The National Council of University Students has approved a motion concerning the protection of students’ rights in Distance Learning with a charter. Specifically, it is written, calling for its dissemination, promotion and implementation:
Charter of Students’ Rights in Distance Learning
Article 1 – General Principles
- This charter is without prejudice to all the rights already provided for in the Charter of Student Rights approved by the National Council of University Students at its meeting on 8 September 2011.
- The rights and protections provided for in this charter are granted to all students regardless of age, gender, degree course and career status.
- The Ministry of Universities and Research, the Universities and all the educational institutions where the present charter comes into force, shall ensure its implementation through appropriate measures. They shall also provide, where they do not exist, adequate means of monitoring the effectiveness of the provisions.
Art. 2 – Distance learning and blended learning
- Students are entitled to full, free and universal use of distance learning.
- While carrying out distance teaching, in order to guarantee personal health, the student is entitled to a break of at least 15 minutes every 2 hours of lessons in telematic form, as provided for by art. 175, Legislative Decree 81 of 2008.
- The student has the right to an organisation of teaching activities that allows for the attendance of both distance and in-person lectures and laboratories and internships.
- The student has the right, when carrying out teaching activities on line, to be able to carry out internships, laboratories and other forms of non-frontal teaching in presence, free of charge and in full compliance with workplace safety regulations. In addition, where it is not possible to carry out the activity in person, the student is entitled to a system of evaluation that is fair and appropriate to the way in which the activities are carried out.
- The student has the right to take his or her examinations in person and, where applicable, electronically. All this without the option entailing any differences in the way the test is conducted or assessed.
- When taking a test at a distance, the student’s disconnection due to technical problems cannot constitute a valid reason for exclusion from the test; the student has the right to repeat the test in the manner provided by the University.
Art. 3 – Right to Privacy
- Every student has the right to have his or her privacy respected in the conduct of distance learning, and in particular the right to:
a) carry out their activities on secure and certified platforms, and with secure access modes;
b) not to share their sensitive data;
c) to read the information provided for by EU Regulation No 2016/679 on the protection of personal data.
Art. 4 – Teaching materials and library services
- Every student has the right to receive teaching materials, in digitally appropriate form, before the start of classes and to use them throughout the duration of the course.
- Every student has the right to have access to the University library services, and in particular to borrowing, in all circumstances.
- Students have the right to request that lectures in telematic form be recorded and accessible only to those enrolled in the degree course. This is done through platforms specifically set up by the University in compliance with privacy regulations.
Art. 5 Right to Connection and Digital Tools
- Every student has the right to an internet connection. They are also entitled to have access to the technical tools needed to carry out their teaching activities electronically, free of charge and universally.
- All students have the right to use the telematic platforms used by the University free of charge.
- Every student has the right to use the aforementioned platforms also to carry out telematic activities of an associative nature.