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Regulations Relating to Studies and Examinations at HiOA

This document is a translation of a legally binding document originally written in Norwegian. If a dispute arises as to the interpretation of this document, the Norwegian version takes precedence.

Legal basis: Approved by the Board of Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences 26 June 2016, in accordance with Act of 1 April 2005 no. 15 Relating to Universities and University Colleges § 3-3, § 3-5, § 3-8, § 3-9, 3-10, § 3-11, and § 5-3, the National Regulations of 16 December 2005 no. 1574 Relating to Degrees and Vocational Education, Protected Titles and Nominal Progression of Study at Universities and University Colleges § 27, and the National Regulations of 1 December 2005 no. 1392 Relating to Requirements for the Master’s Degree, § 2.

Amendments: Amended by regulations of 14 June 2016 no. 662.

Chapter 1. General regulations

§ 1-1. Scope and extent

These regulations apply to studies and examinations at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. Doctoral programmes are regulated by Regulations Relating to the Degree Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.

§ 1-2.Discrepancy with National Curriculum Regulations

In case of discrepancy between these regulations and National Curriculum Regulations, the National Curriculum Regulations take precedence.

§ 1-3. Definitions

a) Student: A person enrolled in a study programme or course at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences in accordance with the Act Relating to Universities and University Colleges, § 3-6 and § 3-7.

b) External candidate: A student or a person who takes an examination without being enrolled in a study programme.

c) Admission to study: Rights linked to being enrolled as a student in a study programme and to having status as a student. This implies the right to participate in all organised teaching, academic supervision (individual or in groups), exercises and assignments, laboratory courses, supervised professional training, fieldwork etc. related to the study programme in which the student is enrolled.

d) National Curriculum Regulations: Regulations defining the national framework for a particular study programme. National Curriculum Regulations are laid down by the Ministry of Education and Research.

e) Study programme: A programme of study with a defined content in accordance with a programme description which leads to a final examination, degree or vocational education. A study programme must consist of at least two courses.

f) Programme description: A description of a study programme, independent of whether the study programme is regulated by National Curriculum Regulations or not.

g) Subject: A combination of related courses given one common subject designation.

h) Course: The smallest unit carrying credit value. A course may constitute a part of a study programme or may be offered independently.

i) Course description: The description of the contents of a course.

j) Course group: A combination of courses from one or more subjects or subject areas which in the programme description is defined as constituting one unit.

k) ECTS credits: Measure of the scope and extent of a study programme. 60 ECTS credits correspond to one academic year, fulltime.

l) Examination: An assessment where the result alone is to be included on the diploma or transcript of records, or where the result forms a part of the grade included on the diploma or transcript of records.

m) Postponed examination: An assessment arranged for students who have submitted a medical certificate or have any other documented legitimate absence from an ordinary examination.

n) New examination: An assessment arranged for students who did not pass the ordinary examination.

Chapter 2. Degrees and educations

§ 2-1. Degrees awarded

The faculties award the following degrees for the study programmes for which they have the academic and administrative responsibility: University College Graduate Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree and PhD Degree.

§ 2-2. Degrees and vocational education programmes etc.

(1) Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences may award the following degrees and vocational education programmes:

a) University College Graduate Degree, nominal length of study: 2 years.

b) Bachelor’s Degree, nominal length of study: 3 years.

c) Master’s Degree, nominal length of study: 1½ year or 2 years.

d) Doctoral Degree, nominal length of study: 3 years.

e) Vocational education programme: Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education years 1-7 and Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education years 5–10, nominal length of study: 4 years.

f) During an interim period until 31 December 2015, the vocational education programme General Teacher Education, nominal length of study: 4 years.

(2) Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences offers further education programmes based on completed degrees of 3 or 4 years. The University College also offers study programmes of shorter duration based on the Higher Education Entrance Qualification.

