Thursday March 12th, 2020, the Norwegian Government announced that all Universities and University Colleges in Norway will be physically closed. At the same time, the institutions were asked to maintain lectures online. FIUC has considered the consequences for all courses while the Ministry of Education and Research and NOKUT have clarified the preconditions for the term. In order to make the necessary adjustments to lectures and evaluation, there is a need for Temporary Regulations as an addendum to the Regulations for Admissions, Studies and Examinations at Fjellhaug International University College.
The Head of Studies will make a number of recommendations that will be covered by the Temporary Regulations. Administrative procedures and case processing will be done by the student administration. All changes to Programme Descriptions resulting from the Temporary Regulations shall be both registered in Felles Studieadministrativt System and announced through Canvas (LMS).
The Temporary Regulations is as follows:
Temporary regulations, addendum to Regulations of February 25th, 2014, for admissions, studies and Examinations at Fjellhaug International University College
Established by The Board at Fjellhaug International University College March 26th 2020 under the provisions of the Act relating to Universities and University Colleges section 3, subsection 9, point 7.
Section 1 Purpose
The temporary regulations shall ensure that students at Fjellhaug International University College are given the possibility of completing their planned studies and receive degrees and diplomas as planned for the Spring term 2020 with the least possible disruption due to conditions resulting from the spread of Coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2).
Section 2 Announcement of grades
The Board authorizes Rector to extend announcements of grades if the need for extension is due to conditions resulting from the spread of Coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2). Extensions may be made for all forms of evaluation. Any extensions resulting from the use of this section shall ordinarily not surpass two weeks in addition to the original date for announcement.
Section 3 Approval of compulsory assignments
All lectures for the remainder of the Spring term 2020 will be converted to digital teaching methods. The Board authorizes Rector to stipulate compulsory assignments in order to replace attendance requirements in courses where this is relevant. Such assignments must be stipulated and announced for each course by April 1st, 2020.
The Board authorizes Rector to allow students to present themselves for examination despite compulsory assignments not being approved if the reason for the compulsory assignments not being approved is the result of own disease or disease among staff at FIUC. Students may be required by the Head of Studies to have compulsory assignments approved within a given deadline in order for the result of the exam to be valid. This also applies if other conditions related to the Coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2) beyond the control of students or staff at FIUC prevents the facilitation or approval of mandatory assignments.
Students who are covered by subsection two above must apply for exemption.
Section 4 Change of form and time of examination
The Board authorizes Rector to change the form of examination for all examinations that require physical presence. Change of form of examination may also include change of assessment (pass/fail or letter grade A-F). All changes in form of examination resulting from this regulation will be applicable for exams spring examinations 2020 and the period for re-scheduled examinations fall 2020.
The Board authorizes Rector to change the exam calendar for spring 2020 and the period for re-scheduled examinations fall 2020. Changes to exam dates must be made by the latest April 1st, 2020. If students or lecturers determines that it is impossible to complete an assignment within given deadlines, deadlines may be postponed. At the same time, it shall be a priority that students complete students within the given term. Students that see a need for postponed deadlines due to conditions resulting from the spread of Coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2) must apply to the Director for postponement.
Section 5 Exemption from required prerequisite knowledge for courses
The Board authorizes Rector to give exemptions from required prerequisite knowledge for courses during fall term 2020 if the reason for the missing prerequisite knowledge is the result from the spread of Coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2). Exemption is given at the time of semester registration. Students given exemption may be required to complete the knowledge prerequisites by a given deadline in order to maintain registration in the course.
Section 6 Notification of absence from exams
The Director may allow for self-certification of absence as the basis for legitimate absence from exams. If self-sertification of absence is allowed, this shall be covered by the same rights as legitimate absence resulting from the use of medical certificate. The same deadlines apply for self-certification as for the use of medical certificate. The Director stipulates how self-certification may be handed in.
Section 7 Programme descriptions
Programme descriptions shall be updated in order to reflect the changes made based on the authorities stipulated above.
Section 8 Duration
The regulation enters into force immediately and is valid until September 30th, 2020.