ACADEMIC RULES AND REGULATIONS (UNDERGRADUATE)

STUDENT CLASSES

Students attending NDU who are not yet considered as being at the university level 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, FNHS and FLPS 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

Full-time undergraduate degree students are those who register for at least 12 credits during the Fall or Spring semesters.

PART-TIME STUDENTS

Part-time undergraduate degree students are those who register for less than 12 credits during the Fall or Spring semesters. A part-time student does not qualify for financial assistance.

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

Credits transferred from institutions of Higher education that are recognized by the Lebanese MEHE are accepted provided that the concerned Department and Faculty ensure that the credits accepted are applicable to the corresponding degree program and that a minimum grade of C was obtained. However, the accepted credit does not count toward the student’s GPA at NDU. The criteria established by NDU regarding this policy are made available to students through its website and its catalog.
Depending on the Faculty, a transfer student is required to complete at least 30 or 45 credits at NDU in order to be eligible for a degree, while the remainder of the credits that are taken at other institutions of higher education can be transferred if they satisfy the criteria of the concerned Department and Faculty. Exceptionally, transfer students who want to join the Faculty of Engineering /Bachelor of Architecture can receive credit for NDU courses listed under the GER, core requirements and free elective categories of the NDU contract sheet. In order to ensure that students have achieved the required outcomes and objectives specified by the concerned department, the Faculty of Engineering reserves the right not to give transfer credit for courses listed under the major requirements category even if students have taken similar courses at the institution they previously attended.
Freshman students are considered ineligible for transfer.

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 8:00 am.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

Students should attend all classes. A pattern of absences may affect a student’s grade substantially. The Class instructor, in full coordination with the Department Chair, is the direct authority responsible for the implementation of the Attendance Policy. The SAO only validates absences related to University events, travel, or medical excuses upon need and only when requested by the Department Chair. The student is responsible for the material presented during his/her absence. The maximum number of absences for classes that meet on MWF is six and for those that meet the TTH and in Summer is four, (or two hours per credit course). Any student whose absences exceed the maximum limits shall automatically be unofficially withdrawn from the course, unless he or she 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 MAKE-UP

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

A course’s final grades should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar 72 hours after the scheduled date of the examination for that course. The instructor should submitted online the final grades to the Department Chairperson who will in turn submit them to the Dean of the respective faculty for final approval.

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 department concerned for at least one academic year, with a copy of it signed by both the Faculty Member concerned and his/her Department Chairperson shall be submitted to the Office of the Faculty Dean concerned.

TRANSCRIPTS

Upon request, students can obtain an official transcript or a student copy transcript from the Office of the Registrar within two working days. Transcripts cannot be issued to students who have a financial account pending with the University.

CHANGE OF GRADE

Once a student’s grade for a course for which he/she is enrolled during a given semester or the summer session, is approved by the Faculty and processed by the Registrar’s Office, it shall be final in the absence of justified circumstances such as evidence of human error in calculation, recording, visual oversight, or confusion in the names of students or course sections.
Under justifiable circumstances, to change a grade, the instructor of the course should fill in and sign a “Change of Grade Form”, which can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. All supporting documents including the instructor’s record book should be attached to the form. Once the new grade is approved by the department’s Chairperson, it is forwarded to the Faculty Dean for final action and then resubmitted to the Registar’s Office.
Only under force majeure would a student’s case be considered beyond those five days. The student may petition for re-evaluation of his final grade in a particular course.
No case will be considered after a lapse of one semester.

CHANGE OF PROVISIONAL GRADE

Changes made to the provisional grade “I” and “PR” should be done within an allotted period otherwise the Registrar’s Office will directly convert the grade to “F”. The “I” grade must be changed by the end of the 8th week of the following semester and the “PR” grade must be changed by the end of the following semester.