§ 2-3. Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree

(1) The Bachelor’s Degree is obtained on the basis of examinations in study programmes, subjects, courses or course groups comprising 180 ECTS credits. The basis for the degree must include one of the following:

a) An integrated education or other study programme comprising 180 ECTS credits in accordance with the programme description for the study programme in question.

b) An integrated education or other study programme comprising 120 ECTS credits combined with an additional subject, course group or study programme comprising 60 ECTS within the same or a different subject or subject area, in accordance with the programme description for the study programme in question.

The two units comprising 120 and 60 ECTS credits respectively must be formally accredited as completed educations, subjects, course groups or study programmes.

In cases of foreign education or in extraordinary cases, the Faculty may also recognise other combinations of courses than already accredited educations, subjects, course groups or study programmes as study units of 60 ECTS credits. Such a combination of courses must constitute a natural academic unit.

c) A self-composed Bachelor’s Degree  consisting of an integrated education or subject, course group or other study programme comprising at least 90 ECTS credits (specialisation unit) combined with an additional subject, course group or study programme comprising at least 30 ECTS (the general unit). The two units must be accredited as completed educations, subjects, course groups or study programmes.

Up to 30 ECTS credits of the remaining studies that are to be included in the basis for the Bachelor’s Degree, may consist of independent courses or courses from other study programmes. Studies to be included in the degree must be formally accredited as completed educations, subjects, course groups or study programmes.

d) Completion of the first three years (180 ECTS credits) of a Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education (nominal length of study 4 years) in accordance with the National Curriculum Regulations. Completion of the first three years of a General Teacher Education (nominal length of study 4 years) may also constitute the basis for a Bachelor’s Degree.

(2) The basis for the Bachelor’s Degree shall include an independent work comprising at least 15 ECTS credits. The work may be theoretical, practical or artistic and may be carried out individually or in groups.

§ 2-4. Additional designations for the Bachelor’s Degree

(1) The following academic content (additional designation) of the Bachelor’s Degree is stated on the diploma:

a) For a Bachelor’s Degree in accordance with § 2-3 subsection one, letter a, of these regulations:

either

«Bachelor of *name of subject area or study programme in accordance with the programme description*», and if applicable, with a supplementary indication of programme option or similar,

or

«Bachelor – *name of teacher education in accordance with the National Curriculum Regulations for the teacher education in question*».

b) For a Bachelor’s Degree in accordance with § 2-3 subsection one, letter b, of these regulations:

«Bachelor of *name of study programme in accordance with the programme description*».

c) For a Bachelor’s Degree in accordance with § 2-3 subsection one, letter c, of these regulations:

«Bachelor of *name of the main academic area of the specialisation unit comprising at least 90 ECTS credits, as follows*»:

either

«Bachelor of Health Sciences»

or

«Bachelor of Arts»

or

«Bachelor of Technology».

d) For a Bachelor’s Degree in accordance with § 2-3, subsection one, letter d, of these regulations:

either

«Bachelor of Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education Years 1– 7»

or

«Bachelor of Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education Years 5–10» when the degree is obtained on the basis of  completion of the first three years of the Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education (nominal length of study 4 years)

or

«Bachelor of Compulsory Education School Subjects» when the degree is obtained on the basis of completion of the first three years of the General Teacher Education (nominal length of study 4 years).

(2) For Bachelor’s Degrees composed by the student himself/herself, additional designations of subject area or specialisation will not be stated on the diploma.

§ 2-5. Additional designations for the University College Graduate Degree

Obtained University College Graduate Degree is normally stated as «University College Graduate Degree * name of the study programme*» in accordance with the programme description.

§ 2-6. Requirements for the Master’s Degree

(1) The general requirements for the Master’s Degree are stipulated in the National Regulations Relating to Requirements for the Master’s Degree.

(2) A Master’s Degree of 1½ or 2 years (90 or 120 ECTS credits) may be obtained upon completion of a corresponding study programme offered at the Faculty in question at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.

§ 2-7. Additional designations for the Master’s Degree

At Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, obtained Master’s Degree of 1½ or 2 years will be stated on the diploma as follows:

«Master’s Degree of *name of study programme in accordance with the programme description*».

§ 2-8. Affiliation requirements in connection with awarding of degrees and issuing of diplomas

For issuing of diplomas for obtained degree or vocational education, a minimum of 60 ECTS credits included in the basis for the degree or vocational education, must be completed at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.

