Section 3: Propaedeutic Phase of the Bachelor's Degree Programmes

Article 12: Structure and Study Load

The course components of the propaedeutic year have been defined on the website by department, programme and principal subject along with the corresponding study load, term and type of examination administered (written, oral or practical). Students must earn a total of 60 credits during the propaedeutic phase.

Article 13: Binding Recommendation Regarding the Continuation of the Student's Studies

13.1.a. At the end of the first year of enrolment in the propaedeutic phase at the latest, each student will be issued a recommendation regarding the continuation of his/her bachelor's studies by or on behalf of the Board.

13.1.b. Notwithstanding Article 7.1.a, in case personal circumstances (in accordance with Article 7.2) play a role in the delays in the first year of enrollment, the study advise may be postponed until the end of the second year of enrollment. In this case, the student will be placed in an extended propaedeutic course. The agreements for the extension of the first year will be confirmed in writing.

13.1.c. Students enrolled on a bachelor's programme who have yet to pass the propaedeutic examination may be dismissed pursuant to Article 7(8)(b) of the Law for an indefinite period if their academic performance fails to meet the following requirements:
I. the student must have earned all credits for the core subjects
II. the student must have earned at least 70% of the credits for the additional theoretical subjects
III. the student must have earned at least 50% of the credits for any introductory or auxiliary subjects included in their course of study.
The core subjects, additional theoretical subjects and introductory and auxiliary subjects for each programme and principal subject are described in the study guide.

7.1.d. Students who are dismissed may not enrol again in the 'hogeschool' for the degree programme for which the dismissal was issued.

13.2. The Executive Board [College van Bestuur] will issue the dismissal at the Conservatory Board's recommendation and with due regard to the personal circumstances of the student in question.

The personal circumstances will be limited to:
a. illness of the student in question
b. physical, sensory or other functional impairment of the student in question
c. pregnancy of the student in question
d. special family circumstances
e. membership in or chairpersonship of the Central Participation Council [Centrale Medezeggenschapsraad], the Faculty Participation Council [Facultaire Medezeggenschapsraad] or another formal faculty council
f. other circumstances to be indicated by the 'hogeschool' in which the student in question carries out activities within the context of the organization and the management of the affairs of the 'hogeschool'
g. membership in the board of a student organization of considerable size having full legal capacity, or in a similar organization of considerable size for which the protection of the general interests of society are focal and which does, in fact, carry out activities to this end. The provisions apply only to the positions of chairperson, secretary and treasurer.

13.3. Prior to dismissal, the student in question will receive a written warning from or on behalf of the Conservatory Board no later than 1 February of the current academic year. If a considerable deterioration in the student's performance merits a written warning only after 1 February, this warning will still be issued. The Student Counsellor and the Study Adviser will be informed of this warning, as a result of which the Student Counsellor or the Study Adviser may issue a recommendation to the Conservatory Board.

13.4. If the Conservatory Board intends dismissing a student on behalf of the Executive Board, it will notify the student counsellor in writing, who will have five working days to issue a recommendation to the Conservatory Board at his or her discretion. The student will also be informed of the Conservatory Board’s intention as well of the option to explain his or her position to the student counseloor based on personal circumstances. The student will be heard by the chairperson of the examination board regarding the intention of the Conservatory Board. If the student expresses the wish to be heard in relation to the Conservatory Board’s intention, he or she may meet with the chairperson of the examination board.

13.5. Any student claiming to be affected by personal circumstances as referred to under 3(b) will be required to submit the necessary evidence of such circumstances to the Student Counsellor's Office or programme coordinator. In the event of illness, special family circumstances, a physical, sensory or other functional impairment or pregnancy of the student in question, he/she must submit a doctor's certificate attesting to such a condition.

13.6. If the Student Counsellor does not issue a recommendation to the Conservatory Board, he or she will notify it in a timely manner. The Conservatory Board will inform the student of the Student Counsellor decision in writing, providing a copy to the Student Counsellor.
 
13.7. If the Student Counsellor does issue a recommendation based on personal circumstances, the Conservatory Board will inform the Executive Board of its intention to issue a dismissal notice regarding the student’s studies, making the complete file available. In such instances the Executive Board will decide on whether to issue a binding recommendation and will notify the student of it in writing, providing copies to both the Conservatory Board and the Student Counsellor.

13.8. Dismissal will be effected at the end of the last term, but no later than on 15 July of the current academic year. The student will be notified in writing of his or her dismissal, at the address that he or she has most recently registered with the central student office. The decision of the Conservatory Board or the Executive Board will set forth the appeal procedure.

13.9 If the propaedeutic phase is extended, the conditions and requirements to be satisfied by the student as well as the time limit for meeting them in order to preclude the issue of a dismissal notice will be recorded in writing. 

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