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 Acad. Requirements &  Regulations

 

Academic requirements and regulations govern the relationship between the university and its students. Students must complete the general academic requirements described below as well as those listed under an individual degree program in order to obtain an academic degree.

The academic regulations described in this section are effective at the time of publication. The university reserves the right to modify them, in which case changes will be announced when necessary. The student is responsible for being aware of all academic requirements and regulations. These can only be waived by action of the university, as appropriate. Current university regulations apply regardless of the regulations in effect at the time a student entered the university, except where current regulations specifically state the contrary.

Undergraduate Academic Requirements

The general academic requirements apply to all students working toward a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree. These requirements reflect the university's effort to bridge two cultures. Thus the university requires a high concentration of courses in its undergraduate majors, a characteristic of Egyptian education, while at the same time requiring a core of general education, the approach taken by institutions in the United States. The main components of AUC's undergraduate programs are:

  1. A core curriculum: foundation of general education in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
  2. Arabic language requirements.
  3. Concentrations: subjects in which students concentrate their studies and receive degrees.
  4. Collaterals: subjects in supporting disciplines specified by the department of major.
  5. Minors: subjects which students may, if they wish, study beyond the introductory level.
  6. Electives: courses chosen by students in consultation with their advisers.

Residence

To obtain a bachelor's degree a student must take at least 45 credit hours of courses in residence at the American University in Cairo. At least 30 of the 45 hours must be in courses at the 300 and 400 levels; with a stipulation that no more than 15 transfer credits in 300-400 level courses, will satisfy concentration requirement of any program. The maximum credit to be considered for each program is indicated within the program requirement.

Graduation

To be awarded the bachelor of arts degree, students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours (126 in Business Administration) in courses in which the grades are D or better, and must earn a grade-point average of C or better, both overall and in the field of concentration. These requirements must be completed within seven years of the date of first registration as a freshman.

To be awarded the bachelor of science degree students must complete between 130 and 162 credit hours, depending on the major, in courses with grades of D or better and earn a grade-point average of C or better, both overall and in the field of concentration. These requirements must be completed within eight years of the date of first registration as a freshman. Any period of withdrawal from the university is counted as part of the seven- or eight-year limit mentioned above.

Majors

The university offers courses of study leading to bachelor's degrees in various academic fields in the arts and sciences and in professional fields. Undergraduates must select a major and fulfill the requirements of the department offering the degree. The fields of major and the departmental requirements are described in the "Fields of Study" section. Academic regulations concerning the declaration of major and change of major are described in the "Academic Regulations" section.

Double Majors

Students may earn two majors in related or unrelated fields and receive one bachelor's degree. The following rules apply:

Acceptance in a second major must occur before the last semester of the senior year. Acceptance into a second major will be on the same basis as if it were the first major.

Students must complete all the requirements for both majors. Only in cases where requirements in both majors designate the same specific course(s) can the same course(s) be counted for both majors.

Students must have a faculty adviser in each major. The advisers and student must meet together and plan the student's academic program. Both advisers must sign the student's registration forms.

One degree will be awarded upon successful completion of both majors. If one major qualifies for the bachelor of arts degree and the other for the bachelor of science degree, the student in consultation with his/her advisers will decide which degree to receive.

In considering whether to major in two subjects, students should be aware that it may take more than four years to complete all requirements, that scheduling of prerequisites and required courses in two majors may be difficult, and that some AUC departments, particularly those which limit enrollment, may not allow students to take a second major in their departments.

Minors

In addition to major subjects leading to a degree, students may select one or two minor fields of specialization. The minor program is available to students who would like to study a particular subject beyond the introductory courses but not to the level of expertise required for a major. An undergraduate minor introduces the student to the scope and methodology of the minor field and is often an important auxiliary to his/her major field. Students are encouraged to enter minors which will broaden their experience at AUC and enhance the interdisciplinary character of the undergraduate programs.

Minors may be within a given discipline, or interdisciplinary. Students wishing to minor in a given discipline may do so if they satisfy the requirements of the department or unit offering the minor, taking into consideration that in some cases the minimum credit hours required for graduation may have to be exceeded. At least 15 hours of courses as specified under each field are required for a minor. A course or courses specifically required in the major and the minor may count towards both the major and the minor.