§ 2-9. Requirements for the awarding of new degrees from Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences

(1) To obtain a new degree, a student must have completed at least 60 new ECTS credits at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, in addition to previously completed education included in the basis for a degree or a part of a degree or vocational education programme.

(2) In a new Master’s Degree, the new ECTS credits must include a different Master’s Thesis than the thesis included in the basis for the previously awarded Master’s Degree.

§ 2-10. Overlapping academic contents

Overlapping academic contents in subjects, courses, course groups or study programmes included in the basis for the degree may not constitute more than 10 ECTS credits in total for the Bachelor’s Degree programmes and the Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education programmes. For Master’s Degree programmes, further education programmes and other studies of minor extent and scope, the overlapping content cannot constitute more than 5 ECTS credits. Overlapping contents exceeding the stipulated boundary must be compensated for by subjects or courses which are of academic relevance for the degree.

§ 2-11. Joint degrees – requirements for contents and composition of degrees awarded in cooperation with other institutions

(1) For degrees awarded in cooperation with other institutions (joint degrees), the same requirements for content and composition apply to degrees awarded solely by Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.

(2) Exemption from the affiliation requirement in accordance with § 2-8 may be appointed for joint degrees.

(3) The Academic Affairs Committee at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences may appoint guidelines for the establishment of joint degree programmes and other programmes which are established in cooperation with other institutions.

Chapter 3. Studies – general and academic provisions

§ 3-1. Appointing programme descriptions and course descriptions

(1) Programme descriptions and course descriptions are to be appointed for all study programmes and courses offered by Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.

(2) The Rector may appoint guidelines for the establishment of new studies and preparation of programme and course descriptions at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.

§ 3-2. General provisions for programme descriptions

(1) A course shall normally comprise a minimum of 10 ECTS credits and must be dividable by 5, unless the National Curriculum Regulations state otherwise.

(2) In accordance with the Act Relating to Universities and University Colleges § 3-9 subsection six, it shall be evident from the programme description which assessments and grades that alone are to be included on the diploma or transcript of records, or when the result forms part of a grade included on the diploma or transcript of records.

§ 3-3. Alterations in programme descriptions, course descriptions and syllabus

(1) Alterations in programme descriptions or course descriptions shall not take effect until the beginning of the next academic year. Minor alterations in the syllabus may be made during the course of the study.

(2) The Faculty shall inform the students concerned in due time before the alterations come into force.

§ 3-4. Accreditation, exemption and academic recognition

(1) A previously accomplished degree, vocational education programme or other study programme comprising three years or more for which a diploma has been awarded by Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences or a University College which now form a part of Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science, cannot be converted to a Bachelor’s Degree. The previous degrees «sivilbibliotekargrad», «hovedfagskandidatgrad» or «cand.polit.» awarded by Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences cannot be converted into a Master’s Degree.

(2) The Faculty decides on applications for academic recognition in accordance with the Act Relating to Universities and University Colleges § 3-5.

(3) In accordance with the Act Relating to Universities and University Colleges § 3-5 subsection two, the Rector at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences may appoint guidelines for assessing applications for exemption from parts of a study programme on the basis of documented prior learning and work experience.

(4) In accordance with the Act Relating to Universities and University Colleges § 3-5  subsection four, the Rector at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences may appoint guidelines for assessing applications for academic recognition of other higher education where the knowledge is documented in a different way than by an examination.

§ 3-5. Teaching

(1) At Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, the academic year lasts from the middle of August until the end of June. The Rector may set teaching periods, cf. Act Relating to Universities and University Colleges § 3-8. In the autumn, the Rector sets the date for the start of the semester.

(2) Teaching and ordinary examinations take place during the academic year.

(3) Supervised professional training, the International Summer School, preliminary courses, session-based studies, commission studies, etc. may take place at other times than during the academic year.

§ 3-6. Individual education plan

(1) Individual education plan, cf. Act Relating to Universities and University Colleges § 4-2, shall be designed so that the student can accomplish a planned course of study in nominal length of time. 

