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CORONA - ADDENDUM BSA REGULATIONS

Due to the Corona-crisis, the UT has set up an addendum to the BSA regulations of 2019-2020.
You can find the regulations here:
Addendum BSA regulations 2019-2020

2019-2020 EER: Education & examination Regulations:

Each programme has a EER which regulates the rights and obligations of students with respect to education, tests and examinations. The general rules and regulations surrounding the (binding) educational recommendation are described below (from article 6.3 EER). A programme can set additional requirements. Whether these also apply to your programme, can be found in the programme-specific appendix to the EER. The EER can be found on the web page of your programme.

Article 6.3   (Binding) Recommendation on continuation of studies

1.   Each student receives a written recommendation on  the continuation of his studies within the programme   at the end of the first year of enrolment in the degree programme concerning, except for article 6.4. This recommendation is based on the student's study results and may be positive or negative recommendation, in compliance with articles 6.4 and 6.5.

2.   The issue of the study recommendation as referred to in paragraph 1 has been mandated to the programme board by the institutional administration.

3.   Results of completed module parts that remain valid beyond the current academic year are counted when issuing the study recommendation.

a)  Only the credits from module parts in the first year of the programme that issues the final recommendation count for determining the number of credits.

b)   Exemptions granted to the student for modules or module parts of the first year count for determining the number of credits.

c)   The programme board may set down subject-specific requirements which must be met. These requirements are included in the programme-specific appendix[1].

4.   The final recommendation as referred to in paragraph 1 may involve expulsion from the programme, if the student in the opinion of the programme board is not deemed suitable for the degree programme because the student has passed fewer than three modules, and

-     the student has passed in total less than 75% of the study load of the first year, or

-     the student has passed 75% of the study load of the first year, but does not meet the subject-specific requirements (as referred to in paragraph 3c of this article).

A final recommendation on continuation of studies that involves expulsion is referred to as a binding recommendation on continuation of studies (BSA).

5.   In its deliberations on attaching a rejection to a binding recommendation, the programme board will take into account the student's personal circumstances at his request. The programme board will only take into account in its deliberations personal circumstances that have been reported to the study adviser by the student as soon as can reasonably be expected after they arose.

a)   Personal circumstances are understood to be illness of the person involved, a physical, sensory or other impairment of the person involved, pregnancy of the person involved, exceptional family circumstances, top-level sports of the person involved and the membership of the university council, faculty council, programme committee or a category 3 or 4 board in accordance with the FOBOS arrangement.

b)   The personal circumstances must be submitted to the Personal Circumstances Committee (CPO) in consultation with the study adviser. This report must be substantiated with items of evidence.

c)   The CPO assesses the validity and seriousness of the personal circumstances. A report in respect thereof is submitted to the programme board and the relevant study adviser.

d)   The programme board takes the judgement of the CPO into account in its handling of the student's request.

6.   Before issuing a binding recommendation, the programme board must first issue a warning to the student, while giving him a reasonable term to improve his study results, to the programme board’s satisfaction. Moreover, the student has the right to be heard by the programme board before the issue of a binding recommendation (WHW article 7.8b, paragraph 4).

7.   The decision of the programme board with respect to the binding recommendation on the continuation of studies states the possibility of filing an appeal. Objections are exclusively possible for a binding recommendation on continuation of studies and may be appealed within six weeks by lodging an appeal with the Board of Appeal for Examinations.

8.   If a  final recommendation on continuation of studies that involves expulsion has been issued to the student, he may not enrol in the same degree programme for a period of three subsequent academic years.

9.  If a student re-enrols in the degree programme concerned after the period referred to in paragraph 8 of this article, this enrolment is designated as his first-year enrolment and the concerning provisions of this paragraph apply in full.

Article 6.4   Termination of enrolment

1.   The degree programme is considered to be terminated if the student stops taking courses or any form of tests of the programme and:

a)   Submits a request for termination of enrolment to the UT, or

b)   De-enrols for the degree programme at the UT, while he enrols in another degree programme at the UT and thus transfers to the other UT degree programme, or

c)   Starts a study at a different institution with a ‘proof of paid tuition fee’.

