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Alternative exams

Examination and assessment

The exam period runs from mid-June to mid-July 2020. Over the past two weeks, many lecturers have already acquired invaluable experience in how to prepare for alternative, distance exams. It is also important that students have clarity regarding exams and assessment. Therefore, lecturers have been asked to do the following:

  • Make it highly explicit what an exam will entail
  • Use mock questions, to familiarise students with what to expect
  • Clearly indicate how the assessment will take place

Regarding exams, again we will endeavour to maintain as far as possible the original time schedule. If practically possible, the course will be rounded off as originally indicated in the study guide. Written exams normally sat on campus will be for the most part altered into an exam to be sat at home. Other options could include writing a paper or sitting an oral exam.

  • Exam at home: lecturers may offer an assignment to be completed at home on which students can work for longer (for example over two to three weeks). An exam can also be taken at home at the moment the exam was originally scheduled; students will then have two to three hours to complete the questions.
  • Paper: a course can be finalised by writing a paper. An agreement has been reached indicating that in this event, there will be a deadline of approximately three to four weeks after the assignment has been set.
  • Oral exam: for a small number of students, exams can be taken orally, for example via Skype.

Students are obliged to participate in the alternative exam form offered. If the student does not take part, for example due to illness, the student must inform the lecturer by email.

Honesty and trust

We believe in our students’ honesty. We trust that a student who takes an alternative exam and delivers the result does so as the sole contributor, without the aid or assistance of others. We also have confidence that a student will not use documents and/or digital sources, notes, recordings or any other form of information medium (unless specifically permitted by the examiner beforehand). We trust that the student will not consult others and also that after submitting the exam papers will not contact others regarding the content of the exam until the maximum time limit has lapsed. In a nutshell: we have faith in students’ scientific integrity and that they are fully aware that if they breach the applicable guidelines when taking an exam they are potentially committing an act of fraud.

Technical problems during an exam

Various alternative, distance exams will take place starting on Monday 30 March 2020. Technical problems can occur during an exam resulting in a possible disturbance of your participation in this exam. In the event of this, please report this by immediately by email to STIP FFTR via stip@ftr.ru.nl. This is not a technical support email address, but solely for reporting the consequences for you as a student as a result of any technical disturbance during the exam.

Indicate the following details in your email:

  • student number;
  • first name and family name;
  • course code of the exam to which you refer (can be found in Osiris)
  • course name concerning the exam
  • name of the lecturer administering the exam
  • description of the technical problem
  • if possible: add proof, such as a screen shot/print stating date and time.

Report any problem as quickly as possible, at the very latest on the same day the exam was taken.

Grading period

Given that alternative exams often require more time to grade, we would ask for students’ patience and understanding if the grading period originally set has to be exceeded. However, as we are nearing the end of the academic year, and given that resit exams in B1 are held before the start of the holiday period, lecturers in B1 must adhere strictly to the grading period deadlines.

Integrity code for students for remote testing

Radboud University wants to contribute to a healthy and free world with equal chances for everyone. To that end, we are training students to become conscientious, involved, critical and self-aware academics. This involves an attitude of reliability and integrity.

At Radboud University, we assume that you began your programme of studies because you sincerely want to gain knowledge and acquire insight and skills. It is essential for the structure of your programme (and thus for your further career) that you possess the knowledge, insight and skills that are tested. We therefore expect that you will take this exam on your own without using resources unless this is permitted by the examiner.

We trust that, when you take this exam, you will observe the applicable laws and regulations, that you will not commit identity fraud, plagiarism or another form of fraud and that you will not fraudulently assist other students.