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Academic University Rules and Regulations

For more information on Registration Requirements, Categories of Students, Class Attendance, Correct Use of Language, Cross Registration, Course (and Credit) Loads, Dean’s Honor List, Directed Study, Disclosure of Student Records, English Proficiency, Grading System, Graduation with Distinction and High Distinction, and Policy on Transfer within the University, refer to the General University Academic Information section of the AUB Undergraduate Academic Catalogue.

Student Conduct and Academic Integrity

All OSB students must be familiar with, observe and adhere to the University Student Code of Conduct and OSB’s Honor Code

OSB Rules and Regulations

OSB-specific academic rules and regulations follow.

  • Classification of Students
  • Credit Load
  • Internship Requirements
  • Academic Probation
  • Dismissal
  • Readmission
  • Failing and Repeating Courses
  • Make up Final Exam Policy
  • Examinations and Quizzes
  • Cross-Registration
  • Study Abroad
  • Graduation Requirements

Classification of Students

A BBA student shall be considered to have completed a class level (i.e. freshman, sophomore, junior or senior) when s/he has successfully completed 30 or more credits beyond the requirements for the previous class. A student may be granted a certificate stating that s/he has completed a class level only when s/he has completed the specified courses in the regular program for that class and has acquired the requisite number of credits.

The credit requirements are as follows:

For the completion of the freshman class 30 credits
For the completion of the sophomore class 60 credits (cumulative)
For the completion of the junior class 90 credits (cumulative)

Credit Load

Students may register for up to 17 credit hours in a regular academic semester (e.g. Fall or Spring) and 10 credit hours in the Summer term. Junior and senior, but not sophomore, students who wish to increase their credit load to 18 credit hours in a semester must have completed ENGL 203 and ENGL 204 and then petition the OSB Administrative Committee for permission to do so. Normally, junior and senior students with an overall average of at least 80 or an average of at least 80 in the last two semesters are given such permission.

The credit load of a student who is in his/her first semester on probation (P1) shall not be fewer than 12 credit hours and shall not exceed 17 credit hours. The load of a student who continues to be placed on probation (P2) shall not be fewer than 12 credit hours and shall not exceed 13 credit hours.

Students who are registered in the BUSS 245 (Internship) course may register for no more than 3 other credit hours, provided that the other course(s) taken do not conflict with the working hours of the summer internship. Honor students may petition to be allowed to register for a maximum of 7 credit hours, including the internship.

Internship Requirements

All BBA students must successfully complete the internship requirement (BUSS 245). Normally, the internship takes place in the summer term directly following the completion of the junior year. Students must apply for the summer internship (though an on-line application) by March 31, and provide the school with an employer's acceptance by May 1. All students applying for the internship program must be juniors who have completed at least 38 credit hours if they were admitted to the University as sophomores, or at least 68 credit hours, if they were admitted to the University as freshmen. Students must complete FINA 210, MNGT 215, MKTH 210, and INFO 200 prior to starting their internship program.

Normally, internships are assigned and/or allocated by the internship and placement office. However, students may solicit their own internships.

Other internship requirements are as follows:

  • The internship is normally two months in duration and takes place during summer term (i.e., any two months between June 15 and August 31)

  • The student must comply with the policy of the host company regarding working hours

  • The work week must not be less than 5 working days

  • The student will be supervised by a faculty member throughout the internship period

  • The internship is graded. The grade is based on the evaluations of both the direct work supervisor and the OSB faculty supervisor

  • The internship grade is included in the computation of the student's overall average

Academic Probation

Placement on Academic Probation

University regulations apply; refer to the General University Academic Information section of the Catalogue.

In addition, note that:

  • Students who are attending 4 courses including BUSS 211 i.e. with a load of 11 credits are subject to probation regulations.

  • If a student on probation drops the whole semester, then that semester is not counted for continued probation purposes.

Removal of Probation

University regulations apply; refer to the General University Academic Information section of this Catalogue.

Dismissal

University regulations apply; refer to the General University Academic Information section of the Catalogue.

Readmission

University regulations apply; refer to the General University Academic Information section of the Catalogue.Transfer credits are considered after evaluation of a student’s coursework. The student must have achieved a grade equivalent to the AUB average of 77 in each of the courses for which transfer of credits may be granted.

Regulations on readmission also apply to students who are dropped from other AUB faculties and apply for admission to OSB.

Readmission of students dropped from the School by the Administrative Committee requires the approval of that Committee, whereas readmission of students dropped from other AUB Faculties requires the approval of the OSB Admissions Committee.

Failing and Repeating Courses

University regulations apply; refer to the General University Academic Information section of the Catalogue.

A student who at the end of the senior year fails to fulfill the graduation requirements pertaining to cumulative garde averages and is not dismissed must repeat the courses with low grades, in order to raise the overall average to the required minimum.

Make up Final Exam policy

A student who misses a final exam must file a petition and present a valid excuse in order for him/her to sit for a makeup exam, otherwise the student will receive a grade of zero on the final exam.

