EuroSwiss International University
Academic and Administrative Policies

Valid as of 7 November 2003

 

 

1

POLICY PROCEDURES

1.1

   Academic Policy Committee

1.2

   EIU Nomenclature

 

 

2

ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE

2.1

   President

2.2

   Governing Board

2.3

   Executive Director

2.4

   Executive Council

2.5

   Academic Council

2.6

   Office of Academic Affairs

2.7

   Departments and Chairs of Departments

2.8

   Office of Finance.

2.9

   Recommended Standing Committees

2.10

   Registrar

 

 

3

DEGREEE  QUIREMENTS

3.1

   MA by course work and thesis

3.2

   Objective

3.3

   Course work

3.4

   Thesis

3.5

   Fieldwork

3.6

   Duration

3.7

   Exit Awards

 

 

4

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

4.1

   Class attendance

4.2

   Reading Materials

4.3

   Course Duration and Degree Duration

4.4

   Student Assessment.

4.5

   Appeal of a course Grade

 

 

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THESIS

5.1

   Approval of Thesis Topic

5.2

   Thesis requirements

5.3

   Format

5.4

   Modifications

5.5

   Thesis submission

5.6

   Thesis evaluation

 

 

6

TEACHING AND RESEARCH

6.1

   Course Evaluations

6.2

   Faculty Advisors

6.3

   Office of Research

6.4

   Library

 

 

7

ADMISSION

7.1

   Minimum Entrance Requirements

7.2

   English Language Requirements

7.3

   Credit Transfer

7.4

   Credit System

7.5

   Student Visa

7.6

   Financial Aid

7.7

   Application for Admission

7.8

   Registration requirements

7.9

   Withdrawal from courses

7.10

   Subjects outside the degree structure

7.11

   Residential / Non-Residential Mode of Study

7.12

   Changing the Mode o f Study or Time Status

 

 

8

FEES

8.1

   Tuition Fees

8.2

   Other Fees

8.3

   Student Fees

8.4

   Payment of Fees

 

 

9

COMPUTER AND NETWORK USAGE POLICY

9.1

   Authorized use

9.2

   Privacy

9.3

   E-Mail

9.4

   Competencies expected

9.5

   User groups

9.6

   Upon leaving the campus

9.7

   Acceptable use

9.8

   Unacceptable use

9.9

   Laptops

9.10

   Wireless access

9.11

   Terminal users

9.12

   Backup

9.13

   Procedures for closing accounts

9.14

   Supported software/hardware

9.15

   Security

9.16

   Procedures and sanctions

 

 

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HEALTH AND SAFETY

10.1

   Occupational Health & Safety

10.2

   Health Insurance

10.3

   Access to Medical Services

10.4

   Health Advisors

10.5

   Emergency Care

10.6

   Travel

10.7

   Medical Information and Disclosure Form

10.8

   Health Information Sheet

 

 

11

DRUGS AND ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ON CAMPUS

 

 

12

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

 

 

13

STUDENT AND RESIDENCE LIFE

 

 

14

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

 

 

15

STUDENT MISCONDUCT

15.1

   Academic Misconduct

15.2

   Non-Academic Misconduct

15.3

   Staff and Faculty Misconduct

 

 

1 POLICY PROCEDURES

 

Euro Swiss International University (EIU) has a number of University-wide policies that affect all members of the University Community.

A policy of EIU is a general rule or principle that has been sanctioned by the Executive and/or Academic Council. Policies apply to all members of the University community. It is the responsibility of all persons associated with Euro Swiss International University to become informed of and seek clarification regarding all policies.

An administrative or an academic policy comes into force when it has been adopted by the Executive and Academic Councils respectively. The Councils are responsible for publicizing new policies and making them generally known to the University community, including new members of the community. Announcement of new policies will typically occur through updates to the policy Webpage located at www.euroswissuniversitaet.ch.

A new policy may be announced by the Executive or Academic Councils at any time. Proposals for new policies or modification of existing policies are forwarded to the relevant Council.

Current policies in force are:

Sexual Harassment Policy

Equity and Equal Opportunity Policy

Occupational Health and Safety Policy

Academic Policies (relating to course assessment, quality of teaching and course materials, use of library)

Academic Misconduct (relating to plagiarism, examination, cheating)

Non-Academic Misconduct (conflict of interest, alcohol and drugs)

Administrative Policies (relating to student admission, course registration, credit transfers, use of  information

technology resources, scholarships or financial aid, payment of fees, student and residence life)

 

1.1

Academic Policy Committee

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Proposals for academic policies are considered by the Policy Committee consisting of students, staff, and faculty and/or Academic Council members. The Policy Committee works under the supervision of the Academic Council to consider proposals, make proposals, update policy document of the University, publicize existing and new policies, and/or recommend policies and procedures for implementation and monitoring on specific issues.

 

1.2

EIU Nomenclature

 

                                            

1. Office of the President

Office of Communications – Director

Office of Publications – Managing Editor (Editorial Committee )

Office of Development

2. Faculty of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies

Office of Academic Affairs – Director

Academic Council – Chair

Office of Graduate Studies – Directo

Office of Undergraduate Studies – Director

University Library – Librarian (Library Committee)

Department of Social and Economic Development – Chair

Department of Psychology and Education- Chair

Department of Conflict Resolution – Chair

Department of Global Governance - Chair

Department of Leadership and Management - Chair

Distance-Learning Services - Coordinator

Youth Certificate Programs – Coordinator

Instructional Technology

3. Division of Financial Affairs - CFO

Office of Finance

Student Account Services

Special Conferences - Coordinator

4. Division of Human Resources – Manager (Personnel Committee)

Office of Operations – Coordinator (House Committee)

Office of Accommodations

Health Education Services - Coordinator

Safety Services – Coordinator (Safety Committee)

5. Division of Information Services (Information Services Committee)

Information Systems – Manager

Websites Services – Web Master

Academic Database Services – Manager

6. Division of Admission and Registration

Office of the Registrar

Office of Admissions (Admissions and Financial Aid Committee) and (Student Recruitment Committee)

 

 

 

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ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE

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2.1   President

1.1

The President has the full and final responsibility for all academic, administrative, financial, and community service aspects of the operation of the University

1.2

The President is appointed by and reports to the EuroSwiss University Association

1.3

The President is responsible to ensure the systematic development and operation of all academic programs at EuroSwiss University. The President is to fulfil these responsibilities in collaboration with the Director of the Office of Academic Affairs, who is understood to have full authority over the day to day operations of all academic programs [Refer to Terms of Reference for the Director of the Office of Academic Affairs]

1.4

The President is responsible to ensure the financial growth and health of EuroSwiss. The President is to fulfil these responsibilities in collaboration with the Chief Financial Officer, who has full authority over the day to day financial operations of EuroSwiss. [Refer to Terms of Reference for the Chief Financial Officer]

1.5

The President is responsible to ensure the efficient administration of EuroSwiss according to the spirit and principles of the Opus Dei. The President is to fulfil these responsibilities in collaboration with the Executive Council, of which the President is an ex officio member.  The Executive Committee is understood to have full authority over the setting of policies for EuroSwiss and their proper enforcement.[Refer to terms of reference for the Executive Committee]

1.6

The President is the official representative of EuroSwiss International University in all its bilateral relationships with other universities and higher institutions of learning, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and community and social agencies. The President may delegate some of these responsibilities to the Heads of Departments, and other members of the faculty and staff, as in the discharge of these tasks, the President shall have the full benefit of the work of all Offices of the University

 

2.2

Governing Board   (Terms of reference to be added)

 

  

 

Members of the Governing Board:

Prof.Dr. Hubert Skarda,  Prof. Dr. Holst, Dr. Lissa Thurner, Prof. Dr. Wielowski, RA Prof. G.M. Neusen, Roland Huwiler.

 

2.3

Executive Director

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Terms of reference to be added.

 

2.4

Executive Council

 

  

The authority and role of the Executive Council are:

1.1

To set policies and regulations for the operation of EuroSwiss International University

1.2

To ensure that all Departments, Committees, Employees, and Students of EuroSwiss International University are aware of, adhere to, and enforce the policies of EuroSwiss International University

1.3

To oversee all Departments, Committees, and employees

1.4

To hear, with decision-making authority, appeals of decisions made by employees

1.5

To decide upon any matters that affect the general well-being of EuroSwiss International University, both physical, social, and spiritual

1.6

To appoint any Committees or assign any responsibilities it feelsnecessary to fulfil the above tasks

 

2.5

Academic Council

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A. Composition

1.1

The Academic Council comprises all resident faculty, the President and the Executive Director

1.2

The President and Executive Director are ex-officio members, not eligible for election as officers

1.3

The Academic Council includes one full voting members of the student body, who is appointed by the Student Council

1.4

The Academic Council functions on the principles of consultative decision making

1.5

The Academic Council elects offers it deems necessary, and determines its mode of functioning within the boundaries of its roles and responsibilities

B. Purpose and Responsibilities

1.6

The Academic Council is one of the three “primary decision-making groups at EuroSwiss”. The other two bodies are the Governing Board and the Executive Council

1.7

The Academic Council oversees and is responsible for all matters pertaining to academic governance at EuroSwiss International University, within the parameters established by the Board of Governors

1.8

Role of Academic Council in relation to distance learning: The Office of Distance Learning will draw its technical capacity and methodology from ITEC, which will serve the needs of the faculty who will provide content and supervision for program development

1.9

Role of Academic Council in relation to the Library. Both the Library and Registrar serve the academic faculty and students. The administrative management of these will be under the Executive Director, on the understanding that the Academic Council will develop guidelines for the Registrar, and provide input into the budget and priorities for the Library

C. Academic hiring

2.1

The Academic Council will nominate Chairs of Departments. These nominations are to be approved by the Executive Council and Governing Board

2.2

The Academic Council will establish guidelines for making academic appointments

2.3

The Academic Council will establish guidelines for the method and duration of appointments of members of the Global Faculty

 

2.6

Office of Academic Affairs

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1.1

The Director of the Office of Academic Affairs is the Chief Academic Officer of EuroSwiss International University, with responsibility for the development, administration, and overall leadership and direction of educational programs

1.2

The Director is responsible for the creation and implementation of academic policies in consultation with the Academic Council

1.3

The Director is responsible for ensuring the smooth administration and functioning of the academic programs and for making ecisions as necessary to maintain the efficiency and high standards of the academic programs

1.4

The Director has supervisory responsibility over all faculty members

1.5

The Director has supervisory responsibility over all academic offices including the Office of the Registrar and each of the program departments

1.6

The Director reports to the President, and shall meet regularly withthe President to report and consult on the development of

educational programs

Approval of Academic Courses

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All faculty members are invited to submit proposals for courses (“Course Proposal”) to be taught at EuroSwiss International University. A Course Proposal should be submitted to the Chair of Academic Council and include the following:

1.1

A description of the course content and readings

1.2

A brief statement of why this course would benefit the students and academic vision of EuroSwiss International University

1.3

A statement of when the Faculty member intends to teach the course; 1.4. A statement of methods the faculty member intends to use to teach the course

1.5

The Department Chairs or the Chair of Academic Council may also solicit from faculty members a Course Proposal if they feel that a particular addition to the academic curriculum is needed

1.6

The Academic Council will meet to consult on and approve Course Proposals

1.7

Once a Course Proposal is approved, the faculty member is responsible for assuring that the course is properly prepared and ready for teaching at the specified time, including preparing course materials and syllabus, as outlined in the “Guidelines for Course Syllabi”

 

2.7

Departments and Chairs of Departments

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 EIU Academic departments are:

Conflict resolution

Global Governance Leadership and Management

Psychology and Education Social and Economic Development

Each department is managed by a leadership team of external and resident faculty including the Department Chair. The responsibilities of Department Chairs include providing the overall direction and supervision of academic content of their respective degrees.                              

Cairs of Departments: Term of Appointment:                                    

One year in the first instance, subject to renewal, upon agreement of the Chairperson and the Academic Council.

Responsibilities

1.

Supervise the activities related to the articulation of degree requirements and course delivery, including

  • coordination of the departmental team,
  • supervision of the departmental budget
  • close collaboration with the Academic Council
  • 1.2

    Pursuit of research grants and other sources of support for income-generating activities such as workshops, conferences, consulting, training programs and other services, related to the expertise of your department

    1.3

    Participation in EuroSwiss International University's developing collaborative research activities, including the pursuit of partnerships with institutions and agencies related to the expertise of your department

    1.4

    Participation in the articulation and refinement of the University's policies and procedures as regards the degree program in your rea

    1.5

    Exploration, with your colleagues, of the potential for and capacity to deliver courses in various modes, including on-campus at the University, on-site elsewhere, distance and e-learning

    1.6

    Nomination of additional candidates for faculty and team members in your department

     

    2.8

    Office of Finance

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    2.9

    Recommended Standing Committees)

     

      

    Admissions and Financial Aid

    Editorial

    Examination Supervision Committee

    Faculty Personnel

    House

    Information Services

    Library

    Personnel

    Promotions

    Publications

    Safety

    Admissions and Financial Aid

    The Admissions and Financial Aid Committee has full authority over the processes of admitting  students and responding to financial aid requests

    The Committee shall meet regularly and provide minutes of those meetings to the Executive

    The Committee shall provide quarterly written reports to the executive

    Assessment Supervision

    The University is committed to fair assessment processes to ensure the upholding of the highest academic standards for student assessment. For this purpose, the Academic Council oversees all assessment requirements set out by instructors in the course syllabus. The Council, if it deems necessary, may appoint an Examination Supervision Committee, consisting of resident and non-resident faculty, and of department leadership teams, to undertake more detailed evaluation of course assessment requirements, or to act as examiners.

