The School Regulations differ somewhat between Noroff University College and Noroff Vocational School. Choose your regulations beneath. The regulations for Noroff Online Studies depends on wheter the course in question is a University College course, or a Vocational course.
School regulations Noroff University College
Chapter 1. General rules
§ 1-1. Scope
- The regulations apply to all programs at Noroff University College (NUC).
§ 1-2. Bachelors
- Noroff University College administers and awards the degree of Bachelor with the corresponding title.
- To obtain a bachelor degree, a student must have passed exams that total at least 180 credits.
- The 180 credits must include a group of courses and a specialization totaling at least 80 credits. The definition of specialization is given in the individual study plans.
§ 1-3. Disciplinary powers
- The College Board approves the program for NOKUT approval for the study program, including provisions for mandatory courses, practices and the evaluation forms.
§ 1-4. Use of students' works
- Material that the individual student prepares for assignments and projects as part of the school's teaching plans, Noroff will be able to archive and reuse for teaching and marketing purposes.
- The student is entitled to oppose reuse as described in (1) by written notice to the school.
Chapter 2. Admission
§ 2-1. Requirements for admission
- The right of admission is featured in College Rules § 3-6. and admission Regulations.
- Admission is based on formal qualifications:
The general basis for admission as a student at University College Noroff is successful completion of Norwegian upper secondary school with the curricular requirements and lessons by the ministry or equivalent foreign education.
For Interactive Media, general admission applies (GSK/GENS). For international students, the same applies for general education but without the Norwegian (GENSU).
For Digital Forensics, general admission applies with additional math R1 (GSK + R1/MATRS) Math S1 and S2 being accepted.
- Admission based on prior learning:
Applicants who are 25 years or older in the year of admission may apply to specific courses, if they have the necessary qualifications for the course from prior learning.
§ 2-2. Student Admissions
- NUC is responsible for admission to studies.
- The Admissions Officer organises admission.
- Complaints are handled by NUC’s Appeals Board, (and later by the National Appeals Board).
§ 2-3. Deadlines
- The deadline for applications for admission are announced in SO from 2013.
§ 2-4. Documentation and after submission
- Application for admission should be submitted on the prescribed application form either via Noroff’s website or from 2013, the SO system.
- All information relevant to the application will be documented. Applicants are required to make themselves aware about what documentation is required for the application to be processed. The documentation must be certified copies of original documents.
- Documentation that is not possible to be sent by a deadline, can be submitted later. The applicant must specify in the application which documentation will be forwarded.
§ 2-5. Admission
- Admission to a degree program or course gives a student the right to education, counseling, access to the Learning Management System (LMS) and examination in accordance with the curriculum of subjects included in the study. Admission also provides access to any practice and other mandatory or optional elements of the program. The Academic Administration Leader, in consultation with the department, can give a student the right to study subjects that are not part of the study program.
- Admission requires that students register and pay the tax imposed by the stipulated deadline. If the program requires an education plan, the student, in order to retain the right to study, must verify the education plan each semester within the specified time limit, see Uhl. § 4-2.
- The decision on termination of admission are made by the academic administrative leader. Students will be notified before the decision is made. The decision can be appealed to the College Appeals Committee.
- The admission may be terminated when a student
Has not fulfilled obligations. paragraph (2)
- Can not complete the program within double the normal study time. In special cases, it may be agreed that individual learning that goes beyond this
- Has completed compulsory practice twice without passing
- Has exhausted his attempts for the exam in a subject which, according to curriculum / syllabus should be passed to continue the program.
- The right to study expires in all cases when the program is successfully completed. The same applies if the student withdraws from the course. Students who have completed a program of study are allowed to present themselves for the improvement grades for up to one year after the program has been completed. The academic study leader can grant exemptions from the limit of one year when there are special need for grade improvement.
- A student who has lost their right to study may apply for regular admission again. The academic study leader can allocate a new study entitlement for former students who lack a single course (s).
Chapter 3. Teaching and Diploma
§ 3-1. Teaching
- The academic year is normally 10 months in length and a full academic year equals 60 credits.
§ 3-2. Diplomas and additional designations of degrees
- Noroff University College shall issue a certificate of completion of education, ie for Bachelor degrees.
- Students who have completed graduate school, upon request, can be provided with transcripts of the examinations or tests that he or she has passed.
- The certificate must be provided on what basis / degree programs are based.
- For the Bachelor degree, a certificate is normally issued with an additional code indicating the study area in which the candidate has their professional specialization.
- A Bachelor's degree in the field of Interactive Media at the NUC can have the following additional terms:
- A Diploma Supplement is issued to students who receive a diploma.
Chapter 4. Student Body, education and learning
§ 4-1. Student Body
- The Student Council at University College Noroff is a student body of the college students, who will safeguard their interests and promote their views to the board of the university.
- Noroff University College will take steps to ensure that the student bodies can perform their functions in a satisfactory manner.
- Students will be heard on all matters concerning students at the appropriate level.
§ 4-2. Education Plan
- An (electronic) education plan will be prepared between Noroff University College and students who are admitted to courses of 60 credits or more.
- The student's education plan should be submitted at the time of the student's first semester. This also applies to part-time students.
- The individual education plan is determined by the student and the institution, within the framework of the curriculum for the program to which the student has been admitted, as well as other relevant regulations.
- The individual education plan shall contain provisions for the college's responsibilities and obligations to the student and the student's commitment to the college and fellow students, including:
a) the name of the program and / or the subject group the student was admitted to, and a reference to the curriculum (s) and the important rules that are not included in the Education Plan, and how these can be found
b) the topics and topic groups student intends to complete, at what time and in what order, as well as information about the procedures for changing the education plan
c) report on the impact if the student does not follow the education plan.
- For students who are admitted to study programs that have a total of less than 60 credits, a simplified educational plan may be stipulated.
- The student's right to follow-up and preparation during the program is conditional upon the student's education plan obligations being met.
- The academic administrative leader gives specific guidelines, including the Education Plan, storage and filing, deadlines and procedures for amendment of the plan, etc.