(2) The individual education plan may be altered by agreement between the student and the Faculty.

§ 3-7. Adapted education

Due to illness, disabilities or other conditions, a student may apply for adapted education, cf. the Act Relating to Universities and University Colleges, § 4-3 subsection five.

§ 3-8. Diploma and transcript of records

(1) The Faculty issues diplomas on completion of a degree, a vocational education or 1-year programme in Educational Theory and Practice. A Diploma Supplement shall be issued at the same time.

(2) A diploma is issued only once. If a candidate loses his/her diploma, a duplicate may be issued upon application.

(3) Further education programmes, studies of shorter duration, uncompleted degrees or vocational programmes are documented with a transcript of records. Students who have not completed their education shall by request be given a transcript of records for completed and passed examinations and tests.

(4) The diploma and the transcript of records shall state which semester the examinations were taken. Examinations carried out after the student has been awarded a diploma, are documented by a transcript of records.

(5) If the knowledge and the skills of an external candidate, cf. these regulations § 5-8, have been tested in a different way than that of the students enrolled in the study programme, this shall be stated on the diploma.

(6) The Rector may appoint supplementary provisions on the issuing and design of diplomas.

Chapter 4. Admission to study. Leave of absence

§ 4-1. Admission to study

(1) A person who has accepted an offer of admission to a study programme obtains admission to study in accordance with the nominal length of the study for that particular full-time or part-time study programme.

(2) A student who fails to complete his/her studies within the nominal progression of the study, will normally keep the admission to study for up to one additional year. Postponed admission, temporary suspension from the University College and leave of absence are not included in the stipulated additional year.

(3) Persons who are accepted to a course, get admission to study at the course. Such admission to study terminates when the certificate is issued or when the first new or postponed examination in the course is held.

§ 4-2. (Annulled)

§ 4-3. Termination of admission to study

(1) The admission to study terminates when a student has been awarded a diploma or a transcript of records on completion of a study programme or course of study.

(2) The admission to study terminates when a student confirms that he or she withdraws from the study or study programme.

§ 4-4. Cases when a student may have his/her admission to study revoked

(1) Students may have their admission to study revoked in the following cases:

a) When the student has not paid the semester fee or other fees stipulated pursuant to  the National Regulations Relating to Fees at Universities and University Colleges, confirmed or filled in his/her individual education plan and registered him-/herself for the semester, cf. § 4-2.

b) When the student exceeds the appointed nominal length of study and the allowed additional year, cf. § 4-1.

c) When the student has used all his/her attempts for an examination or supervised professional training as described in the programme description and these regulations.

d) When the student has not taken or passed an examination in accordance with the individual education plan during the last academic year and has not been granted leave of absence.

e) When the student has not presented the original diploma for diploma control.

f) When the student has presented a false or forged diploma in connection with application for admission.

(2) The Faculty makes decisions on revocation of admission to study.

§ 4-5. Leave of absence

(1) A student who gets a child during her studies, has the right to leave of absence from the study programme during pregnancy and for the purposes of child care, cf. Act Relating to Universities and University Colleges, § 4-5. Leave of absence shall also be granted due to compulsory military service, illness or other compelling reasons.

(2) To be granted a leave of absence for other reasons, the student should have completed at least one semester of the study programme concerned. Normally, leave of absence may be granted for up to one year.

(3) The Faculty decides applications for leave of absence.

(4) A student may apply take an examination during the leave of absence period.

5. Conditions for examinations. Registration

§ 5-1. Conditions for taking examinations

(1) To be able to take an examination, the candidate must have paid the semester fee for the semester in question in accordance with the Act and Regulations Relating to Student Welfare Organisations. In addition, and if applicable, the candidate must have paid examination fees in accordance with Guidelines for Fees at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.

(2) The programme description or course description may stipulate compulsory requirements which must be met before the candidate will get access to take an examination or continue the progression of study. The requirements may include compulsory activities, compulsory participation in teaching or compulsory attendance, completion and approval of supervised practical training or an examination or tests that must be passed.

