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The Academic Policies of NYU Abu Dhabi are summarized below. Unless otherwise noted, students should direct all questions or concerns regarding these policies to their Faculty Mentor, who will liaise with the appropriate members of the university administration as needed.
This policy defines good academic standing and outlines the steps that will be taken to ensure students are informed of their academic standing, are helped if they have a temporary lapse, and are assisted in finding alternatives to NYU Abu Dhabi, if necessary.
I. Good Standing
NYU Abu Dhabi expects students to make satisfactory progress toward their undergraduate degree every term and cumulatively. Good academic standing is typically achieved by successfully completing 16 credit hours during each fall and spring semester, and four credit hours during each of three January terms. A student who falls more than four credit hours behind this target, or who has a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of less than 2.00, ceases to be in good academic standing. Additionally, a student who fails to successfully complete at least 12 credits during a regular semester, or who earns a term GPA of less than 2.00 ceases to be in good standing.
II. Academic Support
The university has developed a series of steps designed to help students achieve their academic goals and to communicate with students and their faculty mentors when a student is experiencing difficulty maintaining good academic standing. Typically, coordinating the communication and academic response is handled through the Office of Academic Administration and the Office of the Dean of Students. Academic support can include such things as tutoring, mentoring, and English Language support. The Office of the Dean of Students can also provide Wellness services and other organizational support.
NYU Abu Dhabi recognizes that there are situations in which appropriate academic support may include a reduced course load. When a reduced course load has been formally approved in advance, student progress toward the degree is measured against the approved reduced course load rather than against the typical 16 credit hour load. Students or faculty mentors who believe that a student would benefit from a reduced course load must apply for formal approval through the Registrars Office prior to the end of the add/drop period for that term. Approval is at the discretion of the Vice Provost for Academic Administration.
Committee on Academic Standing
The Committee on Academic Standing is chaired by the Vice Provost for Academic Administration and includes the four Divisional Deans or their designees, a member of the standing faculty, and other members as determined by the NYUAD Provost. The Committee meets at the completion of each regular semester.
A student who is not in good standing is considered to be on probation. Students who are on academic probation are expected to refocus their energies on academic success. Unless specifically permitted by the Committee on Academic Standing, students on probation are not eligible for semester study away, course overloads, summer internship or research funding, or extra-curricular travel (including for team sports). Campus employment and membership in student interest groups, while not prohibited, should be strictly limited and not allowed to adversely impact academic progress. Students on probation, remain on probation until such time as they return to good academic standing. If a student fails to successfully complete all of his or her course work while on probation or if after two semesters on probation (consecutive or not) a student has not returned to good standing, s/he will be referred to the Committee on Academic Standing for review.
Suspension separates a student from NYU Abu Dhabi for a period of at least one semester. It is intended as a time for students to reflect upon the reasons for their academic underperformance and to put in place such measures as will help them to succeed upon their return. Suspended students may opt to pursue university studies at another institution, (at their own expense), during their time away from NYU Abu Dhabi. A maximum of 8 credits from such study may be transferred to NYU Abu Dhabi following the policies and protocols for transferring credit.
Dismissal represents the permanent separation of a student from NYU Abu Dhabi.
IV. Academic Review
If a student ceases to be in good academic standing, s/he will automatically be placed on academic probation. In severe cases, the Vice Provost may refer such cases to the Committee on Academic Standing to consider enforcing additional measures such as a reduced course load or mandatory meetings with a mentor.
The Committee on Academic Standing will review all cases in which a student has been on probation for two or more semesters and still has not achieved good academic standing. The Committee will ordinarily recommend that such students be suspended from the university for a period of one semester. Additionally, the Vice Provost for Academic Administration may bring other students before the Committee for suspension consideration if their performance is particularly problematic-— even if they have not had two semesters on probation. The actual decision to suspend rests with the NYUAD Provost.
Students who return from suspension will remain on academic probation. Upon return to NYU Abu Dhabi, these students are expected to successfully complete all of their courses. Failure to do so will result in referral to the Committee for Academic Standing. The Committee on Academic Standing may recommend allowing such students additional time on probation if, upon their return, they are accumulating credits at the normal rate and have a term GPA above 2.0. However, for students who continue to perform poorly upon return, the Committee will ordinarily recommend dismissal from NYU Abu Dhabi. The actual decision to dismiss rests with the Vice Chancellor who has sole authority to dismiss students from the University.
