Undergraduate Academic Rules & Regulations
Student Classes
Full-Time Students
Part-Time Students
Special Students or Non-Degree Students
Transfer Students
Auditors
Hours of Classes
Attendance Policy
Examination and Quizzes
Final Examiniation Makeup
Graded Final Examination Paper
Final Grades
Record Book or Blue Book
Transcripts
Change of grade
Change of Provisional Grade
Grades for Repeated Courses
Grades Upon Change of Major
System of Grades

Grade-Point Average
Academic Standing
Academic Recognition
Academic Dishonesty
Penalties of Academic Dishonesty
Reporting Academic Dishonesty
Change of Major within a Faculty
Change of Major from a Faculty to a Faculty
Change of Major by University Action
Deadline for Submission of Change of Major
Graduation Requirements
Teaching Diploma Requirements
Teaching Certificate Requirements
Graduation Checklist
Conferring Degrees
Residency Requirements
Participation in Commencement Exercises




Student Classes

Students attending NDU who are not considered as being at the university level yet are classified as follows:

a.1. Class
Remedial/Intensive 0 credit
a.2. Class Number of Credits Completed(on courses of 100 level and below 200 level)
Freshman 1–30 credits

b. Undergraduate students in the Faculties of FAAD and FE are classified as being in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th year class according to the number of credits completed as specified in their respective suggested programs.

c. Undergraduate students in the Faculties of FBAE, FH, FNAS and FPSPAD are classified as follows:

Class Number of Credits Completed (on courses of 200 level or higher)
Sophomore 31-60 credits
Junior 61-90 credits
Senior 91 and more



Full-Time Students

Undergraduate degree students registering for at least 12 credits for the Fall or Spring semester are considered full-time students. Hence, all undergraduate students admitted on a full-time basis must register for at least 12 credits in each semester.



Part-Time Students

Undergraduate degree students registering for less than 12 credits for the Fall or Spring semester are considered part-time students. A part-time student shall not be qualified for any kind of financial aid.



Special Students or Non-Degree Students

Undergraduate students who are taking courses at NDU for credits but not working toward a degree are considered Special Students or Non-Degree Students. Non-degree students shall be accepted on a semester-to-semester basis. Initial applications shall be made through the Office of Admissions and thereafter through the Office of the Registrar. Such students shall meet the academic standards required of degree students and shall neither be permitted to audit courses nor be qualified for any kind of financial aid.



Transfer Students

The University does not accept transfer applications at the Freshman level, but accepts transfer applications at the Sophomore level, First-year level and/or higher.

Applicants who have completed at least 12 credits at the Sophomore level and/or First year level outside NDU with at least a cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0 beyond their secondary school education, and have been accepted by NDU’s Admissions Office to register for full-time load during the Fall or Spring semester are considered transfer students.
Courses earned at other institutions recognized by the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education, graded “C” or higher, and matching courses offered at NDU, are considered transferable.
However, only courses completed at NDU will be computed in their GPAs. Transfer students to the Faculties of FNAS, FBAE, FH or FPSPAD are required to complete at least 30 credits at NDU with a cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0, and must satisfy all other graduation requirements for the degree. However, transfer students to the Faculties of FAAD or FE are required to complete at least 45 credits at NDU with a cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0 and must satisfy all other graduation requirements for the degree.



Auditors

An auditor is an individual who has been admitted to course(s) while satisfying the requirements for admission to this course as deemed appropriate. He/she is required to pay 75% of the course(s) tuition. Once an auditor is registered, he/she cannot change his/her status back to credit. Grades and credits will not be given for auditing course(s) and hence cannot be counted for enrollment certification, and for financial aid purposes.



Hours of Classes

Usually, classes are held Monday-Friday. However, some classes may be held on Saturday.
During semesters, classes start at 8:00 a.m. However, some four-credit courses may start at 7:30 a.m. For summer sessions classes start at 7:30 am.



Attendance Policy

Student should attend all classes and laboratory sessions on time. A pattern of absences, whether authorized or not, and even below the maximum number (specified below), may alter one’s grade substantially. The SAO alone authorizes absences. No absence absolves a student from the responsibility of acting upon the material presented during his/her absence. The maximum number absences for classes that meet on MWF is six; the maximum number for classes that meet on TTH and in the summer is four, (or two hours per credit course). Any student whose absences exceed the maximum limits shall automatically fail the course unless the student withdraws.



