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Rectification and reassessment (change) of grades

Collection of the original work

Students who wish to request rectification or reassessment of a grade should not collect the original of the examination work, because this makes an assessment of whether the student has the right to a changed grade or not more difficult, as a consequence of problems associated with evidence.

Rectification and reassessment (change) of grades

  • Rectification – involves the examiner assessing that there are obvious errors in the marking as a consequence of typographical or arithmetical errors. It does not concern “re-marking” or ”reassessment” of answers that have been assessed!
  • Reassessment – involves the examiner assessing whether a grade is obviously incorrect as a consequence of new circumstances.
  • It is the examiner who has taken the decision to award the initial grade who should, primarily, reassess the examination result.

Extracts from the decision

The guidelines are governed by “Riktlinjer för utbildning och examination på grundnivå och avancerad nivå vid Linköpings universitet, Dnr LIU-2019-00920” (English translation: “Guidelines for education and examination for first-cycle and second-cycle education at Linköping University”) Some extracts follow. The decision in its entirety can be accessed by a link in the right column.

2.4.1 Rectification and reassessment (change) of grades

Swedish regulations

An appeal against a decision about a grade cannot be filed. This is a consequence of Chapter 12, Sections 2 and 4, HF. A student does, however, have the right to request rectification or reassessment (change) of a grade. There is no deadline before which such a request is to be received.

Rectification

A grade that contains an obvious error due to a typographical error, arithmetical error or similar may be corrected by an examiner (Chapter 6, Section 23, HF and Section 36 Administrative Procedure Act).

Reassessment/change of decision

If an examiner finds that a decision on a grade is obviously incorrect owing to new circumstances or for some other reason, he or she shall change the decision, if this can be done quickly and easily and if it does not mean lowering the grade (Chapter 6, Section 24, HF).

A government agency may change a decision that it has passed down in error as first decision-making body, if it considers that the decision is in error as a consequence of new circumstances or for some other reason. A decision whose character is beneficial for an individual may, however, be changed to the detriment of the individual only if (…) 3. the error is a consequence of the party having presented false or misleading information (Section 37, Administrative Procedure Act).

Local regulations

When a student requests rectification or reassessment (change) of a grade, a decision (acceptance or rejection of the request) is always to be given. A decision of rectification or reassessment (change) of a grade should normally be taken by the same examiner as made the initial grading decision. If this is not possible, someone else may make the decision. This person must, however, be designated as examiner for the course.

An appeal against a decision about a grade cannot be filed, but the decision may be reassessed. This is governed by Chapter 12, Sections 2 and 4 HF, and Chapter 6, Section 24 HF. Rectification of decision is governed also by Chapter 6, Section 23 HF and Section 36 of the Administrative Procedure Act.

 

Form

Form Request for rectification or review (amendment) of grading decisions
 

DECISION

Guidelines for education and examination for first-cycle and second-cycle education at Linköping University, Dnr LIU-2019-00920 (pdf)


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Last updated: 2020-05-08