V. Non-Academic Review
The Vice Provost for Academic Administration will inform the student of any suspension or dismissal recommendation of the Committee on Academic Standing and enquire as to
whether there are non-academic issues so compelling as to suggest an alternate sanction. Students asserting such a claim must document the non-academic issues. In the case of Health and Wellness reasons, this will ordinarily require that the student sign a release granting the Dean of Students and the Vice Provost access to records that would otherwise be protected under privacy regulations.
The Dean of Students and the Vice Provost will review these potentially compelling
non-academic issues. In cases where they believe that a significant non-academic reason exists for the academic deficiency AND that there is reason to believe that the significant non-academic reason has been mitigated to an extent that prior academic deficiencies are not likely to be repeated, the Dean and Vice Provost will produce a formal recommendation suggesting a modification or even complete retraction of the recommendation of the Committee on Academic Standing. When no such non-academic reason exists, the Dean and Vice Provost will issue a formal statement in support of the recommendation by the Committee on Academic Standing.
The decision to suspend or dismiss a student lies with the NYUAD Provost (for suspension) or Vice Chancellor (for dismissal) based upon the recommendation of the Academic and Non- Academic review.
Suspension and dismissal decisions may be appealed to the NYUAD Provost acting in conjunction with the Vice Chancellor, by delivering (via e-mail, hand delivery, delivery service, or mail) a written notice of appeal that arrives at the Office of the Provost within two weeks of a suspension or dismissal notification being sent to the student. There are only two grounds for appeal: a violation of the procedures outlined in this policy or evidence of factual error. The Provost will advise the student, the Committee on Academic Standing, and the Dean of Students in writing of his/her final determination. The decision of the Provost and Vice Chancellor of NYUAD will be final and binding.
Academic Standing status will not be recorded on official transcripts or other public documents, or released outside the institution without the student’s knowledge. Academic standing will, however, be part of the student’s internal NYUAD academic record and accessible for mentoring purposes.
NYU Abu Dhabi is fully committed to the protection of the privacy of student records. To assist with the guarding of this privacy, the university complies with the United States Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This specifically means that any education records maintained by the university and directly related to students, such as grades, transcripts, and test scores, will not be released to others, including parents or guardians, without the student’s consent except as provided by United States federal regulations. Education records refer to any record or document containing information
directly related to a student (including computerized and electronic files, audio and video tape, photographic images, film, e-mail, etc.) and are not limited to hard copy documents or to a file with a student’s name on it.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was enacted by the United States Congress to protect the privacy of students’ education records, to establish the rights of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide students with an opportunity to have information in their records corrected which is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of their rights of privacy. FERPA also permits the disclosure by an institution without a student’s prior consent of so-called “directory information” (see definition below), and of other personally identifiable information under certain limited conditions. Students have the right to file complaints with the United States Department of Education’s Family Policy Compliance Office concerning alleged failures by an institution to comply with FERPA.
FERPA governs the release of personally identifiable information to both external and internal parties, including other University employees, parents, and government agents. The NYUAD and NYU FERPA Guidelines (accessible as indicated below) describe the circumstances and procedures governing the release of information from a student’s education records to such parties.
Disclosure of Personally Identiﬁable Information: Among other exceptions authorized by FERPA, prior consent of the student is not needed for disclosure of directory information or for disclosure to school officials with a legitimate educational interest in access to the student’s educational record. School officials having a legitimate educational interest include any University employee acting within the scope of her or his University employment, and any duly appointed agent or representative of the University acting within the scope of his or her appointment. In addition, the University may, at its sole discretion, forward education records to the officials of another institution:
(a) in which a student seeks or intends to enroll if that institution requests such records, or (b) if the student is enrolled in, or is receiving services from, that institution while she or he is attending NYU Abu Dhabi or NYU New York. Other exceptions are listed in the NYUAD and NYU Guidelines for Compliance with FERPA. Additional Information for Students about Records Access: Students may obtain additional information about access to their records from the NYUAD and NYU Guidelines for Compliance with FERPA.
NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York have designated the following student information as “directory information:” Name, dates of attendance, NYU school or college, class, previous institution(s) attended, major field of study, full- or parttime status, degree(s) conferred (including dates), honors and awards (including dean’s list), past and present participation in officially recognized activities (including positions held and official statistics related to such participation and performance), email address, and NetID. Email address and NetID are directory information for internal purposes only and will not be made available to the general public except in specified directories from which students may opt out. Under United States federal law, address information, telephone listings, and age are also considered directory information for military recruitment purposes. Address refers to “physical mailing address” but not email address.
Within the following time frames, a student may add or drop a course (or section) without a record on the student’s permanent transcript:
- The deadline for adding or dropping a 14-week class is the end of the second
week of the semester.
- The deadline for adding or dropping a 7-week course is the end of the first week of the 7-week term.
Any student who adds a course after the first day of instruction is fully responsible for all work previously assigned in that course. During the second week of add/drop courses may be added only with the permission of the instructor. No course or section may be added after the stated deadline. After the stated deadlines, courses may only be dropped in accordance with the NYUAD policy on Withdrawal.
Note that NYUAD students are subject to these add/drop limitations even when studying at another NYU campus, regardless of the deadlines at that campus.
- The deadline for adding or dropping a 14-week class is the end of the second
NYU Abu Dhabi does not award transfer credit for high school coursework or for external assessments, such as AP or IB exams. Advanced level courses, including AP, IB, and A Levels, may allow students to substitute an advanced course for an introductory course at NYU Abu Dhabi.
Advanced standing is at the discretion of the Academic Dean of the appropriate divisional area in consultation with the faculty in the discipline. The completion of a placement test may be required. There is no presumption that advanced standing is available in all disciplines. While advanced standing can be used to exempt a student from specified entry-level courses, it does not reduce the total number of courses required in any program.
Attendance is expected in all classes. Although the administration of NYU Abu Dhabi does not supervise attendance of classes, it supports the standards established by instructors. Students who, in the judgment of the instructor, have not substantially met the requirements of the course or who have been excessively absent may receive a grade deduction, including the possibility of an F, and/or may be considered to have withdrawn unofficially (see the policy on Withdrawal).
Students will be permitted to audit a course with the permission of the course’s primary instructor. Audited courses may not be converted to a for-credit basis after the add/drop deadline and will not be reflected on a student’s transcript.
Students may participate in the NYUAD Commencement Ceremony if: they have met all requirements for graduation and have not previously
i. they have met all requirements for graduation and have not previously marched in anticipation of the degree being conferred or
ii. they matriculated at least eight semesters prior to Commencement and are registered for all courses necessary to graduate, regardless of whether or not all such courses are successfully completed by Commencement.
NYU Abu Dhabi requires students to complete 140 credit hours to graduate. Students generally take nine four-credit courses per year: usually four during each semester and one during each of three January terms. However, as not all courses within the NYU system are four-credit courses, the course load is measured in credit hours. Students must average 16 credit hours per regular semester, and may not generally take more than 18 credit hours in any one term.
NYU Abu Dhabi believes firmly that four years is the appropriate amount of time for students to take optimal advantage of NYUAD’s unique course structure, global programming, and co-curricular experiences. Students interested in accelerating or extending their degree programs must consult with their faculty mentors and the NYUAD Dean of Students to determine eligibility.
Faculty mentors will work closely with students to ensure a balance in academic workload, particularly as students take advantage of NYUAD’s scheduling system and the availability of 7-week courses. Students who wish to take more than 18 credit hours per semester must obtain the permission of their faculty mentor and the Vice Provost for Academic Administration. No student is permitted to take more than 20 credit hours in a semester. Students are required to take at least three January courses during their career, one per year in each of three years.Students who wish to take fewer than 16.
Students who wish to take fewer than 16 credit hours per semester must also obtain the permission of their mentor and the Vice Provost for Academic Administration in order to ensure a course of study that allows the student to make normal progress toward a degree. No student may take fewer than 12 credits per regular semester.
