GħSL, JCA and ELSA Malta would like to express their concern over the overdue publication of a large number of dissertation results as well as the late publication of several examination results.
It is completely unacceptable that deadlines have been completely disregarded, subsequently breaching the University Regulations. All results were meant to be published by the 31st of July, with the deadline being extended to the 5th of August. Nine days later, students are still waiting for their dissertation results with little to no explanation or remedy given by the faculty whatsoever.
Furthermore, whilst all other results have been published, it is important to note that a significant number of these study units had their results published after the extended deadline.
All 3 student organisations would like to point out a clear issue in the communication between the Faculty of Laws and its examiners. Such issues should in no way disadvantage the performance of students in re-sit sessions, nor should it prolong the stress of receiving results and its implications on the security of their place in the course. In addition to this, any issue of understaffing within the Faculty or lack of communication between the Faculty and examiners should not have a direct and negative impact on students as well as resulting in the overdue publication of their results with no form of compensation being given.
Thus, ELSA Malta, GħSL and JCA call upon the Faculty of Laws to not only publish pending dissertation results without further delay, but to also, due to such unacceptable delays in a number of result publications, take these circumstances into consideration in light of the September examination session. All 3 student organisations also call upon the Faculty to push towards extending the re-sit session dates or offering students adequate compensation. This stems from the fact that despite all examination results having been published, many results were published after the deadline imposed by the University. Such study-units include, Law of Property, Law of Obligations and EU Internal Market Law amongst others.
While we trust that this issue is resolved swiftly, we would like to also push for future reassurances in order to avoid a similar situation from happening again. We are requesting that the faculty clearly stipulate any mechanisms which should be in place for Heads of Department and lecturers which either do not adhere to certain deadlines or worse even, do not respond to their faculty superiors. This will not only safeguard students’ interests, but also those who are entrusted with publishing results within a certain timeframe.