    Disciplinary

    All cases of academic and non-academic misconduct by students, staff, or faculty are to be reported either to the Executive Council or to the Academic Council. Cases of misconduct will be investigated and if necessary penalized by a Disciplinary Committee, appointed by the Executive Council or Academic Council from among students, staff, and resident or non-resident faculty.

    House

    The House Committee is responsible for the general appearance and aesthetic qualities of the campus of EuroSwiss International University

    The responsibilities of the Committee include, but are not limited to, the following:

     

    a.

    Proposing any policies, to be adopted by the Executive, cncerning the appearance of the campus

     

    b.

    Enforcing any policies relevant to the appearance of the campus

     

    c.

    Establishing a system for maintaining and enhancing the  aesthetic beauty of the campus, both indoors and outdoors

     

    d.

    Creating a campus whose physical characteristics reflects the academic and spiritual mission of the University

    The Committee shall meet regularly and provide minutes of those meetings to the Executive

    The Committee shall provide quarterly written reports to the Executive

    Information Systems

    The Information Systems Committee shall ensure access to computing services, including internet, email, and word processing, to all members of the Euro Swiss community including students, staff, and faculty

    The Committee shall draft and propose to the Executive for adoption any polices it feels are required for the efficient and well-maintained delivery of computer services

    The Committee shall set the responsibilities and Terms of Reference for the Systems Administrator and monitor his or her fulfilment of those Terms

    The Committee shall develop and provide a complaints mechanism

    The Committee shall properly coordinate the maintenance of the Euro Swiss Website with the off-site Web Developer

    The Committee shall ensure the proper training on information services for students, staff, and faculty

    The Committee shall ensure the maintenance and growth, as needed, of the student computer lab

    The Committee shall monitor and enforce any policy adopted by the Executive with respect to Information Services

    The Committee shall meet regularly and provide minutes of those meetings to the Executive Council

    The Committee shall provide bi-monthly written reports to the Executive Council

    Library

    The Library Committee shall develop and oversee all future development plans for the Library with the primary purpose of enhancing the academic life and degree programs of EuroSwiss International University

    The Committee shall explore and establish mechanisms to increase the library holdings

    The Committee shall serve as a consultative and advisory body to the Librarian in all his or her capacities

    The Committee shall develop a plan for the formation of Library Advisory Boards to be reviewed by the Office of Academic Affairs

    The Committee shall meet regularly and provide minutes of those meetings to the Office of Academic Affairs

    The Committee shall provide quarterly written reports to the Office of Academic Affairs

    Personnel

    The Personnel Committee is responsible for the hiring of new faculty and staff, the renewal of employment contracts of all faculty and staff, and the termination of all faculty and staff

    The Personnel Committee will make hiring, renewal, and firing decisions through its two distinct arms

    The Staff Personnel Task Force and the Faculty Personnel Task Force. Only when the Committee is making general policy suggestions or budgetary considerations will it meet as an entire Committee

    Hiring

    When hiring new staff or faculty the following criteria and concerns must be taken into consideration:

    The current and long-term needs and demands of EuroSwiss International University

     

    a.

    The specific skills and qualifications of the prospective employee

     

    b.

    The ability of the prospective employee to work in a consultative environment

    When hiring a new staff member, the following general procedures shall occur in addition to any other procedures decided upon:

     

    a.

    An interview(s) of the prospective employee by all members of the Personnel Committee

     

    b.

    An interview(s) of the prospective employee by the potential   supervisor of that employee

     

    c.

    A consultation between the Chief Financial Officer and the Personnel Committee to review the financial aspects of hiring the prospective employee

    When hiring a new faculty member the following general procedures shall occur in addition to any other procedures decided upon by the Faculty Personnel Task Force:

     

    a.

    An interview(s) of the prospective employee by all members of the Personnel Committee

     

    b.

    A thorough review of the scholarship history and academic    qualifications of the prospective facultymember, including the   possibility of arranging for the prospective faculty member to give a lecture or faculty seminar at EuroSwiss University

     

    c.

    A consultation between the Chief Financial Officer and the Personnel Committee to review the financial aspects of hiring the prospective faculty member

    Contract Renewal

    The Personnel Committee and the Faculty Personnel Task Force must strictly adhere to the contractual procedures for renewal specified in employee contracts

    In addition to contractual procedures, the Personnel Committee and Faculty Personnel Task Force must ensure the following:

     

    a.

    That timely and proper reviews of performance of a staff member or faculty member have taken place prior to a decision on renewal or non-renewal

     

    b.

    That open and respectful consultation with the employee takes place  throughout the renewal review process

     

    c.

    That in considering renewal and non-renewal, careful consideration is given to job performance, working relationships, maintaining and respecting the dignity of the employee, any humanitarian concerns for the employee and his/her family that may arise out of non-renewal, and the current responsibilities, needs, and demands of EuroSwiss

     

    d.

    That an employee is given proper notification of non-renewal, as specified by his/her contract, and necessitated by general humanitarian concerns

     

    e.

    That the Executive Council is notified of any decision of non-renewal seven days prior to the employee’s being notified that his/her contract is not being renewed

    Termination

    The Personnel Committee and the Faculty Personnel Task Force should consider termination of an employee (as opposed to non-renewal) as a last resort, to occur only in the most serious of circumstances

    In considering the termination of an employee the Personnel Committee and the Faculty Personnel Task Force shall ensure the following:

     

    a.

    that all contractual requirements are met

     

    b.

    that, if termination is for a long-standing problem or behaviour, proper, fair, and clear warnings and other discipline have preceded termination;

     

    c.

    that open, frank, and respectful consultation occurs with the employee prior to termination

     

    d.

    that in considering termination a thorough consideration is given job performance, working relationships, maintaining and respecting the dignity of the employee, any humanitarian concerns for the employee and his/her family that may arise out of non-renewal, and the current responsibilities, needs and demands of EuroSwiss

     

    e.

    that an employee is given proper notification of termination as specified by contract and necessitated by general hmanitarian concerns

     

    f.

    that the Executive is notified of any decision of termination seven days prior to the employee’s being notified of his/her termination

    General

    The Personnel Committee and the Faculty Personnel Task Force shall meet as needed to deal with employee matters and keep proper notations and documentation of all meetings.

    The Personnel Committee shall meet as needed and provide minutes of those meetings to the Executive Council. The Committee shall provide written reports to the Executive Council as the Committee deems appropriate, but at least on an annual basis.

    Safety

    The Safety Committee is responsible for ensuring the general physical safety and well-being of the properties and people of EuroSwiss International University.  Specifically, the Safety Committee has the following objectives

     

    a.

    To ensure that the EuroSwiss Campus does not contain any unattended or unmarked safety hazards

     

    b.

    To ensure that the fire alarm and emergency system are regularly checked and in good working order

     

    c.

    To ensure that the EuroSwiss Campus is properly lit both inside and outside

     

    d.

    To ensure that a system exists to warn and manage the traffic hazards posed by the highway, in particular when children and youth are on campus

     

    e.

    To ensure that the locks and lock timers are properly maintained and checked

     

    f.

    To ensure that a system to preserve the personal safety of students on  Campus is devised and maintained

     

    g.

    To ensure that all members of the EuroSwiss community are properly and duly warned of any safety hazards or other dangers

     

    h.

    To ensure that any policy adopted by the Executive Council related to safety issues is enforced and maintained

    The Safety Committee is empowered to draft and propose to the Executive Council for adoption any policies it feels is necessary for the fulfilment of the above tasks

    The Safety Committee shall meet regularly and provide minutes of those meetings to the Executive Council

    The Safety Committee shall provide quarterly written reports to the Executive Council

    Student Orientation

    The University endeavours to meet the needs of new students at the commencement of their studies at EuroSwiss. For this purpose, Academic Council shall form an Ad Hoc Student Orientation Committee (members of which are determined by the Chair of Academic Studies). This Committee welcomes the new students on their arrival, prepares orientation materials, and a formal welcome and orientation meeting, and conducts a tour of the University facilities. The formal welcome and tour usually takes place on the Sunday (in the evening) before the commencement of the first course of the module.

    New Committee Appointments

    In making Committee appointments the Executive Council follows the following guidelines:

    All committee appointments are effective from April 1 until May 31 of the following year

    All Committees, at their first meeting after April 1, 2001 are to elect officers following normal Order of the holy crux of the hospitalier of st. Johannes; procedure. Committees should elect a Secretary, Treasurer, and Chair

    Committee reporting cycles

    EuroSwiss International University’s administrative committees are required to report to the Executive Council. The Executive Council reports to the President.

     

    2.10

    Registrar

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    Terms of Reference

    1.1 

    Maintains personal and scholastic database and pa per records for graduate and undergraduate students of the University

    2.1 

    Receives from students requests for course registration and withdrawal

    3.3 

    Coordinates with the Office of Accommodation the accommodation requests from students attending on-campus courses

    4.4 

    Prepares class lists for professors, the Director of Academic Affairs, the Office of Finance, and the Office of Accommodation

    4.5 

    Coordinates with the Office of Accommodation classroom space allocation for each course

    4.6 

    Ensures that the lectures of graduate courses are recorded on tape, as required

    4.7 

    Ensures that printed course materials requested by professors are prepared for the students

    4.8 

    Mails course recordings and materials to students who are distance-learners

    4.9 

    Receives from students class assignments, sends duplicates to pofessors for grading, and communicates to students the results received from the professors

    4.10

    Records course grades in the students' paper and database records

    4.11

    Issues student and official transcripts

    4.12

    Maintains a register of incoming and outgoing mail

    4.13

    Maintains the database records for all graduate and undergraduate courses and their classes

    4.14

    Maintains a log of all course numbers and names, both past and present

    4.15

    Maintains the Academic Calendar of the University's Internet Web Site

    4.16

    Designs, implements, and upgrades the EuroSwiss database system

    Administrative Principles

    The management and administration of EuroSwiss International University strives to reflect and model those principles, practices and culture essential to the creation of the just and peaceful society. It is the duty of every member of the Board of Governors, staff, faculty and those in leadership roles at the University to strive to promote and conform to these principles. This duty is inherent in every contract of employment with the University.

    These principles include the following:

    Honesty and trust

    all communications and decision processes must not only be honest in fact, but must strive to create an environment of mutual trust among all members of the EuroSwiss community. We believe this can only be achieved by decision processes that are transparent and strive for high involvement of all concerned individuals. Transparency implies knowledge of how, by whom, and why decisions are made.

    Consultation

    The principle of consultation implies a reduction in distinctions of exclusivity and social class characteristic of most institutions, including those of higher learning, in society. The principle of consultation implies the involvement of those who have knowledge of an issue, those who will be affected by it, and those whose commitment is required to carry it out. The Governing Board of EuroSwiss International University expects the process of consultation to be the primary means by which significant decisions are made at the University. The structures, skills and habits of consultation must be developed among all members of the EuroSwiss community.

    Unity and Diversity

    Unity and diversity are primary characteristics of the culture EuroSwiss International University seeks to promote, and therefore must practice. The Governing Board desires that the staff, faculty and student body of the University represent the diversity of humanity. The creation of unity among the faculty and staff will be a primary mechanism of education and influence on the student body. As the unity of parents in a family are a primary influence on the healthy education and development of children, so, too, unity of faculty and administration of the University will be an example and influence on the development of its students. It is the responsibility of all members of the EuroSwiss community, regardless of position or status, to seek to promote this unity.

    Justice

    In all of its practices, including those of hiring, compensation, decision-making and other administrative practices, the administrators of EuroSwiss International University must seek to develop those processes that will reflect and create a just society within the University community. Thus, a “sense” of justice, in addition to formal processes, mus t become the social norm. We recognize that a truly just society require innovative practices that are not now the norm in traditional organizations.

    3   DEGREE REQUIREMENTS                       

     

    3.1

    MA by course work and thesis

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    Master of Arts degrees at EuroSwiss International University are based on the completion of both coursework and thesis. Some degree pro- grams may also require field experience or fieldwork in relevant areas. Degrees are awarded in the following areas of specialization:

    Master of Business Administration

    Master of Economics

    International Econ. Psychology

    International Leadership and Management

    International European Law

    The MA coursework is designed to provide specialist training for professional qualification, although the degrees may also be taken for general interest. The degree programs do not necessarily lead to further graduate study, although those high achieving students who complete the BA or MA thesis option may qualify for an MA or Ph.D. program at other universities.

     

    3.2

    Objective

     

      

    To provide students with the advanced knowledge or specialist training in the particular field and prepare them to demonstrate an advanced understanding of the major debates and practices in that field. Students who complete a thesis as part of their program will have experience in carrying out original research that reveals an awareness of the latest research and theoretical directions within their chosen area of study.