A course may count toward more than one requirement. For example, the same course may count toward both a major and toward a multidisciplinary minor or toward two different majors. However, there are limitations to double counting.i. For double majors, students may count
i. For double majors, students may count all courses that are explicitly required for either major or a total of three courses, whichever is greater.ii. All minors must include a minimum
ii. All minors must include a minimum of at least two courses that are not counted toward any other set of major or minor requirements. iii. No individual course may count for
iii. No individual course may count for more than one Core category
iv. No individual course may be counted toward the Art, Design, and Technology; Cultural Exploration and Analysis; Data and Discovery; or Structures of Thought and Society Core requirements and simultaneously toward a major or minor.
v. Courses may satisfy Islamic Studies, Quantitative Reasoning, and Experimental Inquiry and still be utilized to meet other requirements.
This limited double-counting policy is intended to create flexibility for students and to allow them to highlight the disciplinary and subject matter clusters they have chosen to study.
Students should choose minors with a sense of academic purpose, not as an accidental result of NYUAD’s extensive cross-listing of courses, which reflects our commitment to work across disciplines.
Students may complete a second major if both majors can be accommodated during their four years at NYU Abu Dhabi, or they may complete a minor, which is offered in disciplinary and multidisciplinary areas. Minors generally require four courses. So that students may take full advantage of the breadth of the curriculum and not focus too narrowly on just one or two areas, students are encouraged to explore the option of completing a minor rather than a full second major. Students with double majors are required to complete only one Capstone Project in what is recognized as their primary major. In lieu of a second capstone students must complete two additional courses in their non-primary major. A student’s degree, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, is determined by the student’s primary major.
All exemptions related to the completion of degree requirements are by application to the appropriate Academic Dean.
To dispute an assigned grade, students must appeal directly to the instructor of record. Based on the appeal presented by the student, the course instructor may revise the grade. Before students petition to appeal a grade decision, they should keep in mind that a grade amended due to an appeal can be either higher or lower than previously assigned. Final responsibility for the student’s grade rests with the course instructor. A student with strong evidence supporting an allegation of malfeasance or discrimination should also consult the Vice Provost for Academic Administration.
A = 4.0
A- = 3.7
B+ = 3.3
B = 3.0
B- = 2.7
C+ = 2.3
C = 2.0
C- = 1.7
D+ = 1.3
D = 1.0
F = 0.0
W = Withdrawal (see Withdrawal Policy)
P = Pass (see Pass/Fail Policy)
I = Incomplete (see Incompletes Policy)
The grade point average (GPA) is computed by determining the total number of quality points earned (quality points multiplied by credit hours) and dividing by total graded credit hours. Quality points are earned in letter-graded NYU courses taken after a student’s first year of enrollment (see Transcripts Policy). Total graded credit hours include the credit hours associated with all such courses as well as the credit hours associated with any Pass/Fail course that is failed (see the policy on Pass/Fail).
When a course is repeated, both grades remain on the transcript (see Repeating Courses Policy).
NYU Abu Dhabi has Latin honors at the time of graduation. Latin honors are determined by cumulative official GPA. Summa cum laude is limited to the top five percent of the graduating class in each division, magna cum laude to the next 10 percent of the graduating class in each division, and cum laude to the next 15 percent of the graduating class in each division.
An incomplete grade of “I” will be permitted only in extraordinary circumstances that prevent a student from completing required course work by the end of the semester. Students must approach the instructor of the course about whether a grade of “Incomplete” is possible and should be aware that simply leaving a course unfinished may result in a failing grade.
When an instructor believes that an Incomplete may be appropriate, the student and the instructor submit an Incomplete Request Form to the Office of Academic Administration. The form includes the specific outstanding work, a submission deadline, and a default grade to be assigned if the additional work is not submitted on time. The application is subject to review and must be approved by the Vice Provost for Academic Administration before a grade of “I” is recorded. Adjustments to the approved deadline are allowed only in exceptional circumstances upon written agreement from the instructor. Incompletes that have not been resolved according to the terms of the Incomplete Request Form will be assigned the default grade at the end of the first regular semester following the semester in which the course was taken. Students requesting a Leave of Absence during a given semester will generally be considered for an Incomplete only if the Leave of Absence is approved within the last three weeks from the end of the term.