The requirements for individual minors appear under the relevant field of study. Each interdisciplinary minor is administered by a steering committee which is itself interdisciplinary. Steering committee membership is open either to all teachers in the program or to representation from each department in the program in any given year.

Undergraduate Academic Regulations

Registration

Students must register during the official registration period at the times announced in the university calendar. They should plan their courses with their advisers prior to registration and follow the instructions contained in bulletins issued by the Office of the Registrar. Those seeking to enroll after the scheduled registration period cannot be guaranteed acceptance. If permitted to register they will be charged a late registration fee.

Change of Courses

With careful attention to the degree requirements and course offerings there should be minimal need for course changes after registration has been completed. Any student who desires a course change must follow the instructions contained in the bulletin issued by the Office of the Registrar.

  • Another course may not be substituted for a required course unless university action requires that the change be made.
  • A course may not be added to the student's schedule after the registration deadline.
  • English 112-113 may not be dropped.
  • Students may drop classes up to the end of the fourth week of classes in an academic semester or the summer session, with no grade record being maintained.
  • Between the end of the fourth and the tenth week of classes in an academic semester, students may drop courses. A grade of WP will be assigned to students whose performance is evaluated by the professor as C or above, or a grade of WF will be assigned to those whose performance is evaluated as less than C.
  • After the tenth week in academic semesters and the fourth week in the summer session,students are not permitted to drop classes.
  • Students will receive a grade of 'F' if they stop attending classes without officially dropping the course.

Credit Hours

Coursework is counted in credit hours. In general, a credit hour represents a one-hour class period that requires at least two hours of individual study each week for one semester. Thus a course of three credit hours would meet for three hours a week and the student would be expected to study for six hours outside of class. Laboratory courses involve less outside work, so usually one hour of credit is granted for a three-hour session.

Class Standing

Class standing is determined by the number of credit hours completed. Students become sophomores on completing 30 credit hours, juniors on completing 60 credit hours, and seniors on completing 90 credit hours.

Declaration of Major

Freshman students should declare their major before the beginning of their third semester. The declaration requires the approval of the department concerned. Students follow the degree requirements stated in the catalog of the year in which they make their declaration. However, if a student withdraws from the university and is later readmitted he/she will be required to follow the catalog requirements of the year in which readmission occurs.

Change of Major

Students may change their field of study or be required to change it by university action at any time up to the end of their junior year. A change requires approval from the department of the new major. Students follow the degree requirements stated in the catalog of the year in which they make the change.

Students may not change their major after the start of their senior year, unless by university action.

Students who change their major anytime during their course of study until the beginning of their junior year are required to complete their degree work within the 18 credit hours over the normal major requirements.

Students who change their major at the end of their junior year or during their senior year by university action may be allowed to take courses beyond the normal maximum limits. Any adjustment in the limit will be based on the recommendation of the new major department to the appropriate school committee.

Academic Load

Full time undergraduate students normally take an academic load of twelve to sixteen hours, with the exception of science students who may take up to seventeen hours and engineering and computer science who may take up to eighteen hours. In the summer session, students may take up to seven credit hours.

Permission to exceed the above maximums, up to twenty one credit hours in fall and spring semesters and nine credit hours in the summer, is based on the student's previous academic record in addition to the recommendation of the department chair and the Registrar. Freshman students are not permitted to exceed the maximum load, and courses taken for no credit are included within that load.

Students taking less than twelve credit hours are part-time students unless they are seniors who need to complete their degree requirements, or are prevented from taking normal load as a result of university restrictions. Students may not change their status from full time to part time during the semester without the approval of the Registrar.

The university encourages students to carry a full load and to devote all their effort to university work and activities to obtain full benefit from their undergraduate education. Those who cannot devote full time to their undergraduate program, whether because of needed employment or other obligations, may carry a lighter course load of six to nine hours. The university cannot reschedule classes because they conflict with outside obligations.

Full-time students are entitled to university certification concerning deferment from military service and are eligible for student aid and employment. Part-time students are not entitled to certification concerning military deferment and are not eligible for student aid or employment.