(3) If a suspicion of cheating or attempt at cheating arises, § 7-5 subsection four of these regulations applies.

§ 5-2. Registration

(1) The student normally registers himself/herself for ordinary examinations by confirming the individual education plan. If the student does not show up for the examination, § 6-6 of these regulations applies.

(2) A student who is going to take a new or postponed examination must normally register for the examination on Studentweb within the appointed deadlines.

(3) The student is responsible for keeping himself/herself updated on time and place of the examination.

(4) Students who wish to improve their grade, may normally only register for ordinary examinations.

§ 5-3. Withdrawal from an examination

(1) Students with admission to study programmes with provisions regarding progression of study, may not withdraw from an ordinary examination.

(2) Withdrawal from ordinary examinations at studies which are not covered by progress provisions, shall take place within the appointed deadlines. If the students withdraws, he/she has normally not access to the examination before the next ordinary examination.

(3) Withdrawal prior to new and postponed examinations must take place within two weeks prior to the examinations.

§ 5-4. Number of attempts to take an examination

(1) A student has not the right to take an examination in the same subject or course more than three times. In special cases, the Faculty may give exemption for a fourth and last attempt to take an examination.

(2) The number of attempts to take an examination does not apply to the Master’s Thesis, cf. § 5-6 of these regulations.

§ 5-5. Attempts to take examinations after new admission to the same study programme

Students who have had a pause of three years from a study programme and have been granted new admission to the same study programme, start the study anew with new attempts for examinations and supervised professional training in accordance with these regulations §§ 5-4 and 8-4. For students who have had a pause of less than three years and have been granted new admission to the same study programme, previous attempts for examinations and supervised practical training are included in the three attempts.

§ 5-6. Reassessment of the examination grade of revised Master’s Thesis and other larger assignments

(1) If a student does not get a pass result on his/her Master’s Thesis, he/she may submit a new or revised thesis once.

(2) A student may not submit a new Master’s Thesis in the same study programme when he or she has received a pass result.

(3) Unless otherwise is stated in the programme description, a student who does not receive a pass result may only once submit a revised version of his/her Bachelor’s Thesis, main project or other larger assignment comprising 10 ECTS credits or more with the thesis question set by the student him-/herself.

(4) If a student receives the grade Fail on a practice-related assignment comprising less than 10 ECTS credits and it is not possible to change the thesis question without having to retake the supervised professional training, the student may be allowed to submit an altered version of the assignment.

(5) Students are not allowed to submit altered versions of other assignments than those mentioned in this paragraph.

§ 5-7. Conditions for new and postponed examinations

(1) Students with legitimate absence from an ordinary examination are entitled to a postponed examination. Legitimate absence includes illness, or any other documented compelling reason for absence, cf. § 6-7 of these regulations. Students who have not been able to take an ordinary examination due to student exchange or studies abroad, are also entitled to register for a postponed examination.

(2)  Students who have failed an ordinary examination are entitled to a new examination.

(3) Students who do not complete or pass a new or postponed examination are not allowed to retake the examination until the next ordinary examination. This also applies to students who have legitimate absence from a new or postponed examination.

(4) When a subject or course discontinues, the following regulations apply: If there are students who have had legitimate absence from or have not passed the new or postponed examination, a third and last examination may be arranged upon application. Such examinations shall be arranged within one year after the last ordinary examination.

§ 5-8. External candidates

(1) A person who meets all the entrance requirements, but who has not admission to the study concerned at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, may, within the appointed deadlines, apply to the Faculty for access to take an examination in a course as an external candidate.

(2) The external candidate’s rights are limited to the access to take the examination in the course concerned.

(3) External candidates shall pay the semester fee and the examination fee within the appointed deadlines in accordance with Guidelines for Fees at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.

(4) A student with admission to study at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences shall not pay examination fee when she or he takes an examination in a course at another study programme than the one in which she or he is enrolled.

(5) A student who has used all his/her examination attempts has not access to the examination in the same course as external candidate.

Chapter 6. Administration of examinations

§ 6-1. Ordinary examination

Ordinary examinations are carried out in the semester and with the form of assessment stipulated in the programme description.

