or won’t come to the on-campus exams’, Timmermans. ‘That means they won’t fail the exam. Students who can’t come to the first exam and report this in a timely manner can request a third chance in case they happen to fail the resit.’
But the petition says an extra resit doesn’t solve the problem. Rather, it just moves it, since they’ll have to take the third resit on campus anyway. But the students say the faculty’s policy forces them ‘to choose between their own health or their education’.