Examinations and Quizzes

All courses normally have written final examinations. Such examinations are not required in seminars, field work, internship programs, studio courses and senior projects, but the instructor concerned may choose to give one.

As to quizzes and progress tests, instructors shall give a minimum of two per course. If, for a legitimate reason acceptable to the instructor of the course, a student misses a quiz, he/she should arrange for a make-up with the instructor of the course within a maximum period of two weeks from the date assigned for that quiz.

Final examinations shall count for a maximum of 40% of the final grade. Those exams should be comprehensive by nature. The remaining 60% account for quizzes, progress projects, tests, term papers and other requirements as specified by the respective department. A minimum of 40% of the course evaluation should be known by students prior to the official withdrawal deadline.

Different sections of the same course must be given a common departmental final examination.



Final Examination Makeup

If a student misses a final examination for a legitimate reason, he/she should make arrangements for a make-up examination with the instructor of the course and the chairperson of the department. If permission is granted, the student shall pay the University a make-up final examination fee of LBP 200,000. Consequently, the final examination make-up shall be taken no later than the 8th week of the next academic semester if a grade of incomplete “I” is submitted to the registrar. In the case where a change of grade is not received by the Registrar’s Office within the set period, a grade of “F” shall be given for that course.



Graded Final Examination Paper

The graded final examination papers of a course offered during a given semester or the summer session must be submitted to the Department Chairperson concerned within 72 hours from the scheduled date of the final examination of that course. These papers must be kept at the department concerned for at least one semester along with a copy of the course syllabus, final examination, and its solution.



Final Grades

After being approved by both the concerned Department Chairperson and Faculty Dean, the final grades of a course offered during a given semester or the summer session must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar within 72 hours from the schedule date of the final examination of that course. Carbon copies of these grades must be left at both the concerned Department and Faculty. Immediately thereafter, the Office of the Registrar shall post a carbon copy of these grades and shall mail to all students their semester or summer session final grades.



Record Book or Blue Book

The original record/blue book of the courses taught by a faculty member during a given semester or the summer session must be submitted to the concerned Department Chairperson within 72 hours from the latest scheduled date of the final examination of his/her courses. This book shall be kept at the concerned department for at least one academic year, with a copy of it signed by both the concerned faculty member and his/her Department Chairperson shall be submitted to the Office of the concerned Faculty Dean.



Transcripts

Upon request to the Office of the Registrar, students can obtain within two working days an official transcript or an office-use transcript of the credit work done at NDU. Fees are 10,000 L.L. for each copy of an official transcript, and 5000 L.L. for each copy of an office-use transcript. However, neither an official transcript nor an office-use transcript can be issued for a student who still has a pending account with the University.



Change of grade

Once a final grade of a student on a course for which he/she is enrolled during a given semester or the summer session is approved by the Faculty and reported and posted by the Office of the Registrar, it shall be final in the absence of justified circumstances such as evidence of human error in correcting the exam papers or in computing the final score or in recording the grade, visual oversight, and confusion in the names of students or sections of classes.

However, under justifiable circumstances, the student may petition the concerned Faculty Dean (i.e. the Dean of the Faculty offering the course) within 5 working days from the posting of the final grades of the course by the Office of the Registrar. Not petitioning for a change of final grade within the above mentioned 5 days disqualifies the student from any consideration of the case, except for a force majeure preventing the student from being at the University to proceed with the petition.

For changing a final grade, the concerned instructor shall fill in and sign the official form of the change of final grade, which can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar, and attach to it all supporting documents including the instructor’s record book. If this change is approved by the concerned Department Chairperson, then it shall be forwarded to the concerned Faculty Dean for final action. Once approved by the Faculty Dean, the change of grade form shall be submitted to the Office of the Registrar for implementation.



