All higher education programmes in the Netherlands must outline their academic standards and procedures in the most important documents to students. In Dutch, this is referred to as the 'Onderwijs- en Examenregeling', or 'OER'.
The AUC Academic Standards and Procedures (AS&P) are published annually and clarify all the rules and guidelines regarding:
- academic programme
- content and structure of the degree programme;
- assessment and examination;
- study supervision (tutoring) and study progress;
- special provisions.
Key Changes to AS&P 2023-2024
- Attendance policy
From the start of the new academic year, AUC’s attendance policy will change. These changes result from AUC’s commitment to providing an environment in which intensive teaching and learning & student well-being go hand in hand. This year, AUC’s Student Council conducted extensive research among students about their perceptions of the attendance policy and its impacts. This research report and Student Council proposals for change, together with the academic literature on attendance policies, facilitated productive conversations with AUC’s management team, Board of Studies, and lecturers. It was agreed that attendance benefits students’ learning and AUC’s pedagogical approaches and that student responsibility, autonomy, and well-being are important. Hence, the choice was made to keep the attendance policy, but in an adjusted form. From the autumn 2023 semester onwards, students will be permitted more absences than is currently the case. The new rule requires 75% of class attendance for every course. Moreover, if students exceed the percentage of allowed absences (25%) due to exceptional personal circumstances of force majeure, they will no longer be obliged to always submit an exemption request to the Board of Examiners. Instead, students who experience exceptional personal circumstances or force majeure can directly ask their lecturer to waive absences that exceed the permitted maximum. The attendance policy is part of the Academic Standards and Procedures.
- No more course load reduction requests
Course load reductions no longer need to be requested from the Board of Examiners. Instead, students have the option to withdraw from an AUC course throughout the semester by submitting a request to AUC’s Digital Service Desk.
- Failing grades no longer visible
Another change pertains to how failing grades are recorded. If you fail a course, the grade will no longer be visible on your diploma supplement or on your grade transcript.
At AUC, depending on the GPA achieved, students can graduate without distinction, with honours, cum laude or summa cum laude. Unlike before, distinctions will no longer depend on you graduating within 6 semesters.
- Seventh-semester request to BoE no longer needed
Students who need to study longer than 6 semesters no longer need to submit a 7th-semester request to the Board of Examiners. Please note, that AUC’s norm is that you complete the programme within 6 semesters. If you do not obtain 30 EC per semester, this can impact your binding study advice (BSA) and you should keep in mind that housing in the AUC student residences is not guaranteed beyond 6 semesters (and can be extremely difficult to find!).
- Attendance policy
The AS&P apply to all students in the programme, irrespective of the academic year in which the student was first enrolled.
Board of Examiners' Guidelines
Whenever you make a request to the Board of Examiners in relation to the AS&P, make sure you also check the BoE Guidelines.
Your tutor can help you understand the Academic Standards and Procedures. If you have a more complicated question about the AS&P, please contact the Digital AUC Service Desk, visit the AUC Service Desk Office Hour, or contact the AUC Student Council or Board of Studies.