     

    3.3

    Course work

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    EuroSwiss International University MA programs have a coursework component generally consisting of between 33-40 credits. The duration of each course is 16 weeks. The coursework usually requires on campus intensive classes, offered in modules of three to four courses. In addition to the on-campus classes, the successful completion of course work requires completion of course assess ment requirements, as specified in each course syllabus. To facilitate this non-residential component, a course may have a mentoring, class discussion via email, or other materials, delivered in hardcopy or electronic mode.

      

    3.4

    Thesis

     

     

     Some MA programs require the completion of a thesis in addition to        coursework. For details see the section on Thesis.

     

      

    3.5

    Fieldwork

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    some EIU degree programs require fieldwork or field experience as part of the degree requirement. In addition to the actual field placement, students are required to complete a written assignment or report, based on their fieldwork. The department heads and department leadership teams offer assistance in, and advice on finding appropriate field placements. But the university does not guarantee placements. It is the responsibility of students to use this assistance and to pursue field placements. EuroSwiss International University scholarships and financial aid packages are not transferable to the field experience period and will be suspended during this time.

     

    3.6

    Duration

     

     

    The requirements of all courses and thesis and field placements must be completed no later than five years following the commencement of the first course.

     

     

    3.7

     Exit Awards

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    Students who discontinue their studies after completing 12 credits may be eligible for a postgraduate certificate. Students who audit eight MA courses may be eligible for the award of a graduate fellowship.

    The decision to award postgraduate certificate or graduate fellowship is made by the department chairs based on coherence of the courses completed or audited.

     

     

     

     

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    COURSE REQUIREMENTS

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    A sustained and serious effort is expected of all students in all subjects. Courses are offered in intensive residential modules. Residential module refers to a period of three to five weeks, in which three to five courses are taught on campus. In addition to attending classes, students may also be required to complete reading and other assignments during the residential period. Completion of the residential module does not by itself lead to successful completion of the course. Students are required to complete structured study on their own after the completion of the residential period. This ‘off-campus’ study period is facilitated by the course instructor and may involve virtual classes, email discussion, structured reading of course materials, and completion of course assignments, essays or projects. Students are encouraged to be actively in touch with their instructors during this period.

    Every effort is made to send a course syllabus to students shortly after they register. Otherwise, the course syllabus will be made available to students during the residential period.

     

    4.1

    Class attendance

     

     

    Students are expected to attend at least 75. % of classes within each course taken for credit.

      

    4.2

    Reading Materials

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    It is recommended that students purchase the required course textbooks before coming to the residential classes, as there is no bookshop on or near campus. As a rule, at least a copy of required textbooks for each course will be available at the reserve desk of EuroSwiss library. However, students should check the availability of a particular textbook by either checking the library catalogue or by emailing the librarian.

    Courses may also require additional readings from various sources. In such cases, a reading pack is made available for purchase, at cost price.

      

    4.3

    Course Duration and Degree Duration

     

     

    In general, the duration of a graduate course is 16 weeks. A student remains a candidate for the degree for a period of five years following enrolment. 

      

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    Student Assessment

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    To obtain credit for a subject, students must complete all assessment requirements and perform satisfactorily in each part of the course. Regular attendance is required at the lectures and other sessions of each course. Students who fail to submit the required exercises, essays and seminar papers by the due dates, without the formal permission, will be penalized. Assessment is available only to currently enrolled students of the University. Student assessment may be in the form of essays and assignments, tests, and or examination, and thesis. Components of assessment may be administered in any form and subject to any conditions specified in the details of subjects or determined by the Examination Supervision Committee.

    It is the duty of students to ascertain the dates and times at which they are required to attend for examinations or for the performance of other components of assessment. Absence from examination room or late submission of assignments or essays due to misreading the timetable or similar error does not entitle a student to any further examination or special consideration.

    Essays and Assignments

    EuroSwiss Uni adopts a policy on writing standards for assignments. The purposes of this policy are the following:

    to develop and maintain high standards of academic writing at EuroSwiss International University

    to ensure that students are familiar with appropriate style standards used in academic writing in English

    to ensure that students use consistent style within assignments

    Standard Form and Style

    1.1

    All written assignments for all courses, regardless of length, must be completed by students in a consistent style. The syle used should be suitable to the subject matter of the assignment and course of study. Students are free to choose their own style, if a style is not specifically required by the instructor. Suitable styles include, but are not limited to the MLA and APA

    1.2

    Particular formal and stylistic issues which should conform to the style chosen include

     

    a.

    Typing

     

    b.

    Paper

     

    c.

    Margins

     

    d.

    Spacing

     

    e.

    Heading and Title

     

    f.

    Page Numbers

     

    g.

    Tables and Illustrations

     

    h.

    Binding

     

    i.

    Electronic Submission

     

    j.

    Bibliography

     

    k.

    Citations

    1.3

    No submitted work for assessment (including examinations) is to be written in pencil

    1.4

    The University does not normally accept submissions of assignments by fax, and will only be accepted with express permission of the course instructor

    1.5

    Students are required to retain copies of all essays and assignments submitted, and to retain all corrected work

    Examination

    Some subjects may require an examination as part of the assessment. A student who enters an examination room or other area, to take part in the performance of a component of assessment, is bound by Examination policy of the University. It is a policy of the University that work performed and submitted during an examination, and conducted for assessment purposes, must be original. No unauthorized, unscholarly means are permitted in the course of the examination.

    Course Extension

    The duration of each course is 16 weeks. Students may request an extension for any course in which they will not be able to complete the required work before the end of the completion of 16-week period. This includes cases in which students have been granted permission to resubmit work. An extension is granted for three weeks beyond the original course end date. Additional extensions may be granted in rare cases. Written requests for extensions must be submitted to, and approved by, the course instructor and the Office of Academic Affairs. A course grade will be recorded as ‘Incomplete’ (I) until the course work is completed and a grade has been assigned. Coursework submitted after the final date will not be graded.

    Resubmission of Course work

    Students may request to revise and resubmit course work, soon after receiving the grade on the course work. Permission must be granted by the course instructor and the Office of Academic Affairs. If permission to resubmit work is granted, the student has up to three weeks to resubmit the work to the Office of Academic Affairs. Any changes in the course grade will be reflected in the student’s records.

    Late submission

    Late submissions of assignments: students with legitimate reasons for extensions to submission deadlines, such as illness, may be granted extensions

    Applications for extensions should be submitted at least one week before the due date

    Penalties will be imposed for essays and other written work submitted late without prior approva

    Essays submitted more than a week late without prior approval may not be accepted for assessment

    Requests must be by emailed to the instructor and copied to the Chair of the Department and the Office of Academic Affairs

    Requests for extensions after the due date will not be considered, except in cases of illness or other exceptional circumstance

    Requests will be more favourably viewed, if accompanied by relevant supporting documentation, such as a medical certificate

    Assignments submitted late without an extension will be graded down 20 % per day

    Special Considerations

    Special consideration is available from the Office of Academic Affairs when work at any time during the academic year has to a substantial degree been hampe-red by illness or other unpreventable cause, or if the student has been prevented or adversely affected by other external factors. The application for such special consideration must be submitted within the time limits (see section 2).

    If the student is physically capable of sitting for an examination, he or she will be expected to do so even though studies have been interrupted.

    Time Limits

    a.

    A time limit applies for the submission of special consideration applications. If a student’s work during the year was hampered by illness or other cause, application may be made at any time, but no lat er than three (3) working days after the submission date for the final component of assessment in the subject; the final cmponent may be a formal examination

    b.

    If, because of illness or other serious cause, a student has either been prevented from submitting or preparing for a component of assessment, or performance in a component of assessment was affected, the application for special consideration must be lodged no later than three (3) working days after the date of submission for the particular component of assessment

    Individual Classes Absence from an individual practical class, lecture or tutorial for a subject, does not constitute grounds for an application for Special Consideration. In such cases, an application should not be submitted. However, the reasons for the student’s absence must be communicated directly to the subject instructor who will determine an appropriate course of action in regard to the work missed.

    Possible Action

    Submitting an application for Special Consideration does not guarantee that additional assessment will be granted, or that the mark for the subject will be upgraded. The instructor is responsible for deciding whether the circumstances would have significantly affected a student’s performance in a subject and what action (if any) shall be taken. The instructor of the subject may decide on one of the following options:

    a.

    To offer additional assessment (a special examination; on a date determined by the department, or during the formal January-February examination period), or

    b.

    to alter the grade in the assessment of a component, or the whole subject, or c) to take no action. An instructor may take into account the student’s performance and participation in the subject prior to the onset of the problem outlined in his/her application

    Confidentiality

    the details of all applications for special consideration are treated as strictly confidential.

    Appeals

    There is no formal appeal procedure under the Special Consideration rules.

    Student Evaluation and Grading System

    The specific requirements for each course, including the system of evaluation, will be provided to registered students at the beginning of each course in the course syllabus. All course work will be evaluated on the following marking scheme:

    Letter

    Title

    Percentage

    Grade Points

    A+

    Very High Distinction

    98 - 100%

    4.25

    A

    High Distinction

    94 - 97%

    4.0

    A-

    Distinction

    90 - 93%

    3.75

    B+

     

    86 - 89%

    3.25

    B

     

    82 - 85%

    3.0

    B

     

    78 - 81%

    2.75

    C+

     

    74 - 77%

    2.25

    C

     

    70 - 73%

    2.0

    D

    Pass

    65 - 69%

    1.0

    F

    Fail

    Below 65%

    no credit/grade points received

    P

    Pass

    not applicable

    no grade points received

    I

    Incomplete

    not applicable

    no grade points received

    W

    Withdrawn

    not applicable

    no grade points received

    The Pass (P) grade is given for up to two electives at the student’s discretion but all students must request to be graded on a pass-fail basis at the time of registration and prior to the first day of class. Foundation and Core courses may not be taken on a pass-fail basis. An Incomplete (I) is given for any course for which an extension is granted. Students receiving a grade of D will receive no credit but will be given the oppor- tunity to resubmit their coursework for reconsideration of the grade.

    A guide to the evaluation of coursework

    Below is a guide to the some of the characteristics of answers that will attract different grades. It is intended to give the student more information about what the faculty members looks for in marking the assignment/essay/exam and how performance is to be judged. It is in- tended as a guide to help the student to reflect on the grades received.

    A+ exceptional performance in all the criteria clearly focused and coherent organization insightful and informed discussion of the topic complex arguments that show a deep understanding of the principles evidence of additional reading synthesis and innovation showing your own well developed ideas ability to distinguish different ideas and arguments.

    A consistently very high level in all areas clearly addresses question and explores the issues in a comprehensive way argument logical and coherent, well developed and supported by detail demonstrates ability to integrate material from throughout the subject lucid and concise expression evidence of additional reading.

    A consistent high level with some weaknesses clear understanding of the basic principles argument logical and coherent clarity of thought but lacks complexity organized and adequately developed in some detail.

    B+ accurate knowledge of the subject and application of any relevant principles shows competence reasonable knowledge of the required reading reasonably well organized and argued, lacking some detail

    fair attempt at addressing the question shows basic understanding of the materials may show some stereotyped thought, poorly supported or unsupported judgments and opinions or include irrelevant material.

    F lack understanding of the basic concepts extensive copying incorrect and demonstrates incompetence.

      

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    Appeal of the course Grade

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    Students who wish to appeal their grade for a particular course on the ground of Special Consideration should follow the guidelines provided in the relevant section of this handbook. Special Consideration policies do not apply when the appeal is made after the results are posted. In such cases, students who wish to appeal their course grade should approach their instructor first, providing reasons for their request. If a satisfactory arrangement is not obtained by either the student or the instructor, the appeal should then be taken to the relevant head of department. If a satisfactory arrangement is not reached at this stage, or the instructor for that course is the head of the department, then the appeal should be made to the chair of the office of Academic Affairs. If a satisfactory arrangement is not reached, the appeal should be lodged with the Academic Council. The decision of the Academic Council is binding.

     

     

     

      

    5

    THESIS

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    Some departments require a submission of a thesis in addition to coursework and field experience.

    The word thesis’ literally means “a proposition or claim which is put forward or advanced”.  In common usage, the term refers to written work which is the product of original research and substantiates a specific point of view or argument.

    There are important features of these definitions of “thesis” that all students must be aware of:

    1.1

    A thesis must consist of original research. When writing a thesis, a student must ensure that they are not merely mirroring or copying research which has already been done. Students must conduct their own research, evaluate the relevant sources for themselves, and reach their own conclusions

    1.2

    A thesis must be in defence of a particular proposition or argument. It is not adequate for that a thesis be merely descriptive in form. Like the process of scientific inquiry, a thesis must attempt to demonstrate the validity (or invalidity) of certain ideas

    1.3 

    A thesis is an attempt to uncover truth. Because a thesis involves the examination of the validity of ideas, it can be thought of as part of the process of discovering truth.  In the most general sense, the best theses are those which contribute to humanity’s understanding of the realities of human existence. This implies that a thesis must not be only a statement of what one perceives as being the truth.  It also must rationally and coherently demonstrate that truth

      

    5.1

    Approval of Thesis Topic

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    Process for approval of thesis proposals

    1.1

    Students are urged to consult with their academic advisor with general questions about their proposal

    1.2

    They can the n approach any member of residential faculty, or any other

    faculty member, to act as thesis supervisor

    1.3 

    The supervisor must sign the Thesis Proposal form

    1.4

    The approval form must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies

     

    5.2

    Thesis requirements

     

     

    The word-length and format of the thesis can be specified by one of EuroSwiss International University’s academic departments.