Change of Provisional Grade

The grades of I and PR are considered provisional grades. The change of the provisional grade of I must be made by the end of the 8th week of the following semester, otherwise the Office of the Registrar will automatically convert it to the grade of F. And, the change of the provisional grade of PR must be made by the end of the following semester, otherwise the Office of the Registrar will automatically convert it to the grade of F.



Grades for Repeated Courses

Students must repeat courses for which they got a grade of F, UW or they do not get the required passing grade set by the concerned Department or Faculty if these courses are required in the major. They must repeat these courses immediately the next time they are offered. Students may also repeat a course for which they got a grade below C. For a repeated course, only the last grade, whether higher or lower, shall be computed into the GPA. The other grades are kept on the student’s transcript. A course may be repeated only twice (i.e., such a course may be taken a total of three times only). A student failing to successfully complete a course for the third time will have to precisely comply with the instructions of the University Academic Standards Committee. The letter R will be placed on the student’s transcript next to the course being repeated.



Grades Upon Change of Major

Upon approval of change of major or area of concentration,

  • all grades on courses taken by a student in his/her old major/area of concentration that are not transferable for the new major must remain part of his/her official transcripts; but must no longer be computed in his/her grade-point-average in the new major. Thus, these courses and their credits shall not be counted toward the total number of credits required for graduation for the new major.
  • all grades on courses taken by a student in his/her old major/area of concentration that are transferable for the new major/area of concentration must remain part of his/her official transcripts and must continue to be computed in his/her grade-point-average. Thus, these courses and their credits shall be counted toward the total number of credits required for graduation for the new major.


System of Grades

The University uses the following system of grades. This system consists of letter grades with their corresponding numerical ranges (i.e. percentage equivalent, and the 4.0 point maximum).

Grade Description Quality Point Value Percentage Equivalent
A+ Outstanding 4.0 97-100
A Excellent 4.0 93-96
A- Very Good 3.7 89-92
B+ Good 3.3 85-88
B Good 3.0 80-84
B- Good 2.7 77-79
C+ Satisfactory 2.3 73-76
C Satisfactory 2.0 70-72
C- Passing 1.7 66-69
D+ Passing 1.3 63-65
D Lowest Passing 1.0 60-62
F Failure 0.0 0-59
UW Unofficial Withdrawal 0.0
The grade UW is assigned by the instructor when a registered student has never attended a class or has ceased attending and has not submitted an official course withdrawal request to the Office of the Registrar. This grade is computed as an F grade in the grade-point average.
W Official Withdrawal The grade W indicates withdrawal without academic penalty. This grade is issued by the Office of the Registrar only to students submitting an official course withdrawal form by the scheduled deadline. The grade W is not computed in the student's grade-point average and may not be changed to any other grade under any circumstances.
PR Progress, Re-enroll The grade PR is a provisional grade, and hence it is not computed in the student's grade-point-average. It is used to reflect progress on continuing research efforts for the senior study or the senior research or design project until it is completed. If this provisional grade is unresolved by the end of the following semester, the Office of the Registrar will automatically convert it to the grade of F, and it will be computed in the student's grade-point-average.
U Audit The grade U indicates that the individual was an auditor or listener in the course. This does not have any quality point value, and hence it is not computed in the student's grade-point-average. Neither the credits nor a written statement can be given for a class audited, and no instructor is authorized to admit anyone as an auditor to any of his/her classes unless the individual has registered as such.
I The grade I is a provisional grade, and hence it is not computed in the student's grade-point average. It indicates that the student has for good and justified reasons not completed all course requirements, but there is a reasonable expectation that he/she will successfully complete it. If this provisional grade is unresolved by the end of the 8th week of the following semester, the Office of the Registrar will automatically convert it to the grade of F, and will then be computed in the student's grade-point average. However, students, who are out of attendance in the semester following the one in which the course was taken, have one year to complete the work. Degree candidates should be aware that an I grade received during the last semester in any of the courses required for graduation will automatically result in the delay of graduation.



Grade-Point Average

The grade-point-average (GPA) or index is the ratio of the total quality point values divided by the number of the credit hours attempted by the student, as shown below.