2.      If in his first year of enrolment for the degree programme, a student submits a request to terminate enrolment through Studielink not later than 31 January and he is de-enrolled before or on 1 February and he does not re-enrol for the same degree programme in that same academic year, a study recommendation as referred to in paragraph 1 of article 6.3 will not be issued. If this student does re-enrol in the degree programme concerned, this enrolment is designated as his first-year enrolment.

3.      Students who are de-enrolled after 1 February for the degree programme at the UT, will receive a study recommendation as referred to in article 6.3 paragraph 1 from the degree programme they terminated.

Article 6.5   Postponing study recommendation

1.   The study recommendation as referred to in Article 6.3 paragraph 1 may be postponed if: 

a)   the student has enrolled in the degree programme on or after 1 October of the academic year concerned and on 31 August at the latest has not met the norm set in Article 6.3, paragraph 3, or 

b)   if personal circumstances preclude rendering an opinion on a student’s academic capacities at the end of the first year of enrolment in the degree programme, or

c)   the student transfers from one degree programme at the University of Twente to another on or after 1 October of the first year, whereby the student de-enrols for one degree programme (discontinuation in the sense of Article 6.4, paragraph 1 under b) and enrols in another degree programme.

2.   If the student, whose study recommendation as referred to in article 6.3 paragraph 1 has been postponed based on that article, re-enrols in a subsequent academic year in the degree programme concerned, then a study recommendation will be issued to him not later than the end of that subsequent academic year. The same norm as set out in article 6.3 paragraph 3 applies to this study recommendation. 

a)   The student whose study recommendation as referred to in Article 6.3 (1) has been postponed based on Article 6.5 (1)(a), will be notified in writing within 6 weeks of the date of enrolment before which date the degree programme will issue the final recommendation.

b)   The student whose study recommendation as referred to in Article 6.3 (1) has been postponed based on Article 6.5 (1)(b), will be notified in writing within 6 weeks of the date of enrolment before which date the degree programme will issue the final recommendation.

c)   For students whose study recommendation as referred to in Article 6.3 (1) has been postponed based on Article 6.5 (1)(c), the end of the second year of enrolment in the relevant programme applies as the new deadline for the final recommendation. The study recommendation is issued by the degree programme in which the student is newly enrolled.

For students who transfer to a different degree programme within the UT before 1 October, there will be no adjustment of the standard as stipulated in article 6.3 paragraph 3 and the study recommendation will not be postponed on the basis of transfer

[1]     Subject-specific requirements may not state that all module parts of a certain type must be completed. ‘The student must have passed all mathematics module parts from the B1 programme’ is not permitted, whereas ‘The student must have passed not less than three of the four mathematics components from the B1 programme’ is permitted.

2020-2021 EER: Education & examination Regulations:

Each programme has a EER which regulates the rights and obligations of students with respect to education, tests and examinations. The general rules and regulations surrounding the (binding) educational recommendation are described below (from article 6.3 EER). A programme can set additional requirements within the educational recommendation. Whether these also apply to your programme, can be found in the programme-specific appendix to the EER. The EER can be found on the page of your programme.

Article 6.3           (Binding) Recommendation on continuation of studies

1. Each student receives a written recommendation on  continuation of their studies within the programme  no later than at the end of the first year of enrolment in the programme concerning, subject to Article 6.4. This recommendation is based on the student's study results and may be a positive or negative recommendation, in compliance with Articles 6.4 and 6.5.

2. The issuing of the recommendation on continuation of studies as referred to in paragraph 1 is by the institutional board to the programme board.

3. Results of completed parts of a study unit that remain valid beyond the current academic year are counted when issuing the recommendation on continuation of studies.

a) Only credits from study units and parts of study units in the first year of the programme that issues the final recommendation, count for determining the number of EC’s.

b) Exemptions granted to the student for study units and parts of study units of the first year count for determining the number of credits.

c) The programme board may set programme-specific requirements that must be met. These requirements are included in the programme-specific appendix. Programme-specific requirements may not state that all study units or parts of a study unit of a certain educational curriculum must be completed.

4. The recommendation on continuation of studies as referred to in paragraph 1 may involve rejection from the programme, if the student, in the opinion of the programme board, is not deemed suitable for the programme because

- the student has passed in total less than 45 ECs of the first year, or

- has passed 45 ECs or more of the first year, but does not meet the programme-specific requirements (as referred to in paragraph 3c of this Article).