     

    5.3

    Format

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    The thesis should include a Title page, a certification page, “permission to use” page, acknowledgement (if desired), an abstract, a table of contents, the thesis text, and a bibliography.

    1. Title Page. The title page should include

    a) Thesis title;
    b) Candidate’s name;
    c) The phrase “A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of [insert name
    of degree] in the Department of [insert department name], EuroSwiss International University, Switzerland”;
    d) date.

    Example: Here is an example of how a title page should look:

      • NGO Intervention in Complex Humanitarian
        Emergencies:
        Toward Peace-building

    A Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies in partial fulfilments of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Conflict Resolution EuroSwiss International University, Switzerland

    By Frank Peter 2003

    2. Certification page See next page

    This Certification page should be included after the title page:

    EUROSWISS INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES SWITZERLAND CERTIFICATION OF THESIS WORK

    We, the undersigned, certify that [your name], candidate for the degree of Master of Arts, has presented a thesis entitled [thesis title]. We consider that the thesis is acceptable in form and content, and that the candidate demonstrated satisfactory knowledge and competence in this field.

    Academic Advisor

    Office of Academic Affairs

    Faculty of Graduate Studies, EuroSwiss International University

    CH-8212/Neuhausen (Kanton Schaffhausen) Switzerland

    3. Permission to use

    This Permission to Use page should follow the Certification page:

    PERMISSION TO USE

    In presenting this thesis in partial fulfilment of the requirement for a Master of Arts degree from EuroSwiss International University, I agree that the Libraries of the University may make it freely available for inspection. I further agree that permission for copying this thesis in any manner, in whole or in part, for scholarly purposes, may be granted by the instructor who supervised my thesis or, in his/her absence, by the Chair of Department, or the Director of the Office of Academic Affairs. It is understood that any copying or publication or use of this thesis or parts thereof for financial gain shall not be allowed without my written permission.  It is also understood that due recognition shall be given to me and to EuroSwiss International University in any scholarly use which may be made of any material in my thesis.

    Requests for permission to copy or to make other use of material in this thesis in whole or in part should be addressed to:

    The Director Office of Academic Affairs

    EuroSwiss International University

    CH-8212 Neuhausen (Kanton Schaffhausen).

    4. Acknowledgements

    It is a common practice, and recommended that the writer of a thesis make acknowledgements to individuals and institutions that assisted in the process of research and writing.

    5. Abstract

    The thesis abstract should summarize the principle questions being asked in the thesis, an outline of the methodology used, and a summary of the conclusions. The abstract should include all relevant keywords.

    6. Table of contents

    7. Thesis text

    Standard formatting for the text of all EIU theses and essays includes:

    a) paper size: A4 (preferable) or letter

    b) font: Times Roman

    c) text point: 12

    d) spacing: double

    e) footnotes in preference to endnotes

    Formatting must be used consistently throughout the work. The final thesis of a student will not be accepted, and the student will not graduate, unless it consistently uses a single appropriate style.

    8. Bibliography

    The bibliography must acknowledge all sources used in the research and preparation of the thesis. The purposes of a bibliography include acknowledging the scholarship from which the student’s own research benefited, and facilitating the access of other scholars to the sources cited.

      

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    Modifications

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    These requirements can be modified with the approval of the chair of the appropriate department.

        

    5.5

    Thesis submission

     

     

    Students are required to submit two printed but unbound copies to the Office of the Registrar, for which a dated receipt will be issued.

    On notification that the thesis has been passed, two perfect-bound copies, incorporating any changes to the text mandated by the thesis examiner, must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar, for which a dated receipt will be issued. One copy will be placed in the University library, and the second will be deposited with the Registrar. The office of the registrar will notify the Office of Academic Affairs when a thesis is submitted.

    Students are free to submit a third copy for retention by the examiner.

    Electronic copy

    Students may also submit an electronic copy of a thesis, for possible publication on the university website.

      

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    Thesis evaluation

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    Each thesis will be evaluated by an examiner appointed by the Chair of the Office of Academic Affairs. Every effort will be made to issue a result for the thesis evaluation within four weeks of submission. The result of the evaluation will be submitted to the Office of the Registrar for notification of the student.

    Evaluation form

    The examination report on a EIU thesis includes the following information: Enforceability The relative degree to which student marks are deducted for lack of conformity and consistency with a chosen style is within the prerogative of each individual instructor.

    1.

    Details of Candidate

    2.

    After examination of the above thesis I report that:

     

    a.

    The topic of the thesis was suitable for investigation within the limits of a 25,000 word thesis

     

    b.

    The thesis demonstrates the candidate’s capacity to carry out independent research

     

    c.

    The thesis in its present form demonstrates the application of a high level of independent analysis, synthesis and critical evaluation

     

    d.

    The format and literary presentation of the thesis are satisfactory

    3.

    I recommend that:

     

    a.

    The thesis be accepted in partial satisfaction of the degree without further examination

     

     

    (Examiners should append any particular comments which they have on the quality of the thesis including any recommendations for publication and suggestions as to how and where this could be done)

     

    b.

    The thesis be accepted in partial satisfaction of the degree without further examination subject to the insertion in the library copy of the thesis of the minor amendments noted in the enclosed list

     

     

    (Examiners should append any particular comments which they have on the quality of the thesis including any recommendations for publication and suggestions as to how and where this could be done)

     

    OR

     

     

    c.

    The thesis in its present form demonstrates the application of a high level of independent analysis, synthesis and critical evaluation

     

    d.

    The format and literary presentation of the thesis are satisfactory

    It is University policy that work submitted for assessment purposes must be the independent work of the student concerned and written by that student in her/his own words. If someone else’s work is quoted, the sources for the material must be given. Plagiarism is a serious offence (see Plagiarism Policy).

    Course Assessment Cover sheet

    All submitted work must be accompanied by a cover sheet.

     

     

     

     

      

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    TEACHING AND RESEARCH

     

                                          

    6.1

    Course evaluations

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    By the Academic Council

    Academic Council conducts periodic course evaluations by submitting course syllabus to relevant internal and external academics in the field. Feedbacks from these evaluations are continuously discussed at staff and Academic Council meetings.

    By the students

    At the end of each course, students are given the opportunity to fill out anonymous questionnaires evaluating their learning experience, course structure and materials, and quality of teaching. After collection and analysis of these questionnaires, a report is composed and sent to all students in that course. Opportunity to discuss these reports is provided anytime and in classes at the beginning of the following module. These questionnaires are a vital factor in the primary aim of the departments, which is to offer the best possible educational process to its students. The findings are always taken into consideration in the ongoing course evaluation and design policies of the departments. All students are therefore encouraged to participate in this evaluation.

        

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    Faculty Advisors

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    At the time of the confirmation of their program all students are assigned a faculty advisor, who assists with a range of academic issues, including course selection, thesis planning, mode of study selection, and arrangements for extensions. Every effort is made to pair students with advisors in the same field or area of

    All major academic decisions should be approved by one's faculty advisor, as well as the Office of Academic Affairs.

    Students are encouraged to approach any member of faculty for advice and assistance on their academic path, and required work for specific courses. Department Heads are in the best position to provide advice on the course of a student’s academic career at EuroSwiss. Instructors for each course are in the best position to provide advice and assistance to the student regarding his or her work in a particular course. Students may also approach office of research for advice on research and writing.

    Weekly or biweekly colloquia are held for resident students where students’ coursework (readings, assignments, etc.) are discussed among other students and a resident faculty.

          

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    Office of Research

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    The Office of Research is an independent office for multi-and interdisciplinary research, information and dialogue on personal and socio-political dimensions of contemporary problems and needs of local and global communities in areas of conflict, governance, and development. The Office is independent in that it decides on its own research agenda and activities. The Office of Research is committed to combining rigorous scientific research with people-centred orientation to bring new perspectives on contemporary challenges and needs that integrate issues of conflict, governance and development. The Office of Research emphases two core values that should guide research: 1. that research has to be based on scientific integrity and rigor, 2. that research has to be guided by, and accessible to people whose lives are directly affected by that research. The Office of Research will conduct research, encourage student research, seek funding, make strategic us e of networking, to allow for decentralized research, and open up interaction between people engaging in research in the following broad areas: Governance; Conflict Resolution; Human and community Development

            

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    Library

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    The Library is open is a quiet area for study and research. Food and socializing are not permitted.

    The Library operates on an honours-system and procedures for use of all materials, equipment and space will be clearly posted.

    The Library contains books in over 30 languages and is organize d according to the Library of Congress catalogue system using letters (for subject areas) and numbers.

    Reference books and periodicals are for use in the Library only and may not be removed. Written permission is required to remove any reference books or periodicals.

    Reserve items: Books and other materials for a particular class will be kept on reserve and may not be renewed. Regulations concerning their use are posted in the Library.

    Re-shelving: Books are to be re-shelving done only by Library personnel.

     

     

     

     

    7   ADMISSION

        

    7.1

    Minimum Entrance Requirements

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    The minimum requirement for entrance to the EIU MA program is a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, from a tertiary institution approved by EIU. In some cases, relevant work experience or non-degree undergraduate certificate programs will be considered, and conditional entry granted. In these cases, the student may have to successfully complete a number of EIU courses, to be determined by the relevant Department Chair.

     

    7.2

    English Language Requirements

     

     

    The language of instruction at EIU is German. Applicants for the MA degree, for research or graduate fellowships, or special student status, whose first language is other than English, must submit scores from the TOEFL or an equivalent language proficiency test. Students with TOEFL scores approaching 550 are considered to be well suited to university-level studies in English.

    English Language Policies for Admitted Students    

    EuroSwiss International University is an German language university that strives to attain excellence in the use of the German language by its students and encourages its faculty to demonstrate this excellence in their classes, assignments, and interaction with students. The following policy has been adopted to ensure the adequacy and excellence of language skills by students at the university, after admission to the University.

    English as a Second Language Students

    All undergraduate and graduate students, for whom German is not the native language, must complete a language assessment at the beginning of their studies based on the following timetable:

    1.1

    Undergraduate students must complete the assessment within 30 days of their arrival on campus

    1.2

    Graduate students, or those who are commencing graduate studies by completing a course on campus, must complete the assessment during the period of their first course

    1.3

    Distance-learning graduate students, who are commencing their studies by a distance-learning course, must complete the English language assessment test by distance within 30 days of receiving it

    1.4

    If a student does not satisfactorily complete the assessment, they will be required to complete the “Academic German Writing and Language Course” or those parts thereof which the English Department feel are necessary for that student. Details of the Course are available from the Office of Academic Affairs

    1.5

    A student who has indicated that German is not their mother tongue, may apply for an exemption from the assessment requirement if they have:

     

    a.

    studied at another German language university or English language secondary school for two years or more; or

     

    b.

    demonstrated excellence and proficiency in the German language, as a result of a prolonged period of work or service of other kind in an English language environment

    1.6

    All applications for exemption will be reviewed and decided upon by the Office of Academic Affairs.

    1.7

    The TOEFL, or any other English assessment tests taken prior to enrolment at EuroSwiss International University, whether taken for the purpose of admission to EuroSwiss or for other reasons, are not relevant to the requirements and rules of 1-5 above

    Native German Students

    In keeping with the high language standards required of university-level work, if an instructor deems it necessary, he/she may refer a native German speaking student to Office of Academic Studies for an assessment.

    If a student does not satisfactorily complete the assessment he/she will be required to complete the “Academic German Writing and Language Course” or the parts thereof the Office of Academic Affairs feel is necessary for that student.

        

    7.3

    Credit Transfer

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    EuroSwiss International University grants transfer credit for pre-approved courses at other institutions of higher education. Any student wishing to receive transfer credit must first correspond with the Office of the Registrar with information about the institution and the proposed course. The decision to count transfer credit as one of the required courses for graduation will be determined by the Department Chair and the Office of the Registrar. The Offices may award credit for previous studies based on:

    the suitability, in terms of content and standard, of a student's previous studies

    the workload involved in these studies

    whether the subject area is sufficiently similar to that offered in courses taught at EuroSwiss International University

    whether a grade of C or better has been achieved in the course under consideration

    Students may also be awarded exemption. Exemption refers to the waiving of prerequisites on the basis of previous study, without awarding credit toward the degree.

    EuroSwiss International University will grant up to 50% of the total credit requirements of an EIU degree.

    Rules that Apply to the Award of Credits

    Credit is not normally granted for studies undertaken more than 10 years prior to admission to EuroSwiss degrees

    Students who have completed post graduate degree may receive up to 50% of the total credit requirements of EuroSwiss degrees

    Students who have completed a diploma can receive a maximum of (XXX) credits toward EuroSwiss degrees

    A maximum of (XXX) credits can be awarded for incomplete tertiary studies

    Students resuming a EuroSwiss degree program, or transferring from a previously discontinued EuroSwiss program, may receive credit for all of the subjects completed as part of the EuroSwiss program, providing the subjects they completed were not been credited toward another degree

    The University does not award formal credit for work experience

          

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    Credit System

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    EuroSwiss International University uses a credit point system which is in harmony with the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).

