1 July 2020

Corona arrangements for students

Corona calls for special measures. This is why we have made soms arrangements to alleviate the situation for you, especially if you plan to graduate this academic year:

  • Financial compensation from the government, if you delay your studies as a Master's student
  • Relaxation of the cum laude regulation with regard to the duration of the study: you will have 5 months more time to graduate, until 31 January 2021 (the other conditions for cum laude still apply). 

FINANCIAL COMPENSATION IN CASE OF STUDY DELAY FOR MASTER'S STUDENTS

The national government will pay a one-off compensation amount to each master's student who graduates in the period between September 2020 and January 2021. This amount is approximately three months of tuition, course or tuition fees and amounts to € 535. You will automatically receive this compensation if you are still enrolled in September 2020 and graduate no later than 31 January 2021, and it will be paid in the first quarter of 2021. So you do not have to do anything to receive this compensation. And for the sake of clarity: this regulation applies to all Master's students, including international students, part-time students and students who pay the institutional fee.

Do you have a supplementary grant and will it expire in the months July, August or September 2020? If so, you are automatically eligible for a grant of € 1,500, which is paid out by DUO in September. You do not need to take any further action in this regard either.
 
The UU also makes a separate arrangement for non-EEA students: those who are unable to graduate this academic year (2019-2020) as a result of the corona crisis will not pay the institutional tuition fee amount in 2020-2021, but the statutory amount for the period (in months) required to complete the missing curriculum component. More information about this will follow.

RELAXATION OF THE CUM LAUDE REGULATION

Are you graduating this academic year due to the corona situation? Then of course you are not meant to be ineligible for the judicium cum laude. That is why the faculty wants to relax the cum laude regulation once-only with regard to the duration of the study. All that remains is for the faculty council to agree to this proposal, which we hope to receive on 26 June.
 
The amended regulation would mean that where you normally had to graduate within the planned study duration in order to be eligible for a cum laude, you now have five months more time, namely until 31 January 2021. It is important to note that the other conditions for cum laude will of course continue to apply. These conditions are described in Article 6.2 of the TER and read as follows:

  • for the parts of the programme, the weighted average figure is at least an 8.0
  • the grade for the thesis is 8.5 or higher
  • none of the courses have been awarded a mark lower than 7.0
  • for up to 15 EC (MA), 30 EC (RMA) non-measuring exemptions have been obtained
  • there is no decision by the examination board (as referred to in Article 5.15, paragraph 4 under b) to the effect that, due to established fraud/plagiarism, the student is no longer eligible for a positive award (cum laude).

A number of requests have been received from students to have the thesis and other tests assessed by means of a pass/fail verdict, or by counting the mark only if this has no negative consequences for the average. We understand that this seems an attractive solution, but we do not find these proposals to be substantiated from a didactic point of view. In our education, we apply the principle that the way in which we evaluate and formulate student work in the form of a grade makes a substantial contribution to what students learn. The differentiation of grades not only indicates whether you have 'passed' it or not, it also indicates the level of the work. It is even our task to provide students with clarity about this. Even in the current, deviating circumstances we are well able to give such an evaluation, and therefore there is no reason to deviate from this essential part of our didactics. Therefore, we will not comply with these requests for pass/fail assessments. However, you can count on teachers to be very aware of the various difficulties students face during this period.

PROBLEMS WITH GRADUATION

Of course, you may be worried about your study progress or future due to circumstances, have stress complaints or run into insurmountable problems, for example due to illness of yourself or your loved ones and other cases of force majeure. In that case, it is best to contact your study advisor. He or she can advise you on what you can do and act as an intermediary if customisation is required. On https://students.uu.nl/en/hum/contact/study-advisors you can see who your study advisor is (or go to students.uu.nl > your own study programme > contact > study advisor).

QUESTIONS? 

Contact your study advisor or the Student Information Desk Humanities.