§ 4-3. Learning
- The College Board has overall responsibility for students' learning, and acting in cooperation with NUCs Learning Committee and NUCs Student Council pave the way for a good learning environment and work to improve student welfare at school.
- The College Board is responsible for ensuring that the learning environment at the school, including the physical and mental work, are fully justified by an overall assessment of the students' health, safety and welfare.
- The college shall have a learning environment committee, which will contribute to the students' learning environment, in accordance with the Rules relating to Universities and Colleges § 4. NUCs Learning councils shall participate in the planning of measures relating to learning and closely follow developments in matters concerning student safety and welfare. Refer to the regulations for NUCs Learning Committee.
- The College working with the learning environment is part of the college's quality assurance system.
- The College will, as far as possible and reasonable, post study conditions for students with special needs, but without causing reduction of the academic requirements of each program.
Chapter 5. Leave of absence, confidentiality, rejection and recognition of education
§ 5-1. Leave of absence
- A student who has a child during their studies, shall be entitled to leave from studies during pregnancy and to care for the child, pursuant to the Universities and Colleges § 4-5. Leave may also be granted for illness and for other compelling reasons.
- For leave of absence for other reasons, the student should have completed at least one semester of studies in the current study. Up to one year’s leave can normally be granted.
- The National Council has decisions on applications for leave.
§ 5-2. Student confidentiality
- A student in an academic context becomes aware of an individual's personal circumstances, the duty of confidentiality under the rules of professional conduct of the concerned area of life. The college will prepare a declaration of secrecy which must be signed by the students to whom this applies.
§ 5-3. Cancellation of an examination or test
- The board itself or NUC’s appeals could void the examination or test, or approval of courses according to Uhl § 4-7 -
§ 5-4. Exclusion and expulsion
- A student who, after written notice from the board of the university, repeatedly acts in a way that seriously disturbs the work of fellow students or other activities at the college, may be excluded by the complaint committee from specific areas of the college for one year. If a student after written notice from the board of the university still does not respect such an exclusion, the NUC’s Appeal bans him or her from the program for up to one year. Other universities and colleges should be informed of the decision.
- A student who has behaved in such a manner as to endanger the life or health of pupils or others with whom the student has to do with that part of the practice, or who is guilty of serious breaches of confidentiality or grossly indecent behavior towards these students, can be excluded from the study for up to three years by the NUC Appeals Committee.
- A student who has behaved as described in the first and second paragraph, can be expelled from college by the Appeal of NUC, and lose the right to take the exam for up to one year.
- Decisions regarding suspension or exclusion shall be passed by a majority vote. Decisions on such sanctions may be appealed by the student under the provisions of the Public Administration Act, Ministry or special appeals body appointed by the appeals body, pursuant to the Universities and Colleges § 5-1, seventh paragraph.
- The student has the right to the assistance of a lawyer.
§ 5-5. Recognition of prior learning
- Education from the University or another college that comes under the Rules relating to universities and colleges, shall be credited to students at University College Noroff with the same number of credits.
§ 5-6. Study period at another institution
- In the regular programme at NUC, students have the opportunity for study at another institution at home and abroad. Study period is a topic included in the plan.
- Study living abroad must be approved by the department prior to departure. After returning to NUC, the student must apply for final approval of topics.
- NUC should pave the way for studies abroad by providing general guidance on partnerships and funding opportunities.
Chapter 6. Examination
The right to take the examination can be found in § 3-10 of the Rules.
§ 6-1. Exemptions from examinations
- Exemption from the examination or test is given if it is proven that an equivalent examination or test has been completed at the college earlie,r or at another college or university that Is part of the Rules relating to universities and colleges. It can also be granted on the basis of another suitable examination or test. Documentation of prior learning can also provide a basis for exemption. NUC’s Academic Council decides on exemptions.
- Upon recognition, it is allowed to take the exam for several courses up to a maximum of 30 credits per exam. Application for the opportunity to take an exam for several topics under one is determined by NUCs Academic Council.
§ 6-2. The right to take the exam
- Any person who meets the requirements for admission, cf § 4, Academic at University College Noroff cf. § 5, and any other requirements in the subject, are entitled to sit the examination. This also applies to students who are not admitted to the appropriate topic group.
- If the curriculum determines that the candidate will participate in the mandatory courses, mandatory seminars, mandatory practice etc, the candidate will be denied registration under this section if he does not meet the mandatory requirements etc.
§ 6-3. External evaluation of the evaluation or assessment arrangements
- The College will ensure that students’ knowledge and skills are tested in an impartial and professional manner, and the selected assessment methods used will ensure the academic level of the college and the students. There will be an external evaluation of a range of assessments or assessment arrangements.
- Upon assessment, at least one internal examiner will be combined with external evaluation of the evaluation or assessment. When assessing oral examination, etc, which by their nature can not be controlled, there should still be at least two sensors.
- At the second assessment, there should be a minimum of two examiners, of whom at least one should be external. Changes can be made both in favor and disfavour. If the final grade is determined on the basis of both the written and oral tests, and an appeal against a mark for the written portion of the exam, held a new oral examination to determine the final grade. The new examiners will not have information about the grades, or the grounds or basis of the student's complaint. Changes can be made both in favor and disfavour.
- The provision of an external evaluation may be one of, or a combination of, the following:
a) an external examiner participates in the evaluation of examination papers from all candidates
b) an external examiner participates in the design of examinations and / or assessment guidance
c) an external examiner checks the internal examiner review of a random selection of candidates
d) external examiners make an overall assessment of all assessment schemes included in the program / course.
- The College Board appoints external examiners for a period of three years, while the academic administrative leader establishes policies regarding the number of examinors and how external participation in the evaluation shall be conducted in accordance with the fourth paragraph.
§ 6-4. Examinaiton Results
- Examination results are discussed in § 3-9 of the Rules.
- The examination results will be available within three weeks unless special circumstances make it necessary to spend more time grading work. If it is not possible to obtain the number of qualified examiners needed to complete the marking within three weeks, the college's board will set a longer deadline.
§ 6-5. Grades and Grading
- Following an examination, test, assignments or other assessments, there will be a pass / fail or a scale with five levels from A to E for passes and F for fail. The grading scale has the following description:
An excellent performance, clearly outstanding. Shows a high degree of independence.
