Academic Manual

Barring Students from Assessment


9.2 Barring Students from Assessment

1. Departments must ensure that all students taking a module, including students from other departments, are informed of the policy on barring and of the applicable definitions of what will constitute unsatisfactory attendance and engagement. Students must be informed from the outset and in writing.
2. Barring requires a written record of attendance. Wherever it is practicable for them to do so, departments must have adequate mechanisms in place for:
  - Regularly recording attendance at teaching events such as seminars, classes, laboratory classes, tutorials, etc.
  - Recording the submission of required coursework.
  - The reporting of significant deficiencies to the designated departmental officer with overall responsibility for the barring process.
3. UCL’s minimum attendance requirement, as per Section 4.3, is 70%. Departments may stipulate a higher percentage and additional requirements where appropriate. Students whose attendance falls below the attendance requirement are ineligible for summative assessment.
4. If a student’s attendance falls below the attendance requirement so that a bar needs to be imposed, the teaching department must notify the student’s home Department.
  a) Where practicable, the home department should review the student’s overall record to establish whether the problem extends beyond the teaching Department.
  b) If the problem is limited to the teaching department, the teaching Department should impose the bar and issue the subsequent learning agreement.
  c) If the problem extends beyond the teaching department, the home department should take over the barring and subsequent coordinated learning agreement, covering all affected modules.
  d) However, teaching departments have the right to impose bars and issue learning agreements for their modules: information provided by the home Department must be taken into account, but bars do not require permission from the home department.
5. The barring Department must notify the student in writing that he or she is barred from summative assessment for the module (copying the student’s home Department and Faculty Tutor as well as Student and Registry Services) and must summon the student for a departmental interview to allow for an explanation of the case.
6. Since the bar may still be lifted, such students should continue to attend the module and submit coursework. However, marks for any summative assessment tasks will only count and be considered by the examination board if the bar is subsequently lifted.
7. The barring department MUST give such students a written learning agreement setting out the conditions under which the bar will be lifted. Students cannot be barred from summative assessment without the opportunity to conclude a learning agreement and having the bar lifted if they fulfil the conditions set out in the agreement. Copies of all learning agreements should be sent to the student’s Faculty.
  a) Usually learning agreements will specify attendance conditions, among others, for lifting the bar. If the student can no longer meet or exceed the minimum attendance requirement for the module by the end of the module, a higher attendance requirement of up to 100% will usually be specified for the remainder of the module.
  b) Bars should be notified and learning agreements issued as soon as possible, but learning agreements can still be issued after the end of term. Late learning agreements towards or after the end of term, when there are no teaching events left to attend, can rely on conditions other than attendance, such as additional work required to ensure coverage of the syllabus.
  c) If the student does not accept the learning agreement within five working days of it being issued, the bar stands, subject to the appeals procedure set out below.
  d) If the student accepts the learning agreement and subsequently fulfils the conditions set out in the learning agreement, the bar will be lifted.
  e) If the student breaks the conditions of a signed learning agreement, the bar will remain in place, subject to the appeals procedure set out below.
  f) Barring-related learning agreements must specify their end points, and Departments must review compliance with the learning agreement and notify the student of the outcome in writing within ten working days (excluding the UCL Christmas and Easter closure periods) after the expiration of the learning agreement, copying the home department, the student’s Faculty Tutor, and Student and Registry Services.
8. If a bar that prevents progression or award of the degree remains in place following a refusal to accept the learning agreement or following a breach of the conditions of the learning agreement, the bar must be reviewed and confirmed (or lifted) by the student’s the Faculty Tutor.
9. Barring forfeits an attempt at assessment. If the student has a second attempt remaining, he or she must repeat the module in attendance the following year. Normal progression and substitution rules apply.
10. Affected students have a right of appeal against the imposition of a bar, against the conditions of the offered learning agreement, against the continuation of a bar after the compliance review, or against the Faculty Tutor’s confirmation of a bar.
  a) Appeals against departmental decisions must be submitted to the Faculty Tutor within five working days of the relevant notification.
  b) Appeals against a Faculty Tutor’s confirmation of a bar preventing progression or graduation must be submitted within five working days of the relevant notification and will be dealt with by UCL Academic Policy and Quality Assurance on behalf of the Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs).
  c) If a student remains dissatisfied with the outcome of the appeal, he or she may then go through the procedures set out in Section 12: Student Complaints Procedures but must accept that a final outcome is unlikely to be reached before the student would have been due to take the assessment in question.