§ 6-2. New and postponed examinations

(1) New examinations and postponed examinations are normally arranged at the same time and shall be held in sufficient time after the ordinary examination.

(2) New examinations and postponed examinations may also be arranged before or at the beginning of the following semester.

(3) If the ordinary examination is a home examination, portfolio examination or similar, another form of assessment may be appointed for the new examination or postponed examination.

§ 6-3. Administration of written examinations with invigilation

(1) The students are required to follow the directions given on the examination premises. Infringement may entail expulsion from the examination premises.

(2) The candidates must take their place on the examination premises at least 15 minutes before the examination starts.

(3) To get access to the examination, the candidates must be able to show valid identification with picture.

(4) Candidates who arrive after the handing-out of the question paper has started, shall be refused admission. If a candidate is delayed due to circumstances beyond his/her control, he/she shall nevertheless get access to examination premises up to 30 minutes after the examination has started.

(5) The candidates’ personal belongings must be placed at the designated place on the examination premises. The candidates are responsible to make sure that only permitted examination support material is brought to their designated desks. Mobile phones and other electronic devices with or without sender which are not permitted examination support material, cannot be brought to the designated desk. All electronic devises shall be turned off and left at the designated place.

(6) In the case of digital examinations based on the use of personal portable computer, the candidates are personally responsible for downloading the necessary software before they appear on the examination premises.

(7) When the candidates have found their designated desks on the examination premises, they are not allowed to leave their desks without the permission of an invigilator.

(8) During the first 60 minutes after the handing-out of the question paper, the candidates are not allowed to withdraw from the examination or leave the examination premises.

(9) Candidates who have questions shall turn to one of the invigilators. It is not permitted to communicate with other candidates or other persons during the examination. This applies inside as well as outside the examination premises.

(10) Examination support materials shall appear on the front page of the question paper. It is the candidate’s own responsibility to provide permitted examination support material. It is not permitted to borrow examination support material from other candidates during the examination.

(11) The candidates have only the time stipulated for the examination at their disposal. With the exception of digital examinations, up to 15 minutes are consented for the submission of the answer paper.

(12) The candidates remain seated at their desk until the examination answer paper has been submitted and checked. Thereafter, the candidate must leave the examination premises.

(13) The person with course responsibility or his/her deputy shall be available during the examination.

(14) The Rector may appoint guidelines and supplementary provisions for the administration of examinations etc.

§ 6-4. Examination Support Materials

(1) The Faculty may provide supplementary provisions as to what examination support materials may be used during the examination. Examination support materials may be written or printed resources, a calculator or drawing equipment. The candidates are to be informed in advance about what examination support materials are permitted during the examination. Permitted examination support materials shall be stated clearly on the examination question paper.

(2) The candidates are obliged to make themselves familiar with what examination support materials are permitted during the examination in question.

§ 6-5. Submission of examination

(1) The examination answer paper must be submitted to the person in charge of the examination and within the stipulated deadline. The candidates must as a norm show valid ID and sign a candidate list when they submit their examination answer papers.

(2) The candidates must submit the stipulated number of copies. Candidates must make sure that they have their own copy.

(3) Candidates who live more than 100 kilometres away from the University College may send their examination answer paper by post, provided that they have made an agreement with the Faculty in advance. The candidate must make sure to obtain documentation from the postal service to show that the paper is sent before the appointed deadline.

§ 6-6. Absence from examination

(1) If a candidate does not appear for examination at the appointed time, this will count as one examination attempt, and the candidate is not entitled to new examination.

(2) If a candidate does not submit the examination answer paper within the deadline, this will count as one examination attempt, and the candidate is not entitled to new examination.

§ 6-7. Illness during an examination

(1) If illness prevents the student from taking an examination or submitting an examination answer paper within the appointed deadline, a medical certificate including the day of the examination must be submitted to grant the student legitimate absence. In cases of legitimate absence, there will be no registered examination attempt. If it is not possible to submit the medical certificate on the day of the examination, the medical certificate must be submitted or postmarked no later than one week after the examination date.

