BPP University has refused to give exam results to students whose fees are overdue.
The university, which has one of the country's most prominent law schools, was accused of "threatening to withhold" January exam results that were due to be provided to students this week.
"No thought has been considered that students, particularly those working to afford their fees, may have been made furlough or lost their jobs due to COVID-19," said an insider who believed that changed circumstances for students could have led to an "issue with payments."
A spokeswoman for BPP would not respond directly on the allegation of exam results being withheld. She would only say that "we are sympathetic to students impacted by Covid-19 and are offering extensions or instalment plans on a case-by-case basis”.
She added "our programmes continue to run and we are following our usual payment collection processes".
The usual payment collection process. How it might look.
The decision may well be down to the private equity owners looking to squeeze every penny they can out of the university. No doubt the nice academics who run the courses will be horrified.
Update: A student writes, “Yes, BPP is withholding my exam results despite my course not finishing until November, they’re requesting I pay up all remaining fees now. I’ve finished the teaching aspect of my course, but fellow students are having to take part in shoddy online teaching that they’re claiming isn’t worth the money they’re paying into BPP, and still having their results withheld due to remaining fees being owed.”
Another writes, “I’ve gone back home to [my home country] and because of lockdown, banks are closed, so I can’t pay the rest of my fees, which is just over £500. I’m still refused access to my results.”
If you're a student at the university, do let us know if BPP has held back on your exam results.