GRADES FOR REPEATED COURSES

Students must repeat courses for which they got a grade of “F”, “UW”, or those courses for which they did not get the required passing grade set by the Department or Faculty concerned, in the case where these courses are required in the major. Students 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, will be computed into the GPA. The other grades are kept on the student’s transcript. A course may be repeated only twice. A student who fails to pass a course for the third time will have to comply with the instructions of the Dean concerned. The letter “R” will be placed on the student’s transcript next to the course being repeated.

GRADES UPON CHANGE OF MAJOR

  • 1. Upon approval of change of major, all grades on transferable or non-transferable courses taken by a student in his/her old major/area of concentration remain part of his/her official transcripts. Unlike the transferable grades, the non-transferable ones are not computed in the student’s GPA for the new major and are not counted toward the total number of credits required for graduation for the new major. A student cannot ask for a non-transferable course to be computed back in his/her GPA.
  • 2. The students who benefited from the above rule (#1) cannot return to their old major, and cannot request to have their major changed again to any major which requires a non transferable course grade, which was deleted from his/her GPA.

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 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 Registrar’s Office. This grade is computed as an “F” grade in the GPA.
W Official Withdrawal The grade “W” indicates withdrawal without academic penalty. This grade is issued by the Registrar’s Office only to students submitting an official course withdrawal form by the scheduled deadline. The grade “W” is not computed in the student’s GPA 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 GPA. 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 Registrar’s Office will automatically convert it to the grade of “F” and it will be computed in the student’s GPA.
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 GPA. 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 Incomplete The grade “I” is a provisional grade, and hence it is not computed in the student’s GPA. 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 Registrar’s Office will automatically convert it to the grade of “F”, and will then be computed in the student’s GPA. 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 postponement of graduation.
P Pass “P” indicates a passing performance in a course taken in a Pass/No Pass. The credits if any will be added to the number of credits passed, but will not be included in the average. It has no quality points.
NP No Pass “NP” indicates a failing performance in courses taken on a Pass/No Pass basis. No credits will be added to the student’s record, nor will the average will be affected. It has no quality.

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
           14              1.7             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 sophomore student is deemed 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

Academic Suspension

An undergraduate student 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 (ie Fall) or second (ie Spring) semester of the academic year, the student is granted one more semester for the removal of suspension.

Students placed on suspension may consider the following options:
1. The student may register, upon the written approval of his/her academic advisor, in a number of 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, towards the requirements of his/her degree at NDU. The grades and GPA for these courses, however, shall not be transferred.
or 2. The student may petition to the Dean of his/her Faculty to reconsider the suspension decision. The Dean will, then, determine the final status of the student in the light of the GPA obtained:
  • 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 is dismissed from the University if he/she fails to maintain good academic standing either during the semester immediately following reinstatement from academic suspension or after the student had been granted permission from the Faculty Dean to have the suspension removed but failed to do so.
If the student’s semester GPA is at least 1.5/4.0, 1.7/4.0 or 2.0/4.0, and his cumulative GPA is still below 2.0/4.0, the student is granted another extra semester. If at the end of this semester the student still fails to be in good academic standing (cumulative GPA), he/she will be dismissed.

ACADEMIC RECOGNITION

There are two kinds of academic recognition:

1. Dean’s Honor List:
Full time students who obtain a semester GPA of 3.20/4.00 or higher with no incomplete grades, during a given semester are placed on the Dean's List for that semester. These students are invited to attend the Dean’s Luncheon held in their honor.

2. 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 appear on the student’s transcript and degree. A transfer undergraduate student is only eligible for these distinctions if he/she has completed at least 60 credits at NDU.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

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 to occupy any portion of the University premises, and 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 the student’s advisor in writing about the accident 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 Dean. If the student wants to challenge the action, he/she can appeal by petitioning to the to the University Student Affairs Committee through the Registrar.

CHANGE OF MAJOR

1. Within a Faculty
To be eligible for a change of major within the same faculty, the student must meet the requirements for admission to the new major. He/She must submit a petition for change of major provided by the Registrar’s Office. The request for the student’s admission is considered by the new department and by the dean concerned. After approval, the petition is sent to the Registrar’s Office for implementation.

