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Late submission – responsibility on students - PI011608


Sheffield Hallam University

A student at Sheffield Hallam University complained to us after her appeal against the decision of an Assessment Board was rejected.

The Assessment Board referred the student in a piece of coursework because it was submitted after the submission deadline and therefore was not considered to be a valid attempt. The student explained that she had taken the submission deadline date from Turnitin.

The University accepted that the date given on Turnitin was misleading as it applied only to students who had been granted an extension. However the appeal panel noted that the student had been advised to use the assessment scheduler, the Blackboard site and the module guidance, all or which gave the correct date. No other students had submitted work late.

We decided that the University’s decision was reasonable and in accordance with its Assessment Regulations and Appeal Regulations.

We found the student’s complaint Not Justified.