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   INTERNAL REGULATIONS AT THE INSTITUTION OF EDUCATION "BARANOVICHI STATE UNIVERSITY"

  1. General provisions:
    1.1 These Internal Regulations of the institution of education Baranovichi State University" ( hereinafter referred to as the Regulations) have been developed in conformity with the Law of the Republic of Belarus of October 29, 1991 "On Education", the Law of the Republic of Belarus of July 11, 2007 "On Higher Education", as well as decrees and instructions of the Ministry of Education, and internal local regulatory legal acts of the university.
    1.2 These Regulations is a local regulatory legal act of the institution of education "Baranovichi State University" (hereinafter referred to as the university, BarSU) which is mandatory for all students studying at BarSU. The aim of the Regulations is to promote better discipline, to provide training on a scientific basis, to make efficient use of study time, to make training more effective, to foster in BarSU students conscious attitude to work and studies.
    1.3. These Regulations include norms regulating BarSU internal rules.
    1.3.1. BarSU internal rules include the routines and procedures according to which the university organizes training, scientific research and other activities done by undegraduate students and learners on courses under the guidance and control of BarSU teaching and administrative staff.
    1.4. BarSU internal rules are regulated by both these Regulations and other local regulatory legal acts. In case of conflict between them and these Regulations, legal precedence belongs to the latter.
    1.5. Issues relating to the application of these Regulations shall be decided by the university within the limits of its rights.
    1.6. These Regulations are approved by the Rector after they have been endorsed by the BarSU student primary union organization.
  2. Teaching and Learning Procedures
    2.1. Classes, oral tests, examinations and tutorials are given at the university according to academic and examination time-tables based on the curricula, signed by a faculty dean and its union organization, and approved by the rector or first vice-rector or vice-rector on academic work. Academic discipline is a must for all the students who shall observe the existing academic routine properly perform their duties.
    2.2. As a rule, the academic timetable is drawn up for the period of the whole semester. It must meet the requirements of regulatory documents and be displayed in a certain place and form fixed by the university, available to all undergraduate students ( course learners) not later than 10 days before semester starts (or before classes begin); for students by correspondence, it is 3 days before an examination session starts. The timetable must also specify oral tests that are taken outside the examination session. Optional classes are given according to an additional timetable.
    2.3. Classes are given in accordance with the curricula and student body (course learners) in streams, groups and subgroups.
    2.4. Training can be done individually as ruled by the rector according to an individual curriculum.
    2.5. The length of an academic class is no less than 80 minutes. The length of an academic hour is 45 minutes. Unauthorized change of the timetable by the staff members is forbidden. Control over the students' (course learners') attendance is exercised by the teachers, dean's office, heads of the departments, group tutors, group monitors, and by BarSU public organizations and its teaching resources management.
    2.6. By the dean's instructions, each student group is assigned a monitor from among most successful and disciplined students (course learners). The group monitor reports directly to the faculty dean and his or her vices, to the teacher in charge of the educational work at the faculty, and the tutor of the group. The monitor carries out all the instructions issued by the university rector's and faculty dean's offices. The monitor is entitled to address the dean in order to have students (course learners) rewarded or disciplined, if they depart from the academic routine and these Regulations, or supported financially.
    2.7. Each group keeps a class register. Every day the group monitor marks students (course learners) who are absent from classes and at the beginning of class shows it to the teacher to sign. The register is kept in the dean's office (in another place) as instructed by the dean. Both the dean's office and the monitor are responsible for its safety.
    2.8. A study group directly participates in the university and faculty self-government. The members of the group are entitled to address the faculty and university administration on matters of improving the educational process and extracurricular work.
    2.9. Distracting students (course learners) from class work in order to do some other work or be engaged in other activities is not allowed except for cases of natural calamities, accidents or emergency cases as instructed by the government of the Republic or Belarus or local authorities.
    2.10.The university teachers have the right to plan and give tutorials and individual classes to full-time students and course learners, whose performance is unsatisaftory, outside class time.
    2.11. Students' (course learners') living in the university hostels is determined by the Regulations on the BarSU Hostel and the House Rules of living in a BarSU hostel. Students (course learners) living in a hostel are answerable for the violation of the House Rules, theft or damage to the public property (things, furniture, etc.). Students (course learners), living in a hostel, who have been expelled from the university, must vacate the premises within 2 weeks after the order of explulsion is issued.
  3. Basic rights and duties of BarSU students
    3.1. BarSU students and course learners have the right:
    3.1.1. to receive appropriate education in conformity with the educational standards;
    3.1.2. to receive additional educational services as envisaged by the legislation of the Republic of Belarus and BarSU Regulations;
    3.1.3. to defend their rights and legitimate interests, to appeal against the university administration's and other officials' decisions as envisaged by the legislation of the Republic of Belarus and BarSU Regulations.
    3.2. Besides the rights stated in Article 3.1 of these Regulations, BarSU students have the right:
    3.2.1. to receive higher education in conformity with the educational standards of higher education;
    3.2.2. to transfer to another higher educational establishment, or another course or form of receving higher education as envisaged by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus;
    3.2.3. to be reinstated in the university to renew their studies. The procedure and conditions of reinstatement of students who were expelled from the university, are determined by the Government of the Republic of Belarus.
