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CIT offers 14 degree-granting programs, which includes 6 at the master’s level and 8 at undergraduate (bachelor) level.
GRADUATE ACADEMIC STANDING
Graduate students must maintain satisfactory grades and make adequate progress in all other aspects of their degree programs in order to continue as students. Academic Standing reflects the student’s level of accomplishment with regard to these aspects.
To be successful in an undergraduate or graduate program, it is imperative to build a relationship with your supervisor.
This mentorship can be vital to your graduate experience and your career beyond. As with any partnership, the following are examples of expectations that should be met for the supervisor-student relationship to be mutually beneficial:
- Respect for one another as a student and a professional.
- Open, clear, and timely communications about research expectations, project timelines, the student’s progress, and any issues that may arise.
- Working cohesively towards research goals.
This is not a comprehensive list because every research team is different. Therefore, it is important to discuss any and all expectations once you have committed to working together.
At the end of the cycle of studies, after completing the academic and institutional obligation, every student has the right to graduate.
A student will enter the process of graduation only if:
- Has passed and obtained all the credits (ECTS) required for each course of the study program;
- Has a CGPA higher than 2.0, only for bachelor programs.
- Hass met any other specific graduation requirement established by the university college
Additional Requirements policy
- The minimum time required to enter the process of graduation is 3 years (6 semesters) for Bachelor programs and 2 years (4 semesters) for Master programs.
- The maximum time for a student to graduate is 6 years for Bachelor programs and 4 years for Master programs.
- Every student during the last year of their studies (3rd year for Bachelor programs and 2nd year for Master programs) prepares the diploma thesis, the defense of which is a prerequisite for graduation.
- Graduation is completed with the preparation and defense of the diploma thesis.
Policy for planning and controlling process of degrees / dissertations
- The schedule of diploma defense is made public every year in the academic calendar.
- Graduation is completed with the preparation and defense of a certain study or research topic.
- In order to guide students’ topics, leading lecturers develop sessions according to a calendar of meetings.
- Each Faculty holds at least 2 sessions, one per each semester, with students who attend their last year of academic studies.
- The criteria for the thesis are defined with a specific regulation.
- A student cannot defend the diploma thesis without obtaining the approval of the supervisor as a guarantor of academic quality.
- In any case, the student cannot defend the diploma thesis without completing all the obligations of the study program.
- Academic Calendar provides 3 (three) seasons for the thesis defense, which are: (1) 3rd week of January, (2) 3rd week of July, (3) 3rd week of September.
- The student who fails in the first season, has the right to redefend it in the next 2 seasons. If he fails again in the next season, he should change the thesis and resubmit a new one.
- Students defend their diploma without any charge during normal seasons, 3rd week of July and 3rd week of September of the last academic year of studies (third year of studies or second year of studies for master students). After that diploma defense is with a certain fee as it is established in the contractual agreement.
Selection and approval policy of the Thesis Topic for undergraduate and graduate students
- At the beginning of the academic year, in October, each department organizes a meeting to consult various topics which could serve as thesis study areas at degree level as well as to identify potential thesis supervisors.
- Each member of the academic staff, within the third week of the first semester, offers concrete proposals for thesis topics, which he/she is willing to supervise, thus making the establishment of a thesis’s topics bank possible.
- Within the fifth week of the first semester of the academic year, students are provided by the relevant department with the application form for the thesis at both cycles (BA) and (Master), along with a list of potential thesis supervisors and the bank of these topics.
- The interested student fills in the application form by priorly consulting a potential supervisor and submits it within the eighth week of the first semester. In case of failure to meet the deadline, the student defends its thesis in the next season.
- The review of applications is made by the relevant department, which sends the proposals for approval to the Council of the Faculty. The whole process is supervised by the Dean.
- The approval of thesis topics by thesis supervisors shall be made no later than the fourteenth week of the first semester, in accordance with the requirements of this guideline.
Bachelor students shall choose their thesis topics in the beginning of their third year of studies and Master students in the first semester of their second year of studies.
Diploma Thesis evaluation
- The special commission for the defense of the diploma thesis is based on data collected and reported by the secretary of the faculty for the last years, regarding the results of the students who are going to graduate.
- The commission considers the student’s progress and the results of the last years as a guiding criterion in the final evaluation of the diploma thesis.
- For the evaluation of the thesis, should be considered the following criteria:
- Critical approach to the topic being discussed, considering the student’s knowledge and experience;
- The scientific methodology used and research instruments;
- The quality of thesis in general;
- Thesis usefulness;
- Quality of writing (respecting the scientific writing style, spelling rules);
- Clear and coherent presentation of the thesis (meeting formatting and technical requirements);
- The evaluation of the thesis is based on a scoring system, which inevitably translates into a grade.
Student Academic Dishonesty Policy
Academic integrity and spirit of responsibility are essential elements for respectable success in academia.
All academic work and materials submitted for assessment must be the work of the student.
Cheating includes but is not limited to:
- copying from others’ work;
- giving unauthorized assistance;
- the use of devices or procedures for the purpose of achieving false scores on examinations.
If the student is caught in any act of cheating whatsoever, the supervisor of the exam hall will order him/her to leave the hall and confiscate all the articles used in the cheating. A comprehensive report with all the proof and the testimonies to the incident will be submitted to the Dean to carry out the necessary investigation. The Dean assigns a committee to investigate the incident involving all the parties involved. A recommendation in terms of penalties is submitted to the Dean who makes a final decision regarding the investigation.
The disciplinary penalties that may be handed down are as follows:
- The student fails in the course
- Prohibit the student from attending study from one semester or more
- Dismiss from the University
- Cancel the decision of awarding a University Degree if forgery was found in obtaining such degree
All the decisions issued in the respect to the disciplinary penalties are kept in the students file, except the oral call/s to attention.
Examples of academic dishonesty
- Cheating on an examination or the preparation of academic work.
- Copying from another student’s test paper, laboratory report, other report, or computer files, data, listings, and/or programs.
- Using, during a test, materials, or electronic devices not authorized by the instructor.
- Collaborating with or aiding another person without authorization by the professor during an examination or in preparing academic work.
- Knowingly use, copy, or possess the contents of a CIT examination or test.
- The faculty member who notices the cheating must report the incident with full particulars to the Chair of the concerned department who recommends the penalty to the Dean of the School. The decision of the Dean is final.
Plagiarism of a diploma thesis Policy
- Each diploma thesis is checked for plagiarism in the official software authorized by CIT, PlagiarismCheckerX (https://plagiarismcheckerx.com/ ), by the Supervisor/Co-Supervisor and it cannot be submitted as a final draft if the similarity index is over 20%.
- Thesis Supervisor signs the diploma thesis only after analyzing the above similarity index report and when he/she doesn’t have any information or doubt about any possible use of plagiarism.
- In cases when the opponent, commission and other individuals have any information on plagiarism, they officially notify the Head of Department/ Chair of Commission for further inquiry.
- In case of dispute between the candidate and those who claim plagiarism, the case shall be presented to the Head of Department who calls the defense commission on diploma thesis in a closed-door session in order to investigate the case.
- Defense Commission on Diploma thesis, after the closed-door session, rules that:
- There is no academic dishonesty (plagiarism), thus taking no other measures and adding no statement on the student’s file. In cases when the request on plagiarism comes from Supervisor and the opposite has been proven, Commission requests from the Head of Department to substitute the Supervisor.
- There is academic dishonesty and the candidate shall be requested to submit his/her thesis after 1 academic year.
- The decision of the Commission is final.