Mise à jour le 13 mai 2020
Publié le 14 avril 2020 Mis à jour le 13 mai 2020

Final exams, continuous assessments, catch-up exams ... Here you will find the answers to the questions you are asking yourself about validating your year in this very special context.

The modified exam procedures and the calendar for this end of the university year must be approved by the Commission Formation et Vie Universitaire (CFVU) on April 17.

Will exams be held remotely?

Yes, we have decided to organize all assessments off-campus (the final exams* of the second semester and catch-up exams* of the first and second semester). This is because the date and the conditions of the end of lockdown are too uncertain for us to consider bringing students on to campus under normal conditions before the summer holidays. Furthermore, we want to avoid disorganizing the 2020-2021 academic year by postponing the exams until September.

When will the final exams (1st and 2nd session) take place?

The university calendar will be modified to adapt to the current context and will only be effective after the vote of the CFVU*. The board will vote on the following proposals for the final exams*:

SESSION 1 of the 2nd semester:
For students not exempt from attendance: from May 11 to May 20
For students exempt from attendance, DA* (see below): from June 10 to 17, 2020

SESSION 2 (catch-up) of the 1st semester:
For all students: July 2-7, 2020

SESSION 2 (catch-up) of the 2nd semester:
For all students: July 8-11, 2020

Teaching and continuous assessment* are suspended during the spring break week (April 26 to May 3).

How will I know when my exams are to take place?

Once the CFVU vote has happened, the secretariat of each course will inform you of the evaluation methods implemented (e.g. a written document to be returned for a CM, the grouping of TD and CM together for continuous assessment*, etc.). They will announce the dates of final exams* at the latest 2 weeks before the test.
The information will also be posted on the website of your Faculty or Institute (list available here: https://www.univ-lyon2.fr/sites-d-ufr-facultes-et-instituts). You will need to be attentive to the information sent to you.

How will teachers assess me?

For “licenses” (BA), teachers are strongly invited to offer a global validation in continuous assessment* when, in the module or UE*, the CM and the TD relate to the same subject. In the case where the CM is not associated with a TD, the teaching staff can choose to neutralize* the class, to pool several CM together to organize a common test allowing transversal skills to be tested, or to use any assessment means they best see fit. In these cases and as far as possible, they have been requested to avoid limited-time tests so as not to cause difficulties for students who, for material reasons, will not be able to write the exam at that particular time.

For Masters, where class sizes are smaller, choosing a final exam* is less problematic. The recommendations made above for BA programmes hold for the Masters, too. Thesis defences are authorized by videoconference, after ensuring that the student has the means to connect and do so at the time selected for the defence.

What forms will these remote assessments take?

The majority of assessments should take the form of work to be carried out within a defined period. Teachers are asked to favour forms of evaluation to be carried out over a long period. You will be able to download the instructions, carry out your work in a period which allows you to organize how you will work, then hand back your work online.
However, if you have an exam which requires a connection in a short and limited time, you will be able to connect within a timeframe which should be quite broad. It is the moment of your connection which will count for the start of the exam.

What about language courses and ICT?

ICT and Languages will be “neutralized”*, which is to say that you will not have grades awarded for even semesters (2, 4 and 6): your final average will be calculated without these marks. However, you will still get the expected ECTS*.

What about disciplinary ICT classes?

The neutralization of disciplinary ICT is left up to the teaching teams.

And specialist language classes, in the Law and Economics faculties?

The neutralization of these classes left up to the teaching teams.

What if I can’t get online for a limited-time test or download the instructions for work to be handed in?

Please refer to the question below related to particularly difficult containment situations.

I can’t follow distance learning because I have internet access problems / I’m ill / I have housing issues, etc. What can I do?

If you are unable to study at the moment (internet access problems, material or housing conditions, family or medical reasons, etc.), it is possible to request dispensation of attendance (DA)*, by simple request by mail to your faculty (faculty email addresses).
This DA request must have been made by April 24, 2020 at the latest. The objective is to allow you to have additional time to work on the course materials and to be able to offer specific tests according to a calendar different from the other students. Students who had already been granted DA for this semester can retain this right. They will take the exams at the same time.

