Press Statement Thursday, 3 September 2020
UCD STUDENTS DISAPPOINTED TO LEARN THAT SOME COURSES WILL BE FULLY ONLINE DESPITE EARLIER PROMISES
Conor Anderson, UCD Students’ Union President said;
‘Students have been contacting UCD Students’ Union in recent days airing their disappointment that their course is now being fully delivered online with no in-person component whatsoever. This is affecting both undergraduate and postgraduate students. It is unfortunately not a surprise, but it does illustrate how exaggerated the estimates of UCD management have been over the course of the summer. Two separate estimates were given: first, in July, that undergraduates could expect an average of 40-60% of their courses to be in-person and on-campus. Graduate students were told to expect between 75-100% of their learning to be in-person. A second communication was issued in August, indicating that undergraduates could expect anywhere between 30% and 70%, but for graduate students, those numbers were slashed to between 20% and 86%. We are now being made aware that some courses will have 0% in person teaching, just weeks before classes resume.
UCD Students’ Union were worried that UCD management were over-promising class time to students since the first numbers were released. Students need realistic estimates of how much time they will be spending on campus in order to properly budget for the year and make the best decisions about accommodation and travel. Instead, they were told to expect wildly optimistic amounts of in-person class time that are now not being facilitated. This leads to two major issues for students; one they have already signed leases in Dublin based on the knowledge that some classes would be face to face and the second major issue is that some students will have travelled from abroad to study at UCD and they will find that their course is now entirely online and they could have studied from their home country.
When all timetables are released by 7 September, we will see just how many courses are planned to be totally online. It is not fair to toy with students’ expectations like this, and we call on UCD management to communicate clearly how many courses will be fully delivered online and to explain to students why they are not following through on the promised face-to-face time.’