Foreign students carrying a full academic load are entitled to university certification for use in obtaining their student visa. Part-time students are not entitled to university certification for obtaining a student visa.

Grades

Student work in each course is evaluated throughout the semester. Examinations, quizzes, reports, discussions, or other means of evaluation help students know how they stand in a course.

Final examinations review the entire semester's work but are not heavily emphasized. Each examination lasts no longer than two hours and counts for no more than one-third of the final course grade. Except in 400-level courses and higher where extensive writing assignments and projects pertain, no other element in the final course grade will count for more than one-third.

At the close of the semester students receive a final grade in each course. The grade is the professor's official estimate of the student's achievement as reflected in examinations, assignments, and class participation. The final grades are recorded on the student's permanent record at the Office of the Registrar. The grade may not be changed on the student record.

The following grading system is used at the American University in Cairo:

Grade

Points

Description

A
A-

4.0
3.7

Excellent

B+
B

3.3
3.0

Very Good

B-
C+

2.7
2.3

Good

C

2.0

Passing

C-
D+
D

1.7
1.3
1.0

Conditionally Passing

F
P
P+
F
I
S
U
W
WP
WF
AU
IP

0.0
 

Failing
Pass*
Pass with Distinction
Fail
Incomplete
Satisfactory
Unsatisfactory
Withdrew
Withdrew satifactory
Withdrew unsatisfactory
Audit
In progress

 

*Pass indicates a quality of performance at the minimum level of " C." "Pass/Fail" grades are assigned only to certain courses as defined in their course description.

The grade point average is calculated by multiplying the grade value by the number of credit hours the course represents; the result is the column listed as quality points. The total quality points is then divided by the total credit hours , excluding the credit hours for P/F courses, as illustrated below.

An example for calculating the grade point average:


Course


No.


Grade

Credit Hrs.

Quality Points

 

English

112

Pass

4

-

 

CHEM

105

D

3

3

 

CHEM

115L

C+

2

4.6

 

MATH

131

F

3

0

 

PHYS

111

A-

3

11.1

 

PHYS

123L

B+

2

6.6

 

Current

AHRS

EHRS

QHRS

QPTS

GPA

 

17

14

13

25.3

1.94

 

AHRS: Attempted Hours are the credit hours that the student is registering for.

EHRS: Earned Hours are hours of courses in which the student achieved a passing grade, including courses with pass/fail grades. The earned hours (not attempted) are counted to determine the student's class and graduation.

QHRS: Quality Hours are hours of courses which are graded, excluding pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory courses.

QPTS: Quality Points are points allotted to each course, which are the result of multiplying the credit hours of the course by the points assigned to each grade mentioned above.

GPA: Grade Point Average is the quotient obtained by dividing the total quality points by the total quality hours i.e. 25.3/13 = 1.94.

A "C" average (2.00) is required to graduate from the American University in Cairo. Likewise, a minimum grade point average of 2.00 is required in majors and minors.

Grades of pass/fail, S, U, I, and W are not assigned grade point values and are not used in the computation of the grade point average. Decimals beyond 2 places are truncated, not rounded up, in computing the grade point average.

Incomplete Work

In very rare cases, undergraduate students who are unable to complete a course may be permitted to continue work in that course beyond the examination period. Any professor submitting an incomplete grade must supplement this submission with a form to the Office of the Registrar (copies to the instructor, and the student) giving the following information:

  1. Reason for the incomplete.
  2. The material which is lacking.
  3. Action necessary for removal of the incomplete.

In such a case, a grade of I, for "incomplete," is assigned. The students must make arrangements with the professor to complete the course within one month after the beginning of the new academic session, whether they are in school or not. Failure to complete the course within one month after the beginning of the new academic session causes the grade in that course to be recorded as F, signifying failure.

If students have one incomplete grade, their academic load limit the following semester will not be affected. If they have more than one incomplete grade, the credit hours of the incomplete will be included in their academic load for the following semester.