I have a disability. How will my exams work?

Special care will be taken to ensure that all examination materials are accessible to everybody.
The increased times will be taken into account for the students benefiting from this arrangement.
For students benefiting from an exam secretary, work is underway to find the most suitable solutions on a case-by-case basis.
In case of concern, questions, do not hesitate to contact the disability support team mission.handicap@univ-lyon2.fr

Can I do my internship later if I haven’t managed to do it by the summer?

In M2 and vocational BA programmes, internships may be postponed until December 2020. This provision will also be subject to a vote in CFVU. The defences and committee must imperatively take place before December 18, 2020, the closing date of the University for the end of year vacations. You will be able to complete your internship without having to ask for a new registration or the payment of new fees (the year 2019-2020 will continue until the end of December). Your insurance runs its course until the end of 2020.

I’m supposed to be doing a dissertation for my Masters and at the moment I can’t do so, I have difficulty accessing my material, etc. Can I have extra time?

In M2, the teaching teams can offer to hold the defence of research dissertations in late August or early September to give you time to do your work. Some doctoral schools also plan to postpone the hearings for the award of doctoral contracts (CDU) in September in order to take these deadlines into account.
In the other years of courses, the teaching teams will be able to offer you arrangements for handing in work, but not beyond the end of June 2020.

Will the application dates for other courses, in particular Masters admission, be changed?

No. The eCandidat* application on which you must log in for course access requests, from the L2 up to the Master, is not changing. However, we are well aware that some of you may not be able to send all the requested documents on time and that expectations for your application may not be the same as in normal times.
In order to ensure fairness in the treatment of candidates applying for a master's degree, for example, we have asked all of the selection committees for master's files to respect the following points:

  • The results of semester 6 (second semester of L3) should not be taken into account
  • Having done an internship or not should not be taken into account
  • Not holding a bachelor's degree should not be a reason to dismiss an application until September 30, 2020
What decisions have been taken in other universities?

For the exams, all the universities are currently making substantial adjustments to the validation procedures for this academic year (partial or full transfer to continuous assessment, neutralization of modules, etc.). Just as has been decided for the baccalaureate, the methods of assessment in higher education will be greatly modified everywhere and a considerable number of universities currently plan, as at Lyon 2, to take exams remotely. The objective is to avoid making this semester a "lost" semester and that you can still move up to the following year having acquired the necessary skills.

* Glossary of terms used

  • CFVU : Commission Formation et Vie Universitaire
  • Continuous assessment : continuous assessment concerns courses that offer several assessments for the same course (generally TD). The grade obtained for teaching corresponds to the average of the grades obtained in the assessments according to their weighting.
  • Final examination : the final examination concerns subjects which offer only one final evaluation (generally CM) and refers to these single tests which take place according to a university calendar in the periods specifically defined.
  • Attendance dispensation : status granted to students who are in special situations preventing them from being physically present during one or more courses. This status is exceptionally extended to students who are in particularly difficult situations of confinement which prevent them from being able to follow lessons remotely or work effectively.
  • Ecandidat : website intended for applications for a new diploma. Available in the apps section of the intranet.
  • ECTS : European credits. Each academic year corresponds to 60 European credits. These credits are associated with teaching units. Credits can be acquired by capitalization (note equal to or higher than 10) or compensation (note lower than 10 but compensated by another which allows to have an average equal to or higher than 10)
  • Neutralization : the neutralization of a teaching implies that no grade will be associated with the teaching unit (UE) on the transcript. The ECTS credits associated with the EU are acquired. The neutralisation of a course in a UE allows the calculation of the average of the UE without that course (but with the other courses).
  • Session : The majority of courses allow for two exam sessions. The 2nd session is what is often called the "catch up ": it allows students who have not validated their diploma in the 1st session to present new work to increase their grade(s).
  • ICT : information and communication technologies.
  • UE : Teaching unit. Each teaching unit is made up of one or more courses. For the majority of the license years, each semester is made up of five or six UEs and each UE is made up of two or three courses (generally a TD and a CM).