Academic Information and Policies

Right to Change Rules

The University reserves the right to modify or change requirements, rules, and fees. Such regulations shall go into force whenever the proper authorities may determine.

Right to Dismiss Students

The right is reserved by the University to dismiss or exclude any student from the University, or from any class or classes, whenever, in the interest of the student or the University, the University Administration deems it advisable.

Responsibility to Know and Comply

Students are held individually responsible for the information contained in the NSU Catalog or Catalog. Failure to read and comply with University regulations will not exempt students from whatever penalties they may incur.

General Student Policies

Policies on student behavior, plagiarism, falsification of records, etc. are available in the Office of the Registrar.

Code of Conduct

NSU strives to maintain a healthy academic atmosphere on its campus. The students are expected to do their part in achieving this goal by attending classes regularly, making appropriate use of all campus resources in a way as to enhance their academic achievements, maintaining discipline, keeping the campus clean and being good neighbors and models of good citizenship.

Copies of the NSU Code of Conduct are available in the library. Copies may also be purchased from the copy center.

 

Disciplinary Committee

Faculty, students, and staff may invoke the Disciplinary Committee in the Office of the Vice Chancellor by a written report of an offense or grievance. The Discipline Committee will act independently to ascertain facts. Consequent to the findings of the Discipline Committee, existing NSU rules and policies will be enforced. The Discipline Committee will not change or modify NSU rules and policies.

Academic Honesty

Any means of unauthorized assistance in preparing materials which a student submits as original work is deemed to be cheating and constitutes grounds for disciplinary action. Instructors are expected to use reasonably practical means of preventing and detecting cheating. Any student judged to have engaged in cheating might receive a reduced grade for the work in question, a failing grade in the course, or such other lesser penalty, as the instructor deems appropriate. Serious instances may be referred to the Disciplinary Committee in the Office of the Vice Chancellor.

Medium of Instruction

English is the medium of instruction. Since many students come from the Bengali medium, the University offers remedial courses to increase their proficiency in English. The number of remedial courses a student is required to take is determined on the basis of the English Placement Tests. The University strictly requires the student to pass the English remedial courses before taking other courses. Depending on the number of English remedial courses it may take more than four years for a student to graduate with a bachelor's degree.

 

Course Load

Fifteen hours of lecture per week is the normal load according to US standards. Each week there will be assignments, homework and exams. In addition the faculty will hold help sessions and/or tutorials, thus raising contact hours to twenty. Students will have access to the Computer Lab to prepare their papers and other assignments under supervision for up to 30 hours each semester. A student can graduate with the minimum requirement (124 credits) in four years (assuming enrollment for 15-16 credits in the full semesters each year). Course offerings during the Fall semesters are limited, and students will not be able to carry a full load

Academic Calendar

The University offers three semesters each academic year. 

Spring semester: Begins from Tuesday of 3rd week of January and continues for 13 weeks.

 Summer semester: Begins from Tuesday of 3rd week of May and continues for 13 weeks.

Fall semester: Begins from Tuesday of 2nd week of September and continues for 13 weeks. 

Academic Progress

A student must pass all 100 level courses required for the preferred degree by the third semester after admission. Otherwise, a student will not be allowed to register into higher level courses until that student passes all the 100 level courses required for a preferred degree. The only exceptions to this are the English courses.

A student who fails to pass a required 100 level course in two attempts will not be registered into any other course, except English, until that student passes the failed course.

A student must fulfill English requirement i.e. a student must pass ENG1O5 by the fourth semester after admission. Failing this, the student will not be allowed to register into other courses until the English requirement is fulfilled.

Students will be allowed to register in contravention to these rules only when such requests are authorized by the Head of the Department and forwarded to the Registrar's Office.

Full time/Part time

A student must carry at least 12 credits per semester to be considered full time. A student registered for less will be considered part time. Though students may be classified full time while taking 12 credits, they cannot expect to graduate in four years unless they increase their course load or attend three semesters during the calendar year.