2. From a Faculty to a Faculty
A student moving into another Faculty within the University is considered as a new student by the new Faculty. The student is required to fill in a petition form for a change of major provided by the Registrar’s Office and signed by the Business Office and by his/her advisor. The form is to be submitted to the Registrar’s Office, which in turn will send the form to the University Admission Committee.

3. 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 petition for change of major 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:
  • Completing all required credits for the degree;
  • Fulfilling satisfactorily all course requirements for the degree as well as remedial/intensive courses given upon admission;
  • Fulfilling all other admission requirements;
  • Maintaining at least a 2.0/4.0 cumulative GPA for the degree;
  • Satisfying the residency requirements for the degree;
  • Maintaining the required minimum cumulative GPA for the major and core courses required for the degree, as specified by the concerned Department;
  • Maintaining good academic discipline;
  • Settling all accounts with the University.

These conditions must be met together 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 and 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 I 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 Registrar’s Office 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 Registrar’s Office 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 OF DEGREES

Degrees are conferred three times a year, at the end of Fall, Spring, or Summer session.
Students expecting to graduate must apply for graduation at the Registrar’s Office by the following deadlines:
  • November 15 for the graduates of the Fall and Spring semesters;
  • March 15 for the graduates of 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 and 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 the 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.

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 by submitting the online form.

COURSE DESIGNATION

A. Designation and Belonging

The letters preceding the course number indicate the area or subject of study to which the course belongs. The following is a designation list grouped by Departments and Faculties' affiliations.
Ramez G. Chagoury, Faculty of Architecture, Art and Design
Department of Architecture
ARP Architecture
MAP Masters of Architecture
Department of Design
IDP Interior Design
GDP Graphic Design
FTP Fashion Design
FDP Design
PDP Photography
MAD Design
Department of Music
MUA Arab Musicology
MUE Music Education
MUJ Jazz Music
MUM Musimedialogy
MUS Musicology
Department of Arts
FAC Arts and Crafts
FAP Studio Arts
Faculty of Business Administration and Economics
Department of Accounting, Finance and Economic
ACO Accounting
BAF Banking and Finance
ECN Economics
FEN Financial Engineering
Department of Management and Marketing
BAD Business Administration
HCM Health Care Management
MRK Marketing
MGT Human Resource Management
Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
FBM Food and Beverage Management
TTM Hotel Management and Tourism
HSM Hotel Management and Tourism
HVM Hospitality Events Management
Graduate Division
FIN Finance
QMT Quantitive Methods
BUS Business
HRM Human Resources
MGT Management
MRK Marketing
ECN Economics
ACO Accounting
FRM Fiancial Risk Management
PRM Project Management
Faculty of Engineering
ENG Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
CEN Civil Engineering
Departments of Electrical and Computer and Communication Engineering
EEN Electrical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
MEN Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Humanities
Department of English and Translation
ARB Arabic
CHI Chinese
ENL English
FRC French
GEM German
INT Interpretation
ITL Italian
LIR Literature
LTN Latin
POR Portuguese
SPA Spanish
SYR Syriac
TRA Translation
Department of Media Studies
ADM Advertising
COA Communication
JOU Journalism
Department of Humanities and Religious Studies
HUT Human Thought
PHL Philosophy
REG Religion
SOL Sociology
Department of Psychology, Education, and Physical Education
EDU Education
PES Physical Education
PSL Psychology
Faculty of Law and Political Science
Department of Law
LAW Law
Department of Law, Government and International Relations
IAF International Affairs and Diplomacy
INL International Law
PAD Public Administration
AMS American Studies
EMS Euro-Mediterranean Studies
HIT History
NGO Non-Governmental Organization
POS Political Science
Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences
Department of Computer Science
CSC Computer Science
GIS Geographic Information Systems
MIS Management Information Systems
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
ACS Actuarial Science & Insurance
FMA Financial Mathematics
MAT Mathematics
STA Statistics
Department of Physics and Astronomy
AST Astronomy
PHS Physics
Department of Sciences
BIO Biology
CHM Chemistry
ENS Environmental Science
GEO Geology
Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences
NHS Nursing and Health Sciences
NUR Nursing
HEA Health
MLT Medical Laboratory Technology
NTR Nutrition and Dietetics
FQM Food Safety and Quality Management

