Academic policies and procedures
The Education and Examination Regulations (OER, short for Onderwijs- en Examenregelingen) describe the specific regulations for the programme. In the OER, for instance, you find information about your study programme and the graduation requirements.
At each examination inviligators are present. You can contact an invigilator for all your questions. You must follow the instructions of the invigilator. The teacher is only present for substantive questions. You ask the invigilator to call the teacher for you when you need him / her.
Start and end
After the first 30 minutes of the exam, it is no longer possible for latecomers to enter the exam hall. Students, who are already in the exam hall, do not leave until after the first 30 minutes of the exam. If the examiner is aware of extraordinary circumstances (e.g. train delays) which could lead to lateness, the examiner may decide to prolong the 30 minutes of late entry to an hour. In that case the time at which students are permitted to leave the hall will be consequently pushed back.
All students put their ID with a clear and recognizable photo on the table and the invigilator checks whether all the students who are taking the exam are on the list and ticks the name. With a combined retake exam it is especially important to check whether the students present are actually allowed to sit the exam.
- Bags are to be placed on the floor and must remain closed for the duration of the exam.
- Coats must be hung in the wardrobe or folded up under the chair until the exam has been handed in.
- Mobile phones and other communication devices are only allowed when switched off and stored in a closed bag, with the exception of a non-programmable calculator with a mere numeric memory. It is only possible to alter the above-mentioned stipulations if explicitly stated on the front page of the exam.
It is only possible to visit the toilet after the first 30 minutes of the exam with permission of the invigilator. The invigilator does not allow more than 1 student at a time to go to the toilet.
At the start of the exam, the invigilator will hand out the test assignments and a certified piece of scrap paper. It is strictly forbidden to use any paper other than the exam paper and/or certified scrap paper.
Students have the right to use a dictionary and may bring this themselves (hardcopy only). The invigilator has the right to check the dictionary.
The Education and Examination Regulations (Article 5.14 master’s EER) state that ‘being in possession of (i.e. having/carrying) tools and resources during tests, such as preprogrammed calculators…’ is not permitted.
During a number of courses the use of a calculator is permitted during exams. In this case you are only allowed to use one of the following models to avoid any confusion.
- Casio: Casio fx-82MS
- Texas Instruments: TI30XB(S)
- Hewlett Packard: HP10S+
If the invigilator notices (attempted) fraudulent behaviour, s/he must notify the student in question as well as the examiner and confiscate the evidence. The student will be given the opportunity to finish his or her work. The further procedure for the examiner is as follows:
- The examiner must fill in an exam incident report as soon as possible
- The examiner must hand in the exam incident report and the confiscated evidence to the secretary to the Board of Examiners
The Board of Examiners will take further necessary actions.
Handing in the exam
When handing in the exam, make sure you have put your name, student number and signature on your work.
As proof of handing in the work you will receive a receipt (e.g. second front page).
The invigilator may exclude a student from further participation in the exam if the student cannot produce any ID, is using a mobile phone or other communication equipment, have such equipment switched on or if the student fails to comply with the instructions of the invigilator. Being excluded means that the student will receive a grade 1 for the exam.
For more information about the use of calculators at U.S.E. during exams, please check this document.
You can inspect your marked exam upon request during twenty working days after the announcement of the result of a written test. In case your exam was on paper (not digitally), please contact Exam Support via email to request a copy of your work: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information (date, time and place) about the opportunity for you to discuss your work will be made available no later than the publication of the test results by the course coordinator.
If you did not pass the course, but received a grade of at least 4 (non-rounded off), you will have the opportunity to retake the exam. The retake exam is an individual exam and may cover the entire course material. The Course Coordinator will decide on the organisation of the retake exam and the final grade.
Based on classes followed elsewhere it is possible to request an exemption for a course or for credits. Exemptions acquired on the basis of courses completed in the context of another programme do not lead to a reduced study load. No exemption can be granted for the Master's thesis. If you believe you are applicable for exemption, please file your request via the exemption request form.
The official rules and regulations concerning exemptions are listed in the EER of the Masters (art. 5.14).
Are you ill and supposed to take an exam? In that case you need book an appointment with the Study Advisor.
Notify your course coordinator about your absence as well.
Make the appointment as soon as can reasonably be expected. If you do this too late it may mean that special arrangements cannot be made.
On account of your illness, it is possible to receive a ruling for special arrangements concerning the (midterm or end term) exam you have missed.
The time, date and specifications of such exam arrangements are determined by the Course Coordinator. These arrangements can only be provided for midterm and/or final exams.
Additional or substitute tests are excluded from these arrangements. When and if the special exam arrangements are at the same time as supplementary/replacement examinations, then there is no further retake opportunity.
If you encounter a delay in your academic progress due to your illness, you are to report this to the Study Advisor as soon as possible.
The validity of courses passed (in principle) is unlimited. Have you passed a test more than five years ago? Then the knowledge or skills may be out of date, in which case the Board of Examiners may impose an additional or alternative test for a course.
This implies only to final grades. The validity of partial grades (grades for a course that was not successfully completed) lapses after the academic year in which they were obtained.
If, despite the aforementioned arrangement, you are going to encounter problems concerning the validity of your final grades, please contact the Board of Examiners.
The complete text can be found in the Education and Examination Regulations (EER) art. 5.11.
Following his or her registration, a student is entitled to certain provisions such as participation in a course of study, sitting examinations and the use of student facilities and study supervision. In addition, students must finance a number of things themselves, such as books and course materials. With regard to the students’ own contributions in addition to tuition fees, please read the Guidelines on extra contributions in addition to tuition fees.
Your UU-grades abroad
To help foreign universities to interpret the value of our grades, UU publishes Grading Tables:
- a table for Bachelor’s courses and
- a table for Master’s courses.
The Grading Tables provide statistical distributions of grades awarded at Utrecht University. They show which percentage of all passing grades that were awarded in the three most recent academic years were (rounded-off) a 6.0, a 6.5, a 7.5, etc. The tables will be published on the International Diploma Supplement of all students who graduate after September 1st 2017.
In addition to the Grading Tables, UU also publishes a weighted average grade on the ten point scale on your International Diploma Supplement.
What do Grading Tables not show?
Grading Tables do not show whether you belong to the 10% (or any other percentage) of your class. The tables do not contain information about the average either, nor are they just about your fellow students.
The most recent Grading Tables (September 2019 – August 2022)
Grade Point Average substituted by Grading Tables
Until 1 September 2017, Utrecht University published a Grade Point Average (GPA) to provide help institutions abroad to interpret UU-grades. Many Anglo-Saxon universities use this four point scale to express their weighted average grade. The GPA always needs clarification. The standards according to which the GPA is calculated differ between (international) universities.
Utrecht University considers any form of academic dishonesty to be a very serious offense. Utrecht University expects each student to be familiar with and to observe the norms and values that ensure academic integrity.The most serious forms of deception that can impair this integrity are fraud and plagiarism. Plagiarism is a form of fraud and is defined as the wrongful appropriation of another author’s work without proper citation. See the further elaboration on what may be considered fraud or plagiarism.
If the university discovers a case of fraud or plagiarism, then the study programme’s Board of Examiners may implement sanctions on the offender. The most serious sanction that the Board of Examiners may implement is the submission of a request for expulsion to the Executive Board.
If you feel you have not been treated properly by someone employed by Utrecht University, or if you disagree with a decision that affects you personally, you can respond in a number of ways. You can submit a complaint, an objection or an appeal.
For the full details about the various procedures and which procedure is applicable for your situation, visit Complaints, objections and appeals.
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