A very good performance, above average. Shows a certain degree of independence.
An average performance, satisfactory in most areas.
A performance below average, with significant shortcomings.
A performance that meets the minimum criteria, but no more.
A performance that does not meet the minimum criteria.
Typical Percentage Grade
§ 6-6. Weighting and average grades
- Each character is given a weighting when calculating an average grade in a course, or in connection with the calculation of the main grade. The weight shall be indicated in the curriculum as a fraction of the total grade.
- An average grade is a final grade for a course. For subjects, the average grade is calculated as follows:
a) Each letter grade is replaced by an equivalent number, so that A=«5»; B=«4»; C=«3»; D=«2»; E=«1».
b) For each examination, the numerical equivalent is multiplied by the weight of the examination which shall be in accordance with the program, and the products are summed.
c) This total is set up or down to the nearest whole number, after the usual rounding rules are used.
d) The average grade is indicated by the letter symbol that corresponds to the number that comes up.
- The average grade is indicated by a letter symbol, if at least 75% of the assignment has been graded with a letter symbol. Otherwise, the average grade is given as "Pass" or "Fail" grade.
§ 6-7. Main Grade
- The main grade is an overall grade that is given at the completion of a degree. It shall be stated in the study programme if a main grade is giver or not.
- The main grade grade is indicated by a letter symbol, if at least 75% of the assignment has been graded with a letter symbol. Otherwise, the average grade is given as "Pass" or "Fail" grade.
§ 6-8. External examiners and eligibility
- External examiners should not be employed full-time or part-time at the NUC in the current semester. Lecturers / seminar holders are considered as internal at the time they receive a salary from NUC.
- An external examiner must have at least one of the following qualifications:
a) Possess a scientific expertise that qualifies for appointment as a minimum lecturer / assistant professor at a university / college or other research institution.
b) In exceptional cases, through relevant work experience, a person may be particularly qualified to make the assessment within a specific area.
§ 6-9. Examination arrangements and examination
- Examination Arrangements
Examination arrangements include the following forms:
a) Regular examination
b) Deferred Exam
Deferred examinations are examinations held for students who have been sick or have had other valid reason for absence from the last regular exam.
Exams can be arranged for students who have presented themselves and received the rating "fail" / "F" at the last regular exam.
- Types of Examinaiton
The exam covers these assessment forms:
- Written test
- Home exam, term paper, project, etc.
- Oral test
- Online exam
- Demonstration of skill, presentation of practical work, performances / presentations etc.
- Assessment folder
- Process of continuous assessment
- Report of laboratory work
- Practical training
- Seminar Task
- Group Exam
- It shall be determined in the study plan which of these examination forms is to be used and how much time the student shall have at his disposal. It may be decided that one method of examination be used, or a combination of methods. It may be determined that the exam will be implemented as a group examination.
- ) It can be determined in the study plan that only a selection of the students shall be invited to an oral exam. In such cases, it will be decided that:
a) a predetermined percentage of candidates will chosen at random, or
b) at the examiner’s discretion, any candidates whose grades are in doubt may be called in, or
c) that the candidates who have expressed an interest may be called.
- For candidates who are not called in for an oral exam, the set grade is based on the remaining exams alone. In such cases, determined weighting rules in the program for grading both with and without oral exam.
§ 6-10. Cancellation of an examination or test
- NUC’s Complaints Committee can void the examination or test or approve a course or courses if the student:
a) has gained admission to the examination or test, or to participate in that course or courses, by using a false certificate or other form of fraudulent conduct, or
b) has attempted to cheat or due to willful misconduct or gross negligence has cheated in the course of, or prior to the final assessment of the examination or test, or during the implementation of the course or courses.
- NUC Complaint Committee may annul credit or recognition of education taken by the NUC, or exemption exams or tests, if the student has achieved this by using a false certificate or other dishonest conduct.
- The student may appeal against the decision of annulment of a examination or test grade according to the first and second paragraphs to the Ministry or special appeals body.
- The right of cancellation does not become obsolete.
- The decision of an annulment requires the student to relinquish any diploma or transcript to the college. If a diploma or transcript is not returned on time, the college can request assistance for its return.
§ 6-11. Use of sources and cheating in exams
- For seminar assignments, home assignments and other written work, the copying or reproduction of literature and the work of others without attribution will be considered as cheating.
- Use of items other than those listed in the program will be considered cheating.
- If the student has any items which are not allowed, at their disposal once the examination has started, it will be treated as an attempt to cheat.
- If there is any suspicion of cheating, or attempting to cheat during the exam, the candidate will immediately be informed that the incident will be reported. The candidate chooses whether to complete or leave the exam. If the exam has been completed, the file should be submitted and graded in the usual way.
§ 6-12. Complaints against procedural errors of assessment
- Students who have taken the examination or test may complain of procedural errors within three weeks after he or she is made aware of the facts on which the complaint is based. Such an appeal is decided by the college Complaint Committee.
- If an error is made that could have affected the student's performance or assessment, the mark shall be rescinded. If the error can be corrected, the paper shall be re-marked. Otherwise, a new examination or test will be held with new examiners. Marks awarded by remarking under this section may be appealed under the Act relating to Universities and Colleges § 5-3.
- If a request for an explanation of the decision, or appeal against a mark awarded, the appeal deadline under this paragraph is from the student receives the explanation or the final decision is made.
- If the Appeals Committee find that there have been procedural errors, and it is reasonable to assume that this may have had an impact on one or more of the candidates' performance or adjudication of this, it can be determined that new a assessment could be undertaken or a new examination or test can be held.
§ 6-13. An appeal and the right to an explanation
- The student is entitled to an explanation of the result of their achievements. For an oral examination or assessment of practical skills, it is required for such an explanation be made immediately after the student has been informed of the grade. For other assessments, requirements for justification must be submitted within one week to the candidate regarding the grade, but not more than three weeks after the result was announced.
- Justification will normally be given within two weeks after the candidate has requested this. The explanation must be given of the general principles which are the basis for the assessment and evaluation of the candidate's performance. The examiner determines whether the justification shall be given orally or in writing.
