Students at RMIT University in Melbourne have reportedly been offered “full marks” on an assessment if they attend today’s climate protest.
An email has allegedly been leaked on social media, with students encouraged to post a “selfie” with group members.
— Sam Cucchiara (@SamCucchiara9) September 20, 2019
A spokesperson for RMIT has responded to the claims with the following statement:
“Students in this course are currently completing a design project, and a component of this project relates to environmental impact and ethics.
“While the teacher has determined that the conversation at today’s global climate strike is educational and relevant to the learning for this project, RMIT will of course be looking at the decision to ensure that assessment integrity is maintained.”
“Climate change is a serious issue for us all and we know that many of our students and staff are passionate about how they can make a change.
“With RMIT’s responsibility to the broader community front of mind, our goal of positive sustainable outcomes and practices is, and always will be, integral to how we operate.
“While we will continue to listen to feedback, we must balance the experience of our students, which is why university operations are continuing today.
“We acknowledge there are a number of students who wish to participate in the strike and our staff have been working to ensure they would not be disadvantaged in doing so.”