New regulations on the conditions dictating students' progress and permanence
August 23, 2016
This revision is valid from August 4 2016 and will start being enforced in the 2015-16 academic year
On August 3, the BOPA included the decision adopted on May 16 by the Consejo Social of the University of Oviedo approving the new set of regulations on the conditions dictating students' progress and permanence in the University's Degree and Master Programs. This revision of the existing regulations has been undertaken to satisfy the demands of the students, who have repeatedly expressed their preoccupation with how they had been applied in the past.Regarding permanence, the new regulations maintain the obligation of satisfactorily complying with a minimum of 12 ECTS every year.Furthermore, permanence regulations make it mandatory to have satisfactorily complied with 90 ECTS after completing the third year (classes, consecutive or in alternation, in which the student is registered), doing away with the previous rule that 48 of these ECTS had to belong to the first year, and thus allowing students to register for subjects belonging to the fourth year. Exceptionally, a student will be allowed to register for an inferior number of ECTS when, due to the specific requirements of the course plan, he or she might not be able to register for the minimum amount of ECTS which is established as requisite.Those students who, in order to complete their degree, may still need a number of credits equal or inferior to that established by the University of Oviedo as the condition to register their TFG will not be subject to these regulations governing permanence at the University. When computing this number, we will exclude credits belonging to those subjects which, due to the specific requirements of the course plan, might be an impediment for students to register their TFG.We have also simplified the process by which students' applications regarding permanence are dealt with by the Permanence Committee, establishing a new series of sufficient reasons by which these applications can be accepted for the Committee's review, with no disregard for other reasons which might also apply.This revision of the regulations has already involved the automatic readmission of those students who had not been able to continue registered at the University for having failed to comply with the regulations governing permanence and after the completion of two academic years since their failing to do so; and for this readmission students have not been forced to submit themselves again to the norms regulating access and admission to the University of Oviedo.The composition of the Permanence Committee has also been modified, incorporating an additional student representative and the Head of the Administration of the Vice-rectorate for Student Affairs.Also, the new set of regulations has been particularly sensible towards those students who, for personal, family of work-related reasons, are forced to register part-time.As for the regulations governing progress at the University, students will have at their disposal seven opportunities to pass every subject they register for (and this will prevent them from having to apply for an extra opportunity to pass the exam once they have failed it for the sixth time). Besides, only those exams students actually sit for will count towards these seven opportunities they have to pass every subject.This new set of regulations, valid from August 4 2016, will start being enforced in the 2015-16 academic year. The OIT of the University of Oviedo is currently working on the adaptation of students' 2015-16 academic records to this new set of regulations, thus making sure that the seventh opportunity is automatically incorporated and therefore making it unnecessary for students to apply for it, and also ensuring that exams students have not actually sit for during 2015-16 are not included in the seven opportunities students have to pass every subject.