In order to receive permission for a makeup exam, the student must submit the following documents within 72 hours from the missed exam time:

1. Makeup petition form (available online);
2. For medical reasons, a medical form must also be provided. The form is available online and must be downloaded from OSB’s website, printed by the student, and filled by an AUBMC Physician in the Emergency Room (ER).

Students who petition for a makeup exam must be prepared to sit for the exam during the current semester’s final exam period. This period may be extended by a maximum of 4 days only.

Should there be a question about the validity of an excuse, the OSB Undergraduate Program Office may not allow the student to sit for a makeup exam

Examinations and Quizzes

Undergraduate business courses, other than tutorial and seminar courses, have final examinations, unless otherwise authorized by the OSB Curriculum Committee. In all courses in which final examinations are given, a student would not receive a passing grade without taking a final examination. Even though final examinations are not required in tutorial and seminar courses, the instructor may choose to give a final examination.

At the beginning of each semester, the instructor announces the examinations and quizzes policy that s/he intends to follow. The instructor assumes final responsibility for dealing with students missing an examination or a quiz during the term. Normally, students who miss an announced examination or quiz during the term must present an excuse considered valid by the instructor. Only then may the instructor allow the student to take a makeup.

Cross-Registration

A business student who wants to register for a course at another recognized institution must meet all requirements for cross-registration as stipulated in the General University Academic Information Section of the Catalogue.

Study Abroad

A business student who started his/her undergraduate program at AUB and wishes to study abroad may seek prior approval from the OSB Curriculum Committee to spend up to one year and earn up to 30 credits at another university. However, the student must spend his/her last semester at AUB. The student must achieve a grade equivalent to the AUB average of 77 in each of the courses for which transfer credits may be granted.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements for the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) are as follows:

  • A minimum of six semesters beginning with the sophomore class is required.

  • A maximum of six calendar years is allowed for graduation of students who begin with the sophomore class, four calendar years for juniors and two calendar years for seniors. A student who fails to complete his/her degree program within these specified times must petition the OSB Administrative Committee for an extension.

  • A student transferring to AUB from another recognized institution of higher learning must register in the final three regular semesters and must complete at least 45 credits at AUB, of which a minimum of 24 credits must be in business before s/he is allowed to graduate with a BBA. For purposes of this requirement, two summer sessions shall be considered equivalent to one semester.

  • A transfer student from within AUB must meet the residency requirement before s/he graduates with a BBA. The residency requirement stipulates that the students must spend a minimum of one regular semester (i.e. fall or spring) and one summer session in the school, during which s/he must complete a minimum of 24 credits, 12 out of which are business credits. During this period, the student must meet all minimum academic standards set forth by the school.

  • Completion of a minimum of 90 credits for students who enter as sophomores. With the approval of the OSB Curriculum Committee, Tracks may establish programs that exceed these minimum credit requirements.

  • Completion of 48 credits in business courses comprising 39 credits of core courses and 9 credits of business electives in a concentration area. Students must achieve a cumulative average of at least 70 in these 48 credits as well as a cumulative average of at least 70 in the 39 credits of core business courses.

  • For students to graduate with a concentration, the 9 credits in the concentration area must be competed with a cumulative average of at least 70. Normally, a maximum of one course completed outside OSB may count toward the concentration upon the approval of the track convenor.

  • Completion of three required zero-credit business workshops.

  • Successful completion of the Assurance of Learning Requirements.

  • When a student repeats a course, the highest grade obtained in the course is used in computing the student’s average for graduation purposes. The student may repeat any course s/he chooses.

  • Grades of 70 or more in at least 50 credits numbered 200 or above for students entering at the sophomore level.

  • All Arabic-speaking business students (except those officially exempted) must satisfy the Arabic language requirements and all students entering at the sophomore, junior or senior level must take one Arabic course.

  • All business students must take English communication skills courses as determined by placement upon matriculation, and these required courses must be begun immediately on matriculation and must be continued without interruption until completed through ENGL 208. For example, a student entering at the lowest level must take five semesters of English (Intensive ENGL 100A or 100B if required, 102, 203, 204, and 208); a student entering at the third level must take three semesters (203, 204, and 208; i.e., nine credits). A student who enters at ENGL 204 must take, in addition to this course, ENGL 208 and any other elective course from the offerings of other AUB faculties.

  • All business students must take MATH 203, MATH 204, and CMPS 209. A student who is exempted from MATH 203 must take, in addition to MATH 204 and CMPS 209, any other non-business elective course from offerings at other AUB faculties.

  • All business students must take ECON 211 and 212.

  • All business students must take 9 credits in humanities from the approved General Education List, other than BUSS 215. Of the 9 credits in humanaities, 6 credits are from approved list 1 for humanaities and 3 credits are from either approved list 1 or 2 for humanaities ( Please refer to the catalogue General Education List ).

  • All business students must take two free science electives.

  • Students already holding a bachelor’s degree outside business and wishing to obtain a BBA must complete, after admission, 48 business credit hours. However, students who have completed a minor in business or have taken 18 or more business credits prior to applying for BBA as a second degree must take no fewer than 30 business credit hours. All second-degree students must also fulfill other non-business graduation requirements.

  • All senior-level BBA students must complete an online survey (through the OSB website) in order to be cleared for graduation.

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