MAASTRICHT. Before Easter, the Executive Board decided that students who register too late for a block or exam would no longer be fined. The University Council’s Strategy Committee now fears that every faculty will come up with its own rules. They want alternative regulations – preferably based on best practices – to be introduced UM-wide, a memo says. Faculties may only deviate from this if the students’ rights are expanded.
The Executive Board is currently considering the proposal and is also investigating the consequences for fines paid in the past. Should students be compensated?
During the Arts and Social Sciences faculty council meeting last week, an alternative for the fine was already being discussed. “Whoever is late now, will no longer get a fine, but cannot participate in the exam either. That is not an improvement. In the worst case, you lose a year,” said dean Rein de Wilde. His board would like to give each student one wild card per year, which they could use when they are late registering. “But only before a course starts, not during the course. Then it is no longer possible to register unless you can appeal to the hardship clause,” explained Jo Wachelder, who is responsible for education.