- If there are written guidelines for the assessment, they should be made available to students after the grade has been determined.
- A student may appeal in writing against the grade within three weeks after the examination results are announced. A new assessment will then be undertaken. If there is a request for an explanation of the grade or complaint of procedural errors in the question, the exam or completion of the assessment made, the appeal deadline under this paragraph runs from the date student receives the explanation or the final determination of the appeal.
- Evaluation of oral performance and evaluation of practical performance or the like which by their nature can not be controlled, can not be appealed. Preliminary examinations may only be appealed when the examination is not passed.
- Marks awarded a second assessment under this section may not be appealed.
§ 6-14. Explanations and appeals
- The following rules apply for remarking on appeal:
- If a common grade is given in relation to all parts of an exam, all of the sybmitted exam parts will be re-graded.
- If separate marks are given during the study for the different examinations that form part of the course, the individual exams will be re-graded. The applicant must specify which parts of the exam is part of the appeal.
- An appeal of a group exam must be signed by a majority of the members of the group before it can be submitted.
- A complaint cannot be lodged on an assessment that is only a feedback of learning from a teacher / tutor and that does not result in a grading.
§ 6-15. General rules for examinations, especially regarding requirements for curriculum content
- In courses where multiple exams are included, as a rule all will be passed for the course to be considered passed. There may be exceptions to this in the program, setting how many, and possibly what exams must be passed for the entire course to be considered passed.
- For portfolio assessment, rules will be given in the study programme regarding:
a) The number of works to be included in the portfolio
b) The nature and extent of the individual work
c) Order for submission of the individual works, or if the student can choose the order
d) Deadline for the individual works
e) In what form the work will be submitted
f) Which work(s) will form the basis for the final grade
g) Reciprocal weight if two or more works shall form the basis for the grade
§ 6-16. The use of assessment for examination
- Besides the general qualitative descriptions of the assessment, subject specific assessment criteria adopted by NUCs Academic Council may be used. The subject-specific assessment criteria should be available to students. If there are established guidelines for the use of examiners at each examination, these shall be available to students after a grading decision is announced.
§ 6-17. Language of examination
- Examination papers shall be written in English. The Academic study leader can receive applications for assignments in other languages.
§ 6-18. Acute illness and other specific reasons for absence in connection with the examination
- Acute illness gives the right to a deferred examination. An acute illness is regarded as a disease occurred after the withdrawal deadline. At the death of a close relative or other special reasons, there may be an entitled to deferred examination, if the reason is documented.
- Any candidate, due to illness or other special reasons, who can not meet the program requirements applicable to the assessment signed up to, should be given the opportunity to take the alternative forms where the curriculum allows. Students are responsible for changing registration. This must be applied specifically to change of registration after a deadline. If there are no alternative ways, NUC should, as far as practicable, ensure that students with a valid reason will undertake the program requirements during the semester.
- The student must provide documentation of a valid reason to the invigilator.
- If it is not practical to allow the candidate to take their examinations during the semester and / or prior to any final school exam, the invigilator shall establish and organise exams for the following semester.
- Unless otherwise specified in the program, it is not possible to waive the requirement for compulsory education.
- If a candidate can not attend the exam because of illness or other special reasons, the student has the right to a deferred examination if a medical certificate is sent or delivered to the invigilator at the latest two days after the first examination. A candidate who becomes ill during the exam must notify the invigilator in the exam room and immediately consult a doctor and submit a medical certificate. If it is not possible to get a medical certificate to NUC within two days after the first examination to which the declaration applies, the examination candidate must provide the invigilator with the information by the deadline. A physician’s statement must contain information about the exam or exams to which it applies, and the time period for this illness.
- If due to illness, or other special reasons, the seminar papers or exam taken at home allows the candidate exam incapacity, this must be documented. A physician’s statement must contain information about the exam or exams to which it applies, and the time period for this illness. The exam invigilator should be notified. The applicant may, by certified exam incapacity, be entitled to a three day extension of the original deadline. If the statement is made after a deferred deadline dueand the illness occurs on a Saturday, it must be sent by registered post to NUC same day. If the statement after a deferred deadline must be submitted on a Sunday or a public holiday, it must be provided on the first following working day.
- Examination incapacity above and beyond this entitles the student to a new exam.
§ 6-19. Exams due to illness or other special reasons
- Students who do not complete a degree, or part of the examination, and who meet the conditions for being granted a deferred examination may sit an exam. The condition must be documented by a physician.
- Candidates who, for specific reasons related to pregnancy, childbirth or childcare can not take the regular examination, can also apply to attend exams. The reason must be documented by a medical certificate, birth certificate, etc.
- At a deferred exam, it is not allowed to take to any part of the original exam that was set in the previous period. The Examination Scheme for deferred examination shall be the same as for regular examinations.
- Deferred examinations will be held at the end of the current semester and normally no later than by the end of the next teaching period. Students must take the required exams. The examination inspector will determine the deadline to sign up.
- Assessment Reports to the exams are binding. If a student fails to appear for an exam or cancels the examination, the student is not permitted to retake the exam.
§ 6-20. Entrance to re-examination for candidates who do not pass the regular examination
- Re-examination in connection with a school and home exam will be held either at the end of the current semester or at the end of the following semester. The time for continuation of other forms of assessment will be determined by the invigilator in collaboration with the academic administrative leader.
- Re-examination should be held in the same semester, no later than the first teaching period in the following semester.
- Students must register for the resit. The examination inspector determines the deadline for registration. Examination Notification to re sit exams are binding.
- No deferred exams will be held due to illness or other issues at the continuation exam, unless the study determines that there should be a right or duty to the new exam.
- It is not permitted to take a resit to improve the grade of an exam which has already been passed. Written works that are seminar tasks can only be submitted to the re-grading of processed or supplemented form if the work is judged to fail.
- For students who fail the practical examination, special rules apply.
§ 6-21. Extraordinary examinations
- An extraordinary examination is an examination that may, in special cases, be held for students who, for compelling reasons, can not wait for the next scheduled exam, and who do not meet the requirements to participate in the deferred examination or resit.