Overload

Students who wish to register for more than 16 credit hours per semester must obtain written permission for an overload from the Department Head and the Vice President, Academic Affairs.

Class Attendance:

A student is expected to attend all class meetings in a course. It is the responsibility of the instructor to inform the student of the consequences of absence from class. It is the responsibility of the student to keep instructors informed regarding absences from classes.

A student who knows of necessary class absences should consult instructors in advance. A student who misses a class is not excused from obligations to instructors. Instructors will determine the manner in which assignments and exams missed may be made up. A student may be dropped from a course for absence in three consecutive classes.

Student Classification

A student is classified as a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, and graduate. This is normally a measure of the years of attendance (one class per year), however, an increase in credits earned during one or more semesters may result in an accelerated classification. Thus, it is more accurate to designate class standing in accordance with credits earned.

The following table of credits earned is used to establish class standing:

The following table of credits earned is used to establish class standing:

Credits earned

Class

0 - 30

Freshman

31 - 60

Sophomore

61 - 90

Junior

Over 90

Senior

earned bachelor degree

Graduate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application for Degrees

Candidates for graduation must file an application for graduation with their respective departments no later than the sixth week in the semester preceding their final semester. Candidates must also fill up a prescribed form, which is available at the respective departments.

 

Good Academic Standing

A student whose cumulative GPA is equal to or greater than 2.00 is in good academic standing.

Academic Probation

Students with a GPA of less than 2.00 are placed on probation. Students on probation are allowed a maximum of three semesters to raise their GPA to 2.00. Students who fail to achieve a GPA of 2.00 within three semesters are dismissed from the University.

Readmission

NSU students who are in good academic standing, but do not register for two consecutive semesters without notice must submit an application for readmission. When such students have attended other colleges and universities during their absence from NSU they must submit official transcripts along with their application. A fee is assessed for students who apply for readmission.

Readmission from Academic Dismissal

NSU students who have been dismissed from the University may apply for readmission after three academic years from the day of dismissal. Such applications should include documented evidence that the petitioners have taken steps to improve their academic performance such as further studies at academies or other institutions or taken employment providing them experience and responsibilities which has enhanced their ability to undertake academic endeavors. North South University will provide academic counseling during this period if requested.

Academic Fresh Start

NSU policy does not allow students to establish a new academic record. Students readmitted into the University or reinstated into a program start with the same record in the same state as when they were dismissed or when they left. Thus, a student with a GPA of less than 2.0 at NSU will be op probation from the date of readmission or reinstatement. Once a student is dismissed from the university, he or she should not be allowed to initiate academic fresh start at least in three years. The rules of academic probation, suspension, and dismissal are applicable to all students.

Change of Degree Program

Students seeking to change their degree program must submit a written request to the head of the department. Upon recommendation of the head of the academic department to which the student intends to change, the office of the Registrar shall make the necessary changes to a student's record.

Careful consideration of program/major changes should be undertaken by students who are in their junior or senior years, as requirements for the new major may require additional credits and extend the time for completion of their degree.

Final Examinations

A final examination period is scheduled at the end of each semester. The Registrar assigns sections of each course an examination time and place during the final examination period.

Internship Requirement

It is preferred that students registering for internship should have completed all course works. Students must complete at least 100 credits to be eligible for internship. Students shall not be registered into any course during internship. The Chairman, Academic Council, may authorize exceptions to these rules.

Duration of Internship

For fulfilling degree requirements, students should be interned in organizations ideally for eight to ten weeks allowing two more weeks for writing reports etc.

Final Examinations

A final examination period is scheduled at the end of each semester. The Registrar assigns sections of each course an examination time and place during the final examination period.

Degree completion deadline

An undergraduate degree must be completed in eight (8) years from the date of enrollment. Accordingly, a graduate degree must be completed in eight (8) years from the date of enrollment. Any exception to the above must be approved by the Academic Council.