MAASTRICHT. Maastricht students will no longer be charged a fee for registering late for exams, resits and courses. This decision by the Executive Board reflects that of the Minister of Education, who has made it clear that there are no legal grounds for such a fee. As of next academic year, late registration will simply no longer be permitted; students who miss the deadline will not be allowed to take part.
To date, students who register after the deadline have been required to pay €35 in administration fees. Hence, the latecomers created a great deal of extra work: rearranging tutorial groups, sometimes organising an extra tutor and classroom, ordering extra tables for the exam hall, printing out more exams. “It’s a big issue – we’re talking about thousands of late registrations”, said the university’s president, Martin Paul, during a committee meeting in the University Council last Wednesday.
From September 2014, only latecomers who make a valid claim under the hardship regulation will be permitted to take part. The hardship regulation is currently being drafted in the form of a university-wide framework; the details will be left to the faculties. But 2014/15 will serve as a transition year, Paul hinted. “Late registration will no longer be possible, as it’s simply too costly. But we’re in an experimental phase, and so may be more flexible. We have to come up with the optimal system.”
The students will be informed “extensively” about this change in the coming weeks and months, Paul announced. “We hope the communication campaign will be good enough to change students’ behaviour.” The new policy will be evaluated in autumn 2014.