KAMPALA – Uganda Christian University (UCU) will administer Easter Semester Exams in the form of “Take-Home Exams” as the Anglican church-founded institution contends with closure over coronavirus, the Vice Chancellor, Rev Canon Dr John Senyonyi, has said.
According to policy guidelines Dr Senyonyi issued on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, all Take Home Exams shall be availed to registered students through the e-Learning platform, emails, WhatsApp, and other means that shall be approved by the university from time to time.
“The examination process shall be administered centrally through the Central Academic Office. Lecturers are required to send their examination papers to the Central Academic Office through their respective faculty email addresses, as listed below: email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, UCUSoM@ucu.ac.ug, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com,” the VC said.
He added that the examinations shall commence on April 6, 2020 and end on April 24, 2020 (a period of 18 days).
“Please note that students shall self-regulate WITHIN that period to allot time for sitting the exams. Examination answers shall not be accepted AFTER April 24th 2020. Students shall submit their exam answers to the University through EITHER the e-learning platform OR through the respective faculty email addresses listed below: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, UCUSoM@ucu.ac.ug, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org. They must not send them to their individual Lecturer,” Dr Senyonyi said.
The VC added that only Easter Semester registered students shall be eligible for the Take Home Exams and only fully registered (paid up) students shall receive internet data (bundle) support from the University to enable them access the examination and carry out meaningful research and the writing of their exams.
“Students are encouraged to do all possible to confirm submission of their answers with the University. The University will not be liable where a student fails due to his/her own negligence,” he said.
Dr Senyonyi added that student registration shall continue remotely throughout the exam period.
“NO additional Fees shall be levied for sitting the said exams; these exams are merely completing the Easter Semester for which a registered student has already paid. All students who happen to pay during this period should promptly email a copy of their deposit slip to registration@Pucu.ac.ug , or send the same via WhatsApp number +256-795-771-411. However, we strongly encourage payments ahead of the exams to avoid last minute glitches and/or failure to effect payment and registration.”
He said data support shall be given to all academic staff so that they can employ all efforts possible to engage students on student preferred media and support their completion of the semester. These may include, though not limited to, email, e-learning, and WhatsApp, which remain the preferred means.
“UCU Regional Constituent Colleges and Campus are likewise bound by these guidelines a. they shall extend the same services as enumerated here to their College and Campus students,” he added.