    ECTS credits are a value allocated to course units to describe the student workload required to complete them. They reflect the quantity of work each course requires in relation to the total quantity of work required to complete a full year of academic study at the institution, that is, lectures, practical work, seminars, private work -- in the laboratory, library or at home -- and examinations or other assessment activities. In ECTS, 60 credits represent one year of study (in terms of workload); normally 30 credits are given for six months (a semester) and 20 credits for a term (a trimester). ECTS credits are also allocated to practical placements and to thesis preparation when these activities form part of the regular program of study at both the home and host institutions. ECTS credits are allocated to courses and are awarded to students who successfully complete those courses by passing the examinations or other assessments.”

    (See http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/programmes/socrates/ects_en.html/cre) Based on the above system, a four year degree would have 240 (4 x 60) ECTS credits. A North American (or EIU) four-year degree would have 120 credits (semester contact hours).  Thus the ratio of ECTS credits to the EIU credit system is 2:1. In other words a three-credit EIU course should be roughly equivalent to six ECTS credits.

    However the determination of credit values is different between the two systems.  ECTS credits, as indicated above, are based on student workload, while EIU credits are based on student contact-hours (or lecture-hours) over a semester. For example, an EIU three-credit course is based on three hours of classes over a semester of twelve weeks plus exam hours. The workload and private study (in the lab, library, or at and home) are incorporated in the contact hour” concept.

    Special Student

    Special Students are those taking courses for credit at EIU, but who are not enrolled in a degree program. This category includes students who are enrolled at another institution of higher education, and who wish to take courses at EuroSwiss for transfer of credit to their home institution. Special students are not classified by year, and tuition is charged on a per-course basis.

        

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    Student Visa

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    Residence requirements for both part-time and full-time students are determined in accordance with Swiss law. Student visa is required for  full-time students residing in Switzerland. No student visa is granted to part-time students.  A student’s visa is revoked

    during Leave of Absence (see below)

    after the completion of an 18-month period

    Leave of Absence

    Arrangements may be made for a Leave of Absence, through the Office of the Registrar, after completion of the equivalent of at least one module of study. Full-time students do not require a Leave of Absence to miss one module of study. Part-time students may miss two consecutive modules of study without requiring a Leave of Absence.

    However, all students must notify the Office of the Registrar of their intention to take a Leave of Absence. Requests for a leave of absence from two consecutive modules (for full-time students) and from three consecutive modules (for part-time students) are generally granted. Full-time students requesting a Leave of Absence for longer periods shall be advised to discontinue their studies and apply to resume their degree at a later date. When applying to resume studies, students should apply for credit for courses previously completed. Faculty will determine the amount of credit to be awarded.

    The outcome of your application will be communicated to you by email or letter. Students on Leave of Absence from the University are not entitled to the use of University resources and services, such as the Library, access to supervision, departmental equipment, email, and computer accounts etc.  EIU scholarships and Financial Aid packages will be suspended for the duration of leave of absence.

    Resumption of studies after Leave of Absence

    Students must contact the Office of the Registrar before the expiration of the Leave of Absence, in order to arrange for re-enrolment.

     

        

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    Financial Aid

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    EuroSwiss International University has a limited amount of financial aid available to students.  The processes of application for financial aid, and the rules and regulations bind ing upon any grant of financial aid, are described below. Questions concerning financial aid at EuroSwiss International University may be addressed to the Office of Finance at info@euroswissuniversitaet.ch

    Forms Needed

    In order to apply for financial aid a student must fully complete the “Financial Aid Application” form. No requests for financial aid will be processed without a fully completed form, and all requested documentation. The Application form is available from the Office of Admissions, at admissions@EuroSwiss.edu, or the Office of Finance, at info@euroswissuniversitaet.ch

    When to Apply for Financial Aid

    Financial aid is usually granted to undergraduate students at the beginning of the Fall Semester, and to graduate students at the beginning of their program of study.  Students may apply for financial aid by attaching their application for financial aid to their application for admission, or by submitting the financial aid application soon after they have been accepted to EIU.  It is rare for financial aid to be awarded during a semester.

    Types of Financial Aid Offered

    The most common type of financial aid offered by EuroSwiss consists of a work-study program, in which students perform from six to 12 hours per week at the University, in exchange for reduced fees. The specifics of each work-study agreement are determined on an individual basis.

    Criteria for Granting Financial Aid

    The Admissions and Financial Aid Committee reviews all requests for financial aid, according to three criteria: need, academic merit, and available funds.  Applicants are encouraged to include any information, in addition to that requested on the Financial Aid Application Form, which may help the committee review the application for need and academic merit.

    Duration of Financial Aid

    Any and all awards of Financial Aid by EuroSwiss to undergraduate students are normally for one academic year (the fall and Winter Semesters), or the part of the academic year remaining from the time of the grant of financial aid. The duration of Financial Aid may vary and must be clearly specified, in the written and signed agreement, to each recipient. For graduate students the period of Financial Aid varies on a case by case basis.

    All awards of Financial Aid are given for varying periods, which must be clearly specified in the signed agreement between the University and each recipient. 

    A student who wishes to maintain financial aid beyond the stipulated time may request its extension. A review will be carried out by the Office of Finance, based on need, merit, availability of funds, and, if aid was given through the work-study program, the student ’s performance in the work-study agreement. The review may include interviews with the student’s work supervisor, co-workers, or other forms of evaluation.

    A student’s financial aid may be terminated at any time for the following reasons:  failure of the student to satisfactorily fulfil work study obligations, to remain a student in good standing, or withdrawal from EIU.

    If a student is denied the renewal of financial aid, or if it has been terminated, this information and the reasons for this action will be provided in writing. If the student feels that the action is not justified, request may be made, in writing, stating all reasons for the requested reinstatement, to the Office of Finance.

    Transfer of EIU scholarships to other Universities

    EIU scholarships and Financial Aid agreements are not transferable to another university, even if the student receiving aid takes courses at other universities through exchange programs.

    Other Information about Financial Aid at EIU

    Endowment scholarships are rarely offered, and are usually accompanied by specific criteria and conditions for award, as stipulated by the donor. Inquiries concerning endowed scholarships may be made by contacting the Office of Finance at info@euroswissuniversitaet.ch

     

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    Application for Admission

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    Applicants to EuroSwiss International University must assemble and submit all relevant documentation, together with a completed application form. Official transcripts and confidential letters of reference, in sealed envelopes, must either accompany the application or be sent directly from the referent to the Office of Admissions

    On-line application is possible. The online application system may be used to apply for admission to all EIU programs, to provide all pertinent application information including a personal statement, grades, test scores, work and education history, and names and addresses of references. However, arrangements must be made for official transcripts, test scores and reference letters to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Applicants will be provided with relevant instructions during the application process

     

    A complete application should include:

     

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    Applikation for Admission Form

     

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    Non-refundable application fee

     

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    Résumé or curriculum vitae

     

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    Personal statement (3-5 pages)

     

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    Two letters of reference

     

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    Official transcripts (of all university-level courses)

    Deadlines

    EuroSwiss does not have formal deadlines for the submission of applications. However, applicants are requested to submit a completed applications and all documentation no later than six weeks prior to the starting date of any program.

    Evaluation Process

    The Admissions Committee conducts the evaluation process. After all required documentation has been received from the applicant, the time for evaluation of a candidate is relatively short. Incomplete applications will be delayed until all required materials are received.

    Notification of Acceptance

    Once the Admissions Committee has made a decision, the applicant will receive an official email letter of notification (if applicable) and a confirmation letter by post.

        

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    Registration requirements

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    Once an individual has been admitted to a program (whether MA, certificate, fellowship or as a special student), he or she has must register for at least one course, within four months of receiving an acceptance letter, and make payment in accord once with the tuition payment plan, in order to be considered as an enrolled student of the University.

    A student who is unable to register within the four-month limit, but who plans to pursue studies at EuroSwiss, must send a letter to the Office of the Registrar requesting to defer enrolment and indicating the expected date of enrolment.

    The period for each course is 16 weeks, including pre-campus, on-campus and post-campus components, to complete work assignments and examinations. A module may consist of a number of courses, taken singly or concomitantly. Students must complete all work for one module (usually 4 courses), before being allowed to begin another. Students who still have course work to complete may obtain provisional registration for subsequent courses, but registration will be confirmed only upon satisfactory completion of this work, prior to the commencement of new courses. Any requests for an exception to this regulation must be approved by the relevant Departmental Chair.

    Variation to Enrolment

    Once registered for a course, a student may change courses, or the mode of study and time status.

        

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    Withdrawal from courses

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    Students may withdraw from a course up to two weeks after its commencement without academic penalty. The fee for the course will be transferred to another course or refunded. However, an administrative fee may be charged for expenses incurred to the University. Students withdraw ing from a course after the second week and before the 13th week will receive a WD (Withdrawal) notation on their transcript and no refund of the course fee will be given. Students may not withdraw after the 13th week of a course. All course changes must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar who will notify the relevant Department Chair.

     

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    Subjects outside the degree structure

     

     

    Students wishing to take a subject towards a degree, but not listed as a required or elective component of that degree, must request in writing and obtain written permission from the relevant C hair of the Department. This written permission must then be presented to the Registrar. Students may not register without this permission. Requests for enrolling in subjects outside the degree structures are usually granted.

      

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    Residential / Non-Residential Mode of Study

     

     

    A student is registered as resident if he or she intends to reside at or near EIU’s residential campus for the duration of the degree program.

    A student is registered as non-resident if he or she intends to stay at or near EIU’s residential campus only to attend the on-campus module of each course.

                        

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    Changing the Mode of Study or Time Status

     

     

     A student will be registered according to the choices indicated on the application form. Students wishing to change the mode of study or time status must inform the Registrar in writing. A change in mode of study or time status does not change the terms of tuition owed and incurs no administrative fee.

    If the change in mode of study or time status entails additional courses or cancellation of enrolment in other courses, policy and procedure for course e cancellation and enrolment apply (see Withdrawal from Courses, above).    

     

     

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    8   FEES

    All fees must be paid in order to complete studies at EuroSwiss. The policies obtaining to each are outline d below. All questions regarding fees and payments should be addressed to the Office of Finance at secretariat@euroswissuniversitaet.ch

    The attached Fees Sheet lists all current fees. All prices are quoted in Euros and are subject to change.

     

    8.1

    Tuition Fees

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    Full tuition fee for the entire degree program is due at the time of registration. In some instances, by special arrangement with the Office of Finance, students may arrange to pay on a course by course basis

    2.

    Students who withdraw from EuroSwiss after the completion of their first course will pay a penalty. The penalty is stated on the enclosed fee sheet

    PENALTY TO BE ADDED

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    Students who withdraw from a course after the end of the second day of a course will not be refunded the cost of the course

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    Students who are late in paying tuition fees w ill be assessed a penalty, as on the enclosed fee sheet

      

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    Other Fees

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    EuroSwiss students are responsible to pay a number of fees in addition to the ir tuition, including those for

    Accommodation and meals

    Student activities (for residential students only)

    Health insurance

    Textbooks and materials

    Library

    Communications

    Resident student visa* (if applicable)

    Transportation to and from airport (on request)

    Transcripts

    Basic Email usage

    Experience with internet browsing

    File management systems

    Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft Internet Explorer

    Data storage space on Euro Swiss’s computer network

    Access to email

    Use of a wireless card

    Uses consistent with the purposes of the Information Services Department

    Uses related to instruction, research, development and technology transfer

    Uses related to administrative and other support of activities of the University

    * Non-resident students who plan to come to EuroSwiss are responsible for ascertaining the applicable visa requirements by contacting the nearest Swiss Embassy or Consulate. The above fees are listed on the enclosed Fees Sheet.

          

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    Student Fees

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    Health Insurance Fees

    All residential students must have Swiss health insurance in order to have a residency permit.  Students may purchase insurance through the University.  The cost of the annual premium ranges from EUR 1,200 to EUR 1,500 per year. In addition, when insurance is used, there is an annual deductible of SFr. 230 (approx EUR 160 per year), which must be covered by the student.  Of all covered medical expenses, the insurance company covers 90% of the costs, and the student assumes the remaining 10%.

    All non-resident students are responsible for their own health insurance coverage while on campus.

    Accommodation Fees

    Accommodation fees include housing, three meals a day, plus all applicable taxes. Standard rooms are located in Neu-hausen and deluxe rooms in Schaffhausen. All rooms are furnished and come with bed and bath linens. Deluxe rooms in Schaffhausen contain full bathrooms and receive regular cleaning service.

    Students are charged either monthly or daily rates.  Current accommodation rates are listed on the enclosed Fees Sheet. 

    Textbooks and Materials Fees

    Professors may assign up to three required texts per course. On average, course materials range from EUR 50 – 150 per course.

    Reserve copies of most textbooks and materials are available in the Library. However, since the number of reserve copies is usually limited, and since they may not be checked out of the Library, students shall be advised to calculate and plan to be responsible for the cost of these materials.