- Students who have presented themselves to the regular examination in the same course last such meeting was held, and candidates who are not admitted as students at that particular subject or course, can not sit for an extraordinary examination.
- Applications submitted to the exam supervisor.
- There will be no deferred exams or resits in connection with extraordinary exams.
§ 6-22. The opportunity to retake an examination
- It is possible to sit an examination if everything relevant has been passed, if the candidate in the meantime did not pass as an academic based on the current exam.
- It is not permitted to sit the examination in a subject / course more than three times.
- If a candidate has passed the same examination more than once, the best grade will apply.
- After the transition to the new assessment expressed the character that is given after the new regulations apply.
- For a new examination, candidates who have passed the examination in a subject of ongoing review that includes several exams, must take all exam parts again.
§ 6-23. Access to take the exam after previous arrangement by closures or changes in the course
- If the subject changes significantly with regards to the curriculum, etc., a student should be allowed to take the exam up to period of one year after the new order takes effect. The student however is not entitled to teaching by previous arrangement.
- If there is a change in the examination system, it is allowed for to take the exam for up to one year , if the student has commenced the course before the new system came into effect.
- There must an application to take the exam after previous arrangement. Applications must be submitted to the invigilator.
§ 6-24. Special arrangements
- If a student has physical or mental difficulties of conducting the examinations in the usual way, the college should use the application from the student , as far as is reasonably possible, to adopt a different scheme for both written and oral examinations.
- Special arrangements shall aim to offset the disadvantages disability / illness / injury results, and as far as reasonably possible to ensure that students are tested equally.
- The various ways can be:
a) extended examination at the examination
b) extension of the submission deadline for an at-home exam, seminar assignments and similar forms of examination
c) the opportunity to take longer breaks, possibly with the opportunity to rest
d) written examination instead of oral
e) oral rather than written
f) a private examination room with own supervisor
g) taking the examination at the candidate's home
h) the use of a computer and other technical aids
i) writing help, sign language interpreter or other practical assistance
j) the transfer of tasks to Braille or enlarged print
k) reading of the text
l) reading of the paper for proofing
m) The deadline for applying for special arrangements should be no later than six weeks before the actual exam. If the disability occurred after the deadline, or if other special circumstances apply, this may be waived. Applications should be addressed to the invigilator.
n) The requirements for the special arrangements must be documented by a certificate from a doctor or another expert. The certificate must contain the information needed to determine which special measures are needed.
o) The requirements must be documented each time the student makes an examination registration. Eceptions may be made for chronic conditions.
p) NUC will consult with the student and any relevant services for students with disabilities, as to which special arrangements are necessary.
q) A certificate of dyslexia (anonymized) may be requested to be added to the candidate's written responses by censorship, if this has been the basis for a special arrangement.
§ 6-25. Supplementary rules for examination
- The Academy Board delegates to the Student Administrative Manager and / or college departments to provide detailed rules on conditions that are unique to individual examinations.
Chapter 7. Learning Committee and Appeal
§ 7-1. Learning Range
- The Board has overall responsibility for student learning and the learning environment of the institution, including the physical and mental work, is fully responsible for an overall assessment of the students' health, safety and welfare accordance with the Rules relating to Universities and Colleges § 4-3.
- Students and staff at the NUC have two representatives each on the Learning Environment Committee. The Student Council elects two student representatives, while NUC selects two staff representatives. The committee shall elect a chairman each year alternately from school and student representatives.
- NUC’s Learning Committee meets at least once a semester, and the manager is responsible for convening and conducting its meetings.
- The Learning Committee reports directly to the Board, and shall each year submit an annual report on the work of the learning environment.
§ 7-2. Appeal
- The Board shall appoint the members of the institution appeals in accordance with the Regulations relating to Universities and Colleges § 5-1.
- The appeal board shall hear complaints against individuals and, by decision of the board, other appeals by students.
- Decisions of approval and accreditation of education are under the Regulations relating to Universities and Colleges § 3-4, exemption from examinations under § 3-5, admission of students under § § 3-6 and 3-7, the right to examinations under § 3-10, cancellation of examination or test under § 4-7 and exclusion under § 4-8 to § 4-10 are regarded as individual decisions of the Administration Act.
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In the event of differing interpretation of the text in this document. The NORWEGIAN version has precedence.
School regulations Noroff Vocational School
Pursuant to: Established by the Board of Directors at Noroff Vocational School on 7 September, 2017, pursuant to the Act of 20 June 2003, no. 56 regarding vocational education (Tertiary Vocational Education Act) § 4, § 5, § 6, § 9, § 10 and § 13.
Changes: Amended by regulations on March 12, 2018, no. 503, 22 June 2018 no. 1311.
Chapter 1. General provisions
§ 1-1. Scope
- These regulations apply to all applicants for all programs at Noroff Vocational School. Moreover, the regulations apply to all students who have received admission and are currently participating in studies and non-credit courses, as far as is appropriate.
§ 1-2. The students’ responsibility
- The student is obliged to familiarise himself/herself with the regulations and rules, and to keep up to date on the content. The student cannot plead ignorance to the regulations and rules in the event of a violation.
- The student is obliged to familiarise himself/herself with the information available on the school's student pages and learning platform regarding the program in which the student is registered. This applies in particular to information regarding the teaching, rules of conduct and guidelines for completing examinations.
§ 1-3. The school’s responsibility
- The school is obliged to perform the education as defined in the study plan. The school may make smaller amendments to the education and syllabus if special circumstances so warrant; however, the school must then inform of, and facilitate, this as well as possible.
- The school is obliged to inform the students of rules and guidelines for completing the course, and to make these available to the students.
§ 1-4. Absence from compulsory classes
- Some of the school’s programs have compulsory classes. Guidelines for this are defined in the study plan for each subject. If the requirements for participation in the compulsory classes are not complied with, the student will risk losing the right to study. A high level of absence may lead to a lack of basis for grading/assessment.
- A longer period of absence due to illness, accidents, or the like, and that are documented via a sick note may, after a written application to the rector, grant exemption from compulsory attendance.
