The advice that students should always save a copy of their assignments has never been more relevant for students at Fleming College. After a series of power outages, caused by construction at the Peterborough school, hundreds of student grades were lost when the learning management system had, at one point, gone offline. The problem came to the attention of the college on July 16 when students began reporting that they were unable to access their grades through the system.
Students were officially informed of the data loss last week. At least 1100 full and part-time students are attending the college this summer, but it is not yet clear exactly how many grades have been lost. In most cases backup copies, such as spreadsheets of grades submitted by instructors, exist. In cases where there are no backups available, faculty have been left scrambling to dig up old graded assignments. IT staff are investigating the direct cause of the data loss, and chief information officer Jim Angel says a full report on the malfunction will be made public.