B. Digits of a Course Number

The following digits are used as follows:
First Digit FNAS, FNHS, FBAE & FH ENG, RCT, VIA
0 Non-Credit Remedial Courses Year 0
1 Freshman Course Year 1
2 Sophomore Course Year 2
3 Junior Course Year 3
4 Senior Course (Undergraduate Only) Year 4
5 Courses that are considered preparatory for graduate studies. When passed, their credits should not be counted in the total of credits required for graduation and they should be completed during the first academic year. Year 5
6 or higher Graduate Course Year 6
Second Digit for Undergraduate and Possibly Graduate Courses
0 Basic Level Course
1 Elementary Level Course
2-4 Intermediate Level Course
5 Advanced Level Course
6 Special Topics or Practicum I
7 Laboratory Workshop, or Practicum II
8 Seminar or Internship
9 Senior Study; Senior Project, Thesis or Research Project
Third Digit:
Any digit ranging from 0 to 9

C. Course Number,Title and Credits

MAT 215 Linear Algebra I (3.0) 3 cr.
Official Course Code (Number Abbreviation) Official Course Title The first component of the above ordered pair designates the number of lecture hours/ week.
The second component is the number of laboratory hours/week.
Number of credits (cr) earned if course is successfully completed.
Lecture hours/week is a period of 50 minutes duration.
Credits are based upon the number of 50-minute periods scheduled weekly during one semester or summer session. One credit signifies a minimum of either a 50-minute period of class work, or 2-3 hours of laboratory over a period of 15 weeks or its equivalent.

D. Course Prerequisite and Corequisite

A prerequisite is a course which must have been completed before registering for the subject course.
A corequisite is a course which must be completed before registering for the subject course, or a course which may be taken concurrently.

UNDERGRADUATE REGISTRATION

ACADEMIC ADVISING

Upon admission and prior to registration, each student shall be assigned an Academic Advisor by his/her Department Chairperson, upon the approval of the Faculty Dean. The Academic Advisor shall:
  • Advise his/her advisees to observe the basis of admissions as set in his/her letter of acceptance;
  • Make himself/herself available to his/her advisees during office hours, and when necessary by appointment, throughout the academic year;
  • Assist his/her advisees to properly fulfill all requirements of the degree enrolled in;
  • Study and update the files of his/her advisees throughout his/her residency at NDU;
  • Make his/her advisees aware of and familiar with the University academic rules, regulations and policies;
  • Explain clearly the:
        - Registration process;
        - Course offerings;
        - Course substitution;
        - Course prerequisite;
        - Course selection;
        - Full-time / part-time credit load;
        - Degree planning.
and other related matters. Hence, students are encouraged to consult with their Academic Advisors on a regular basis all throughout their residency at NDU.

REGISTRATION ELIGIBILITY

An undergraduate student will be eligible for registration upon settling all previous pending issues (academic, financial, disciplinary, administrative, etc ) with the University at the offices concerned. Otherwise, he/she cannot proceed any further toward his/her registration.

Registration

The registration date for undergraduate students is assigned by the Registrar’s Office. To register, a student should:
  • Receive tuition statement from the Business Office;
  • Pay the appropriate tuition and fees to the allotted bank(s);
  • Prepare his/ her course schedule;
  • Register for courses; off campus (internet) or on campus (intranet): Advisor or Division of Computing Services.

New students should register at the Advisor’s Office.

