Policies and Procedures

BRAC University follows a model of higher education consisting of semesters' courses' credit hours' continuous evaluation and letter grading.

Academic Standards
In keeping with its mission and goals' the University strives to insure high academic standards by implementing well-designed curricula' carefully selecting high quality students and faculty' utilizing modern and effective instructional methods and aids' and by continuously monitoring and rigorously evaluating all the pertinent activities and systems. As mentioned earlier' BRAC University has built up resources and facilities to ensure high academic standards.

Semesters
There are three equal semesters-Spring' Fall' and Summer. The duration of each semester is 13 working weeks. An additional week for each semester is allocated for final exams. Usually the Spring semester commences in January' the Summer semester in May and the Fall semester commences in September. The Semester Calendar provides deadlines for registration' add/drop courses' withdrawals etc. This has financial and academic implications.

Course Numbering System 
Each course is identified by a two-part numbering system. The first part with three alphabets represents the subject area and the second part refers to the level of the course as follows: 

1st Year courses: 100-199 3rd Year courses: 300-399
2nd Year courses: 200-299 4th Year courses: 400-499

The series 100' 200' 300 and 400 numbers are intended to indicate progressively more demanding content of the course and correspondingly increasing competence on the part of the students enrolled in the course. For example' ACT 301 Intermediate Accounting is a third year course and it is assumed that a student registering in this course has already attended one or more second year (200 levels) courses in Accounting. A student may register in this course before third year if he has already fulfilled the prerequisites for the course. The course may be taken after third year also when the student has fulfilled the prerequisites. Courses numbered 001-099 are remedial or non-credit courses.

Student Classification and Course Load
Students enrolled in the undergraduate programs of BRAC University are classified as Freshman' Sophomore' Junior' Senior and Advanced Senior based on the number of credit hours earned towards a degree. The basis and classification are as follows:

Level  Earned Credits
Freshman 0 to 30 
Sophomore 31 to 60 
Junior  61 to 90 
Senior 91 to 140 
Advanced Senior 140+

A student who registers for 12 credits or more is considered to be a full time student. A full-time student taking 12 credits in each semester will be able to complete the program in less than four years. Fee waivers' scholarships and academic honors are considered for full time students only.

Maximum period to complete the undergraduate program is eight years from the date of first admission to the university and minimum period to complete the undergraduate program is three years.

Credit hours
Students take courses each semester and these courses have credits assigned to them and the credits are counted towards the degree. Credit hours for a course are assigned on the basis of a 13-week semester. One (1) credit hour means that the course meets for 50 minutes in a class each week; Three (3) credits mean that the class will meet twice a week for 80 minutes in each session. The tutorial/lab/workshop sessions meets for 100 - 150 minutes each week. Two (2) credit courses mean that the course meets twice every week for 50 minutes in each class.

Student Advising
Good advising is critical for successful graduation. For most students' University will be the first time that they will be responsible for things such as selecting courses or choosing a major. An academic advisor a faculty member can help with these and other decisions; however' advising is a two-way street. Students and advisors share the responsibility for successful advising.

Performance Evaluation
The performance of the students will be evaluated throughout the semester by class tests' quizzes' assignments' and midterm exams. End of semester evaluation includes comprehensive final exams' term papers' project reports etc. Numerical scores earned by a students in tests' exams.' assignments etc are cumulated and converted to letter grades at the end of the semester.

Methods and Medium of Instructions 
The university follows modern teaching methods including interactive Internet' simulation' lab work' case analysis' and field study. A special feature of BRAC University teaching is the workshop/lab sessions designed to assist students in learning application of concepts and theories. The medium of instructions in BRAC University is English.

Grading System
The grades at the university will be indicated in the following manner:

90 - 100 = A (4.0) Excellent
85 - <90 = A- (3.7) 
80 - <85 = B+ (3.3) 
75 - <80 = B (3.0) Good
70 - <75 = B- (2.7) 
65 - <70 = C+ (2.3) 
60 - <65 = C (2.0) Fair
57 - <60 = C- (1.7) 
55 - <57 = D+ (1.3) 
52 - <55 = D (1.0) Poor
50 - <52 = D- (0.7) 
<50 = F (0.0) Failure

Grades without numerical value:
P: Pass 
I: Incomplete
W: Withdrawal

Pass/Fail Option: A course may be taken for a pass/fail grade' providing that the instructor approves the option and the student carries 12 credits for regular letter grades in that semester. A maximum of 16 credits may be taken for credit with the pass/fail grading option. No more than four credits may be taken with the pass/fail grading option in any one semester. Departments may not approve the pass/fail grading option for some courses counting towards the major.