A recommendation on continuation of studies that involves rejection is referred to as a binding recommendation on continuation of studies (BSA).

5. In its deliberations on attaching a rejection to a recommendation on continuation of studies, the programme board will take into account the student's personal circumstances at their request.

a) Personal circumstances are understood to be illness of the person involved, a physical, sensory or other impairment of the person involved, pregnancy of the person involved, exceptional family circumstances, top-level sports or top-level culture of the person involved and the membership of the university council, faculty council, programme committee or a board (category 3 or 4 in accordance with the FOBOS regulations).

b) The personal circumstances must be submitted to the Personal Circumstances Committee (CPO) for assessment. The application for assessment of the personal circumstances must be substantiated with evidence.

c) The CPO assesses the validity and seriousness of the personal circumstances. A recommendation is issued to the programme board and the relevant study adviser.

d) The programme board takes the judgement of the CPO into account in its handling of the student's request. The programme board will only take into account in its deliberations personal circumstances that have been reported to the study adviser by the student as soon as can reasonably be expected after they arose.

6. Before issuing a rejection, the programme board must first issue a warning to the student, while giving them a reasonable term to improve their study results, to the programme board’s satisfaction. Moreover, the student has the right to be heard by the programme board before the issue of a binding recommendation (WHW Article 7.8b, paragraph 4).

7. The decision of the programme board with respect to the binding recommendation on the continuation of studies mentions the possibility of filing an appeal. Objections are only possible for a recommendation on continuation of studies involving rejection and the student may lodge an appeal within 6 weeks with the Board of Appeal for Examinations.

8. If a binding recommendation on continuation of studies has been issued to the student, they may not enrol in the same programme for a period of 3 subsequent academic years.

9. If a student re-enrols in the programme concerned after the period referred to in paragraph 8 of this Article, this enrolment is designated as their first-year enrolment and the relevant provisions of this paragraph apply in full.

Article 6.4           Discontinuation of enrolment

1. The programme is considered to be discontinued if the student stops taking courses or any form of tests of the programme and:

a) Submits a request for termination of enrolment to the UT, or

b) De-enrols for the programme at the UT, while they enrol in another programme at the UT and thus transfer to the other UT programme, or

c) Starts a study at another institution of higher education with a ‘proof of paid tuition fee’.

2. If in their first year of enrolment for the programme, a student submits a request to terminate enrolment through Studielink not later than 31 January and they are de-enrolled before or on 1 February and they do not re-enrol for the same programme in that same academic year, a study recommendation as referred to in paragraph 1 of Article 6.3 will not be issued. If this student does re-enrol in the relevant programme, this enrolment is designated as their first-year enrolment.

3. Students who are de-enrolled after 1 February for the programme at the UT, will receive a recommendation on continuation of studies as referred to in Article 6.3 paragraph 1 from the programme they discontinued.

Article 6.5           Postponing recommendation on continuation of studies

1. The recommendation on continuation of studies as referred to in Article 6.3 paragraph 1 may be postponed if:

a) the student is enrolled in the programme on or after 1 October of the relevant academic year, whether or not this is due to a transfer as outlined in Article 6.4 paragraph 1b, and on 31 August at the latest has not met the requirements set in Article 6.3, paragraph 4, or

b) if personal circumstances preclude rendering an opinion on a student’s academic capacities at the end of the first year of enrolment in the programme, or

2. If the student whose recommendation on continuation of studies as referred to in Article 6.3, paragraph 1 has been postponed based on Article 6.5, paragraph 1, re-enrols in a subsequent academic year for the relevant programme, the end of the second year of enrolment in the relevant programme applies as the new deadline for the final recommendation. Within 6 weeks after the enrolment date the student will be notified in writing when the programme will issue the final recommendation. The same requirement as set out in Article 6.3, paragraph 3 applies to this recommendation.

In case of postponement based on paragraph 1a the recommendation on continuation of studies is issued by the programme in which the student is newly enrolled.

3. For students who transfer to a different programme within the UT before 1 October, the recommendation on continuation of studies will not be postponed on the basis of transfer and thus there will be no adjustment of the requiremens as stipulated in Article 6.3 paragraph 4.