REGISTRATION BY ABSTENTIA

An NDU undergraduate student is allowed to register in abstentia (or by proxy) by some legally recognized individuals (i.e., parent, sister, or the like) under justifiable reasons such as illness, being abroad, and the like. Such a student shall be entirely responsible for discrepancies in his/her proxy registration, if any.

LATE REGISTRATION

After the third day of classes in either the Fall semester or the Spring semester or the second day of the Summer session the late registration period shall be scheduled and its fees shall be determined. No student may be registered beyond this day for the current semester or the Summer session. During the late registration day, a student shall follow the steps of the registration, as described in section IV of this policy. Further, it shall be understood that students registering during the late registration day shall be responsible for all work assigned from the beginning of the semester or the session. They shall be also subject to the requirements of the attendance policy as of the first day of classes.

CROSS-REGISTRATION

An NDU undergraduate student may be allowed to cross-register a course at another institution if:
  • The course is not offered at NDU during the semester in which the student is expected to graduate;
  • The course in which the student intends to cross-register is equivalent to his/her required course at NDU;
  • The course does not conflict with his/her course schedule at NDU;
  • The student has the Cross-Registration and Registration Forms signed by his/her Department Chairperson, and Academic Advisor as well as the Registrar’s Office and the Business Office;
  • The student returns the appropriate Cross-Registration form(s) to NDU Registrar’s Office after officially registering at the other institution;
  • The student has to submit an official transcript of records for his/her cross-registered course to the Registrar’s Office at NDU.
A non-NDU undergraduate student may be allowed to cross-register a course at NDU upon submission of a written authorization from his/her institution allowing him/her to register for this course at NDU in accordance with NDU undergraduate registration policy.

IMPROPER REGISTRATION

Only officially enrolled students in a class are allowed to attend the class. The instructor of the class should inform any non-officially enrolled student of his/her improper registration and should immediately report it, in writing, to the Registrar’s Office, and should also ask the student to immediately proceed to the Registrar’s Office for a settlement.

CHANGES IN REGISTRATION

Changes in registration become effective and official on the date the approved completed form is submitted to the Registrar’s Office, and accepted and processed, and the financial obligations resulting from these changes are settled with the Business Office.

ADDING AND/OR DROPPING COURSES

A student may add or drop a course or change a section in his/her registration schedule during the add/drop day only. This can be done by:
  • Dropping or Adding by himself/herself at the Division of Computing Services or in the Advisor’s Office;
  • In the Drop/Add period, two modifications are allowed by the student;
  • In case a section is closed, or a student wishes to wave prerequisites/co-requisites and the like, only during Drop/Add period he/she has to fill in a Drop/Add form to secure the concerned Dean’s signature;
  • Receive his/her modified tuition statement from the Business Office.

 

WITHDRAWAL FROM COURSES

In accordance with the University Refund Policy, students may officially withdraw from courses without academic penalty by the late registration day. In this case no grades will be inscribed on their record. They may also withdraw any time prior to the 14th week of the Fall or Spring semesters and before the 28th day of the Summer session .Then a grade of “W” will be inscribed on their records. Withdrawal after the deadline will result in an “F” or “UW” on the dropped course. No withdrawal is allowed beyond this period unless the student petitions to the Dean concerned, due to urgent reasons. Once the petition is approved, the Registrar will then be instructed by the VP for Academic Affairs to assign the grade “W” on the dropped course(s).

ATTENDANCE AFTER WITHDRAWING

Once a student has withdrawn from a course, he/she cannot continue to attend or audit this course during the same semester.

STUDENT REINSTATEMENT

Upon return, a student with leave of absence shall inform the Registrar’s Office for reinstatement. Those students on probation who have been approved for leave of absence will remain on probation upon reinstatement.

DROPPING A COURSE WHILE ON PROBATION

A student on probation may drop any course during the probation period.

REGISTRATION IN A COURSE WITH AN ”I” GRADE

Students may not register in a course if he/she has an incomplete grade in its prerequisite(s).

