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The UC3M finishes classes on the 22nd May and adapts its assessment systems due to the health crisis


The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) has agreed that classes will end on the 22nd May as well as the cancellation of graduation ceremonies, according to the most recent instruction from the Vice-President of Studies published in the Electronic Official Gazette of the University, which establishes the framework of adaptation to teaching activities until the end of the 2019/20 academic year.

This instruction aims to articulate a series of measures that guarantee a transparent framework for action and with the appropriate guarantees for the transformation of on-site teaching into an off-site format in all studies (bachelor, postgraduate and doctoral) at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The objective of this instruction is to ensure that no student misses their course because of the crisis, whilst maintaining the academic quality of teaching and the assessment procedures used. These measures have been adopted in coordination with the Faculties and the Escuela Politécnica, once the Students’ representation has been heard.

Teaching activity

In general, online teaching will be completed on 22nd May 2020.  Exams in ordinary session will take place from the 25th may to the 9th June and exams in extraordinary session will take place from the 22nd June to the 10th July. The time period in which external internships, language exams and the certificate for the end of studies theses will take place and be assessed has been extended until the 31st October 2020.

Experimental laboratory lessons which were not completed when on-site teaching was suspended shall be completed through the development of virtual projects, practical activities in simulation environments, case analyses or via other distance learning activities that allow the acquisition of the expected skills and learning outcomes. 

Assessment Criteria 

Due to the special circumstances of this course, the adaptation to the assessment systems initially planned by increasing the importance of continuous assessment in the final subject grade is recommended. Final assessments which take place off-site may consist of submitting essays, projects, case studies, problems, etc., as well as synchronous and oral exams.

The student may decline to sit an exam and obtain a waiver of convocation, if requested, for reasons justified by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Online Doctoral Defence 

The Director of the Postgraduate School may authorise doctoral thesis defence via video conferencing, at the reasoned request of the doctoral student with the approval of the Programme’s Academic Committee, in accordance with the procedures stated in the Instruction from the 13th March 2020, which guarantees access to video conferencing for anyone interested, the accreditation of the identity of the doctoral candidate with due guarantees and the jury’s deliberation without public presence, as well as a secret vote of the mention cum laude.

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Information and measures related to COVID-19