    3.2.4. to form and be elected to the student self-government bodies, to unite into stuident unions, youth or other public organizations whose activities do not contradict to the legislation of the Republic of Belarus;
    3.2.5. to participate in the university management, as well as in its scientific and techonological, innovation, cultural, leisure and sports activities;
    3.2.6. to receive a stipend in conformity with the procedure and conditions stipulated by the legislation of the Republic of Belarus; to receive material and moral incentives for successful performance, social activity and scientific research; to receive medical care and recuperation as stipulated by the legislation of the Republic of Belarus;
    3.2.7. to be provided with accommodation in BarSU hostels and receive residence registration, to receive compensation for renting other accommodation, in case BarSU accommodation is not provided (for students studying on the state budget); the sum of the compensation and the procedure of its payment is specified by the legislation of the Republic of Belarus;
    3.2.8. to take an academic leave of absence for medical, financial or other reasons.The procedure and conditions of granting a student a leave of absence are specified by the Government of the Republic of Belarus.
    3.2.9. to have holidays pre-planned intervals during training for rest and other social goals, for full-time university students. Holidays are given at least 2 times during the academic year, their total duration being from 6 to 10 weeks.
    3.2.10. to have deferment of military service or reserve service for the time of studies or deferment of military or other camp in conformity with the legislation of the Republic of Belarus.
    3.2.11. to be taught according to an individual syllabus whose procedure and conditions are specified by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus.
    3.3. Students (course learners) are obliged:
    3.3.1. to master, in a systematic and profound way, theoretical knowledge, practical skills and habits, professional competences, and modern research methods in the chosen course, profession, specialization and to fulfil the requirements of the syllabus and curricula.
    3.3.2. to respect the honour and dignity of those studying at BarSU, teachers and other university staff, namely:
    • to greet them standing when teachers, university of faculty administrators come into the classroom;
    • to avoid actions that impede the normal course of all kinds of classes;
    • to avoid rude and incorrect expressions in speech;
    • to be polite and tactful while dealing with teachers and other university staff. If a student performs repeated actions during a class which impede its normal course (or a single action performed in a rude or cynical form), the student or the course learner can be suspended from this class by the teacher, whereof he or she reports to the faculty administration in writing after the class is over;
    3.3.3. to attend compulsory classes according to the timetable. The duties are considered not to be performed, namely, in case of absence from the class, being late for the class or leaving the class before it is over without valid excuse. If the absence is due to a valid excuse, the absentee ( a student or a course learner) must inform the faculty administration at the earliest convenience, and within 3 days after reporting to class must send documents to the dean's office authorising his or her absence. If a student or a course learner does not present documents authorizing his or her absence (being late for the class or leaving the class before it is over) due to a valid excuse, then irrespective of their explanation, the absence is considered invalid.
    3.3.4. to be conscientious while doing all kinds of progress and achievement tests, in particular, to avoid:
    • using at exams, oral tests or any other compulsory student progress sessions study or other information materials without the teacher' permission;
    • handing in term tests, term or diploma papers or any other progress tests for grading or defence, whose authorship either completely or to a considerable degree does not belong to the student or course learner in question;
    • using at exams, oral tests or other compulsory attestive sessions technical means of communication, other means of unauthorized access to information in connection with the work performed by the student or course learner or misleading the teacher concerning the identity of the student or course learner in question. If such facts come to light, the teacher informs the faculty administration of them and suspends the student or course learner from the attestive session by entering an unsatisfactory mark into the corresponding mark sheet.
    3.3.5. when on a hands-on practice, he or she must meet the requirements established for the staff of the corresponding organizations;
    3.3.6. in their behaviour, students should be guided by universally recognized norms of morality, by constantly striving for cultural growth, moral and physical perfection;
    3.3.7. to fulfil legitimate directions and instructions given by the university administration and the group monitor during studies;
    3.3.8. to take care of the university property; to take measures to prevent damage to the university property; to repair the damage done to BarSU as a result of one's culpabale actions;
    3.3.9. to keep the student personal documents ( a student card, a record book, etc) with care; in case of their loss, the faculty administration must be immediately informed of this;
    3.3.10. to avoid smoking on the university premises and on campus, except for designated places; to avoid attending university under the influence of alcohol, drugs or toxic substances as well as drinking alcohol or using narcotics or toxic substances on the university premises or campus;
    3.3.11. to observe the BarSU Charter, these Regulations, the House Rules of living in a BarSU hostel; to perform other duties resulting from the legislationto observe an agreement between a student (a course learner) and BarSU as well as an agreement between BarSU and the student primary union organization;
    3.3.12. to take an active part in the events held at faculties and the university.
    3.4. If a student (a course learner) fails to perform the above-listed duties, disciplinary punishment can be administered to them as envisaged by the procedure and conditions of these Regulations, including expulsion from university. A student's or a course learner's suspension from classes, as it is envisaged by these regulations, does not acquit them from disciplinary responsibility for academic misconduct.