At NYU Abu Dhabi, a commitment to excellence, fairness, honesty, and respect within and outside the classroom is essential to maintaining the integrity of our community. By accepting membership in this community, students, faculty, and staff take responsibility for demonstrating these values in their own conduct and for recognizing and supporting these values in others. In turn, these values create a campus climate that encourages the free exchange of ideas, promotes scholarly excellence through active and creative thought, and allows community members to achieve and be recognized for achieving their highest potential.
As part of the NYU global network, NYUAD students are also subject to NYU’s all-school policy on Academic Integrity for Students at NYU. Alleged integrity violations are resolved using NYUAD’s Academic Integrity Procedure.
NYU Abu Dhabi expects its students to maintain continuous registration in an academic program with the exception of summer breaks. However, it is sometimes necessary or desirable for a student to take a leave from enrollment for a period of time. Such leaves may be voluntary or involuntary, and will be handled in accordance with the NYU-wide Student Leave Policy and Procedure (http://nyu.edu/about/policies-guidelines-compliance/policies-and-guidelines/student-leave-policy.html). As it applies to NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU policy references to the Dean of the School and the Provost refer to the NYUAD Dean of Students and NYUAD Provost. Questions about references to specific offices within this policy should be referred to the NYUAD Dean of Students. The paragraphs below briefly summarize the NYU Policy, but individuals considering a leave are encouraged to review the full policy referenced above before making any final decisions.
NYU recognizes that situations may arise when a student may want to voluntarily interrupt his or her academic studies. The University is committed to handling reasonable requests for leaves in a responsible manner. This policy may not be used in lieu of disciplinary action to address any violations of University rules, regulations, policies, or practices. A student who is granted a voluntary leave while on academic and/or disciplinary status will return to that same status.
NYU may place a student on an involuntary leave of absence from that student’s academic program when that student: (1) poses a direct threat to health and safety of self or others; and (2) is not able or not willing to take a voluntary leave of absence. This policy may not be used in lieu of disciplinary actions to address any violations of University rules, regulations, policies, or practices. A student who is placed on an involuntary leave while on academic and/or disciplinary status will return to that same status.
Returning from a Leave of Absence
Students returning from a leave of absence are expected to successfully complete one academic semester (Fall or Spring) of full-time coursework in Abu Dhabi before being eligible to enroll in a NYUAD study away program.
Faculty should organize their courses in a manner that makes individual student progress in the class clear. In addition to providing each student with information on their progress in a timely manner, faculty will submit a brief midterm report to the Office of Academic Administration noting all students who are not performing satisfactorily in their class and the nature of their individual deficiencies. This will enable the Office of Academic Administration to identify students whose performance over multiple courses may indicate a need for additional academic support. Because these assessments are intended to be holistic, faculty members may factor in student attendance, participation, and general level of engagement rather than rely solely on graded material. Assessments are due not later than the beginning of the fourth week for 7-week courses and at the end of the eighth week for 14-week courses. These assessments are not part of a student’s formal academic record and do not appear on transcripts.
All successfully completed courses may be counted toward the 140-credit-hour graduation requirement. However, only those courses in which grades of C or higher are earned may be counted toward major, any portion of the Core curriculum, minor, or prerequisite requirements.
A passing grade is recorded for all Pass/Fail courses in which a letter grade of D or higher is earned. Beginning in the second year of study, NYUAD allows students to take one course per semester (up to a total of three courses overall) Pass/Fail during fall or spring semester. J-term and summer courses may not be taken Pass/Fail. This option is designed to encourage students to continue to explore areas of interest and to optimize their focus on learning unfamiliar methods and materials while minimizing concerns about formal outcomes. The Pass/Fail option is therefore especially appropriate in the second year before students invest in a major. Students studying at other NYU global
network sites may be further restricted by site policies related to Pass/Fail grading.
Courses taken Pass/Fail will not be counted for credit toward the completion of any portion of the core curriculum, of a major, or minor. A course taken Pass/Fail cannot be used to satisfy a prerequisite requirement.