(2) A candidate who becomes ill during an examination with invigilation can choose to withdraw from the examination. If a medical certificate is not submitted, the candidate has used one examination attempt, cf. subsection one.

(3) Illness during an examination without invigilation does not automatically give the students the right to prolonged examination time even if they present a medical certificate.

§ 6-8. Withdrawal from an examination

(1) If a candidate submits an empty answer paper or chooses to withdraw from the examination without handing in his/her answer paper, this will count as one examination attempt, and the candidate is not entitled to new examination.

(2) In these regulations, “empty answer paper” refers to an answer paper which is not a real attempt to answer.

§ 6-9. Special arrangements in connection with examinations and alternative forms of assessment/examination

(1) Candidates who due to medical or other reasons need special arrangements in connection with an examination or need to apply for an alternative form of assessment, must apply within the appointed deadlines. The need for special arrangements must be documented with a medical certificate or a certificate from other relevant experts.

(2) The Rector may appoint guidelines for the processing of applications for special arrangements and alternative forms of assessment.

§ 6-10. Examination in another language than Norwegian

(1) The language of instruction and assignments at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences is Norwegian unless something else is stated in the programme description or course description. The programme description or course description may stipulate provisions on the use of English or other languages in examination question papers and examination answer papers.

(2) The Faculty Board may determine that a candidate upon application may write his/ her examination answer paper in another language than Norwegian, Swedish or Danish whenever this is possible from an academic point of view and in accordance with the programme description or course description.

§ 6-11. Oral examination

The Faculty decides on applications regarding exemptions from the provisions concerning public oral examinations in accordance with the Act Relating to Universities and University Colleges, § 3-9, subsection three.

Chapter 7. Examination results. Appeals. Cheating

§ 7-1. Examiners

(1) In the case of examination or assessment where the result is part of the grade in the diploma or calculated into the grade for the study programme concerned, the Faculty appoints examiners in consultation with the academic staff.

(2) External examiners are to be engaged for all examinations, cf. the Guidelines for the Appointment and Employment of Examiners.

(3) How examiners are to be engaged shall be evident from the programme description. Normally, two examiners are to be engaged for oral and written examinations.

(4) The Rector approves guidelines for the appointment and employment of examiners.

§ 7-2. Examination results. Announcement of grades

(1) A candidate who has submitted his/her examination answer paper cannot evade the examination results.

(2) At written examinations, the identity of the candidate shall be unknown to the examiners as far as this is practically possible.

(3) If the examiners fail to agree on a grade, a new examiner shall be appointed and decide the final grade.

(4) The examination results for Master’s Theses shall be announced no later than six weeks after the submission date.

(5) If an examination candidate has presented himself/herself to an examination more than once, the best grade applies.

§ 7-3. Appeal against the determination of a grade. The right to an explanation

(1) In accordance with the Act Relating to Universities and University Colleges, § 5-3, a student is entitled to an explanation for the determination of the grade and for the result of an appeal against the determination of a grade.

(2) In accordance with the Act Relating to Universities and University Colleges § 5-3 a student may appeal against the examination results/grades. The examiners of an appeal shall not be given any information about the results/grades.

(3) In cases of continuous assessment, it shall be evident from the programme description when the appeal may be submitted. The appeal may be submitted either after each individual test, assignment or other form of assessment, or only when the examination result of the subject, course or course group has been announced.

(4) An appeal against examination results shall be processed within four weeks after the deadline for submission of appeals. The results of a new assessment cannot be appealed against.

§ 7-4. Appeal against procedural errors

 

An appeal against procedural errors may be submitted in accordance with the Act Relating to Universities and University Colleges § 5-2.

§ 7-5. Cheating

(1) Cheating or attempt at cheating in connection with an examination or test may among other things include:

a) Being in possession of examination support materials that are not permitted during an examination.

b) Presenting someone else’s work as one’s own.

c) Quoting sources or in any other way using sources in written assignments without sufficient references to the source.

d) Unauthorized cooperation between individual examination candidates or groups of examination candidates.

e) Breaching the current regulations and guidelines for the examination in question.

