On February 27th, the fourth Faculty Council took place! The following topics were discussed:

  • Plagiarism on Stuvia,
  • Paperless is more,
  • Examination regulations,
  • TSHD’s vision on digitalisation

These topics were also discussed in the Dante Platform that happend a week before the FC. We also told the board your opinions on these subjects!

Plagiarism on Stuvia,

The teachers noticed that sometimes students sold their lecture slides via Stuvia. This counts as plagiarism and the teachers were brainstorming of ways to communicate to students that this is not okay, because students might not be aware of this. Soon there are going to be Canvas announcements that will state that including intellectual property of the teachers in summaries that are being sold is not allowed.

Paperless is more

In the last FC teachers asked the board for a hardship clause within Paperless is more to manage the right of students to hand papers in digitally.  However the Rector Magnificus of Tilburg University said that exceptions to the Paperless is more rule are not allowed.  However, Students are still allowed to hand in their assignements on paper if they want to, it’s just not allowed to demand a paper version anymore. 

Examination regulations

In the faculty council of June 20th 2019, Dante asked a question about the review period of exams (and assignments). The answer of the board was that the academic director would be informed about the exceeding of the review period and would bring this to the attention of the lecturer involved and would arrange a meeting with the lecturer to see how to solve the problem when necessary. However, in the exam period after the first semester of 2019/2020, we got some complaints from students about exceeding the review period of fifteen working days. 

Last year, it was argued by the board that this is not an issue to put in the EER, but that students should go to the academic director when this issue happens. We communicated this to the students and this December/January, they did go to the academic director when the review period was exceeded. However, the academic directors point to the EER when students come to them and say that lecturers are doing the best they can. Because of this, students have to wait longer until they receive their grade, but don’t know what consequences will follow for the lecturers and they say that they do not have any leverage if they do exceed this review period. 

The board then specified the steps that student with complaints should take. 

  • 1st step: contact the teacher
  • 2nd step: contact the program director
  • 3rd step: they can talk to the teacher
  • 4th: evaluation of the performance of the teacher for the year
  • If it happens multiple times: examination board official complaint

TSHD’s vision on digitalisation

Then the Faculty asked feedback on their vision on digitalisation. Dante and the teachers agreed that the vision is not tailored/specific  enough, and that it’s not tailored to the different programs well enough. For example Philosophy students could have very different digitalisation needs than CSAI students. Therefore the vision should be more focussed on education and what would be good for teachers also, since their workload should be lessened by it and not increased.

This was the recap! If you have any questons about this, don’t hesitate to contact us!