York students offered £500 compensation after exam papers are lost

The exam papers were ‘lost in the post’. Photograph © Karl Baron on Flickr
14 Jun 2015 @ 5.33 pm
| Education, News

A dozen students at the University of York have been offered compensation after exam papers went missing in the post.

A statement released by the university apologised for the error affecting 12 second year students sitting the English department’s Critical Questions exam paper, worth 11 per cent of their marks for the year.

YorkMix understands that the scripts became lost after a member of staff had sent the scripts by recorded post to a senior colleague who was on family business in London.

Those affected are now being asked to submit a 2,000-2,500 word essay over the summer but will be given £500 each for the time lost.

A York University spokesperson said:

The senior management group discussed this matter today. Following the meeting, the pro vice chancellor for teaching and learning has written to the students affected offering a full and unreserved apology on behalf of the university.

In recognition of the extra work they will have to undertake (in the form of a 2,000-2,500 word essay), he has also made an offer of £500 compensation for each student.

He has also instituted a thorough review of our procedures in relation to the secure handling of exam scripts, in order to ensure that this never happens again.