REGULATIONS FOR LEARNING PROCESS ORGANIZATION
I. GENERAL PROVISIONS:
Article 1. These regulations arrange the main aspects of the tuition process organization at the International Business School.
Art. 2. The regulations have been elaborated in accordance with Art. 21, para 1, item 2 of the Higher Education Act and the Regulations for the Structure and Activities of IBS.
Art.3. In connection with these regulations, the following documents with temporary effect are issued:
(1) Regulations for Admission of students at IBS for each academic year.
(2)IBS Rector’s Order for the Academic Calendar.
Article 4. The compliance with these regulations is mandatory for all members of the academic community. The deviation from the clauses is sanctioned by the administrative leadership of IBS.
Article 5. (1) Students, PhD students and specialization students are trained at the International Business School .
(2) A student is the person who is being trained to acquire Bachelor's and Master's degrees.
(3) A PhD student is the one who holds the Master's degree and is preparing for the acquisition of a doctoral degree.
(4) A specialization student is the person who increases his / her qualification on a specialized curriculum without acquiring a higher education degree or a new major.
(5) The terms and procedure for conducting the admission of students is approved annually by the Academic Council through the Regulations for application and admission to the IBS for the respective academic year.
(6) The terms and procedure for admission and training of PhD students are regulated by special regulations of IBS.
(7) The terms and procedure of admission and training of specialization students are in compliance with the Law on Higher Education, the Regulations of IBS and the Statute of the Center for Lifelong Learning. The Scientific and Academic Council appoints a tutor of the post-graduate student who prepares a work program together with him/her. The program is approved by the Scientific and Academic Council. The tutor supervises the implementation of the program and assists the student in his / her work. The Lifelong Learning Center organizes the overall activity of admission and training of specialization students.
Art.6. The training is carried out in full-time, part-time and distance-learning form.
Art.7. The learning process is based on educational documentation, which includes a qualification characteristic, a curriculum, programmes of the subjects studied and an annual Academic Calendar. The programs are updated every 2 years and the curricula are updated every 4 years.
Art.8. (1) The curriculum is a basic document, which includes the type and duration of the training, determines the sequence and the number of disciplines studied.
It is developed by the Scientific Council and is approved by the Academic Council.
(2) The qualification characteristic determines the content and structure of curricula. It includes the learning objectives, the methods and means to achieve them, the scope and level of knowledge and the practical skills.
(3) The curriculum is in compliance with the state requirements for the acquirement of the education and qualification degree. It includes a basic program and specialized compulsory, elective and optional subjects:
(A) The compulsory academic courses provide fundamental training in the chosen wide-profile major of the professional field and are studied by the students trained in all majors.
(B) The optional courses provide specific knowledge and competence in the field of the respective major and are studied by students trained in the relevant major.
(C) The facultative disciplines enable the acquisition of interdisciplinary knowledge and skills in various fields of study in accordance with the interests of students. They are optional.
Art.9. (1) The organization of the training process at IBS is based on a system of European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System .
(2) The system provides students with a choice of subjects, self-study, assessment of acquired knowledge and skills and mobility at IBS and other higher education institutions in Bulgaria and abroad.
(3) The credits certify the achievement of the assigned competences in the respective discipline and the corresponding student’s workload .
(4) The credits are awarded to the students who have successfully completed the relevant course after a multi-component assessment, at least one of which is in written form, certifying the competences achieved, according to the curriculum of the major and the education and qualification degree.
(5) One credit at the IBS is equal to 30 academic hours of workload (auditorium and non-auditorium) divided into courses according to the respective curriculum and the education and qualification degree.
(6) The system is based on 60 credits per academic year or 30 credits per semester of the qualification degree.
(7) In order to ensure the quality of the training process, the possible student workload cannot exceed 60 hours weekly.
Art.10. (1) The course duration for the education and qualification degree ‘Bachelor' is 4 years. Students are allowed to complete an individual curriculum when covering the credits for the respective degree.
(2) The course duration for the education and qualification degree ‘ Master’ in a curriculum is 1, 1.5 or 2 years.
(3) The course duration for the educational and scientific degree "Doctor" according to the curriculum is 3 or 4 years.
(4) The course duration for specialization students is according to the type, form and content of the training. The specialization of foreign residents is only full-time and may be short-term (up to 1 year) and long-term.
Article 11. Each discipline is described in a form for the discipline, which includes:
- type (compulsory, optional, facultative);
- necessary preliminary knowledge and skills;
- acquired competences at the end of the course;
- methods of auditorium and non-auditorium learning;
- ongoing control and forms of assessment;
- student workload;
Article 12. (1) The acquired knowledge and skills of students in each discipline are established by means of a multi-component assessment, at least one of which is in written form.
(2) The assessment of the knowledge and skills of the students in the disciplines defined in the curriculum is carried out in a six-point system, which includes the following grades: excellent, very good, good, fair and poor.
(3) Credits are awarded under all conditions of the discipline format and overall final score not less than fair (3.00).