(2) Consequences of cheating or attempt at cheating are regulated by the Act Relating to Universities  and University Colleges and are processed by the Appeals Committee at the University College, cf. the Act §§ 4-7 and § 4-8.

(3) If an examination or test is annulled in accordance with the Act Relating to Universities and University Colleges § 4-7, this counts as one attempt for the examination or test in question, cf. § 5-4 of these regulations.

(4) A student who is suspected of cheating or attempt at cheating, is not allowed to take the examination or test in the subject or course in question while his/her case is being processed. This rule applies to ordinary, new and postponed examinations or tests in the subject or course in question. Accordingly, the same rule applies to cases concerning suspicion of cheating related to coursework requirements. If the Appeals Committee decides that cheating/attempt at cheating has not taken place and the examination answer paper is assessed as failed, the student is entitled to a new examination, test or coursework requirement.

(5) The Rector may appoint guidelines for the processing of cases regarding cheating and attempt at cheating.

8. Supervised professional training. Number of attempts

§ 8-1. Assessment of supervised professional training

(1) For study programmes where supervised professional training is subject to academic assessment, the student shall receive frequent supervision and feedback so that the student is informed how he/she stands in relation to the requirements to pass the supervised professional training.

(2) For each period of supervised professional training, a midway assessment and a final assessment shall be arranged where the student’s performance is assessed in relation to the objectives of the supervised professional training period. The final assessment shall be based on the continuous assessments and, if applicable, practical tests. The student shall receive a copy of the assessments.

(3) It shall be evident from the programme description who decides the academic assessment.

(4) The requirement for presence or attendance cannot be waived due to illness or any other reasons. The requirement for attendance shall be evident from the programme description.

§ 8-2. Notification of risk not to pass

(1) If doubt arises whether or not the student is able to pass the supervised professional training, he/she shall be summoned to a meeting as soon as possible.

(2) If there is a risk that the student will not pass the supervised professional training, he/she shall receive a written notification as soon as possible. Such notification shall be given no later than three weeks before the end of the supervised professional training period. For supervised professional training periods lasting five weeks or less, notification shall be given halfway during the period. The notification shall indicate what the student does not achieve, and the requirements which must be met to pass the supervised professional training.

(3) If the student during the supervised professional training period shows action or behaviour which without doubt will cause a fail result, the student may still get the grade “Fail” although previous notification has not been given within the deadline pursuant to subsection two.

§ 8-3. Failed supervised professional training

(1) If the assessment “Fail” occurs, the grade shall be confirmed or annulled by a committee appointed by the Faculty.

(2) In addition, the Faculty can confirm the result “Fail” in the following cases:

  1. If the student does not meet the requirements for presence or attendance. This counts as one attempt.
  2. If the student cannot accomplish the supervised professional training for reasons due to the student him-/herself. This counts as one attempt.

§ 8-4. Number of attempts

(1) If the supervised professional training is assessed as «Not Passed», the whole supervised professional training period must normally be repeated. The conditions to continue the study shall be evident from the programme description.

(2) If the supervised professional training is not passed and two attempts have been used, the study programme must normally be interrupted, cf. these regulations § 4-4.

(3) If there are special reasons and the National Curriculum Regulations allow, the Faculty may give the student a third and last attempt to pass the supervised professional training.

(4) If the student has his/her period of supervised professional training annulled because of formal errors, a new practical training period shall be prepared as soon as possible.

Chapter 9. Supplementary provisions. Coming into force

§ 9-1. Guidelines and supplementary provisions

The Academic Affairs Committee at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences may appoint guidelines and supplementary provisions within the framework of these regulations.

§ 9-2. Coming into force

These regulations come into force 1 August 2012. From this date the following regulations are repealed:

Regulations of 11 June 2009 no. 652 Relating to Studies and Examinations at Oslo University College,

Regulation of 18 June 2010 no. 841 Relating to Studies an Examinations at Akershus University College, and

Regulations of 1 December 2005 no. 1434 Relating to the Bachelor’s Degrees at Oslo University College.