- A rejection to a student’s exemption from the attendance obligation is a single decision and can be appealed. See chapter 5 for information regarding the appeal procedure.
§ 1-5. Exclusion and expulsion
- A student who, despite written warning from the vocational school, repeatedly acts in a manner that is severely disruptive to the work of fellow students, or to the activities of the vocational school in any other way, may be expelled from the vocational school for up to one year, pending a decision from the Board of Appeal.
- If a student, despite written warning from the vocational school, does not comply with a decision regarding his/her expulsion, the Board of Appeal may decide to exclude the student from education for up to one year.
- The Board of Appeal may decide that a student, who has caused danger to life or health for, or has acted grossly unkind to, someone whom the student has met in connection with teaching or practical training, shall be excluded from vocational school’s education with clinical teaching and practical studies, and be deprived of the right to enter the exam for such education at the vocational school for up to three years. This same applies if a student has violated the statutory duty of confidentiality.
- The decision to expel or exclude a student can only be made with at least two-thirds majority of the Board of Appeal. If the processing of cases is delegated to the Local Board of Appeal, in accordance with Section 10 of the Tertiary Vocational Education Act, Exclusion and Expulsion, all 5 representatives must be present, and the decision can only be made with at least four votes.
- A student has the right to make a comment before a decision is made in a case regarding expulsion and exclusion.
- The decision is a single decision and can be appealed through the National Board of Appeal for vocational education.
§ 1-6. Use of students’ work
- Noroff is able to archive material that an individual student prepares in connection with assignments and projects, as part of the school's teaching program, and can reuse this material in the school’s teaching program, and for marketing purposes.
- The student has the right to oppose this reuse via written notice, in accordance with the first paragraph.
Chapter 2. Admission
§ 2-1. Admission
- The rector of the department that the application concerns is responsible for the admission of students.
- Admission after a prior learning assessment is conducted by the rector in collaboration with the Head of Studies of the program in question.
§ 2-2. Formal admission requirements
- Vocational education at the school is based on applicants having completed and passed upper secondary school or possessing equivalent prior learning, i.e. Level 4 in the National Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (NQF). The study plans and information about the studies on the school's website provide information about which educational programs from upper secondary school are required for admission to the various programs, as well as any other admission requirements.
§ 2-3. Admission based on a prior learning assessment
- Applicants who do not fulfill the formal admission requirements may apply for admission based on the recognition of prior learning. Prior learning is the competence that a person possesses through education, paid or unpaid work, organisational experience, recreational activities, etc. The study plan provides information about which competence and experience is considered relevant for each program.
- Applicants who are 23 or older during the year of admission may be accepted based on equivalent prior learning.
- In the case of prior learning, applicants must document sufficient skills in Norwegian and English in order to complete the course. The skills must be at a level that corresponds to the skills achieved by Norwegian Vg1 study preparation or Norwegian Vg2 vocational school program, as well as English Vg1 study preparation or English Vg2 vocation school program.
- If an applicant’s prior learning is assessed as being equal to the formal admission criteria, this assessment is also valid if the student applies for admission to the program years later. However, the decision is only valid in relation to the program as described in the study plan at the time of assessment. In the case of significant change to the study plan, Noroff reserves the right to conduct a new assessment, and may possibly change the decision.
§ 2-4. Admission for applicants with foreign education/a different mother tongue
- Applicants with foreign education must possess qualifications that correspond to level 4 of NQF. The professional qualifications must correspond to the qualifications in the educational program from upper secondary school required for admission to the program in question.
- Applicants with an upper secondary school education from a country other than Norway or another Scandinavian country, who is seeking a study position taught in Norwegian, must document knowledge in Norwegian that is equivalent to Norwegian Vg1 study preparation, Norwegian Vg2 vocational school program, or have passed an examination in level 3 in Norwegian for foreign students at a university. or have passed the Norwegian test for adult immigrants from VOX.
§ 2-5. Procedure for admission to vocational school programs
- Application for admission to studies is registered via the application form on the school’s website.
- All practical, educational and other conditions that form the basis for admission must be documented with certified copies. Applicants who apply for admission on a formal basis must add a copy of their diploma from upper secondary school. Credentials for work experience must state the length of the employment, job percentage and work content. Credentials must be dated in order to be considered.
- The school uses rolling admissions, and applications are processed continuously. If several applicants apply for one position, qualified applicants will be placed on a waiting list in the order that the applications are received.
- Applicants for location-based studies, who receive an offer regarding a study position, accept the offer electronically via My Page within the given deadline. The contract is considered entered into from the time that the applicant accepts the offer of a study position.
- Applicants can apply for a study position before they have taken all the course examinations required for admission. In such cases, the applicant may receive conditional admission, pending his/her examination results. The applicant must upload diploma/confirmation of passed education in the school’s application system before the deadlines specified in the study offer. If this is not done, the offer of a study position expires.
- Within 14 days of entering the contract, students are able to terminate the study contract, in accordance with the regulations on the right of withdrawal under the Right of Withdrawal Act.
§ 2-6. Appeal rejection of admission application
- The decision of admission is a single decision and can be appealed. See chapter 5 for information regarding the appeal procedure.
Chapter 3. Recognition and exemption
§ 3-1. Recognition of courses
- Students can apply to have previously passed vocational school education approved as part of the education. The education must satisfy the academic requirements for the course or courses that recognition is being applied for. Only courses from other approved vocational schools within the same, or closely related, courses, and with the same number of vocational credits, will be recognised.
§ 3-2. Exemption of parts of the program
- Students can apply for exemption for parts of the program. Exemption is given based on documented equivalent competence. Relevant competence may be e.g. foreign education, folk high school, adult education, or higher education in equivalent or related courses.
- Exemption can also be given based on the recognition of prior learning.
- Exemption is not usually given for education at an upper secondary education level.
§ 3-3. Assessment procedure for recognition and exemption
- Application for recognition or exemption must contain the necessary documentation of the scope and content of the course that the student wishes to be credited. Examples of documentation are diploma, certificate of competence, course certificates, credentials, study plans, portfolio/work folder, etc.
- The Head of Studies of the program in question will conduct a professional assessment of the submitted documentation.