STUDENT ACADEMIC LOAD

Full-Time and Part-Time Loads

Registration in at least 12 credits for the Fall or Spring semester constitutes a full-time load for an undergraduate student. Otherwise, it constitutes a part-time load.

Maximum Load for Registration per Semester

The maximum load for registration during the Fall or Spring semester by any undergraduate student is either 16 credits or the number of credits specified in his/her suggested program for that particular semester. However, student on good academic standing can take up to 19 credits per semester provided that this number of credits does not contradict any residency requirements. Student with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 and above, may petition to register for one additional three credits course over and above the regular load. This additional load, may be approved provided the residency requirements are met.

Maximum Load for Registration in the Summer Session

The maximum load for registration by any undergraduate student in the Summer session is 9 credits or less as determined by the Faculty concerned.

Maximum Load for Students on Probation

Students who are on probation may register for a maximum of 13 credits per semester of which at least 9 credits for courses that must be repeated, if any.

Maximum Load for Students with Incomplete(s)

Students who have two or more incomplete grades from a previous semester or the Summer session may register for a maximum of 13 credits per semester unless these courses are senior projects or the like.

Maximum Load for Students with Cross-Registration

The combined load for students with both registration at NDU and cross-registration in another institution must not exceed the maximum load stated above.

TUITION AND FEES

NDU is a non-profit institution. Tuition and fees paid by students represent a small percentage of the full cost of a student's education. The deficit is covered by income from gifts, grants and donations from foundations, alumni and friends of the University. The fees cover applications, membership in National Social Security Fund (NSSF), activities, Yearbook and Student Association, and Insurance. Membership of Lebanese students in the NSSF is mandatory by law. Thus prior to registration, students are urged to follow the instructions given by the Students Affairs Office concerning the clearance for NSSF.

Tuition

Tuition/Credit Hour LBP 530,000
Tuition /Credit Hour (Business) LBP 550,000
Tuition /Credit Hour (Architecture)
LBP
615,000
Tuition /Credit Hour (Engineering)
LBP
660,000
Tuition/Intensive English LBP 4,000,000
Tuition /Credit Hour (Auditing) LBP 75% of credit tuition

Fees

Admission Application LBP 100,000
Entrance Examination LBP 75,000 per exam
Late Registration LBP 100,000
Petition LBP 5,000
Change of Major LBP 100,000
Make-up Final Examination Fee/Incomplete LBP 200,000
Transcript (Official Copy) LBP 15,000
Transcript (Student Copy) LBP 5,000
Library Fee/Book /Day (Late Returns) LBP 5,000
Graduation LBP 75,000
Academic Fees LBP 175,000
Smart ID Card (when applicable) LBP 30,000
NSSF Fees (when applicable) LBP 202,500
Medical Insurance
LBP 60,000
I.D card fee
LBP
15,000
Mail box fee
LBP
15,000
Student activities fee LBP 45,000
Student association fee LBP 45,000
Technology fee LBP 90,000
Due to the rising cost of higher education, universities are facing severe financial problems. NDU reserves the right to change tuition, fees and expenses at any time without prior notice. A student may not complete registration, graduate, or receive any transcripts of records until all dues are paid.

Refund Policy

Contracts with faculty members and provisions for education are made by the University in advance for the entire year. Accordingly, if a student withdraws for justifiable reasons after final registration, refund of tuition will be made according to the following schedule of withdrawals:
  • During drop/add period, 75% of the tuition is refunded;
  • During the first week of classes, 50% of the tuition is refunded;
  • Tuition is not refunded after the first week of classes;
  • Refund policy does not apply during summer session. No refund of tuition is made for any withdrawal during summer session.

