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End the Zero Marks HaSSle

End the Zero Marks HaSSle

In recent years, the Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) faculty have been operating a ‘zero marks’ policy on late assignments. This means that if an assignment is submitted at any point after the electronic deadline, the work automatically receives a grade of zero.

We believe the ‘zero marks’ approach does not appropriately prepare students for the workplace, as it encourages students to not submit work at all, should they have missed the set deadline. Furthermore, this rigid policy disproportionally impacts working students and those from widening access backgrounds.

Prior to the 2014/15 academic year, HaSS employed a progressive punitive policy toward late assignment submissions, which saw late work punished at a rate of 5 marks per day, for five days, before applying a mark of zero.

We ask the HaSS department to drop the harsh new ‘zero mark’ policy and revert back to their previous policy of progressive punishment (loss of 5 marks per day for 5 days).

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