Course Number & Designation Grade Earned Credit Hours Attempted Quality Point Values Total Quality Point Values
ARB 211 B+ 3 3.3 = 9.9
BAD 425 A 4 4 = 16
HUT 305 D 3 1 = 3
MAT 215 F 3 0 = 0
CSC 200 C- 1 1.7 = 1.7
Total   14 cr.     = 30.6

The GPA of the five courses would then be 30.6 / 14 = 2.19 which is equivalent to a grade of C. Students are expected to know how to compute their own GPA. Courses with a grade of W, U, PR or I are not counted in computing the cumulative GPA. The same applies to all transfer courses. Hence, grades for work done at institutions other than NDU are not included in the GPA. Only courses and credits may be transferred. Thus, the cumulative GPA is an average of all the credit hours attempted by the student at NDU.



Academic Standing

There are 4 kinds of academic standing for an undergraduate student at NDU:

Good Academic Standing:

An undergraduate student will be in good academic standing if his/her cumulative GPA satisfies any of the following cases:

Cumulative GPA # of Undergraduate Credits
At least 1.5/4.0 1 cr. – 12 cr.
At least 1.75/4.0 13 cr. – 24 cr.
At least 2.0/4.0 25 cr. or more

Academic Probation:

An undergraduate student will be on academic probation if his/her cumulative GPA satisfies any of the following cases:

Cumulative GPA # of Undergraduate Credits
Less than 1.5/4.0 1 cr. – 12 cr.
Less than 1.75/4.0 13 cr. – 24 cr.
Less than 2.0/4.0 25 cr. or more

A student on academic probation shall be informed in writing by the Office of the Registrar. A copy of this notification shall also be sent to the student’s academic advisor. Such a student must precisely adhere to the written instructions of his/her academic advisor concerning registration, selection of courses and any other academic matters. Copies of these instructions shall be sent to both the Department Chairperson and the Office of the Registrar. A student on academic probation may not receive a grade of W, shall not be eligible for any type of financial aid and shall not be eligible to be a candidate for or to hold an office in the student cabinet.

Academic Suspension:

An undergraduate student who is placed on academic probation for three consecutive semesters will be placed on academic suspension (i.e. third probation is the suspension) irrespective of whether she/he is registered or not. If the third semester of probation happens to be the first semester of the academic year (Fall semester), the student is granted a fourth semester for the removal of suspension. And if the third semester of probation happens to be the second semester of the academic year (Spring semester), the student is granted the summer session for the removal of suspension.

The student who is placed on suspension at the end of academic year (Spring semester) has the following options to choose:

  • The student may enroll, upon the written approval of his/her academic advisor, in some courses at other accredited institutions of higher education. The credits for the courses completed with a grade of “C” or better may be transferred, as appropriate, toward the requirements of his/her degree at NDU. The grades and GPA for these courses shall not be transferred.

    OR
  • The student may petition the University Academic Standard Committee to reconsider the decision of suspension. The Committee determines the final status of the student in the light of the obtained GPA:
    • If the Cum. GPA is 1.79 or lower the student will be placed on academic suspension in his/her faculty but may, nonetheless, register in another faculty at NDU following due procedure.
    • The suspension may be withheld if the Cum GPA is 1.8- 1.99. The student is given another chance to obtain good standing.

Academic Dismissal:
An undergraduate student will be dismissed from the University if s/he fails to maintain good academic standing:

  1. During the semester immediately following reinstatement from academic suspension.
  2. Upon the permission of UASC he/she has granted another chance.

However, if his/her semester GPA is at least 1.5/4.0, 1.7/4.0 or 2.0/4.0, as applicable but not sufficient for being on good academic standing, as far as the Cumulative GPA is concerned, the student will be granted another extra semester. If at the end of this semester the student still fails to be on good academic standing (cumulative GPA), he/she will be dismissed.



Academic Recognition

There are 2 kinds of academic recognition:

Dean’s List:
Students who have obtained a semester GPA of 3.20/4.00 or higher at the end of a given semester in which 12 undergraduate credits or more were completed are placed on the Dean's List for that semester, provided they are enrolled on a full-time basis with no incomplete grades. These students will be invited to attend the Dean’s Luncheon held in their honor.

