Academic Progress Policy
- Courses in University of Fujairah are offered in two semesters: A Fall semester and a spring semester.Each semester consists of 15 weeks followed by the examination period.The University may also offer a summer session consisting of at least 6 weeks.
- Attendance at UOF is compulsory for Physical (face-to-face) and Virtual (online) classes.
- Failure to adhere to this attendance policy would result in dismissal from courses.
- The minimum percentage of face-to-face and virtual classes (combined) is 75%.
- A student will not be allowed to take the final examination if he/she has missed more than 25 percent of physical and virtual classes (combined) during the semester.
- Absence warning policies are set out below:
- If a student is absent for 10 percent of physical and virtual class hours, the instructor will issue the 10% Absence Warning (First waning).
- If a student is absent for 20 percent of physical and virtual class hours, the instructor will issue the 20% Absence Warning (second warning).
- If a student is absent for more than 25 percent of physical and virtual class hours, the instructor will issue the 25% Absence Warning, and a student will be administratively withdrawn from the course and assigned a “WA” grade, which is not calculated into his/her GPA. Once being administratively withdrawn, the student may not sit for or have graded the final examination in the course.
- For the Associate of Arts Degree Programs: students must study for at least two semesters and must have completed at least 50% of the total number of credit hours required at University of Fujairah.
- For the Bachelor Degree Programs: students must study for at least four semesters and must have completed at least 50% the total number of credit hours required at University of Fujairah.
- Students are expected to attend all lectures, recitations, quizzes, and laboratories regularly, either through traditional face-to-face classes or online.
- Students may appeal to the Dean of the College by submitting official documentation asking for exemption. Under exceptional circumstances (i.e. Illness or death of an immediate family member) the College Dean may accept the appeal.
- A student who, during his/her studies, desires a leave of absence of more than two full consecutive days for non-medical reasons should apply to the Dean of the College concerned in writing at the earliest opportunity, stating the reasons for which the leave of absence is required. Student Affairs will post weekly the names of all students receiving the attendance warnings. Each student is responsible for checking the list to ensure its accuracy.
Maintaining Good Academic Standing
To remain in good academic standing, undergraduate students must maintain an overall Cumulated Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.0 or better for all course work attempted at UOF. A student whose CGPA falls below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation for the following semester (summer terms are counted in the calculation of the probation periods for students who choose to register for 6 credit hours in each summer term). If at the end of that semester the student receives a SGPA of 2.0 or above, but is still below a CGPA of 2.0, he/she will remain on academic probation for one more semester. Students will be notified of their status by receiving probation notices and a copy will be sent to the Academic Advisor, Chair of the Department, Student guardian and the Sponsor, if any. Such students are allowed to register for no more than 15 credit hours for the first probationary semester and 12 credit hours for the second probationary semester. Students who do not meet the above criteria will be liable to the following actions according to their status:
Action 1: Students will be restricted to repeating courses in which they achieved grades below C, and/or taking one new course per semester only, until they achieve a CGPA of 2.0 or above.
Action 2: Students who have completed 90+ credits of the total credit hours required for graduation will be granted the opportunity to continue their studies in the same academic program, but will be allowed to register for no more than 12 credit hours of repeated courses (those with grades below C) per semester until they achieve a CGPA of 2.0 or higher.
Application For Graduation
Students must apply for graduation during the eighth week of the semester prior to the semester in which they plan to graduate. The application from must be signed by the students’ academic advisors and Program Coordinators and submitted to the Department of Admissions and Registration (DAR). The DAR will review the records of all students who have applied for graduation and inform them in writing of all requirements that still must be met in order to graduate and any deficiencies that need to be corrected. A report will be given to the student before registration for the next semester. A copy of the report will also be given to the student’s advisors.
Maximum Enrollment Period
- The maximum enrollment period for students enrolled in the Associate of Arts degree programs shall not exceed five (5) years of residency from the time they begin the degree program.
- The maximum enrollment period for students enrolled in the Bachelor degree programs shall not exceed seven (8) years of residency from the time they begin the degree program.
- Students who have not finished their degree within the allowable time shall be required to repeat courses. (Prescribe total number of courses to be re-enrolled to complete the degree shall be governed by the Standards set by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research).
Adding, Dropping, and Withdrawal of Subjects
- A student may drop or add subjects during the first week of classes in a regular semester or the first three (3) days of a summer semester.
- A student may withdraw from subjects during the first week of instruction.
- After the first week of classes, withdrawals are allowed only for valid reasons. Students shall use the withdrawal form duly approved by the instructor and academic advisor. Students shall be guided by the following:
- During the first week of instruction, students may withdraw from a course by filing a withdrawal from and submit the form to the Admission and Registration Department.
- Withdrawing from the course during the first week of the semester does not need approval from the instructor; and there will be no indication on the student’s permanent record that he/she enrolled in that course.
- After the end of the first week of instruction, withdrawals are allowed only for compelling reasons.
- If the student is passing the course at the time of withdrawal, he/she will be assigned a grade of WP.
- If the student is failing the course at the time of withdrawal, he/she will be assigned a grade of WF, which will be calculated as a failing grade.
- Students who withdraw from a course after the end of the first week without the appropriate approval from the concerned academic authorities will receive a grade of WF which is calculated as an F in the grade point average for that course.
- Students who stop attending classes without dropping the course will automatically be assigned a grade of WF.
Leave Of Absence
- The Leave of Absence Policy allows students to take a leave from UoF up to two (2) years, and may consider students’ reasons such as health issues, financial difficulties, study abroad opportunities, family-and-or work obligations, and personal reasons. Students, who apply for leave of absence, shall report to the Admission and Registration Department to fill-out required forms; and shall be encouraged to talk with an academic advisor about options, the process of taking a leave, procedures, and timeline of applying for readmission.
The following policy shall govern Re-Admission at FU:
- When student returns during the time of his/her leave of absence, he/she shall be re-admitted as continuing student status.
- With the aforementioned status, the student shall not be required to reapply for admission, or to pay another admission fee upon returning.
- If the student do not return to UoF on or before the conclusion of his leave of absence, the University, through the concerned department, shall advise him/her to reapply for admission, pay the admission fee, and be held to all the requirements at the time of readmission.
- Except for the first semester of enrollment, student whose semester GPA falls below 2.0 in any semester or whose Cumulative Grade Point Average CGPA falls below 2.0 shall be placed on academic probation, and shall not considered to be in a good academic standing.
- Student shall remain on academic probation until his/her GPA rises to 2.0 or higher.
- Student under probation shall be allowed to register for lesser subjects during the semester.
- Student on academic probation shall not be eligible to hold office in any student club or organization.
Dismissal And Academic Suspension Policy
- The University may dismiss a student if he/she did demonstrate satisfactory progress during his/her probationary period.Students on academic probation may be dismissed from the University if they remain on academic probation for more than two (2) consecutive semesters (if he/she receives the 3rd academic warning).