- The basis for assessments of recognition and exemption are the learning outcomes for the relevant education or subject, and the vocational school credits or other assessments of scope, level and workload. If the education or course does not contain learning outcome descriptions, the student must document the learning outcomes upon availability of the study plan.
- The Head of Admissions makes a decision on a recommendation from the Head of Studies.
§ 3-4. Appeal rejection of application for recognition or exemption
- The decision of recognition and exemption is a single decision and can be appealed. See chapter 5 for information regarding the appeal procedure.
Chapter 4. Examination
§ 4-1. Examination and assessment methods
- The vocational school’s programs use the following examination and assessment methods:
- Written school examination
- Oral examination
- Home examination
- Course assessment
- Semester assessment
- Portfolio assessment.
- The examinations and assessment methods mentioned are described in their own guidelines.
§ 4-2. Grades and diploma
- Noroff Vocational School uses both a grading scale (A to F) and passed/failed (P/F) as assessment methods. When Noroff Vocational School uses the grading scale passed/failed, this must be an independent assessment method without connection to the grading scale A-F.
- Noroff Vocational School has established the following general descriptions for the legal grading scale:
A Outstanding Outstanding performance that clearly stands out. The student shows a great level of independence. B Very good Very good performance that is above the average. The student shows the ability for independence. C Good Average performance that is satisfactory in most areas. D Satisfactory Performance below the average, with some significant shortcomings. E Adequate Performance that meets the minimum requirements, but no more. F Failed Performance that does not satisfy the minimum requirements.
- The examination grades will normally be published on My Pages within 20 (twenty) business days after the exam.
- Once the education is completed and passed, a diploma will be sent via the post to the student’s home, as soon as all the appeal processes have been completed.
- The student is responsible for keeping abreast of his/her examination results throughout the school year.
- The school documents completed and passed vocational school education with diplomas.
- The issuance of a diploma presupposes that the tuition fee is paid in full.
- The school only issues one diploma to each student.
- A fee will be charged when ordering a new diploma (duplicate).
§ 4-3. Conditions for writing the examination
- The student has the write to write the final exam when he/she has:
- accepted the study contract and purchase conditions by accepting the offer of a study position
- paid overdue registration fees and overdue school fees
- passed all compulsory work requirements as described in the study plan and/or the course description at least 14 days before the examination.
§ 4-4. Examination information and registration for the exam
- The students’ semester plan, available on the school’s learning platform, states the examination periods that appear in the study plan.
- Students are automatically registered for the exams that appear in the study plan.
- Students who do not wish to write an exam that they are registered for must opt out of the exam on their own. A student who leaves during the examination for no reason, or who fails to attend without having opted out of the exam, is considered to have attended the examination.
- The Head of Studies will appoint the examiner(s). The examiners will be internal, external, or a combination of these, as stated in the study plan. The examinations and assessment methods mentioned are described in their own guidelines.
- If several examiners are to be used, it must be decided in advance who has the final say in the case of grading disagreements. It is the external examiner who has the final say should there be a disagreement between the examiners concerning a grade.
§ 4-5. Mitigating circumstances
- Students who, for medical or other reasons, consider themselves eligible for extended time when writing the exam, and/or need special aids/assistance, must apply for this.
- The application form is published on the website and must be submitted within the given deadlines.
- In the event of acute injuries/illnesses, an application can be submitted as soon as possible after the need has arisen.
- The application must be documented with a medical certificate, or other relevant documentation.
- A student with valid absence during the home examination may receive an extended deadline.
- A extension will not exceed 14 days.
- Application for an extended deadline during the home examination must be sent to the school’s administration via email.
- If the student is unable to deliver at the time of the new extended deadline due to valid absence, the student must re-write the exam in accordance with § 4-7.
- The decision is a single decision and can be appealed. See chapter 5 for information regarding the appeal procedure.
§ 4-6. Illness or absence from an examination
- Being absent from an examination, or not submitting an assignment due to illness, must be documented with a medical certificate.
- Other reasons that prevent the student from attending or delivering before the submission deadline, e.g. the serious illness or death of a close family member, must also be documented.
- If the absence cannot be documented, the student is considered to have attended the examination.
- Documented absence is considered to be valid absence.
- If the student becomes ill during a written school examination, he/she may leave the room.
- A sick leave notification for the examination must be sent to the school’s administration within 48 hours to prevent the absence from counting as an exam attempt.
§ 4-7. Re-examination
- A student has the right to re-examination within the first calendar year after the regular examination.
- An examination can only be re-written 2 (two) times.
- In the cases where changes to subject content or subject composition are made, it will be possible to re-write 1 (one) time, in accordance with the old scheme.
- Students who have failed the exam, or who wish to improve their grades, can write the re-examination.
- Students must register for a new examination themselves.
- The re-examination entails a re-examination fee. Students who have valid absence from an examination are able to re-write the new exam free of charge.
- Re-examinations are usually conducted during re-examination periods that the school arranges each semester. For some courses, it may be necessary to wait until the next usual examination period.
§ 4-8. Appeal of a grade
- The student has the right to receive a reason for a grade.
- In the case of an oral examination or the assessment of practical skills, the requirements for such a reason must be submitted immediately after the grade has been given.
- If the grade is announced electronically and the student demands a reason in the same manner, the demand for a reason must given within one week after the grade was announced.
- In the event of a different type of announcement, the demand for a reason must be given within one week after the student became aware of the grade, but no longer than three weeks after the grade was announced.
- A The demand for the reason for a grade must be sent to the study unit in question.
- The reason must be given within two weeks of receiving the student’s request.
- If the reason cannot be given within two weeks, the student must be notified of this and, at the same time, be told when to expect the reason.
- The reason shall state the general principles on which the assessment is based, as well as the assessment on which the student's performance is based.
- The reason can be given verbally or in writing.
- If written guidelines have been provided for the assessment, these must be available to the students after the grade has been determined.
- A student can submit a written complaint regarding his/her grade within three weeks after the examination results have been announced. Complaints about grades must be sent to the school’s administration within 3 (three) weeks after the grade is made known to the student, or 3 (three) weeks after the student has received the reason for the grade. The complaint must be dated, and should contain a reason for the complaint.