    Transcripts

    Transcript Fees EUR 8 per copy

    Miscellaneous Fees

    Resident student visa application EUR 100

    Residency permit – annual renewal EUR 40

    Airport pick-up EUR 100

      

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    Payment of Fees

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    Payment due dates are provided on all bills. A student who is unable to make payment on time must contact Student Account Services to discuss a payment plan.

    Late payment fees will be incurred on any unpaid balances not incorporated in a payment plan.  A 2% penalty fee will be added to balances that are 30 days past due; 4% to balances more than 60 days past due; 6% to balances more than 90 days past due.

    Failure to Pay Fees

    The failure to pay any fee or a part thereof is a breach of a students’ agreement with EIU and may result in any of the following: prevention from attending clause, withholding of a degree, transcripts, letters of reference or other University documentation, or expulsion from EIU.

    Payment Options

    Wire Transfer (Preferred method of payment):
    Payable to EuroSwiss International University. Bank: VP ྾ank AG, Postfach, 8024 Zürich.
    Account No: IBAN CH 3408534105019130010; Swift Code: VPBV CH XXX

    Check or International Money Order:

    Eurocheque, Bank Check or Personal Check drawn on a U.S. or Canadian Bank;

    Payable to EuroSwiss International University, Viktor-von-Bruns-Straße 21 – CH-8201 Neuhausen.

    Credit Card:

    Visa, Diners, Master/Eurocard and American Express not accepted.

     

     

     

     

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    COMPUTER AND NETWORK USAGE POLICY

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    Following are the policies of EuroSwiss International University regarding Information Services, defining the computing services, acceptable use, which is eligible to use them, and the extent of privileges and responsibilities of each category of user. These resources are provided primarily to support the academic and administrative functions of the University. Individual departments within the University may add individual guidelines which may supplement, but not relax, this policy.

    Information Services refers to the provision of computing facilities to EIU faculty, administrative staff, students, and visitors, who are its principal users. 

    Services include email, Internet, and computer access.

    The University grants access to its networks and computer systems subject to certain responsibilities and obligations set forth herein and subject to all local, cantonal, and confederal laws. Use of these systems should always conform to the vision and guidelines of the University.

    All questions regarding Information Systems may be addressed to the Information Services Department at Email:                department@EuroSwissuniversitaet.ch

    or the Information Services Committee at Email:

    committee@EuroSwissuniversitaet.ch

        

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    Authorized use

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    An “authorized user” is any person who has been granted authority by the University to access its computing and network systems and whose usage complies with this policy. Authority to use a particular University computing or network resource should come from the department responsible for operating the resource. Unauthorized use is strictly prohibited. The terms "authorized user" and "user" are hereinafter used interchangeably.

     

     

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    Privacy

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    The University does not guarantee privacy associated with their use of the University network and computer systems. The University may find it necessary to view electronic data and it may be required by law to allow third parties to do so (e.g. electronically stored data may become evidence in legal proceedings).

          

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    E-Mail

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    The EuroSwiss University electronic mail (e-mail) system is made available by permission and is provided for use in communicating information related to the University’s business, for the furtherance of faculty/student research and for departmental/professional development. Casual use of the e-mail system for personal purposes (other than those expressly prohibited) is permitted to all faculty, students and staff in good standing at the University, provided that such use is consistent with the University’s policies and mission.

    Prohibited use of E-Mail

    The system shall not be used, nor access provided for private commercial and related purposes, or to communicate inappropriate materials or messages contrary to University policy, as defined below (see below – Unacceptable Use).

      

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    Competencies expected

     

     

    Resident and Visiting Faculty as well as staff members are expected to possess the following competencies when they come to EuroSwiss:

    Proficient word processing

          

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    User groups

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    1. Staff

    Members of staff are given access to computing facilities to perform their administrative responsibilities for the University. Each staff member receives an email address and password from the IT administrator.

    Administrative personnel are allocated storage space on EIU’s email server to the extent of 50 MB.

    2. Resident Faculty

    Resident faculty members are given access to computing facilities to perform their administrative, teaching and research responsibilities for the University.

    Each resident faculty member receives an email address and password from the IT administrator.

    Resident faculty members are allocated storage space on EIU’s computer system to the extent of 50 MB.

    Resident faculty are allocated space on EuroSwiss’s server to support WebPages for purposes related to their administrative, teaching and research responsibilities.

    3. Global Faculty

    Members of EIU’s Global Faculty are entitled to a EuroSwiss email address. When visiting the campus Global Faculty members are entitled to

    Data storage space on Euro Swiss’s computer network

    Access to email

    Use of a wireless card

    4. Visiting Researchers and Professors

    Researchers and professors who are visiting EIU on a short term basis may request access to Euro Swiss’s computing system. Where resources allow, they are entitled to access to computing facilities (PC and Internet).

    Visiting Researchers and Professors may rent a wireless card.

    On completion of their visit to EIU, visiting researchers and professors must return all computing facilities they have rented or borrowed, and remove all data from Euro Swiss’s computing system. The Information Services manager then has the right to remove any remaining data files from the computing system.

    5. Resident Students

    All registered students who have paid their library and communications fee will automatically receive a computer account (including an email account).

    Resident students have access to the EuroSwiss Computer Network. Access is given to each student in one of two-ways:

    a) via a student owned laptop (“laptop users”)

    b) at the student terminals.

    All students are provided with 30 MB of space on the EuroSwiss Server to store their data.

    6. Visiting Students

    All registered student who have paid their library and communications fees will automatically receive a computer account (including an email account).

    Visiting students have access to the EuroSwiss Computer Network. Access is given to each student in only one of two-ways – via a student owned laptop (“laptop users”) or at the student terminals. All students are provided with 30 MB of space on the EuroSwiss Server to store all their data.

    7.   Distance Students

    Every registered student who has paid their library and communications fee will automatically get a computer account (including an email account). Distance students are provided with a EuroSwiss email address.

    8.   Alumni

    EuroSwiss graduates are entitled to the continued use of a EuroSwiss email address after the completion of their studies at EIU.

          

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    On the completion of his or her term, all staff, resident/Global Faculty and students have 30 days to remove personal files from the computing system, after which time the Information Services manager has the right to close the account. Provision may be made to forward email to a new email address for up to 30 days.

      

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    Acceptable use

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    The intent of this "Acceptable Use Policy" is to clarify the guidelines which determine whether a given use is acceptable or not. These guidelines are not intended to be exhaustive. The performance of normal EuroSwiss University business, research, education and other vital functions is dependent upon the appropriate use of computing facilities. The University's computing and network systems are a University-owned resource and business tool, to be used only by authorized persons for University business and academic purposes.

    All users are expected to show courtesy, to respect and value the privacy of others, to behave ethically, to ensure that their communications are business-like, and to comply with all legal restrictions regarding the use of electronic data. Users are also responsible to recognize and honour the intellectual property rights of others.

    Final authority for determining whether or not a use is acceptable rests with the Information Services Committee. Students, staff, and faculty are responsible for alerting the Committee to any questionable use.

    All users are responsible for refraining from all acts that waste University computer or network resources or contribute to denying usage of such services and resources to others (eg. downloading or distributing overly large files such as photographs, films, etc.). Individual users are responsible for the security and integrity of information stored on their personal computer systems. Computer accounts, passwords, and other types of authorization are assigned to individual users and must not be shared with or used by others.

    a. Acceptable use of the computing system includes:

    Uses consistent with the purposes of the Information Services Department

    Uses related to instruction, research, development and technology transfer

    Uses related to administrative and other support of activities of the University

    b. Acceptable use of the email system

    The EIU electronic mail (e-mail) system is made available by permission and is provided for use in communicating information related to University business. Casual use of the e-mail system for personal purposes (other than those expressly prohibited) may be granted providing that such use is consistent with the University’s policies and mission.  Employees of the University must restrict any personal use to non-working hours. The University may, at any time and without prior notification, monitor messages on the system. User e-mail passwords and messages, whether sent or received, are the property of EuroSwiss University. Use of e-mail and related systems, owned and/or maintained by the University, constitutes agreement and acceptance of this policy.

    c. Personal Website homepages

    Any creation of a personal home page or a personal collection of electronic material that is accessible to others must include the following disclaimer: The material located at this site is not endorsed, sponsored, provided by, or on behalf of, EuroSwiss International University.

          

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    Unacceptable use

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    The system shall not be used, nor access provided for any of the following purposes:

    Commercial and related purposes, such as the unsolicited distribution of advertising material

    The transmission of copyrighted or proprietary information without the appropriate authorization of the owner; Uses which unduly interfere with the work of other users of the network systems, or that seriously disrupt the network, or that result in the loss of a user's work or system; Uses which overload the University computing equipment or systems, or otherwise harm or negatively affect the system's performance

    Uses that are considered by the IS Committee to be malicious or unethical

    Uses that violate international, Swiss federal or provincial laws or other University policies

    Uses related to "chain letters" or broadcasting to lists of individuals in such a manner that might cause congestion of the network

    Uses of the IT network that result in traffic to any connected network, which violates published acceptable use specifications for that network

    Expression of animus or bias against individuals or groups

    Distribution of offensive material such as obscenity, vulgarity or profanity, inappropriate jokes or other non-businesslike material; Distribution of sexually explicit statements or transfer of materials, threats and other offensive communications

    Deliberate attempt to degrade the performance of a computer system or network or to deprive authorized users of access to or use of such resources

    Any action that would damage, impair or disrupt the function of the University network, computer systems, software, data, or file Operation of any server or service, that makes excessive demands on the network

    Creating or propagating, computer or network viruses

    Providing ser vice or distributing any product for a fee

    Obtaining extra computing resources without authority

    Using a password without authority

    Using another user’s password even with permission

    Bypassing or utilizing loopholes, in the University computer or network security systems without authority

    The benefit of organizations not related to the University, except in connection with scholarly pursuits (such as faculty publishing activities)

    Political campaigning

    Commercial or personal advertising

    Libel, slander, or harassment of another person, such as:

    Intentionally using the computer to annoy, harass, terrify, intimidate, threaten, offend or bother another person by conveying obscene language, pictures, or other materials or threats of bodily harm to the recipient or the recipient's immediate family

    Intentionally using the computer to contact another person repeatedly with the intent to annoy, harass, or bother, whether or not any actual message is communicated, and/or where no purpose of legitimate communication exists, and where the recipient has expressed a desire for the communication to cease

    Intentionally using the computer to contact another person repeatedly regarding a matter for which one does not have a legal right to communicate, once the recipient has provided reasonable notice that he or she desires such communication to cease (such as debt collection)

    Intentionally using the computer to disrupt or damage the academic, research, administrative, or related pursuits of another

    Intentionally using the computer to invade the privacy, academic or otherwise, of another individual or to threaten the invasion of such privacy

    Permitting unauthorized individuals, such as friends or colleagues, to use the EuroSwiss system

    Users who engage in any of the above activities may be denied access to the system without prior notice and may be subject to disciplinary action.

          

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    Laptops

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    It is strongly recommended that all faculty, students and staff members bring their own laptop computers to the campus. The Information Services Manager may agree to allow the laptop onto the university’s network, provided that its hardware and software specifications meet the IS guidelines (See “Supported Hardware/Software” below).

    All laptops will be checked by the EIU Department prior to granting access to the Network, in order to ensure that users have a system that meets the University requirements. All laptop users will be given:

    Guidance on how to share local files

    Synchronisation with the Server

    Network connection and ma il connection to their EuroSwiss email account

    Access to the Proxy Server for direct connection to the Internet

    There would be a fee-based option to backup files into .zip or CD media

    Technical support unrelated to Euro Swiss’s network problems (i.e. hardware and software upgrades) are to be reimbursed on a fee-per-item basis

    The IS Department is not responsible for backing up files saved locally on computers

          

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    Wireless Access

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    a. For those having a wireless card

    Laptop owners who are eligible for access to the computing system may access the Internet and the EuroSwiss Network of computers and printers without the use of a cable.

    b. Purchasing a card

    Wireless cards may be ordered through the IS department to ensure full compatibility with the system’s requirements

    c. Card rental

    Wireless cards may be rented from the EIU department.

        

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    Terminal users

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    The files of terminal users are located on the central file server and will be backed up regularly.

    Terminal users may not install any software from the terminals.

    Terminal users may request the IT department to install additional software on the Terminal Server. The decision whether to do so will be based on the compatibility of the software with the server’s Operating System and the relative need for the software.

        

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    Backing up personal files and email is the sole responsibility of each individual user of EIU computing facilities. EIU hereby disclaims any responsibility for the loss or corruption of individual user data for any reason whatsoever.

    If a user’s information is lost, whether through a hardware failure, corrupted files, theft, or natural disasters, it can not be recovered. Therefore, it is the responsibility of individual users to make weekly back up copies of important files, and storing it on a floppy disk, Zip disk, CD or on individual file server space on the network.

    Backup Software:

    There are a number of commercial software packages to assist with the task of backing up files (e.g. Norton Backup, Central Point Backup and Fastback Plus). Most of these commercial packages are easy to use and are menu driven. Free backup software which comes with Windows 2000 may also be used.

    What to Backup:

    The software packages, such as Word, Excel, Access and Outlook which are installed from a CD onto a hard drive do not have to be backed up IF stored in a safe place.