Students who receive an incomplete grade(s) while on warning due to a deficiency in their overall grade point average will not be allowed to register the following semester. If, however, they complete their incomplete work before the end of the late registration period, and are academically eligible, they will be allowed to proceed with registration.

Class Attendance

Attendance and participation in class and laboratory sessions are essential to the process of education at AUC. Students benefit from the lectures and discussions with their teachers and fellow students. If they fail to attend class, they fail to take advantage of an educational opportunity. For this reason students are expected to attend class regularly; there is no system of permitted absences. The instructor in each class determines the effect of absences on a student's grade in that class. General guidelines followed at AUC include:

  1. Any absence may affect the student's grade.
  2. Instructors need not give substitute assignments or examinations to students who miss class.
  3. In the event a student misses more than three weeks of classes during a semester for any reason, or the equivalent of three weeks in the summer session, an instructor may:

 

  • Give a grade of 'F' for the course;
  • Ask the student to drop the course if the absences occur before the last date for dropping classes; and/or
  • If two of the three weeks of absences are caused by proven illness or other emergency, the student may be granted a grade of I, for incomplete work, and allowed to finish the coursework by the end of the first month in the following semester.

A doctor's certification of a serious illness may be brought to the attention of the university physician, who will inform the Office of Student Affairs. The OSA staff will then contact the student's instructors to inform them of the expected length of class absence.

Repeating Courses Under the Course Repeat Policy

Effective Spring 1995, all students pursuing an undergraduate degree may repeat a course one time for the purpose of removing the effect of a poor grade if the grade of record is D+, D or F. This policy is limited to a maximum of twelve (12) semester units during the entire undergraduate career of a student, and to courses taken at AUC within the previous two years. All course repeats must be done at AUC. The course being retaken must be the same course first taken, unless that course is no longer offered at AUC, or during the two-year period. In such a case, only the department that offered the same course may substitute another course with approval of the major department.

If a student repeats a course with a D+ or D, the units from the first attempt will not be applied to meeting the AUC unit graduation requirement. No student will be permitted to repeat more than 12 units under any circumstances.

Students are advised that repeating courses under this policy does not result in the removal of the original record or grade from their transcripts. The second grade is recorded and computed in the grade point average and the earlier grade is disregarded in calculation of the grade point average. The repeat course form is available in the Office of the Registrar. The completed form must be submitted to the Registrar by maximum the tenth week of the term in which the course is being repeated.

Students who have already repeated 12 units prior to Spring 1995 have used up their course repeat option. Their transcripts will not be altered retroactively.

Retaking Courses Outside of the Course Repeat Policy

Unless otherwise indicated in the description of a particular course in this catalog, students may not repeat for credit any course they have already completed with a grade of C- or higher. A student who has exhausted the course repeat policy privileges allowed by the policy may still repeat a course in which D+, D or F was earned. Only the units from the first attempt will be applied to meeting AUC graduation requirements, but all grades for that course will be calculated in the grade point average.

If a student is required by department or school policy to repeat a course in which he or she has earned C-, D+, D or F after exhausting the course repeat privileges, only the units from the first attempt will be applied to meeting the AUC graduation requirement, but all attempts will be calculated in the grade point average.

Honors

The university awards honors to students who do superior work. Full-time students

who earn a grade point average of 3.50 or above for the previous semester are placed on the dean's honor roll. This distinction is noted on the student's academic record.

Graduation honors are awarded to students who have maintained a superior grade point average throughout their college careers:

  1. Students who enter the university as freshmen or sophomores earn honors (Cum Laude) if they graduate with a cumulative average of 3.4, high honors (Magna Laude) with 3.6, and highest honors (Summa Laude) with 3.8.
  2. Students who enter the university with transfer credits of 45 hours or more receive graduation honors if they earn a cumulative average of 3.5, high honors if they earn a grade point average of 3.7, and highest honors if they earn a grade point average of 3.9.

Probation/Warning

Students who fail to meet the academic standards established by the university will be placed on probation. The probation period provides the student with an opportunity to correct the deficiency, but that period may last for no more than two regular semesters. Failure to achieve the required standard by the end of the probation period disqualifies the student from further attendance at the university.

