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    Change the online submission deadline back to 12pm

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      The problem I want to Change is:

      The deadline to submit work online through Turnitin was changed from 12pm to 11.59am last year. It's frustrating that 12pm used to be on time but now you lose 10 marks because of a crucial minute.

       

       

      This is a problem for students because:

      Turnitin takes up to 2 minutes to load after a student uploads their essay. That last minute is essential for those who have been working overnight or have slow internet. People unfairly lost time to submit & late submissions likely increased.

       

       

      To change this, I think RUSU should:

      Campaign the university to return the deadline to 12pm. Highlight that the 12pm deadline worked for years with no issues & there will always be people submitting last minute after working hard to finish so changing it was only detrimental to students

       

       

      This will help students because:

      We'll have a little more time & not lose 10 marks for technically submitting late at the old time.

       

      Idea submitted by Ewura-Ama Quarshie

    Democracy & Policy Coordinator
    2:33pm on 23 Mar 21 The following idea went to IFG: Title RUSU to lobby the university and Turnitin to change the submission deadline to 12pm The problem I want to Change is: The deadline to submit work online through Turnitin was changed from 12pm to 11.59am last year. This crucial minute now means students risk losing 10 marks. I want to change the submission deadline back to 12pm. This is a problem for students because: Turnitin takes up to 2 minutes to load after a student uploads their essay. That last minute is essential for those who have been working overnight or have slow internet. People unfairly lost time to submit & late submissions likely increased. To change this, I think RUSU should: RUSU should campaign to get the University to return the deadline to 12pm. Highlight that the 12pm deadline worked for years with no issues & there will always be people submitting last minute after working hard to finish so changing it was only detrimental to students. This will help students because: There will be more time and students won’t lose 10 marks for submitting something which used to be on time. Additional Information: I was studying abroad in Canada, where the time is 5 hours behind England. I had an essay due in Reading at 11.59am, 6.59am in Canada. I submitted at 6.58am. But then I noticed a grammar mistake and quickly altered it and resubmitted the essay. It took a minute to load and so went through at 7am, 12pm in England. I thought that previous submissions were saved in the system, so immediately emailed the lecturer to ask her to consider the one submitted on time. She was fine with it but said I'd have to contact the department administrator to check with them. I emailed them explaining my situation abroad and pleading for the earlier on-time version to be counted, with copies of my Turnitin submission receipts for each version and the version history of my essay to show it had not been altered since 6.58am. After a week of emailing back and forth with worried anticipation, they decided that since students are informed that 1 minute after the deadline was considered late and previous Turnitin submissions aren't saved in the system, I would still lose 10 marks. This idea went to Student Voice as a campaign for the following reasons: CAMPAIGN Welfare Officer investigated option to revert. University response was as follows: The submission is outlined in the Online submission checklist. Notice is provided to students as stated; Your submission needs to be completed before the deadline. If the deadline is 12:00 midday, you need to have submitted by 11:59 - if you submit at 12:00 this will count as late. The university stated that this is not within their control and therefore not a University decision, it is how both Blackboard and Turnitin operate. Following discussions carried out through the EMA programme it was realised that this was a potential source of confusion for students. The situation is reflected in the Online Submission Protocols 1.2.3 Assessment deadlines indicate the time by which on-time submissions should be made. In order to avoid penalties, work must be submitted before the stated time. Any submissions made on or after the deadline will be classed as late, unless covered by the University's policy on extenuating circumstances. The university felt that they have made the situation more explicit on our support site, and many Schools also include the information in the assessment area of their Blackboard courses e.g. SPCLS use this wording “The deadline is xxxday xxth xxx 2021 BEFORE 12:00:00 NOON. Anything submitted on or after 12:00:00 will be considered late. You should leave enough time for Turnitin to upload your submission, as IT issues are not accepted as extenuating circumstances”. Of course, in individual cases, the School Director for Teaching and Learning (SDTL) can choose to waive the late penalty: Within the terms of this policy only the School Director of Teaching and Learning can waive a late submission penalty, and only in exceptional circumstances. http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf This idea cannot be achieved by RUSU alone as so would require campaigning activity. RUSU would need to lobby the University and Turnitin if it is taken forward as a campaign
    Democracy & Policy Coordinator
    2:34pm on 23 Mar 21 This idea did not pass at Student Voice.