"We may have flunked our exams, but at least we've received our results! Hurray!"
BPP University has been accused of withholding exam results...again.
The university, which has one of the country's most prominent law schools, has been accused of refusing to give exam results to students who have not yet paid for their courses in full.
A disgruntled student told RollOnFriday that the university was holding back results, “even though fees don't even have to be paid in full until the end of the course”.
The university defended its position, as a BPP spokeswoman told RollOnFriday: “Students are only denied transcripts where there are overdue payments, and it is documented in their terms and conditions that where fees are not paid by their due date, BPP has the right to suspend provision of the programme to students - this includes providing any exam transcript in respect of the programme."
The spokeswoman added: "All BPP instalment plans are created to finish before the end of the programme so there are no cases where students have transcripts withheld in advance of payments being due.”
It's not the first time that BPP has been accused of threatening to withhold exam results.
In 2020, a group of LPC students complained that BPP should release their results before they had finished paying for their course, because of financial difficulties caused by coronavirus. That year, over 700 students had their results withheld at one point, although the number dropped as students paid up.
Get in touch if you're a student affected by this.
One would like to think a group of potential lawyers would understand the concept of fulfilling contractual obligations.
It's outrageous! I didn't get the service I didn't pay for!
You can't really criticise BPP here. Students who get poor exam results are even less likely to want to pay up.
Read the small print of your contract. Basic terms in the Sale of Goods Act.
I would be amazed if BPP does not have the contractual right to do this in which case students who haven’t paid for their fees aren’t entitled to their results. Simple as that.
I’m assuming these students didn’t do well in their contract law exams. Just a hunch.