Students who fail to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better at the end of a semester will be placed on probation. Students who fail any required English course (ENGL 111, ECLT 112, ECLT 113) will be placed on warning.

In the above cases, a notice will be sent to the student with a copy to the student's parents or guardian. The notice will include a statement of what is required to avoid dismissal from the university. To be allowed to continue for the following semester students on probation must show satisfactory improvement during the first semester of their probation period (i.e. achieve at least a 2.0 semester GPA).

Students placed on probation for a deficiency in their cumulative GPA or placed on warning for failing an English course must limit their academic load during their probation/warning period to three to four courses ranging from eleven to thirteen credit hours per semester (permissible load for students taking ENGL 111 is maximum seven credit hours). It is the responsibility of the adviser to follow up the student's performance and academic load.

Students who fail to maintain a grade point average of 2.0 in their major at the end of any semester following their declaration of major will receive a probation warning letter from the Office of the Registrar, with a copy to the student's parents or guardian.

Students will have two semesters to clear the deficiency in their major. If by the end of the two semesters the deficiency is not corrected, they will be discontinued unless accepted in another major.

Students on probation/warning for any of the above deficiencies are not allowed to participate actively, or represent the university, in co-curricular activities, such as teams, clubs, plays, and university competitions. They may not be nominated for the Student Union.

Dismissal

To avoid dismissal, students on probation must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 within two semesters.

A student who fails ENGL 111 twice will be dismissed from the University and must wait one full semester before applying for readmission. The student must score high enough on the AUC ELPET for direct admission to ECLT 112 since he/she will not be allowed to take ENGL 111 for a third time.

Any student who fails ECLT 112 or ECLT 113 twice will be dismissed from the university. He/She must apply for readmission in order to register for ECLT 112 or ECLT 113 again but will not be allowed to take any other academic courses during that semester. The student will be required to take special sessions in the Writing Clinic (up to five contact hours per week). After a second failure in ECLT 112 or ECLT 113, the course can be retaken for no more than two additional semesters. A student who then passes the course will be given credit for the course. A student who fails after these two additional semesters will then be permanently dismissed from AUC.

Planned Educational Leave of Absence

Students at The American University in Cairo may apply for a Planned Educational Leave of Absence. A Planned Educational Leave of Absence is defined as a planned interruption or pause in a student's regular education during which the student temporarily ceases his or her formal studies at AUC while pursuing other activities that may assist in clarifying the student's educational goals. The intent of the policy is to make it possible for a student to suspend his or her academic work, leave the campus without jeopardizing his or her rights and privileges, and later resume his or her studies with a minimum of procedural difficulty. A student who is approved for a planned leave will be considered as maintaining his or her status as a continuing student.

Planned educational leaves may be granted for a variety of reasons or projects, but certain characteristics must be contained in any request for a leave:

  • The leave must have a definite purpose relevant to the student's overall educational objectives and goals.
  • The request must be for a specific period of time which should not exceed 3 regular semesters for students pursuing an undergraduate program.
  • The student must plan to return to AUC at the conclusion of his or her leave.

The following regulations apply to the planned educational leave:

  1. An application for a Planned Educational Leave of Absence and additional information can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.
  2. The student must obtain the approval of his or her faculty advisor, the department chair of his or her major (or, in the case of an undeclared student, the Freshman Advisor), and the Registrar.
  3. The student should be in academic good standing at the time of the leave request. The leave application must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the start of the final examination period of the semester immediately preceding the requested leave. The Office of the Registrar will notify the leave applicant of the status of the request after all of his or her final grades have been submitted.
  4. The student may cancel a leave of absence as late as the first day of classes of the term for which the leave has been requested. However, the deadlines for payment of the term bill and the penalties for late payment apply in such cases.
  5. A degree student who discontinues active enrollment in degree studies without being granted a leave of absence, or a student granted a leave who does not return to active study at the close of the period of approved absence, will be considered to have withdrawn from the University and must apply for readmission and be subject to the regulations and requirements then in force.
  6. The right to use university facilities is suspended while the leave is in effect, with the exception of library privileges subject of the approval of the department of major.
  7. A Planned Educational Leave of Absence is counted as part of the time limitations specified on page 80. A student returning from an approved leave remains under the requirements of the catalog that he or she was following upon the declaration of major.
  8. Any academic credit during a Planned Educational Leave of Absence is accredited by AUC only if permission is granted in advance by the Registrar.

