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Results? Who needs results…

So, it’s that time of the year. The waiting for exam results. But it looks like it is going to be quite a wait.

I received an email from the University of Waikato Faculty of Law that makes it look like no results are going to be available online until the weekend of November 26th. This is the same time that results are supposed to be finalised. This could mean one of three things:

  1. Finalised results are no longer going to be available on November 26th, or
  2. Provisional results will be available before this point, or
  3. Provisional results are not going to be provided.

There is problems with all three of these options though.

If finalised results aren’t going to be available on November 26th, this will mean the deadlines for 2012 applications will go past before finalised results are available. The deadline for Waikato is December 1st. That’s also the deadline for some other universities. If I was wanting to transfer to the University of Auckland Faculty of Law, for example, I would not be able to do that for 2012, as I would need to provide a transcript, which I cannot do without results being finalised, and the application for Law Pt II is December 1st. I do know this, because it was looking like I may have to move back to Auckland a couple days ago.

If provisional results are going to be available before the 26th so finalised results could be available on the 26th, this would mean all provisional results would need to be out by Saturday. That gives 25 hours from when I’m writing this, and I’ve had none of my six results back yet.

Not providing provisional results will cause problems too, given that this means students cannot appeal results. As much as it’s unlikely appeals will be successful, I have heard of successful appeals, usually from a D to a RP (restricted pass – basically you’ve passed, but it can’t be used as a prerequisite). That’s not good.

So really, we’ve got three options. All of which are going to case issues for students. The University of Waikato seem to have screwed this one up.

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