First-year bachelor's students need to earn a certain amount of credits in that first year. This is the binding recommendation, abbreviated as BSA.
The programme board can decide to defer the final recommendation to the second academic year. It can only be deferred due to a study switch/late inflow or due to personal circumstances.
As it is the university’s aim to enable all suitable students to graduate successfully, we have ensured that - along with the BSA - you will receive support during your first year and thereafter. Each programme has a study adviser who can help you with any study-related issues and many programmes also have a tutor or mentoring system.
Information about the year of the BSA, what to do when personal circumstances occur and the regulations of the BSA can be found on this website.
It can be possible that you failed or will fail to meet the BSA requirements because of circumstances that delayed your study. If these jeopardise the standard duration of the study, it is imperative that the right actions are taken in time, because it might be possible to deviate from the normal programme. The Personal Circumstance Committee (CPO) can advise your programme board at the end of the study year about your personal circumstances. Your study adviser can help you in this process.
Study delay may be attributed to various reasons. However, the Personal Circumstance Committee recognizes a limited number of reasons. By law and the UT Teaching and Examination Regulation, only the grounds for study delay that are mentioned under 3. can be recognized by the Committee.
If your study is or might be delayed due to personal circumstances, you take the following steps:
This hearing is explicitly not intended to report (incl for the first time) new circumstances that already should have been previously reported to the study adviser and the Personal Circumstance Committee.
When you receive a negative pre-recommendation (regarding the final advice), you will also get the opportunity to request a hearing. You’ll get the opportunity to clarify to a representative of the Programme Board why, in your opinion, the negative pre-recommendation (regardinig your final advice) is unwarranted. How very much you are motivated for this study will not affect the decision. But the Programme Board will take into account your special circumstances. Sometimes it can be useful to clarify your circumstances; a hearing gives you the opportunity.
A hearing can be meaningful in case you want to:
- Adequately substantiate that it was not possible to report your circumstances to Personal Circumstance Committee in a timely manner. Realize that you must submit evidence.
- Report circumstances that occurred after the deadline of the Personal Circumstance Committee. You will have to substantiate that not obtaining the BSA standard is a direct consequence of these circumstances.
- Explain that you believe that the reported circumstances had a greater impact on your study progress than first was expected.
A student can appeal against a negative binding recommendation. This must be done in writing and signed before sending to or handing in at the Complaints Desk UT. The term for submitting an appeal is 6 weeks following the date of the decision of the Board of Examiners who will give a ruling within 10 weeks of receipt of the appeal. When you put down in the appeal that it is “urgent”, the Complaints Desk will handle the appeal preferentially. It is advised to lodge an appeal as soon as possible after the receipt of your Binding Recommendation.