  4. Incentives for Successful Performance and Social Work
    4.1. Students' outstanding performance, their active participation in scientific research and university social life are awarded with the following incentives:
    • expressing official thanks to the student;
    • awarding an honorary diploma;
    • presenting a valuable gift;
    • paying a regular bonus to the stipend;
    • paying bonuses;
    • paying a stipend instituted by the President of the Republic of Belarus, individual or merit stipends instituted by the University Council.
    4.2. The incentive is announced by the rector's issuing a decree (except when it is a stipend instituted by the President of the Republic of Belarus) by agreement with the student union organization. A copy of the decree is kept in the student's personal file.
  5. Responsibility for violation of the classroom discipline
    5.1. For academic misconduct (a culpable unlawful failue to perform his or her duties imposed by these Regulations, a student or a course learner can be subjected to one of the following disciplinary actions:
    • a reproof;
    • a reprimand;
    • an expulsion.
    5.2. A student's explusion from the university for academic misconduct and other violations, when it is initiated by the university (except for expulsion from the university for nonpayment at the specified period), is done with the student trade union's consent; students who are minors can be expelled from university with the consent of the municipal Commission on Minors.
    5.3. Disciplinary actions are applied directly after the offence but not later than one month after it was committed (except when a student or a course learner is ill or on vacation or on an academic leave of absence). A disciplinary action cannot be applied later than 6 months after the offence.
    5.4. Disciplinary actions are applied by the faculty dean (in case of expulsion it is done by the BarSU rector) and are formalized as a directive ( a decree). Disciplinary actions are applied to students with the BarSU student union's consent. Before a disciplinary action is applied, the offender shall provide a written explanation. The refusal of a student (a course learner) to explain cannot be an obstacle to apply disciplinary actions, which is formalized as an act of refusal to provide written explanations and is signed by the dean (his or her vice) and the witnesses present.
    5.5. Applying a disciplinary action to a student (a course learner), the administration considers the seriousness of the offense, the circumstances under which it was commmitted, the student's (the course learner's) previous conduct and his or her attitude towards studies.
    5.6. A decree (a directive) on applying disciplinary actions is placed on the faculty information boards within 10 days, and if necessary, is made known to the student's (course learner's) parents. An extract of the decree on applying disciplinary actions to the student and the documents substantiating them are put into the student's personal file.
    5.7. If a student (a course learner) has not been subjected to a new disciplinary action for a year since the old one was applied to him or her, they are considered not to have been subjected to a disciplinary action, which is automatically cancelled without a decree being issued. The dean (the rector) is empowered to cancel the disciplinary action early before the year expires on his or her own initiative, at the request of the student primary union organization or the student body or at the request of the student in question. Early cancellation of the disciplinary action is formalized at the faculty by the rector's directive (decree).
    5.8. For a systematic breach of discipline and these Regulations, a student (a course learner) can be administered the extreme disciplinary action which is expulsion from university. A systematic breach of discipline and these Regulations should be understood as a documented repeated failure of a student (a course learner) to do the tasks and assignments stipulated by the syllabus and curricula in due time and without any valid reason; class absences without any valid excuse if their total number during term reached 40 hours, if before that for the unexcused absences from classes exceeding 20 hours the student had recieved a reprimand; other documented repeated cases of breach of discipline and these Regulations.
    5.9. Disciplinary actions to students (course learners) are not applied during their vacation, an academic leave of absence and excused absence from classes.
    5.10. Students (course learners) smoking on the university premises and in the adjoining areas, except for designated smoking areas, are administered such actions as a mild reprimand and a reprimand.
  6. Rules for using BarSU information resources
    6.1. BarSU students shall use the university information resources in conformity with these Regulations and other local regulatory legal acts.
    6.2. The university information resources should be understood as the whole information provided by means of the BarSU local computer network, the global Internet web, as well as the information stored on the hard drives (winchesters) of the university computers, including the information copied by users from individual media (discs, floppy discs, flash drives, etc.) on hard drives of BarSU computers. The information resources also include the information placed on the university information boards. ly.
    6.3. The university information resources are offered to BarSU students (course learners) only for academi work and scientific research.
    6.4. It is forbidden to use Internet resources (www, email , chat , etc.), BarSU local area network resources (system chat, file servers , database servers , etc.) as well as the university information boards to place (spread) materials, whose content and orientation are prohibited by international and Belarusian legislation, including materials that are malicious, threatening, libelous , obscene, that stir up ethnic discord, contain political propaganda, incite to (call for) violence, illegal activities , as well as insult the honor and dignity of others.
    6.5. It is forbiden to install or make changes in the systems software as well as in the installed application packages of BarSU computers without preliminary coordination with the Information and Computer Centre.
  7. Final Provisions
    7.1. On the university premises, it is forbidden:
    • to talk in a loud voice, to make a noise or do other things that disrupt studies;
    • to use alcohol;
    • to smoke.
    7.2. The Regulations are displayed at a conspicuous place on the faculty premises and are made known to the university students (course learners).
    7.3. BarSU students (course learners) are acquainted with the Internal Regulations of the institution of education Baranovichi State University by the faculty administration by means of displaying the text of the articles of these Regulations on the faculty information boards.