Graduation with Distinction:
An undergraduate student with high academic achievement will graduate with:

  • Cum Laude (Distinction), if the cumulative GPA falls between 3.20/4.0 and 3.49/4.0.
  • Magna Cum Laude (High Distinction), if the cumulative GPA falls between 3.50/4.0 and 3.79/4.0.
  • Summa Cum Laude (Highest Distinction), if the cumulative GPA is 3.80/4.0 or above.
    Such distinctions shall appear on the student’s transcript and degree. However, an undergraduate student who has been accepted as a transfer student will be eligible for these distinctions only if he/she has completed at least 60 credits at NDU.



Academic Dishonesty

Students are expected and encouraged to be honest and to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity in their academic work and assignments at the University. They shall refrain from any academic dishonesty or misconduct including; but not limited to:

  • Plagiarism; that is, the presentation of someone else's ideas, words or artistic, scientific, or technical work as one's own creation. Also, paraphrasing, summarizing, as well as well as direct quotations are considered as plagiarism, if the original source is not properly cited.
  • Cheating.
  • Assisting in cheating.
  • Substituting a student in the taking of an examination.
  • Substituting examination booklets.
  • Submitting the same work for more than one course and the like.
  • Submitting papers written by others.
  • Receiving or providing unauthorized help or assistance in any academic work or assignment.
  • Intentional violation of program and degree requirements and regulation as established by the University.
  • Dishonest reporting of computational, statistical, experimental, research, results, or the like.



Penalties of Academic Dishonesty

Committing any academic dishonesty or misconduct will definitely subject the student(s) to serious academic penalties including; but not limited to:

  • Failure in an assignment or a course.
  • Suspension from the University for the remainder of the semester. The student
  • will receive, from the Registrar, a notice forbidding him/her, for the specified semester, of occupying any portion of the University premises, an denying him/her all University privileges, including class attendance. Suspension becomes effective immediately upon receipt of the notice. There is no refund of fees for the semester in which the action is taken, but any fees paid in advance for a subsequent semester are refunded. Following the expiration of the term of suspension, the student shall be enrolled under probation for one regular semester or Summer session.
  • Suspension for additional period. The total duration of the suspension should
  • not exceed one academic year.
  • Dismissal from the University. The student will receive, from the Registrar, a
  • written notice which permanently terminates his/her student status. The same policy will be followed regarding notification and the refund of fees as in the case of suspension.


Reporting Academic Dishonesty

If an instructor has reason to believe that a student has committed an act of academic dishonesty, he/she must inform the student and discuss the circumstances of the matter with him/her. The instructor shall also consult with his/her Chairperson and take the appropriate action. The Chairperson shall inform, in writing, the student’s advisor, about the incident and the action taken. The student will receive a copy of that letter. If the Chairperson believes the misconduct deserves suspension or dismissal from the University, he/she should forward the case to the Academic Standing Committee through the Dean. If the student opposes the action, he/she can appeal by petitioning to the to the University Student Affairs Committee through the Registrar.



Change of Major Within a Faculty

This category refers to a change of major within a Faculty. To be eligible for such a change the student must meet the requirements for admission to the new major. A student seeking change must submit to the new department a change of major request form provided by the Office of the Registrar. The new department makes the decision on the student’s admission and sends a copy to the Office of the Registrar for implementation.



Change of Major from a Faculty to a Faculty

A student changing a major from one Faculty to another within the university is considered as a new student by the Faculty to which the transfer takes place. Thus, the student must submit a change of major form provided by the office of the Registrar, signed by the Business Office and by his/her advisor and submit it to the Office of the Registrar, which in turn will send the form to the University Admission Committee.



Change of Major by University Action

A student will be asked to change his/her major for any of the following reasons:

  • If he/she is on probation and fails at the end of a semester or summer session in two or more of his/her major and/or core courses.
  • If he/she fails to pass a major course after having repeated it twice.


Deadline for Submission of Change of Major

The deadline for submission of the change of major form for both categories is:

  • The last Friday of December month for the Spring semester.
  • The last Friday of June month for the Fall semester.



Graduation Requirements

Degree Requirements
Students are required to fulfill the following requirements in order to be eligible for a bachelor degree.