Students considering the Pass/Fail option in their area of study or in pre-professional courses should consult with their mentor about the effect of such grades on admission to graduate and professional schools. Students who change their majors will be able to use courses previously taken under the Pass/Fail option only with the support of their mentors and the appropriate program head, and with the approval of the Vice Provost for Academic Administration.
Such exceptions may additionally require completion of an additional elective course in the major.
Classes that receive a Pass are counted for credit toward the degree but are not calculated in the GPA. Classes that are failed are registered as an F for purposes of GPA calculation.
For applicable courses, a student may opt to change to or from Pass/Fail grading only during the withdrawal period associated with that particular course.
NYU Abu Dhabi, as a nonsectarian institution, adheres to the general policy of including in its official calendar only certain legal holidays. However, it is also University policy that members of any religious group may, without penalty, absent themselves from classes when compliance with their religious obligations requires it:
- Students who anticipate being absent because of any religious observance should notify faculty in advance of such anticipated absence.
- Faculty should make a reasonable effort not to schedule examinations and assignments with deadlines on religious holidays. Any student absent from class because of religious beliefs shall not be penalized for any class, examination, or assignment deadline missed on that day or days.
- If examinations or assignment deadlines are scheduled, any student who is unable to attend class because of religious beliefs shall be given the opportunity to make up that day or days.
- No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student who avails him/herself of the above provisions. Class sessions will not be repeated for individual students.
- Students who anticipate being absent because of any religious observance should notify faculty in advance of such anticipated absence.
A student may repeat a course in which they received a Pass, Fail or letter grade once. Both grades will be recorded on internal transcripts and included in grade point average calculations. However, students will only earn credit hours once for a repeated course. Students may not repeat courses in a designated sequence after taking more advanced courses.
When one or both of the attempts to complete a course occur during a student's first year, the NYUAD Transcript Policy influences how the repeated courses impact the student’s official transcript and official grade point average. In particular, when both occurrences are during the first year, neither letter grade will appear on the official transcript nor impact the official grade point average. When only the first occurrence is during the first year, the letter grade associated with the second occurrence, and only that letter grade, will appear on the official transcript and be factored into the official grade point average.
Note: students should be aware that graduate and professional schools may consider repeated courses differently. Students entering NYU Abu Dhabi in fall 2015 or earlier are subject to an earlier version of this policy. Please see Registrar for details.
NYU Abu Dhabi official transcripts do not report grades for courses taken during a student’s first year of study. However, these grades do become a part of the student’s academic record to be used for internal purposes such as mentoring students and fulfillment of prerequisites. Official transcripts indicate successful completion of those courses taken in the first year for which a grade of C- or better is received. Courses from which a student has withdrawn or in which the student received a grade of lower than a C- do not appear on the official transcript nor do they contribute toward satisfying graduation requirements.
In addition, students may request from the Registrar independent documentation of these grades for external use.
Students’ first-year grades will not be included in cumulative grade point average calculations.
This policy contributes to the development of a learning community at NYU Abu Dhabi that distinctively emphasizes independent responsibility for intellectual exploration and growth and that is appropriate for a global student body.
In addition, students may request from the Registrar independent documentation of these grades for external use. Students’ first-year grades will not be included in cumulative grade point averages calculations. This policy contributes to the development of a learning community at NYU Abu Dhabi that distinctively emphasizes independent responsibility for intellectual exploration and growth and that is appropriate for a global student body.
After consulting with the faculty mentor
and within the following deadlines, a student may discontinue a course and receive a grade of W:
- For 14- week courses the deadline for withdrawing is the end of the 9th week of the term
- For 7-week courses, the deadline for withdrawing is midway through the 5th week of the term.
- For January Term and Summer Term courses, the deadline for withdrawing is the end of the second week of the term.
After the final date in each of the above, no student may withdraw from a course without a direct appeal to the Vice Provost for Academic Administration. All relevant circumstances will be taken into consideration, but there is no guarantee that a late withdrawal will be allowed.
Consistent with the Transcript Policy, courses from which a student has withdrawn during the first year of student academic are not recorded on the transcript. Courses from which a student withdraws in subsequent years will appear on the transcript with the accompanying grade of W.
- For 14- week courses the deadline for withdrawing is the end of the 9th week of the term