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Introduction to the Consolidated Academic Policies and Regulations

The College’s Consolidated Academic Policies and Regulations (and any associated rules or procedures) govern the standards of the awards delivered by the College, as well as the responsibilities of students and the College in the delivery of these awards. The essential purpose of the College’s Academic Policies and Regulations (CAPR) is to ensure equity of treatment for students at each stage of their education. This is done by setting out the criteria and defining the process for making judgements about students’ academic performance and progression. The CAPR includes codes of practice, policies and academic regulations and are grouped in the sections below for ease of access.

The CAPR not only describes students’ rights but also, in their best interest, outlines their responsibilities. For example the responsibility to attend classes and supervisory sessions, submit work for assessment and to pay money owing as well as to comply with administrative procedures.

The College will make every effort to ensure students are aware of the requirements of the policies and regulations but it is ultimately the students’ responsibility to be aware of them and to seek advice, or an explanation or guidance, if they don’t understand them.

The College works in partnership with the University of Plymouth in the award of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. The academic regulations and policies found in the CAPR have been agreed with the University of Plymouth as meeting the regulatory requirements required by the UK Quality Code for Higher Education and are aligned with those of the University. For students on programmes and awards validated by the University of Plymouth, the sections of the CAPR which have been agreed by the University as meeting its policy and regulatory requirements are shaded in grey for ease of identification.

As a validated partner of the University of Plymouth, the College follows the University academic regulations that relate to the progression and award of programmes and these can be found in the final section below.

For an overview of the CAPR, see here >

For the Extenuating Circumstances Application for, see here >


Codes of practice

Student Charter >

Diversity, Dignity and Inclusion >

Freedom of Speech policy >

Student Voice >

A: GENERAL REGULATIONS

A1: Interpretation and Scope >

A2: Workings of the Regulation >

B: ADMISSIONS

B1: Admissions Policy>

B2: Advanced Standing and Exemptions Based on Recognition of Other Learning>

B3: Young or Vulnerable Applicants (including Under 18)>

B4: Applicants declaring a Criminal Conviction>

B5: Readmission of Previous Students>

B6: Appeals and complaints for applicants>

C: STUDENT STATUS (including Registration and Enrolment)

C1: Registration and Enrolment>

C2: Accelerated Undergraduate Programmes>

C3: Programme or Campus Transfer> 

C4: Interruption of Study and WIthdrawal>

C5: Student Pregnancy, Adoption, Maternity and Paternity>

C6: Termination of Registration inlcuding for Academic Reasons>

D: PARTICIPATION, EDUCATION, AND ENGAGEMENT

D1: Attendance and Participation (Including Postponed Classes)>

D2: Religion and Belief in Study >

D3: Children on Campus >

D4: Students Needing Access Support (Including Because of Disability) >

 

E: STUDENT CONDUCT AND BEHAVIOUR

E1: Student Conduct and Behaviour >

E2: Drug and Alcohol Use and Misuse >

E3: Students who acquire a Criminal Conviction >

E4: Fitness for Study>

E6: Representation of Students at Hearings>

E7: Suspending or Excluding Students in Emergencies >

F: ASSESSMENT AND EXAMINATION

F4: Extenuating Circumstances >

F5: Academic Misconduct >


G: FEES, REFUNDS AND DEBT

G1: Fees, Refunds and Debt > 

H: APPEAL AND REVIEW

H1: Administrative Verification >
H2: Academic and Regulatory Appeals >

 

 

I: STUDENT CONCERNS AND COMPLAINTS

I1: Student Concerns and Complaints >

I2: Public Interest Disclosure by Students >

J: STUDENT RECRUITMENT

J1: Student Recruitment >
J2: Approval of Information Published by the College >

K: AWARDS AND PROGRAMME FRAMEWORK

Please refer to the University of Plymouth Regulations below.

L: PROGRAMME AND CURRICULUM

Please refer to the University of Plymouth Regulations below.

M: MONITORING, MANAGEMENT AND REVIEW

M1: Management of College Programmes



N: ACADEMIC COMMUNITY

N1: Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults >

N2: Approving a new Study Centre or Campus>

N3: Death of a Member of the Academic community >

N4: Infectious, Notifiable and reportable Diseases >

N5: Relationships and Personal Conflicts of Interest >

N6: Protest on Campus >

N7: Search and Restraint of Students >

N8: Concerns about Academic Standards or Quality>

O: HIGHER EDUCATION WITH PARTNERS

O2: Work-Based and Placement Learning >

P: ASSESSMENT AND EXAMINATION

P1: Assessment Principles >
P2: Scrutiny of assessment elements before release to students >
P3: Preparation and Conduct of Examinations >

P4: Marking and Grading Students' Assessed Work >

P5: Assessing group work >
P6: Feedback on Assessed Work>

Q: BOARDS OF EXAMINERS

Q2. Subject Assessment Panels >

 

 

R: ACADEMIC STAFF AND PROMOTIONS

R1: Academic Judgment and Decision-Making >
R2: Academic Title and Promotion >
R
3: Visiting, Honorary and Emeritus Title >

S: RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP

S1 Research Groups and Centres >

S2: Ethical Approval for Research and Scholarship >

S3. Misconduct in Research >

T : AWARD AND CONFERRAL

T1. Use of the College Seal >

T4. Academic Honours (including Prizes and Medals) >

 

Schedules

Schedule A: Official Documents >

Schedule B: Regulatory Fees and Charges >

Schedule C: Delegations >

Schedule E: Academic Honours (Including Prizes and Medals) >

Schedule F: Acronyms >

Schedule G: Definitions >

Schedule H: Student Status >

Schedule I: Modifications >

Appendices

Appendix A: Standard Student Contract >

Appendix B: Library and Information Services Regulations >

Appendix C: IT Usage Policies and Regulations > 

Appendix D: Using and Protecting Student Personal Data >

Appendix E: Handling Student Personal Data >

Appendix F: Student Intellectual Property >

Appendix G: Student Surveys Policy >

Appendix H: Instructions for Invigilators > .

Appendix I: Generic Marking Criteria >


For University of Plymouth awards delivered by GSM London, this section of the CAPR meets the regulatory requirements required by the UK Quality Code for Higher Education. These are the academic regulatory frameworks for the awarding of undergraduate and postgraduate awards, the approval of programmes, and periodic review of programmes.

Related guidance and codes of practice can be found at the QAA Quality Code Part B: Assuring and Enhancing Academic Quality. http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/quality-code-part-b


The following University of Plymouth Academic Regulations relate to the progression and award of programmes of study delivered by GSM London.

Undergraduate Programmes
Postgraduate Taught programmes

Approval of a new Programme relate to University of Plymouth Awards (Academic Partnerships)

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/your-university/governance/central-quality-office/approval-of-a-new-programmeaward-academic-partnerships


Changes to an existing University of Plymouth Award programme

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/business-partners/partnerships/academic-partnerships/academic-partnerships-processes-and-templates


Review processes for University of Plymouth Awards
https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/your-university/governance/central-quality-office/periodic-review