    The Backup programs also allow for an incremental backup (backing up files that have changed since the last backup). In this situation, one full backup can be made, following which subsequent backups can be incremental.

          

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    Procedures for closing accounts

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    Users who cease to be a member of the University community or who are assigned a new position and/or responsibilities within the University shall not use facilities, accounts, access codes, privileges, or information for which he/she is not authorized in the new position or circumstances. 

    Options for transfer of data from the EuroSwiss system

    For a small fee, users may copy/transfer all the available data from a personal account onto a CD. This must be requested at least one week prior to termination of courses or other applicable departure date.

      

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    Supported software/hardware

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    Operating system: Windows2000, Windows XP Home or Professional Edition Programs: MS Office2000 & XP, Outlook 2000, Internet Explorer, Norton or McAfee Virus checker Languages: German.

    Users must make sure they have the latest Service packs for their Operating System (OS), also the virus checking program is updated regularly.

    a.   Not recommended for use at euroswiss

    A number of operating systems are not recommended for use at EuroSwiss Uni. Faculty, staff and students are responsible to investigate beforehand which systems are optimal for support by the EIU Information System.

    b.   Use of privileged access

    Special access to information or other special computing privileges are to be used in the performance of official duties only. Information obtained by special privilege is to be treated as confidential.

    c.   Termination of access

    Whenever a user ceases being a member of the University community or if such user is assigned a new position and/or responsibilities within the University, such user shall not use facilities, accounts, access codes, privileges, or information for which he/she is not authorized in his/her new position or circumstances.

    d. Use of licensed software

    No software may be installed, copied, or used on University resources except as permitted by the owner of the software and by law. Software subject to licensing must be properly licensed and all license provisions (installation, use, copying, number of simultaneous users, term of license, etc.) must be strictly adhered to.

                       

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     Security

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    a.   System administration access

    Certain system administrators of the University's systems will be granted authority to access files for the maintenance of the systems, and storage or backup of information.

    b.   University Access

    The University may access usage data, such as network session connection times and end-points, CPU and disk utilization, security audit trails, network loading, etc. Such activity may be performed within the reasonable discretion of the Information Resources Division management, subject to University approval. Computers owned by the University may be accessed and configured remotely through systems management software, network login scripts and other electronic means.

    c.   Confidential Files

    Networked computers, which are shared by many people, often contain confidential or personal material, such as the text of upcoming examinations. In order to prevent access to confidential material, users should observe the following precautions:

    Log off the network before leaving their workplace

    Change network passwords on a regular basis, avoiding the use of obvious passwords associated with personal name s, addresses, etc

    Consider installing a password-protected screensaver with an automatic time-out

    Not write down passwords and not give them to others

    Store confidential documents on CD or diskette and keep them under lock and key

    Ensure that all data is regularly backed up and, if the back-up includes confidential material, ensure that it is handled appropriately

    When disposing of obsolete equipment, ensure that all confidential information on the hard Drive has been deleted. Logical deletion of files does not destroy the data, which can be reconstructed if it has not been over-written by another file. Reformatting the disk drive destroys the data permanently

    Avoid setting up desktop computer to be accessed remotely by modem; this may be convenient for working at home, but it carries the risk of exposing files to unauthorized access

    Avoid transmitting confidential information decrypted using electronic mail, especially over the Internet

    d.   Attempts to circumvent security

    Users are prohibited from at tempting to circumvent or subvert any security measures implemented for the University computing and network systems. The use of any computer program or device to intercept or decode passwords or similar access control information is prohibited. This section does not prohibit use of security tools by Information Resources system administration personnel.

    e.   Enforcing this policy

    Departments and individuals may, with the permission of the Executive Council, configure computing systems to provide information retrieval services to the public at large under the auspices of the University. (Current examples include "anonymous ftp," and the "World Wide Web.") However, in so doing, particular attention must be paid to issues addressed elsewhere in this policy, such as authorized use, responsible use of resources and individual and departmental responsibilities. In addition, copyrighted information and materials and licensed software must be used in an appropriate and lawful manner.

              

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    Procedures and sanctions

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    Responding to security and abuse incidents

    ll users and departmental units have the responsibility to report any attempts to obtain unauthorized access or other improper usage of University computers, networks, or other information processing equipment. If a breach of security or abuse of any University computer or network facility is observed or reported, this information shall be immediately reported the C hair of the Department in question and/or the Manager of the Office of Information.

    Range of disciplinary sanctions

    Persons in violation of this policy are subject to a full range of sanctions, including, but not limited to, the loss of computer or network access privileges, disciplinary action, and dismissal from the University. Some violations may constitute criminal offences, as defined by local, state, and federal laws, and the University may prosecute any such violations to the full extent of the law.

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    HEALTH AND SAFETY

     

              

    10.1

    Occupational Health & Safety

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    EuroSwiss International University Occupational recognizes its obligation to take precautions to provide and maintain, so far as practicable, an environment that is safe for employees, students, contractors and visitors. Implementation of this policy is the responsibility of the Executive Council. For all matters related to health and safety, please contact Dr. Joachim Ledwoch +41-76-3 960 667.

    Safety

    EuroSwiss International University recognizes its obligation to take precautions to provide and maintain, so far as practicable, an environment that is safe for employees, students, contractors and visitors. Implementation of this policy is the responsibility of the Executive Council, through the Safety Committee. This Committee has primary responsibility for looking out for the general safety of the campus, with regard to such emergency matters as injury, fire, breakage, intruders, etc. For all matters related to health and safety, please contact Dr. Joachim Ledwoch Phone ++41-76-3 960 667 or phone the parkklinik, bad säckingen.

    The Safety Committee

    will conduct an orientation for all new faculty, students and staff concerning safety procedures, the realities and courtesies of life in the immediate environment, traffic regulations and dangers, intruders, and any other matters that may affect their safety

    is responsible to secure information on fire codes for this canton and to survey EuroSwiss sites, to see that the campus is code compliant, and to report any infractions to the Executive for remedial action

    is responsible for the mapping of all fire escapes, hoses, extinguishers, exits, to communicate these to all faculty, students and staff and to ensure that the equipment needed at the stipulated fire stations around the campus are properly identified and maintained

    will advise the Executive Council of any intruders who appear on campus

    will ensure proper signage at the road crossings both above and below the campus, to encourage passing vehicles to observe the lowered speed limit

    will see that the front doors are locked automatically at 11pm both summer and winte

            

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    Health Insurance

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    All students and staff of EuroSwiss residing in Switzerland are required by law to possess valid Swiss Health Insurance.

    All details pertaining to acquiring valid health insurance should be managed by staff and students themselves with the assistance of the Office of Operations.

      

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    Access to Medical Services

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    EuroSwiss does not employ any individuals in the capacity of a medical professional and does not undertake to offer any medical services to students and staff.

    Faculty, students and staff requiring medical attention are advised to seek out the appropriate assistance from qualified Swiss professionals when necessary and for arranging their own medical appointments.

    Faculty, students and staff are advised to seek out professionals with whom they can communicate, aware that EuroSwiss does not possess the resources to provide translation services.

          

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    Health Advisors

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    In order to facilitate students and staff’s receiving the necessary medical attention; EuroSwiss does have on-campus Health Advisors.

    The role of the Health Advisors is to help guide students and staff to the appropriate Swiss physicians and hospital care and to provide general health education and awareness. Students and staff are not required to use the Health Advisors. They may go directly to a Swiss physician and/or hospital at any time they feel it is necessary.

    The Health Advisors, while having some medical training, are not qualified health-care professionals in Switzerland, are prohibited from providing health care in Switzerland, and cannot be used as a replacement for or to avoid receiving medical attention from the Swiss medical system. Students and staff should not rely on the Health Advisors for any medical advice or attention other than their assistance in guiding students and staff to proper Swiss medical care.

    The Health Advisors and EuroSwiss are not responsible or liable for the care or treatment which faculty, students and staff receive from Swiss health professionals.

    The Health Advisors and EuroSwiss are in no way responsible or liable if students and staff choose not to go to a Swiss health professional, whether or not the Health Advisor has indicated they should do so.

    The Health Advisors neither dispense nor sell any kind of medication. All staff and students must make provisions for their own medication. 

              

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    Emergency Care

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    In the case of minor accidents or injuries, EIU will maintain emergency aid kits for the use of faculty, students and staff, in accessible locations on-campus.

    If any student or faculty/staff member of EuroSwiss requires, or believes he or she may require, immediate medical attention, the y should seek out appropriate medical assistance from local Swiss health professionals or hospital emergency rooms as soon as possible. They should not, and are not required to, contact a Health Advisor first.

      

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    Travel

     

     

    EuroSwiss does not provide transportation service for faculty, staff and students for emergencies, doctor visits, or other medical appointments. Students and staff are encouraged to arrange their own transportation, or in the case of emergencies, to use the appropriate ambulance  services.

      

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    Medical Information and Disclosure Form

     

     

    All students and staff must complete and return the Medical Information and Disclosure Form prior to their arrival on campus, thus ensuring that all legally required immunizations have been received. This information will assist the Health Advisors to facilitate access to appropriate medical care and to provide the Swiss health professionals with appropriate information in case of emergencies.

        

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    Health Information Sheet

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    All students will receive a Health Information Sheet. The sheet lists names and phone numbers of doctors, hospitals, emergency rooms, ambulance services, police, and pharmacies in the area of EuroSwiss  Universität-.

     

     

                    

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    DRUGS AND ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ON CAMPUS

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    EuroSwiss International University is an alcohol-free and drug-free campus.                                                                             

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    All members of the EuroSwiss community, including but not limited to students, staff, faculty and guests, are prohibited from possessing, using or distributing alcohol, any drugs not for prescribed medical use, or any other controlled or dangerous substances, on all properties owned, leased or controlled by the University or at any activity sponsored by the University

    1.2

    Any student, faculty or staff member whose academic or work performance, or compliance with the rules and policies of EIU, is impaired as a result of the use of alcohol, any drugs not for prescribed medical use, or any other controlled or dangerous substances, regardless of the location of the use, will be treated as misconduct on campus

    1.3

    Any student, faculty or staff member who violates applicable alcohol or drug laws, regardless of the location of the violation, will be treated as having engaged in misconduct on campus

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    Any individual who is found to be in violation of points 1 – 3 above is subject to disciplinary action, as well as possible referral for criminal prosecution. Such disciplinary action may go as far as removal from University properties, termination of employment and/or expulsion from the university. It is the responsibility of all persons associated with EuroSwiss International University to seek clarification regarding this policy

     

     

             

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    SEXUAL HARASSMENT

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    Sexual harassment of faculty, staff, students, or guests is prohibited at EuroSwiss International University.  EuroSwiss International University will not tolerate sexual harassment in any form.

    Definition Sexual harassment has been defined in this policy as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

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    Submission to such conduct is a condition for employment, promotion, grades, or academic status

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    Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment or academic or other decisions affecting an individual

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    Such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering unreasonably with the individual’s work or academic performance or creates an offensive, hostile, or intimidating working or learning environment

    Examples of sexual harssment (Not to be konstrued as exhaustive)

    Sexual harassment may take many forms and includes, but is not limited to:

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    Propositions of a sexual nature

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    Verbal or physical assault

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    Pressure, which may be explicit or subtle, for sexual favours accompanied by threats or implied threats concerning things such as jobs, promotions, grades, recommendations, etc

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    Inappropriate use, sharing, or display of sexually suggestive, explicit, or obscene material

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    Conduct, or a pattern of interaction, that would cause discomfort to or humiliate a reasonable person who was the object of the conduct. Such conduct may include

     

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    unnecessary touching, pinching, patting, or the repeated brushing against another person’s body; unwanted attention of a sexual nature

     

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    use of sexually abusive language (including remarks about a person’s clothing, body or bodily movement,  or sexual activities)

     

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    unwanted and unwelcome teasing and joking of a sexual nature

    Reporting

    EuroSwiss International University encourages individuals to immediately report to the Executive Council all incidents or perceived incidents of sexual harassment, regardless of who is involved, or who the alleged offender(s) may be. Individuals who are uncertain if they have experienced sexual harassment should nonetheless report the incident immediately.

    Staff members should report any and all incidents to their supervisor or, if inappropriate, directly to the head of the Department of Human Resources.

    If the reporting party should feel that the persons specified above are inappropriate to report such incidents, they should seek guidance from the Executive Committee of EuroSwiss International University.

    Resolution of Complaints

    Complaints are resolved by a range of mechanisms with varying degrees of formality. Whenever necessary, the University will institute disciplinary proceedings against the offending individual(s). Sanctions may rise to the level of termination of the offenders (or offenders’) University affiliation.

    EuroSwiss International University prohibits acts of reprisal against anyone involved in filing a complaint or reporting an incident of sexual harassment.

    The University considers filing intentionally false reports of sexual harassment a violation of this policy and disciplinary measures can be imposed up to and including the termination of relations with the University.

    Consensual Relationships Between Members of the EuroSwiss Community

    Romantic, intimate, and/or sexual relationships between faculty and student, staff and student, or supervisors and subordinate employees, are strongly discouraged. Such relationships have the potential for adverse consequences, including the filing of charges of sexual harassment.