Financial Support for Re-enrolled courses

Students who re-enroll for any reason in any course shall not benefit from any financial support for the enrolled courses.
ACADEMIC RULES AND REGULATIONS (GRADUATE)

CROSS-REGISTRATION

Students enrolled at NDU may take courses at other recognized institutions of higher education.
A student registered at NDU may be permitted to cross-register if:
  • He/She expects to graduate at the end of that particular semester and the said course is not offered at NDU but is a graduation requirement;
  • The course to be taken carries the same content as that offered at NDU;
  • The student’s academic advisor sends a written statement to the NDU Admissions and Registrar’s Offices who in turn contact their counterparts of the university concerned to confirm the above-mentioned conditions.

Students enrolled at other recognized institutions of higher education may take courses at NDU. Students studying at other universities and who wish to take courses at NDU must secure the following to facilitate cross-registration:
  • Written permission by the academic advisor to take specified courses at NDU (if any of the above mentioned conditions apply to the incoming student);
  • The permission of the Faculty concerned at NDU;
  • The above documents are submitted to the NDU Admissions and Registrar’s Offices by their counterparts;
  • Finalize registration according to cross-registration procedures at NDU.

AUDITING

Provided that they have satisfied the admission requirements, candidates that are interested in auditing graduate courses will be issued letters of acceptance as auditors.?

TUTORIALS

To meet graduation requirements, students may take courses on a tutorial basis. Registration for a tutorial course can only happen after the consent of the concerned professor and the approval of the respective faculty.

COURSE/PROGRAM CHANGES

Any change from one graduate degree to another requires students to reapply and meet the admission requirements of the requested graduate program. Required courses may be substituted upon the recommendation of the student’s graduate advisor and the approval of the respective Faculty. A maximum of 9 substitute credits will be considered.

SUPERVISION

Upon admission, students will be assigned an academic advisor who will guide and assist the student in planning a course of study. When applicable, a thesis advisor will be assigned. After consultation with the Faculty Dean, every Faculty will set its own guidelines for thesis defense. Candidates are required to give a public presentation. Thereafter, the Thesis Committee will notify the Dean and schedule the final defense.

COURSES AND GRADES

Courses taken as part of a student’s graduate study program fall in one of two categories, graduate or remedial, with different grading systems.

Graduate Level Courses

These are normally numbered 600 and above. The minimum passing grade for a graduate course is “B”. Students in graduate study are required to maintain a cumulative average of at least “B” in all courses taken for graduate credit. According to the NDU Attendance Policy, a student who is absent without excuse from more than one third of the number of sessions in any one course, or who fails to sit for scheduled examinations, or fails to fulfill required written or oral work, will be given F. Results of tutorial courses, projects, or theses will be reported as Pass “P” or Fail “F”.

Remedial Courses

These are usually undergraduate courses, taken to make up for any particular deficiencies. They do not carry graduate credit. The minimum passing grade for a remedial course is B; however, a department or program may set a higher minimum passing grade.

GRADES UPON CHANGE OF MAJOR

Upon approval of change of major, all grades on transferable or non-transferable courses taken by a student in his/her old major/area of concentration remain part of his/her official transcripts. Unlike the transferable grades, the non-transferable ones are not computed in the student’s GPA for the new major and are not counted toward the total number of credits required for graduation for the new major. A student cannot ask for a non-transferable course to be computed back in his/her GPA.

The students who benefited from the above rule (#1) cannot return to their old major, and cannot request to have their major changed again to any major which requires a non transferable course grade, which was deleted from his/her GPA.

PROBATION AND DISMISSAL

Graduate students may be placed on academic probation after completing 12 credits in the graduate program, if they:
  • Fail any course in the graduate program;
  • Do not maintain a cumulative average of “B”.
A graduate student on probation should register for a minimum of 6 credits the following semester.
The student is dismised from the graduate program if:
  • The probation status is not removed within a period of two consecutive semesters;
  • The department or program, and irrespective of the grades obtained, deems student’s work as unsatisfactory;
  • The student fails the comprehensive examination twice, or fails the thesis defense twice.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

Where applicable, a student must pass a comprehensive examination after completion of most of the course requirements for the degree. The department concerned will schedule the examination. The purpose of the examination is to ascertain the student’s knowledge of the field of specialization and related areas. A student who does not pass the comprehensive examination may repeat it only once after a time lapse of at least three months but only with the approval of the concerned graduate committee.

