The University of Twente has a procedure for students who miss an exam due to corona. They must upload a form with proof of a ‘corona-related absence’. Valid proof is, for example, a positive GGD test or a notification in the CoronaMelder app that they have been in contact with an infected person. But a guarantee of a resit? There isn’t one. It is the examination board that then decides whether the student will be given a resit.
But what if you wake up snotty on the day of the test? If you fail to take the exam, but later your test turns out to be negative, you may have ‘thrown away’ an exam opportunity, fears Joey, student of Industrial Engineering and Management at the UT. He found himself in such a situation this week.
I just have to get my points. Doesn’t work? Then I have to stop studying
“I had a Statistics exam, but when I woke up in the morning I didn’t feel super fit. I considered doing a self-test. But what if it had been positive? Then I would have put myself in a difficult position. Because if the test at the GGD is negative, then I may just throw away an exam opportunity, because the result of that test would only follow when the exam is over.”
Pressure is high
Sniffing, Joey went to the exam, after which a self-test fortunately showed that he did not have corona among the members when he returned home. “But I can well imagine that there have been infected students who have just taken the exam, whether or not after a positive self-test. That is not good, but it is understandable.”
Because these are not easy years for students. For almost two years they have been tossed back and forth from one corona measure to another. “We really have a hard time with that. Meeting on campus was not an option for months, while that is really necessary for some courses. That is frustrating. And the pressure continues to increase towards an exam. I am now doing a pre-master’s “I just have to get all my points before the end of the academic year. If that doesn’t work? Then I have to stop studying.”
‘There are boundaries’
“We can do a lot for students, but there are limits,” says UT spokesperson Laurens van der Velde. “In situations like this, a student can contact the study program and we can look for a solution together.”
However, there is no guarantee that the student will be able to take the exam at another time without wasting a chance. “There is no guarantee, but we usually work out fine together,” says Van der Velde. “There are also other options, such as a replacement assignment. Every subject has its own solution. Student and teacher can look at this together.”
There is therefore no clear policy at the UT for these kinds of ‘sniffling situations’. It is true that students can submit a request for a resit, but there is no guarantee that they will keep their exam chance. “I also understand that it is very difficult to draw up a policy,” says Joey. “Because suppose that students automatically retain their chance with a positive self-test, then of course they can also use this to their advantage. Anyone who has not prepared well can simply say that he has a positive self-test.”
By the way, Joey passed the Statistics exam.
*Fictitious name, real name is known to the editors