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BVSc Supplementary Assessment Policy

This Policy is applied in conjunction with the University Regulations and the Qualifications Regulations for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science in particular.  Those Regulations are held within the Massey University Calendar.  Supplementary assessments are offered within the BVSc programme due to the requirement for students to pass the year as a whole; supplementary assessments provide students a second opportunity to demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes for a course and the outcome of a supplementary assessment will result in a P (pass) or F (fail) grade for the course.

    1.       Students who fail one or more courses in the professional phase of the BVSc may be offered supplementary assessments, which are a second opportunity to pass the course. No supplementary assessments will be offered in the preselection phase of the BVSc.

    2.       Students who fail one or more courses and are not offered supplementary assessments, or who fail to pass supplementary assessments, may be invited to repeat the year as a whole provided all other University and BVSc Degree Regulations are adhered to (see also the Progression, Re-Entry and Transfer Policy for the BVSc). In order to continue in the BVSc Degree, they will be required to re-enrol in all courses in the relevant year of study, including those courses that they had previously passed. Students repeating the fifth year will be required to undertake the production animal/small animal track rotations. Full fees will be charged for any course which was failed but a reduced fee of 50% of the domestic student fee will be charged for courses which the student has previously passed (this applies to international and domestic students).

    3.       Students who have been offered supplementary assessments in two years, will not be offered supplementary assessment(s) in subsequent years and, upon failing any course, will be excluded from the BVSc.

    4.       Students who have previously failed a year will not be offered supplementary assessment(s) in their second attempt at that year, and upon failing any course will be excluded from the BVSc.

    5.       Students who have previously failed a year and have been offered supplementary assessment(s) in any other year, will not be offered supplementary assessment(s) in subsequent years and upon failing any course will be excluded from the BVSc.

    6.       Within New Zealand, supplementary assessments will only be offered on the Manawatū Campus. Students who will be overseas when the supplementary assessments are offered may apply to Massey University Assessment Services to sit written examinations only at an overseas testing centre. Testing centres may not be available in all locations and any associated fees with sitting the exam remotely must be paid by the student. The student also assumes any risk associated with sitting the examination(s) at an off-shore site.

    7.       Supplementary assessments that are examinations will take place in January of the subsequent calendar year for both semester 1 and semester 2 courses. Supplementary clinical rotations will need to be scheduled in January or February of the subsequent calendar year.

    8.       Supplementary assessments will not necessarily be the same format as the original assessment(s). Students will be notified of the format of the supplementary assessment when they receive notification of offer of a supplementary assessment.

    9.       Supplementary assessments may cover any or all parts of the curriculum of the failed course as appropriate to determine the competency of students. Students should prepare themselves for assessment in all parts of the curriculum of the failed course, unless otherwise formally advised in writing by the Course Coordinator of the failed course(s), the Academic Dean of Veterinary Science or the Undergraduate Office.

    10.   Supplementary assessments will be graded as pass or fail only. The original (failed) course grade will contribute to the cumulative GPA calculation.

    11.   Students offered supplementary assessments will be eligible for the following assistance:

    a.       Return of copies of their examination scripts for failed written examinations, with the exception of total recovery examinations.

    b.       A meeting with the course coordinator for the course(s) they failed of up to 1 hour. Arrangements above and beyond that will be at the discretion of the course coordinator and lecturers.

    c.       Access to the Stream site for the course and the learning materials on it.

    12.   Any student who fails a supplementary assessment will fail the course.

    a.       Aegrotat (AEG) and Impaired Performance (IP) applications cannot be considered for supplementary assessments as the previous performance was a failing mark.

    b.       In extenuating circumstances, supplementary assessment may be deferred at the discretion of the Academic Dean until no later than 1st March in the year in which the supplementary assessment was supposed to be undertaken. Not sitting the supplementary exam by the 1st March means that the original result for the course will remain. Any appeal to further delay the supplementary exam will be considered by the Academic Dean and the Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic) of the College of Sciences.

    First year of the professional phase (100 level)
    13.   Students in the first year of the professional phase (100 level) will be offered supplementary assessments for failed courses up to a total of 30 credits. Students failing more than 30 credits in total will not be offered supplementary assessments and will be excluded from the programme.

    Second, third, and fourth year of the professional phase (200, 300, 400 level)
    14.   Students in the second, third, and fourth year of the professional phase (200, 300, 400 level) will be offered supplementary assessments for failed courses up to a total of 45 credits. Students failing more than 45 credits in total will not be offered supplementary assessments. Students who are repeating the year will not be offered supplementary assessments, and will be excluded from the BVSc. Students for whom this was a first attempt of the year will be required to re-enrol in all courses in the year in order to advance in the degree.

    Fifth year of the professional phase (500 level)
    Final examinations
    15.   Students in the fifth year of the professional phase (500 level) will be offered supplementary assessments if they fail one final examination. Students failing more than one final examination will not be offered supplementary assessments. Students who are repeating the year will not be offered supplementary assessments, and upon failing any final exam will be excluded from the BVSc. Students for whom this was a first attempt of the year will be required to re-enrol in all courses in the year in order to advance in the degree.

    In-training evaluations (roster assessments)
    16.   Grades of marginal or fail on in-training evaluations attract demerit points as detailed in the course outline.

    17.   Students in the fifth year of the professional phase (500 level) who fail an in-training evaluation (roster assessment) will be required to repeat and pass the roster with a grade of satisfactory or better. Students who obtain a grade of marginal or fail on the repeated roster will fail the course and no supplementary assessment will be offered.

    18.   Students in the fifth year of the professional phase (500 level) who accrue 9-14 demerit points during in-training evaluations (roster assessments) will be offered supplementary assessments for the in-training evaluation (roster assessments).  Supplementary assessments will be offered to cover discipline areas in which marginal or fail grades were obtained for the overall grade or item on the evaluation. Students failing any of the supplementary assessments will fail the course and will be required to re-enrol in the year in order to complete the degree.

    19.   Students in the fifth year of the professional phase (500 level) who accrue 15 or more demerit points in their in-training evaluations (roster assessments) will not be offered supplementary assessments for in-training evaluations (roster assessments) and will be required to re-enrol in the year in order to complete the degree.

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