Withdrawal from the University

Students who are unable to complete a semester because of illness or other emergency may be given permission to withdraw. They must acquire a withdrawal form from the Office of the Registrar, obtain signatures as indicated on the form, and return the completed form to the Office of the Registrar. Deadline for withdrawal from the university is one month before the last day of classes.

Withdrawal grades will be recorded for each course when the student receives permission to withdraw. The grades are either WP, meaning that the student was doing satisfactory work at the time of withdrawal, or WF, meaning that the student was not doing satisfactory work at the time of withdrawal. No academic credit is given for courses from which students withdraw.

Students who withdraw from the university and later wish to return must apply for readmission. Readmission is not granted automatically. (See the "Admissions" section of the catalog.)

Transcripts

Students who have graduated or who withdraw from the university in good standing are entitled to one free student transcript of their academic record. No transcript of academic record will be issued during the examination, registration, or graduation periods. Academic transcripts will not be issued when unsatisfied financial obligations to the university exist.

Non-degree Academic Regulations

Since non-degree students are usually seeking credit for transfer to other institutions, not all of the academic regulations in the previous section are applicable to them. They will be primarily concerned about the academic regulations of their home institutions to ensure that they receive maximum possible credit for their AUC work.

Non-degree students should note the sections pertaining to registration, change of courses, academic load, grades, probation, incomplete work, class attendance, and transcripts in the undergraduate section as appropriate.

Foreign students who wish to transfer their ALU (Arabic Language Unit) special program credits towards a degree in a regular AUC program should get the approval of the ALU Director. However, those wishing to transfer credits to their home universities should check these universities' policies before coming to Cairo.

Academic Honesty Policy

Preamble: Valuing the concepts of academic integrity and independent effort, the American University in Cairo expects from its students the highest standards of scholarly conduct. The University community asserts that the reputation of the institution depends on the integrity of both faculty and students in their academic pursuits and that it is their joint responsibility to promote an atmosphere conducive to such standards.

  1. Academic dishonesty is not acceptable in an institution dedicated to learning or in any society. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:
    1. a. Plagiarism ("passing off as one's own the ideas or words of another" Webster) from published or unpublished sources, including the work of fellow students.
    2. b. Receipt of information during an examination.
    3. c. Use of unauthorized material during an examination.
    4. d. Transferal of unauthorized information to another student.
    5. e. Submission of the same paper or substantially the same paper for two different courses.

      The University reserves the right to take disciplinary action as severe as dismissal according to procedures delineated in paragraph II.
       
  2. An instructor has full authority to deal with an academic dishonesty incident within the context of his/her course. Disciplinary action may cover the range from reprimand to "F" for the course grade. The instructor may also recommend suspension or dismissal from the University.

    The instructor's action on incidents of academic dishonesty must be communicated to the student(s) involved and to the Dean of Students by her/him within two weeks of the time the instructor became aware of the incident.

    All cases of academic dishonesty are to be immediately reported to the Dean of Students and to the Chair of the instructors's department. In the case of a recommendation for suspension or dismissal, the Academic Honesty Committee will meet promptly to investigate, and submit a recommendation to the Vice President for Student Affairs, who is the final authority. In the case that the Vice President's decision differs from the Committee's recommendation, he will inform the Committee of the rationale for his decision.

    All students involved in academic dishonesty will receive an official letter of warning from the University administration, a copy of which will remain in the Dean of Student's files until the student graduates. The letter will notify the student that a subsequent offense will result in suspension or dismissal. (This action is to be taken by the Vice President for Student Affairs.) The student's department of major will also receive a copy of the letter.
     
  3. Once the Academic Honesty Committee has given a hearing to the student and submitted its recommendation to the Vice President for Student Affairs, no further appeal may be made unless substantial new evidence is presented to the Chair of the Academic Honesty Committee, who will evaluate the evidence and reopen the case if deemed necessary.

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