Lobby the university to introduce a no detriment policy for semester 1 following the announcement of the latest restrictions

Adam Sykes submitted on

Saturday 31st October 2020


The University should introduce a no detriment policy for all 2nd and 3rd years for Semester 1 as everyone is having very different experiences at the moment with regards to studying. Some feel disadvantaged by online learning, some people are learning in less than ideal conditions. A no detriment can ensure everyone does their best and takes a lot of stress away during these uncertain times 


Here, you can view the complete set of official responses from the sabbatical officers regarding this submission.

Students' Union replied on

Friday 22nd Jan 2021 11:20am

Dear Adam,


Thank you for your submission.  


SUSU has been working with the University to supply support to students during these challenging circumstances. On the 21st of January, the University published communications to students about the issues students are currently facing and provisions which have been implemented to support them. This follows extensive lobbying and work from SUSU and its student representatives. This follows the University’s decision, alongside other Russell Groups, to not implement a no-detriment policy due to various complications, and the work which has been conducted to make online learning possible this year 

Additionally, the Special Considerations process has been altered to accommodate students affected by COVID-19, if you find yourself struggling please ensure that you apply for it, or extensions. Unlike other years you do not need to supply evidence, and any year can apply. 


I hope that the mitigations implemented provide you with all the support needed to do your studies, if you need support with any Special Cons. Applications, or extensions, please contact the Advice Centre: advice@susu.org 

If you would like to discuss anything further please contact me here: vpeddem@soton.ac.uk


Kind Regards,



VP Education and Democracy 



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