CoL Birmingham settles exam paper dispute

The College of Law’s Birmingham centre has settled the complaints of 14 students over the loss of exam papers when a tutor’s car was stolen.

18 students on CoL’s part-time Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the centre were affected when their completed scripts were stolen along with a tutor’s car on 29 August 2012.

Students were told that they would have to resit their criminal and civil litigation exams and were surprised to hear that the unnamed tutor had left the papers in the car overnight when it was stolen.

Subsequently 14 students complained to the CoL asking for a “respectable sum” to reflect the seriousness of the situation – all those complaints have now been settled on confidential terms.

A spokesperson for the CoL said “a huge amount of time and effort has been spent on supporting these students” and that as a consequence the CoL policy on the handling of exam scripts had been reviewed and further guidelines had been issued to explicitly state that exam scripts should not be left unattended.

The news follows a series of exam blunders earlier this year in which BPP Law Schools’ Birmingham centre distributed the wrong 50-page lease document in a commercial property exam (19 June 2012) and CoL students were supplied the wrong information in a commercial dispute resolution exam (15 June 2012).