Incomplete Grade: An Incomplete (I) grade is assigned only when a student has failed to complete one or more requirements of the course for an unavoidable reason/accidental circumstance and has applied for I grade. The students who are permitted to appear in make up examination (s) will be assigned an 'I' grade for that course and this grade will stay until the student appears in the make up examination at the first available opportunity; if s/he fails to appear in the make up examination the 'I' grade will automatically be converted to 'F' grade.

Withdrawal (W): is assigned to a student who withdraws from the course within the deadline for withdrawal with 'W' grade. A student who withdraws after this date will earn the grade based on his performance before his withdrawal. Exception to this rule may be made on medical ground and on terms and condition imposed by the University.

GPA Computation
The Grade Point Average (GPA) is computed in the following manner:

           Sum of (Grade points H Credits)
GPA = -------------------------------
           Sum of Credits attempted

Grades Review Procedure
The Committee on Academic Standard administers the Grading Regulations and reviews course grades submitted by the Departments.

Academic Standing
Students will be expected to maintain standards in their academic work. They should be taking the requisite number of courses and maintain satisfactory grades in these courses. In particular, students are expected to maintain a GPA of 2.00 (both semester and cumulative)' otherwise the student will be put on probation for the following semester. If the student fails to maintain a CGPA of 2.00 in any semester' then the university will review the student's record and may recommend further action that may include options such as changing course of study taking extra courses or in some cases withdrawing from the university. If a student on probation fails to raise CGPA to 2.00 in two consecutive semesters s/he will be dismissed from the University. Students whose grade point average is below 1.0 in their first semester may be asked to withdraw from the university.

Repeating Courses
A student who receives an F grade in a course will be required to repeat the course and the grade  received on repeating the course will replace his original grade (F). The transcript will show the grade earned on repetition along with F grade  although it will not be counted in GPA or CGPA computation. However, if a student after repeating 100 or 200 level  course obtains a better grade, shall not have her/his 'F' shown in the Final Transcript. The Final Transcript will only indicate her/his latest grade in that particular course. A student who earns  F grade on repetition will be allowed to take the course once again.  In case of  a student who takes the course for the third time and earns F grade,  the university will review the student’s record and recommend further action which may include options such as changing course of study, taking extra courses, withdrawing from the university temporarily or dismissal from the program.

Retaking Courses
A student may retake one or more courses for  improvement  of grade and the best of the grades earned in a course on retaking will be counted  for CGPA calculation . The transcript will, however, show all the grades earned in the course.  A course cannot be retaken more than twice.

Courses for Audit and Credit 
Audit is a registration status allowing students to attend a course without receiving credit. Both undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in BRAC University may audit courses. Graduates of BRAC University or other universities acceptable to BRAC University may enroll for "Audit" of courses. The performance of students auditing a course will not be evaluated or graded and they will receive a grade 'AU'.

Students and alumni of BRAC University will have to pay 50% of tuition fees and other fees. All other students will have to pay full tuition and other fees.

Students currently enrolled in universities acceptable to BRAC University may enroll as a credit student in at best 10 courses (30 credits) on payment of full tuition and other fees of the university. Candidates seeking admission in one or more audit/credit course(s) must apply in prescribed form and the applications will be considered as individual cases. The university reserves the right to accept or reject the applications.

Credit Transfer 
Credit transfer from an educational institution with a system similar to BRAC University may be considered after admission. Such candidates will have to apply with required documents and are subject to credit transfer rules of BRAC University.

The total credits transferred by a student from other universities should not exceed 50 credits and 65 credits for students of Architecture Department. The student must meet the residency requirement of at least two years at BRAC University.

Requirements for the Degree
As BRAC University is based on the US University system' all undergraduate degrees are for about four years duration. For each degree at least 120 credits are required. Students are responsible for meeting degree requirements. Before selecting the courses in each semester students should consult their academic advisor. The university reserves the right to bring in change into programs and curricula without notice whenever circumstances warrant such changes. 

Following are the requirements for graduation in an undergraduate program: 

A minimum of 120 credits for a bachelor's degree out of which at least 70 must be earned at BRAC University. For students of Architecture Department at least 134 credits must be earned at BRAC University.