- The assessment of an oral presentation and assessment of practical teaching, or the like, which, by their nature cannot be verified, cannot be appealed.
- The grade from a new examiner cannot be appealed.
- In the event of a grade complaint, a new assessment must be made. The Head of Studies will appoint new examiner(s), of which at least one must be external. In the event of a new assessment, the examiners will not receive the original grade, the examiner’s reason for this grade, or the student’s reason for the complaint.
- Changes may be made that can be both a benefit or disadvantage to the appealing student. If the final grade is determined based on of both written and oral examination, and the grade changes after a new assessment of the written part of the examination, a new oral examination will be held to determine the final grade.
- The assessment should be available within three weeks, unless special reasons make it necessary to use more time.
§ 4-9. Complaints about formal errors during the examination
- Students who have written the exam are permitted to complain about formal errors in exam assignments and/or examination procedure. Complaints about formal errors during the exam must be submitted in writing at the latest within three (3) weeks after the examination has occurred. Formal error may include errors in the examination assignment, the examination procedure, or the implementation by the examiner.
- If the complaint process reveals that errors have been made that may have had an impact on the student's performance, or the assessment thereof, the assessment must be canceled and a new assessment must be made.
- A new examiner (s) must be used for a new assessment. The grade established by a new assessment under this section may be appealed in accordance to the rules in § 4-8.
- If the formal errors in the examination or in the exam procedure are of such a nature that it must be canceled, the student must attend a new examination free of charge.
- The Board of Appeal at Noroff Vocational School is the appeal committee for decisions under this section.
§ 4-10. Annulment of an examination
- The Board of Appeal may annul the result of an examination, test, or other work that is assessed with a grade, that a student has been allowed to attend by using a false diploma, other false documents, or other forms of fraudulent conduct. The same applies to the approval of a course that a student has been allowed to participate in on an equivalent wrongful basis. The Board of Appeal may also annul the result of an examination, test or similar, and the passing of a course if a student has intentionally or grossly negligently cheated, or intentionally attempted to cheat, in connection with the examination, the test or the like, or during the completion of the course.
- The Board of Appeal may annul the recognition or exemption received by using a false diploma, other false documents, or other forms of fraudulent conduct.
- Decisions regarding annulment pursuant to points (1) and (2) may be appealed by the student to the National Board of Appeals for vocational education.
- The access to annulment does not become obsolete.
- After a decision has been made regarding a annulment, any diplomas or transcripts must be returned to the vocational school.
- Actions or conditions that are aimed at giving the student, or a fellow student, an unwarranted advantage are considered cheating. The same applies to actions that result in the student’s, or a fellow student’s, knowledge and skills not being tested and assessed in an impartial and academically sound way.
Examples of cheating are:
- submitting an assignment that has been downloaded from the Internet, and in part, or in whole, presented as one’s own assignment
- submitting work that is in part, or in whole, created by persons other than the student
- submitting work that has been completely, or in part, used by the student during a previous examination or test
- to reproduce/cite textbooks, other academic books, other people's assignments, material retrieved from the Internet, etc. that has been presented without source reference or quotation marks
- to have illicit aids available during an examination or test.
This list is not exhaustive.
- In the event of a written examination at the school, or other approved venues, any cheating or attempts at cheating will be reported, in writing, by the examination invigilator to the Head of Studies.
§ 4-11. Return of assignments
- Practical assignments must be fetched at the school once the appeal deadline has passed. Further information on the deadline for fetching assignments will be given before the final assessment.
- Once the deadline for fetching an assignment has passed, the assignment will be shredded.
- The assignments must be fetched personally, or by others with authorisation from the student.
- The assignments will not be returned via the post.
Chapter 5. Appeal procedure
§ 5-1. Right of appeal
- A student has the right to appeal all single decisions made by the school. All single decisions must be in writing and contain a reason for the decision.
- If the reason is not presented with the decision, the student can contact the person who made the decision and ask for a reason.
§ 5-2. Deadline for complaints and appeal addressee
- The deadline for complaints of all single decisions is 3 (three) weeks after notification of the decision has been received by the party, cf. further provisions of the Administrative Law.
- If the student has asked for a reason for the decision, the appeal deadline applies from the time in which the reason has been received, or when he/she has otherwise been made acquainted with the decision.
- The complaint is addressed to the authority who made the decision.
§ 5-3. Contents of the appeal
- An appeal must be made in writing and contain information regarding the decision that is being appealed, and the change that is desired to the decision being appealed.
- The appeal must be justified.
- The appeal must be signed and dated.
§ 5-4. Guidance, help and support
- The school must inform the student of his/her right to appeal, the appeal deadline, the appellate, the procedure of the appeal, as well as the right to view the case’s documents. This information must be given in all single decisions.
- The student may receive help and support from the school’s administration to prepare a written complaint. If the complaint applies to a disciplinary sanction, the student has the right to be assisted in all stages of the case procedure, for example by the Board’s student representative.
§ 5-5. The appellate
- Noroff’s central administration establishes a Board of Appeal on behalf of the Board at Noroff Vocational School. The Board of Appeal shall have a composition that meets the requirements of Section 5-1 (1) of the Act relating to Universities and University Colleges, and Section 13 of the Tertiary Vocational Education Act.
- The Board of Appeal at Noroff Vocational School has five members with personal deputies:
- The Head and the Head’s Deputy Member must meet the statutory requirements for team judges.
- The Head and the Head’s Deputy Member shall not be employed by the institution.
- Two of the members must be employees.
- Two of the members must be students.
- In the event of a complaint regarding grading, new examiner(s) will be appointed. Such complaints must not be processed by the appellate. See § 4-8 for more information.
Chapter 6. Other provisions
§ 6-1. Detailed rules
- The Board may establish supplementary regulations, general administrative provisions for conducting admissions, studies and examinations, for the processing of cases regarding cheating, and for the issuance of degrees and diplomas.
§ 6-2. Commencement
- (1) The regulation comes into force on 20 October, 2017.
In the event of differing interpretation of the text in this ENGLISH version of the School regulation, The NORWEGIAN version has precedence.