'Students at Bath Spa University have been branded snowflakes by fellow pupils when several began to “cry like babies” in a psychology exam after a topic they thought would “definitely” come up did not appear in the paper.
Psychology students have been given a second chance at the exam after the tears forced “around half” of those sitting the test to get up and walk out.
The situation has been labelled a “farce” by one student while another argued the resit opportunity unfairly benefited those who had caused the disruption at the expense of those who had revised properly.
But Bath Spa University said a second chance was the “equitable thing to do” given the “extraordinary” circumstances surrounding the first exam.
Those taking the advanced cognitive and biological psychology exam on May 30 were faced with three questions from four possible topics in the first half of the paper.
Students were told to revise “at least two topics as a safety buffer”.
But some decided to focus on just one topic after a member of staff reportedly hinted at which area would come up.
A Bath Spa University student, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Somerset Live: "Apparently a member of staff gave out a hint in a seminar that the sleep topic was definitely going to come up.
“I did not hear this directly but the people that did only revised sleep, despite lecturers definitely saying to revise two topics.
“Before the exam started there was lots of commotion as people made jokes about leaving the exam if the sleep topic wasn’t there.'
Read more: Snowflake psychology students offered exam RESIT after some ‘reduced to TEARS’ by test
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