    Due to the potential for adverse consequences and conflicts of interest, unfair treatment and/or favouritism, individuals involved in faculty/student, staff/student, or supervisor/subordinate relationships must take the following steps:

    Report the relationship to the immediate staff supervisor or Chair of Department

    Immediately terminate any supervisory or educational responsibilities in relation to the partner in the relationship

    Once such a relationship has been reported, the supervisor or Chair of Department is responsible for making sure that an individual does not supervise, or carry out academic evaluation of his or her spouse or partner, or the person with whom she or he is involved in a relationship.

     

     

     

            

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    STUDENT AND RESIDENCE LIFE

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    Respect for Diversity

    EuroSwiss International University brings together student, staff, and Faculty from many different backgrounds and traditions. Celebrating this diversity, EuroSwiss strives to create a dynamic community life that is open, sharing, loving and consultative. EIU condemns all forms of discrimination, abuse, or EIU encourages students to work with the Student Council to create a pattern of community life that is enjoyable, inclusive, safe and reflective of the diversity of the student body.

    Student Council

    The EIU Student Council is elected yearly in September by the student population. The Student Council has the following responsibilities:

    Planning activities for the student body and University community

    Advising the Executive Committee on issues of concern to students; and

    Managing the student activities fees budget

    Residence Room Care

    During the academic year the residence is home to many of the students, staff, and faculty of EIU.  In order to keep the residence in good condition for those currently living there and for future inhabitants, individuals living in residence are responsible to show diligence and care in ensuring that there is no damage to the rooms or furniture, and that common space in the residence is well kept.  Specifically, please note the following:

    The walls may not be punched with thumbtacks, nails or other piercing items

    Posters and other items must be displayed using  only non-damaging materials

    Stains on the carpet must be reported immediately, so they may be cleaned in a timely manner

    Students are responsible for any vandalism of furniture (including chairs, tables, beds, lamps, telephones, and closets) and responsible to report such damage immediately

    Public entry areas must be kept clean. Personal belongings (such as books, clothing, and other items) left outside rooms will be cleared and deposited in the Lost and Found

    Food must not be stored or disposed of in rooms. Food may be kept in the designated areas, such as the refrigerators in the student lounge or dining room

    Diversity and equal opportunity objectives

    The University's Diversity objectives encompass access for students from diverse backgrounds. The diversity objectives are as follows:

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    To support the development of a more diverse student body by encouraging access for students from targeted countries

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    To promote and provide as far as possible a diverse university community that meets the needs of diverse groups

    Based on the principles of justice, equity and the pursuit of excellence, the University is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education, and employment for staff, students and prospective students of the University. The Diversity and Equal Opportunity Objectives are designed to support the principle that staff are selected or promoted according to merit.

    The University will ensure that its structures and practices are free from direct or indirect discrimination based on age, gender, marital status, career status, pregnancy or breastfeeding, parenthood, physical features, sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity, social and economic circumstances, race, disability, religious and political beliefs, and activities. The University will not tolerate discrimination (see below for definition) against any student or staff member in relation to access to University facilities and services.

    A complaint may be made by a staff member or student against a staff member, or student. A complaint must be made only to the Executive Council as soon as possible, but not later than twelve months after the alleged discrimination occurred, unless good and sufficient reason for consideration after this time can be established. The University will, consistent with the proper and fair investigation and determination of a complaint, take appropriate action with respect to each complaint. To the extent possible, the University respects the confidentiality of information supplied in relation to the complaint.

    The process of resolving discrimination complaints will have three stages:

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    Advice: In this stage, the problem, as perceived by the complainant is clarified, advice as to options available given. The aim is to ensure that the complainant is given appropriate support and advice in order to decide whether and how to proceed with the complaint, if so desired

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    Conciliation: if the complainant is willing to be identified to the respondent and to detail the complaint in writing, then the complaint process moves to the conciliation stage. If so, the respondent must be provided with the written complaint and the complaints procedures, and be provided with the opportunity to respond in writing. Resolution may be achieved after meetings with the respondent and the complainant individually or together

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    Investigation and Determination: If the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved at Stage 2 (Conciliation), and the complainant wishes to proceed, the complaint will be forwarded to the University President for investigation and determination

     

     

     

                

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    CONFLICT OF INTEREST

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    In order to ensure that EuroSwiss International University remains an environment free from impropriety or the appearance thereof, the following guidelines are imposed for the avoidance and/or resolution of conflicts of interest.

    Academic

    Any person instructing a course who is directly related to, or who has a close personal relationship with, any student enrolled in a course must make that relationship known to the Office of Academic Affairs and, in consultation with the that Office, make arrangements for alternative evaluation of the students work.

    Employment

    Any person in a supervisory position who is directly related to, or who has a close personal relationship with, any person under their supervision, must make that relationship known to the Executive Council and, in consultation with the Council, make arrangements for alternative work evaluations.

    Financial

    Any person who has any form of connection with, or relation to, any institution, person or group, that is engaged in business with, or is in the process of negotiation to enter into business with, EuroSwiss International University shall make that connection, or relationship, known at the earliest possible stages of that business or negotiation to the Chief Financial Officer, and promptly divest themselves of all forms of responsibility for the proceeding business, unless otherwise approved in writing by the CFO and the Executive Committee. If reporting to the Chief Financial Officer is inappropriate or if the Chief Financial Officer has a connection or relation to any institution, person or group that is engaged in business with, or is in the process of negotiation to enter into business with EuroSwiss International University they shall make that connection or relation known to the Executive Committee.

    Any contract written shall contain a clause, so as to make it null and void, if a violation of this policy is found to have existed at the time of negotiation of the contract.

    General:

    If every reasonable effort to report such a connection or relationship is not made the matter will be treated as a breach of this policy and appropriate disciplinary action will be undertaken.

     

     

     

     

      

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    STUDENT MISCONDUCT

     

        

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    Academic Misconduct

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    EuroSwiss International University seeks to create a learning environment of rigor and integrity. As such, any form of academic misconduct is treated with the utmost seriousness.

    Academic misconduct refers to any conduct by which a student seeks to gain academic advantage to which he or she, or another person is not entitled. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to the following:

    Cheating

    Plagiarism

    Altering grades, records or other materials

    Actions which interfere with the classroom learning environment; -Aiding and abetting the academic misconduct of others

    Any individual found to have committed academic misconduct may face a range of sanctions up to and including expulsion from EIU.

    Plagiarism - Assignments and Essays

    Plagiarism is the presentation by a student, instructor or researcher of work (assignment, paper, oral presentation) which has been copied or paraphrased, in whole or in part, from another person’s work, or from any other source (eg published books, Web-based material or periodicals), without due acknowledgment in the text.

    All submitted work must acknowledge any material which is not that of the submitting writer, whether faculty or student. Plagiarism is the presentation or quoting of material without acknowledgment, in effect claiming it as represent in one’s own work and ideas. Quoted passages must be placed in quotation marks and their source referenced within the text (giving author, date and page number). Any ideas, assertions or arguments paraphrased or summarised should also be referenced within the text (giving author, date and page number). A list of references at the end of the paper or assessment task must list all the works referred to.

    Presenting material (copied or paraphrased) from other sources without full acknowledgement (plagiarism) is penalised heavily (see below).

    Quoting, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing

    The ideas of others may be presented in writing, either through direct quotation, summary or paraphrase.

    For direct quotation:

    the material must be copied from the source carefully, without changes in any wording, spelling, capitalisation or punctuation

    an ellipsis mark (three periods in succession) may be used to indicate deleted text from a direct quotation

    square brackets may be used to indicate words, comments, or punctuation marks which have been added to a quotation (eg. For grammatical congruity)

    the word [sic] (meaning 'in this manner') in square brackets immediately after any mistake in spelling, grammar, or common knowledge, or misquote, which is part of the original quotation

    quoted material of eight lines or less, should be placed in quotation marks within the body of the text

    quoted material longer than eight lines should be set off from the text , using indentation, single spaced, without quotation marks, and separated from the preceding and following text by a single extra line space

    For Summary or Paraphrase :

    Restating in one’s own words, the sentences, structures, and meaning of someone else’s writing.

    Although quotation marks are not needed, acknowledgement must be made of the author of the idea o statement

    Using the original sentence pattern, while substituting synonyms for key words, or, conversely, using the original words while changing the sentence pattern constitutes plagiarism, not paraphrase, even if the source is acknowledged , because both methods use someone else's expression without acknowledging with quotation marks

    In paraphrasing, it is important to use one’s own form of expression, and at the same time to represent the author's meaning without distorting it. here a student is suspected of plagiarism by an examiner, the following procedures will apply

    te examiner or instructor will present the details to the Chair of the Department who will determine whether to proceed with the matter

    if the Chair determines to proceed, the student(s) will be invited to a hearing before the Examination Supervision Committee or Academic Council

    if, after the hearing, the Examination Supervision Committee or Academic Council is of the opinion that  the student(s) has been guilty of plagiarism it may

     

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    require the student to undertake additional assessment in that subject

     

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    return a mark of zero for the piece of assessment or a fail grade for the subject

     

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    refer the matter to the Academic Council, if it is felt that the case represents academic misconduct

    Any case involving plagiarism will be reviewed by the Academic Council, which may recommend that the student be placed on Disciplinary and/or Academic Probation or be expelled from the University. Any student involved academic misconduct during a period of Disciplinary Probation will be required to take a leave of absence. Any subsequent academic misconduct will result in automatic expulsion from the University. Students expelled for academic or disciplinary reasons are not entitled to refunds for tuition or fees paid for the semester of their expulsion.

    Cheating

    A student who enters an examination room to take part in an assessment must not, by act or omission, do anything which is likely to have the effect of obtaining for that student, or any other person, an advantage by unauthorised, unscholarly or unfair means. A student must not, either during or in connection with, the performance examination or any other com-ponent of course assessment:

    Use or attempt to use materials, information, or devices in an academic assignment or examination which have not been authorized or permitted by the instructor

    Communicate information about an academic assignment or examination which has not been authorized  or permitted by the Instructor

    Directly or indirectly assist any other student or accept assistance from any other person

    Copy from or otherwise use the answer of any other student, or permit any other person to copy from or otherwise use his or her answer

    Submit, or represent as the work of the student, the whole or part of published or unpublished material, which has been written or prepared by some other person

    Any student in breach of this regulation is guilty of academic misconduct.

    The above policy empowers the University to exclude the student from the University, either permanently or temporarily; deprive the student of credit for the subject, or for the component of assessment, of the subject to which the misconduct relates, or to terminate the student's enrolment.

    Altering Grades

    Altering grades, records or other materials includes:

    Tampering or interfering in any way with any university documents – including grade reports – for the purpose of altering the information on the documents, unless otherwise authorized

    Attempting to tamper or interfere in any way with any university documents – including grade reports– for the purpose of altering the information on the documents, unless otherwise authorized

    Interference with Learning Environment

    Interference with the classroom learning environment includes:

    Disrupting a class session through excessive noise or other disruptive and inappropriate behaviour.

    Aiding in Academic Misconduct

    Any one who aids an individual, or group of individuals, in committing any act of academic misconduct as described in this policy will be considered to have committed that act of misconduct.

          

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    Non-academic misconduct refers to any conduct or behaviours that

    unreasonably prevents or attempts to prevent any person authorized by the University to speak at any lecture, class, seminar or other academic activity, or any political, social gathering,

    breaches the University's policy against sexual harassment

    breaches the University’s library policy

    breaches the University’s policy relating to occupational health and safety

    breaches the University's policy with respect to the use of computers and computer facilities

    breaches the University’s policy regarding consumption of alcoholic drinks on campus

    interferes with, or causes damage to, or loss of, any property or facilities owned or controlled by any person whilst such property or facilities are lawfully on any premises owned or controlled by the University

    involves the impersonation of another person or the use of forged, false or falsified evidence of academic standing, or any other relevant matter, in order to gain or maintain enrolment

    involves concealing or withholding, whether deliberately or not, the whole or part of a student's academic record

    submitting incorrect details of his or her academic record

    relying on the academic record or English Language test scores or any other relevant material of Another person, in order to gain enrolment

    An alleged misconduct is to be reported as quickly as possible by a staff or faculty member or student to the Executive Council. If after notifying the student of the alleged misconduct, and giving the student an opportunity to be heard, the Executive Council has determined that the student has committed the misconduct, it may impose any or all of the following penalties:

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    Reprimand the student

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    Require the student to pay an amount to cover the cost of repairing any damage caused by the student to any property or facilities

    If in the opinion of the Executive Council, the above penalties are not adequate, the Council may refer the matter to the President of the University, who is empowered, after giving the student an opportunity to be heard, to exclude the student from University, or from specified premises or facilities of the University, either permanently, or for such period and on such terms and conditions as he or she deems appropriate.

            

    15.3

    Staff and Faculty Misconduct

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    University staffs, both academic and general, are in a position of trust with students. This position of trust implies a series of responsibilities owed to students. In exercising those responsibilities, staff should avoid conflicts of interest, that is, a conflict between a personal relationship and professional responsibilities. These relationships should be consistent with equity and with the Equal Opportunity and Sexual Harassment policies of the University.