Art. 40 - EXAMS

 

1.    Definition of exam. Exams must be provided for in the Educational regulations of the degree programme of choice and duly recorded on Infostud. Exams called “mid-term tests” (prove in itinere), “partial exams” (esoneri), “qualifying exams” (idoneità) are not considered as actual exams and do not entail any recording on Infostud.

2.    Which exams may be sat. Students may only take the exams provided for in the Educational regulations of their degree programme and only upon completion of the lecture period planned in their enrolment year, according to the educational schedule of that year.

3.    Which exams cannot be sat. Under no circumstances may students take twice an exam, not even a “students’ elective exam”, if they have already passed it within the same degree programme, even in case of any possible changes in the examination programme.

Students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programmes cannot choose any subjects provided for in the Educational regulations of master’s degree programmes as “elective exams”, with the exception of the subjects included in the first three years of single cycle master’s degree programmes pursuant to Ministerial Decree no. 270/04.

Student Offices will invalidate any exams taken in infringement of this provision.

4.    Mandatory attendance and mandatory preliminary exams. Students must abide by mandatory attendance obligations (if any) and by mandatory preliminary exams obligations laid down in the Educational regulations of their degree programme, under penalty of cancellation of the exams sat in infringement of such rule.

5.    Exam sessions. The academic calendar must include three standard exam sessions:

a)    the first standard exam session is in January/February and may start only once the educational activity of the first term (semester) is over; it must include at least two sessions in which students may take all the exams of the term just ended. January exam dates may only refer to the academic year just ended, whereas February exam dates can only refer to the ongoing academic year.

b)  the second standard exam session is in June/July and may start only once the educational activity of the second term is over; it must include at least two sessions in which students may take all the exams of the second term just ended and those relating to the previous term.

c)    the third standard exam session is in September/October and ends before the beginning of the academic activity; it includes at least one session in which students may take all the exams of the first and second term.

6.    Students enrolled in years following the first must abide by the provisions of paragraph 2 as to the year of enrolment, while they may take any of the exams relating to previous academic years at any time.

7.    Extra exam sessions may be established besides the three standard periods for irregular students, for students with disabilities, with specific learning difficulties or who have attended all the courses (Resolution of the Academic Senate of June 12, 2018).

8.    How to book an exam. Exams can be booked through Infostud provided that students are up to date with tuition fee payments and that the exam is included in their degree programme. Upon booking, students may be required to fill-in a questionnaire for the assessment of the course attended. On the exam date, students must mandatorily show a valid ID document and the booking receipt printed out from Infostud, that shall be signed by the teacher upon exam recording and returned to students.

Students can verify on Infostud the exam recording and the subsequent validation made by the Student Office. It is not possible to print out the booking receipt from Infostud after booking deadline; students may though print it out from their institutional email. Teachers may admit to exams students without a booking receipt; in this case, they will not be issued any receipt, but the exam will be anyway recorded and they will be able to verify on Infostud whether it has been recorded.

9.    Types of exams. The Educational regulations of each degree programme establish (within the limits provided for by Ministerial Decrees of degree classes) the number and type of exams suitable to assess the students’ acquisition of the assigned ECTS. Such exams may be performed orally, in writing, by means of practical tests or in a combination of any of them, according to the procedures established by the competent Council. The oral exam is public. Faculties ensure the due publicity for the other modalities of exam performance.

10.   Assessment and ECTS acquisition. The students’ knowledge is assessed in exams where they are assigned a grade, given in thirtieths. An exam is deemed to have been passed if the grade is equal to or higher than 18/30; in case of full grades (30/30), the examination committee may grant honours. Grades are recorded on special minutes. The ECTS relating to a course are always acquired when the exam has been successfully passed. In some cases, expressly provided for by the Educational regulations of the degree programmes, the assessment is expressed with a description (“eligible/not eligible”). An exam is deemed to have been passed if the description “eligible” is issued, written on special minutes. The ECTS relating to a course are always acquired when the exam has been successfully passed.

11.   Negative assessment. A negative assessment does not imply the assignation of any grades, thus it does not affect the final average; upon the student’s request, it can be recorded with the description “failed”. In this case, such “failed” description is included in the student’s curriculum; in all the other cases, a “waiver” description is written down in the minutes.

12.   Recording of a refused grade. Teachers must also record on Infostud a grade equal to or higher than 18 that the student has decided to refuse. Such recorded grade however is not included in the student’s academic career and is not taken into account for the calculation of the final average (Resolution of the Academic Senate of March 28, 2017).

13.   Repetition of exams. Exams that have already been passed and recorded with a positive assessment cannot be taken again.

14.   Taking exams in advance. Students who have already taken all the exams of their current academic year and those of the previous ones may request to take in advance two exams per year, subject to authorisation of the competent educational bodies (Area Committee, Programme Area Council or Faculty Board). These bodies must issue a special document and give directions to the Student Office to enable the exam booking procedure on Infostud. Such authorisation is granted only if the exams the students wish to take in advance fall under the same academic system.

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