General Editorial and Format Changes (all Regulations)
On recommendation from Regulation Sub-Committee the following new and modified Regulations and Policies:
Aston Qualifications Frameworks
Proposed revisions to come into effect for 2015-16 are:
- to re-instate the award of the Aston Foundation Diploma for Foundation Year (Level 0 programmes) following requests from Schools. Foundation Diplomas have been awarded in 2014-15 on the basis of an RSC approved exemption.
General Regulations for Taught Programmes
Proposed revisions to come into effect for 2015-16 are: All General Regulations (where applicable)
- ·Revisions to R8.5 and R8.6 to clarify what is meant by dealing with ECs at ‘the level of the module’ as the phrase has been misunderstood (meaning unchanged);
- ·To clarify that trailed modules are included in their original Stage for the purpose of General Regulations e.g. condonement regulations.
- ·Where applicable, to restructure the General Regulation for the calculation of awards for borderline candidates (e.g. R10.3.2) for clarification (meaning unchanged).
General Regulations for Undergraduate Programmes
- ·To revise R2.2 to allow Schools to admit students direct to the final stage of integrated Master’s programme by recognising up to three of the total academic credit required for an integrated master’s award as prior learning.
- ·To revise R10.3 to indicate that if there is a placement which contributes to the degree classification of an Integrated Master’s programme it will contribute 10% to the overall final mark.
- ·To change the title of the General Regulations for Undergraduate Programmes to General Regulations for Undergraduate and Integrated Master’s Programmes to better reflect the role of the regulations, and the increase in the number of Integrated Master’s offered by the University.
General Regulations for Postgraduate Taught Programmes
- ·To delete (2014/15) R11.3 (no longer required);
- ·To reflect in General Regulations for Postgraduate Taught Programmes the following regulation from, R19.3a vi, General Regulations for Degrees by Research and Thesis (below):
- That the unsuccessful professional doctorate thesis be recommended to the relevant Board of Examiners as equivalent to the Master's dissertation (in cases where there is a linked Master's only)
General Regulations for the Conduct of Boards of Examiners
1 To revise as follows (changes in bold italics):
2.7 Viva Voce
2.7.4 Examinations, including general Viva Voce, will not normally be held outside of Aston University’s term-dates and other examination periods approved by the Senate unless there is good reason to do so.
2 To add a new Regulation R2.7.5 below:
An exceptional Viva Voce examination may be required with the explicit approval of the relevant Associate Dean.
Fitness to Study
1 To replace paragraph 7 below
7 The University will seek to obtain the student’s written consent to invoking these provisions. The University reserves the right to apply a precautionary exclusion, as described in Section B3 of the Regulations on Student Discipline, until such time as consent is given or the student can demonstrate that their behaviour will no longer cause the University concern.
With the following revised paragraph
7 Where possible the University will seek to obtain the student’s written consent to invoking these provisions. The University reserves the right to apply a precautionary exclusion, as described in Section B3 of the Regulations on Student Discipline, until such time as the student can demonstrate that their behaviour will no longer cause the University concern.
2 To revise paragraph 16 as indicated below (change in bold italics)
16 In cases where evidence may be required concerning prescribed medicines that are relevant to the case, the medical evidence provided must be from the prescribing doctor or consultant healthcare professional.
Discipline of Students
Revisions proposed to Part C ACADEMIC MATTERS
1 To add the following academic offences to RC1.2
Impersonating a student for the purposes of assessment attendance – where a student attends an assessment on behalf of another student with the intention of falsely representing their own work as having been produced by the impersonated student.
Allowing someone to impersonate a student for the purposes of assessment attendance - where a student allows someone to attend an assessment in lieu of their own attendance with the intention of impersonation and/or to falsely represent the attending student’s work as being their own
2 To add a new regulation RC1.4 as given below
RC1.4In cases where it is suspected that a student has conspired to create or has commissioned or purchased from someone else a piece of written work as defined above it should be noted that this type of offence will usually be handled by a University Disciplinary Board and the recommended penalty will normally be that of expulsion from the University.’
3 To add a new regulation RC2.3 to C2 Role and Powers of the Academic Offences Officer as given below
C.2.3 The Academic Offences Officer has the right to request an exceptional Viva Voce examination in cases where it is suspected that a student has commissioned and/or purchased material for written assignments including project and dissertation work. The evidence from this exceptional Viva Voce may be used in any following disciplinary action
Regulations are subject to minor clarifications, formatting and up-dating prior to publication. Major changes (if any) will be referred for approval by Senate (by Chair’s action) prior to publication.