Attending Residential semester is compulsory for all BRACU students. Completion of all course requirements for the degree including General education courses' non-major area courses' major area courses' elective courses' courses for double major or minor.

A student must complete the requisite number of credits of course work and meet other requirements depending on the program in which he/she is enrolled and must maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.00.

A student must have clearance from BRAC University Accounts', Library and Registrar's Office.

Fulfillment of the above conditions does not necessarily mean that a degree will be conferred on the student. The University reserves the right to refuse the awarding of degree on disciplinary or similar grounds.

Postgraduate Programs

The curriculum for degree requirements of graduate programs vary depending upon the degree offered.

Transfer of Credits 
Transfer of credits from institutions having equivalent curriculum' grading system and grading standard may be allowed for a maximum of 30 credits provided that the student has obtained at least B+ grade (s) in the course (s) eligible for transfer. The university will consider applications for transfer of credit on a case-by-case basis.

Methods and Medium of Instructions 
The university follows modern teaching methods including interactive Internet' simulation' lab work' case analysis' and field study. A special feature of BRAC University teaching is the workshop/lab sessions designed to assist students in learning application of concepts and theories. The medium of instructions in BRAC University is English.

Grading System
The grades at the university will be indicated in the following manner:

90 - 100 = A (4.0) Excellent
85 - <90 = A- (3.7) --
80 - <85 = B+ (3.3) --
75 - <80 = B (3.0) Good
70 - <75 = B- (2.7) --
65 - <70 = C+ (2.3) --
60 - <65 = C (2.0) Fair
57 - <60 = C- (1.7) --
55 - <57 = D+ (1.3) --
52 - <55 = D (1.0) Poor
50 - <52 = D- (0.7) --
<50 -- -- = F (0.0) Failure

Grades without numerical value:
P: Pass 
I: Incomplete
W: Withdrawal

GPA Computation: 
The Grade Point Average (GPA) is computed in the following manner:

          Sum of (Grade points H Credits)
GPA =--------------------------
          Sum of Credits attempted

Pass/Fail Option
A course may be taken for a pass/fail grade' providing that the instructor approves the option and the student carries 12 credits for regular letter grades in that semester. Within the total credits 
required for a degree' a maximum of 16 credits may be taken for credit with pass/fail grading option. No more than 4 credits may be taken with the pass/fail grading option in any one semester. Departments may not approve the pass/fail grading option for some courses counting towards the major.

Incomplete Grade: An Incomplete (I) grade is assigned only when a student has failed to complete one or more requirements of the course for an unavoidable reason/accidental circumstance and has applied for I grade. The students who are permitted to appear in Make up examination (s) will be assigned an 'I' grade for that course and this grade will stay until the student appears in the make up examination at the first available opportunity; if s/he fails to appear in the make up examination the 'I' grade will automatically be converted to 'F' grade.

Withdrawal (W): is assigned to a student who withdraws from the course within the deadline for withdrawal with W grade. A student who withdraws after this date will earn the grade based on his performance before his withdrawal. Exception to this rule may be made on medical ground and on terms and condition imposed by the University.
Grades 

Review Procedure
The Committee on Academic Standard administers the grading regulations' and reviews course grades submitted by Departments.

Academic Standing 

Students are expected to maintain a consistently high standard in their academic work. They should be taking the requisite number of courses and maintain satisfactory grades in these courses. In particular students are expected to maintain a CGPA of 2.50 (both semester and cumulative)' otherwise they will be put on probation for the following semester. If a student fails to maintain a CGPA of 2.50 in the two consecutive semesters then the university will review the student's record and recommend further action which may include withdrawing from the university.

Requirements for the Degree
For graduation' a student must complete the requisite number of credits of course work and meet other requirements depending on the program in which he/she is enrolled and must maintain a CGPA of 2.50. The University' however' reserves the right to refuse the awarding of degree on disciplinary or similar grounds.

Student Advising
When students first join the university' they are assigned an advisor' a faculty member who helps them in choosing their courses for the first year. Later students are assigned an advisor who then guides the student in choosing the courses of his/her major. Students will develop the direction of their study in consultation with their advisor.

Remedial Courses
Many students joining the university would be coming from Bangla medium schools and therefore would have to adjust to English as the medium of instruction. They may be asked to attend Remedial English courses during or proceeding the semester in which they take regular courses. Students from non-science background or who are weak in Mathematics may be asked to attend a remedial course in Mathematics. The University may ask the students to attend other remedial courses if necessary.