  1. Completing all required credits for the degree.
  2. Fulfilling satisfactorily all course requirements for the degree as well as remedial/intensive courses given upon admission.
  3. Fulfilling all other admission requirements.
  4. Maintaining at least a 2.0/4.0 cumulative GPA for the degree.
  5. Satisfying the residency requirements for the degree.
  6. Maintaining the required minimum cumulative GPA, for the major and/or core courses required for the degree, as specified by the concerned Department.
  7. Maintaining a good academic discipline.
  8. Settling all accounts with the University.

These conditions must be met with the degree requirements in effect during the semester of the student’s first registration at NDU. This shall also apply to reinstated students. However, readmitted students must meet the degree requirements in effect during the semester of their readmission, unless their readmission letter states otherwise.

Students who do not have the required cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0 for the degree and/or the required cumulative GPA for the major/core courses required for the degree, but yet have completed all other requirements may repeat up to 5 courses, as approved by the Academic Advisor, to meet the required numerical level(s).

Second Degree Requirements
A student with a bachelor degree may register for another degree at NDU after being accepted by the University. Such a student must:

  • Satisfy all the requirements for the new degree in accordance with the statements of section II of this policy.
  • Have a residency of at least two full semesters.
  • Complete at least 30 credits in the new degree over and above the credits already used to satisfy the first degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0.


Teaching Diploma Requirements

A holder of the official Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II or its equivalent will be eligible for a Teaching Diploma upon completing satisfactorily at least 18 credits beyond his/her bachelor degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0/4.0.



Teaching Certificate Requirements

A holder of the official Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II or its equivalent will be eligible for a Teaching Certificate upon completing satisfactorily 18 credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0/4.0.



Graduation Check List

Two semesters prior to graduation, the Office of the Registrar must submit to the concerned Academic Advisors and students a graduation list of potential candidates for graduation for verification. This list must include the following:

  • The already completed requirements for the degree
  • The requirements, which remain to be completed for graduation
  • The cumulative GPA for the degree
  • The major courses and the core courses average

Once the checking process is completed, the checked list must be returned to the Office of the Registrar to finalize the tentative graduation list and hence send it back to the Faculty for voting at the end of the student last semester.



Conferring Degrees

Degrees are conferred three times a year at the end of the:

  • Fall semester
  • Spring semester
  • Summer session

Students expecting to graduate must apply for graduation at the Office of the Registrar by the following deadlines:

  • November 15 for the graduates of the Fall semester
  • March 15 for the graduates of the Spring semester and the Summer session

Any delay in applying may delay graduation. The formal conferring of degrees by the President occurs annually at the Commencement on the second Friday of each July.

Potential Summer graduates can not participate in the ceremony of the conferring of degrees.



Residency Requirements

Residency Requirements for Bachelor of Art, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Business Administration & Bachelor of Hotel Management.

There are 2 kinds of government regulations for the B.A., B.S., B.B.A., B.H.M. and the like:

  1. Minimum Residency: A minimum of 8 semesters of residency is required, beginning with the Freshman Class, or 6 semesters, beginning with the Sophomore Class. Two Summer sessions will be considered as equivalent to one regular semester. This period of time must be spent at a recognized and accredited institution of higher education; however, at least 30 credits requirement must be completed at NDU with a cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0, in addition to all other graduation requirements for the degree.
  2. Maximum Residency: A maximum of 16 semesters of residency is allowed, beginning with the Freshman Class, and 12 semesters, beginning with the Sophomore Class.

Residency Requirements for Bachelor of Engineering
1. A minimum of 10 semesters and a maximum of 20 semesters.
2. At least the last 45 credits must be completed at NDU, in addition to all other graduation requirements for the degree.

Residency Requirements for Bachelor of Architecture
1. A minimum of 10 semesters and a maximum of 20 semesters.
2. At least the last 45 credits must be completed at NDU, in addition to all other graduation requirements for the degree.

A student who fails to complete his/her program within these specified times, must petition the Academic Standing Committee.



Participation in Commencement Exercises

The University encourages June graduates to participate in the Commencement exercises. Summer and Fall graduates may participate in the following commencement exercises provided they notify the Registrar's Office of their intent by mid-June at the latest.