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What validation procedures are in place for this year and how will exams be held?

Published on June 24, 2020 Updated on June 24, 2020
Exam system arrangements were addressed in a press release issued by the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation on Monday 20 April 2020. This text sets out the key points of the amendments made to exam systems by universities, implemented autonomously.

Specific procedures have been defined by Jean Moulin University.
The University’s governance, together with the deans and directors of the component institutions, and in the presence of the student Vice-Presidents, prepared these procedures for presentation to Jean Moulin University’s Education and University Life Commission (CFVU).

On Tuesday 21 April 2020, the CFVU, together with its elected student representatives, met to:
  • Determine the principles governing knowledge testing methods, modified in the context of the emergency health crisis law; and
  • Delegate to the President of the University the power to adopt the details of these methods based on proposals from the component institutions. The Commission approved these procedures unanimously minus two abstentions.

Four main principles were decided:
  • To ensure that you receive the best training possible;
  • For exam procedures, to take into account the principle of equal treatment of students from the same learning unit, particularly in the case of remote examinations;
  • To exclude any overall neutralisation of a semester, which is forbidden by the Minister; and
  • To have as little impact as possible on the academic year 2020-2021.

These principles generate the following points:
  • Inform students by all communication channels of exam dates and conditions;
  • Allow evaluations to be conducted via various channels: platforms, e-mails, images via telephone, etc.;
  • Arrange alternative exam procedures for students who were not able to participate in the first test;
  • Take into account specific audiences: attendance exemptions, students with disabilities, etc.
  • Favour completion of face-to-face assessment processes initiated up to 14 March, including continuous assessment;
  • Neutralise subjects where remote assessment is not viable for various reasons, including: groups with too many students, situations where it is not possible to ensure beforehand that each student is able to join the test remotely;
  • Give priority to exams organised over fairly long periods of time (homework type), as well as oral tests;
  • Favour a calculation method that allows for compensation between semesters before resorting to a second session;
  • Maintain the bonus system and take into account student commitment whenever possible.
  • Each component of the University will apply these principles and procedures;
  • They are validated by decree of the President of the University;
  • Each component institution will communicate the details to its students.
Knowledge testing methods (MCC) have been developed and will be circulated by component very soon.
The pedagogical teams are fully committed so that the exceptional period we are living through does not affect the quality of your degrees or their evaluation.

Special case of international exchange students who will have returned home at the time of the exams: specific procedures will be defined for these students as they will not be able to come back to take the exams in person (see “International mobility” section).