THESIS

In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the master’s degree, a student must submit a thesis, when applicable, based on results of original and independent research. Except in departments or programs in which the medium of instruction is not English, the thesis must be in English.

An abstract not exceeding 350 words must be submitted with the thesis. If the thesis is in a language other than English, the abstract must be written both in that language and in English.

The Department concerned must ensure the availability of a copy of the Thesis Manual, which provides instructions on the preparation of theses. Its application is mandatory and theses not conforming to its requirements will not be accepted. For all matters not discussed in the manual, theses must follow the form and style described in the latest edition of K. L. Turabian, Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations (University of Chicago Press), or any other form specified by the department or program provided this conforms to the manual.

Copies of the thesis, unbound but ready for binding, should be submitted to the members of the thesis committee at least two weeks before the defense. Copies may be obtained by any legible and durable form of reproduction. Additional copies may be required, as specified by the concerned department or program.

Thesis Committee

The Master’s thesis committee should be composed of at least three members recommended by the department or program and approved by the faculty graduate committee. The proposal of the thesis topic and the selection of the advisor and the members of the thesis committee for candidates for the Master’s degree should have been approved by the faculty or school graduate committee at least four months before the student defends the thesis. It is advisable that the thesis committee includes one external member. This member may be from an institution other than NDU. All committee members should hold professorial ranks. The thesis committee approves the thesis topic and research program and conducts the thesis defense examination.

Thesis Defense

The thesis defense may be open to the public and must be carried out no later than June 10, October 30, or March 1, for students who wish to graduate at the end of the summer session, the fall, or the spring semester respectively. Pass or Fail is reported for the combined thesis and thesis defense. If fail is reported, the student may resubmit the thesis and defend it after a period of at least three months. Failure on the second attempt results in discontinuation from graduate work. Students must be registered for the thesis or at least one course in the session in which they expect to graduate in order to present their defense.

Deposit of the Thesis in the Library

After passing the thesis defense examination, the student is required to deposit at the library two copies of the thesis. A library receipt of these copies must be delivered to the Registrar’s Office before the student is awarded the degree. The student should sign a release form indicating whether or not the library is authorized to supply copies of the thesis to other libraries or individuals. The non-authorization option is valid for a period of two years only, after which copies of the thesis will be supplied on request.

Deadlines

For graduation in
Fall Spring Summer
Deadline for approval of thesis topic and committee June 20 Oct. 20 Feb. 1
Deadline for thesis defense Oct. 30 March 1 June 10
Deadline for deposit of thesis at library Nov. 10 March 10 June 20

PROVISIONS FOR THE MASTER’S DEGREE

In addition to satisfying the general requirements set in the preceding sections, students working towards a Master’s degree must fulfill the requirements described below:

Course Requirements

Two types of Master’s degree programs are available:
  • A thesis based on independent research work. Students following this program are required to take a minimum of 24 graduate credit hours; a maximum of 9 credits may be in tutorial courses;
  • A non-thesis program where students are required to take a minimum of 33 graduate credit hours and should follow a course of study approved by the Department or program and by the graduate committee of the Faculty.

Language Requirements

Aside from English proficiency requirements, there are no special University language requirements for the Master’s degree. However, individual Departments and programs may set their own language requirements either as a general rule or in specific cases. The Faculty graduate committee will determine examination procedures.

Residency Requirements

To meet the minimum residency requirements for the Master’s degree, students must register and be in residence, as graduate students, for at least two semesters, one semester and two summers, or four summers.

All requirements for the Master’s degree must be completed within a period of four years after admission to graduate study. Students attending summer sessions only must complete all requirements within a period of six summers after admission to graduate study. Extension beyond the maximum period of study requires the approval of the graduate committee of the faculty.
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