Teaching exams and assessments

Our blended teaching and learning approach means we are prepared and can respond quickly to any changes in the Government’s COVID-19 guidance.

Exams, assessments and impaired performance

Our academic teaching teams have reduced the number of examinations as much as possible. Many assessments have been re-designated as assignments or have been moved to in-class tests. However, there are still some assessments requiring exam-like arrangements and these will be conducted online.

There is a suspension of minimum grades and compulsory assessment items on most courses. No items of assessment will be compulsory unless these are specifically required by a professional body, and no assessments will require students to achieve a minimum mark in order to achieve a passing grade in the course.

We recognise COVID-19 has impacted nearly every component of daily life and will mark your assessments this semester accordingly. Your college will be in touch with more specific details about your programme.  

Flexible Learning Environment access

Please see the  Instructions on how to access our Flexible Learning environment/Virtual Desktop (138 KB)  document for help with accessing Massey systems.

Online learning support

Contact your course coordinator via Stream if you need any help with online learning. Academic support services remain available for all our students, including online appointments and assignment pre-reading service. 

Do you feel your study has been impacted by COVID-19?

If you have been impacted by COVID-19 and are struggling with your study, we encourage you to consider the various academic supports such as study extensions which may allow you to continue your study. If you are considering withdrawing from your course or courses:

  • This may impact your StudyLink funding (eg StudyLink allowance)
  • If you are an international student you will need to consider visa implications

If you have considered the above and explored all of your options and would like to proceed with withdrawing from some (or all) of your study, please go to the student portal. If you feel that your situation would be considered to be exceptional circumstances, you may consider applying for a Fee Appeal. Please go to 'Fees and finance' section to 'Apply for fee appeal'.

Consideration of your fee appeal will be on the basis of:

  1. Your personal situation
  2. Whether it would be considered to be unforeseen
  3. Your statement within the Fee Appeal form
  4. Supporting documentation to support your position
  5. Lockdown levels in your region

Appeals will be processed within 4-6 weeks. An approved fee appeal will mean a credit of your tuition fees for the course(s) you withdraw from.

This credit is returned in the same way in which it was paid (eg to third parties such as StudyLink/Fees Free/Sponsor, if relevant). If you personally paid your fees, then the credit will sit in your Massey Student Account and will be available to use for future study or you may request a refund by emailing ARStudents@massey.ac.nz.

Distance students

Online delivery of your courses should continue largely unaffected. However, if you need support, please don’t hesitate to contact the university.

Library updates

Please see our Library FAQ page for the latest COVID-19 library updates.  

What now?

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Get help with study

Contact your course coordinator via Stream if you need any help with online learning.
Academic support services remain available for all our students, including online appointments and assignment pre-reading service.