Article 13. (1) The training of students for acquiring the education and qualification degree ‘Bachelor' shall be completed with a state examination.
(2) The training of students for the acquisition of the education and qualification degree ‘ Master' degree shall be completed with a state examination or defense of a Master's thesis.
(3) PhD students' training ends with defense of a dissertation thesis before a scientific jury.
(4) The training of specialization students ends with the defense of the report in Bulgarian or foreign language before the Scientific Council about the work completed and the results achieved.
Art.14. (1) Students who have successfully completed all the requiremetns of the curriculum and passed a state examination (for bachelors) and passed a state examination or defended a master’s thesis (for masters), receive a diploma for a completed degree of higher education according to an established model and application.
(2) PhD students who have passed the examinations provided in the curriculum and have defended a dissertation thesis under the conditions and by the order of the Law for the Development of the Academic Staff in the Republic of Bulgaria, receive a diploma.
(3) The specialization students who have successfully completed all the requirements of the curriculum and successfully defended the report receive a certificate.
(4) The diplomas issued under para 1 and 2 are stamped with the state coat of arms.
Art.15. The administrative and information services of IBS students are carried out through the information system and the tuition platform.
Article 16. Students are entitled:
(1) To determine independently, according to their major curriculum , their optional and facultative subjects to study.
(2) To receive a qualified assistance and scientific guidance for their professional and creative development.
(3) To use all the IBS facilities for learning, research, sports and cultural activities under conditions determined by the IBS management.
(4) To participate in the research activities of IBS.
(5) To elect and to be elected in the managing bodies of the school.
(6) To associate in educational, scientific, cultural and sports communities, as well as to be members of international organizations whose activities do not contradict the laws of the Republic of Bulgaria.
(7) To interrupt their training and continue it under the terms of the current regulations.
(8) To have a minimum of 30 days of vacation within one academic year.
(9) To move to another major program or form of training at IBS, in accordance with the provisions of these regulations.
(10) Students have the right to take exams for changing the assessment according to the Subject Form and the Modification Procedure. The assessment is final.
(11) To appeal decisions and actions relating to their position as students in the appropriate order and before the relevant bodies.
(12) If they disagree with the assessment they have received, they must apply for a review of the written work within 10 days following the date of the examination.
Art.17. Students are required to:
(1) Follow the Regulations for the Learning Process Organization.
(2) To enroll in a higher course and arrange their student status within the specified deadlines.
(3) To fulfill their obligations in the form of the course in the specified schedules.
(4) To receive administrative information via the IBS Information System.
(5) To use only officially provided student e-mails, for correspondence with the administrative and teaching staff of IBBS.
(6) To keep in good conditions the provided training and technical facilities.
(7) Not to conduct political activities on the territory of the IBS.
(8) To preserve the name and prestige of IBS.
Article 18. There are no training privileges and limitations related to age, race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, social background, political views and religion.
Article 19. The lecturers of IBS are entitled:
(1) To develop and teach the curricular content of their discipline freely and in accordance with the requirements of the curriculum and the program.
(2) To freely conduct teaching activities, research and publish their results.
(3) To use the facilities and capabilities of IBS for their scientific and professional development, under the terms and conditions set by IBS management bodies.
Article 20. During the educational process of IBS, the lecturers are obliged:
(1) To accomplish their duties in accordance with their terms of reference, the approved curriculum, the form of the discipline and the schedule of the learning process.
(2) To observe professional and academic ethics.
(3) To observe the provisions of these regulations and the specialized documents related to the carrying on of the training process at IBS.
(4) Not to engage in political and religious activities at the IBS in teaching and organizing the training process.
(5) Keep the name and prestige of the IBS.
II. STUDENT ENROLLMENT FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR AND EXAMINATION SESSIONS
Art. 21. (1) The status of a student, PhD student and a specialization student is determined upon enrollment in the general ledger and the register of IBS and shall be lost upon unsubscription.
(2) The students of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of studies are enrolled for the academic year from 1 September to 30 September.
(3) Students with no more than two posponed examinations from the previous academic year may be enrolled for a higher course.
(4) The postponed examination under para. 3 shall be taken during the current academic year on the scheduled dates of the regular, resit and liquidation session.
(5) Students are enrolled for the semester :
- after having accomplished academic requirements;
- after payment of the tuition fee due for the next semester;
- without duties to the IBS Library.
(6) IBS admits foreign specialization students to be trained in accordance with the normative acts of the Council of Ministers of the implementation of intergovernmental agreements (through the Ministry of Education, Youth and Science) for educational, scientific and cultural exchange after payment.
(7) For specialization students being foreign residents, only persons with a higher education degree shall be admitted. The admission is on the basis of the respective regulations of the Council of Ministers. Candidates who have not completed a higher education degreein Bulgaria are required to study Bulgarian in advance at IBS, Botevgrad.
Article 22. (1) For each academic year, two regular sessions - winter examination session and summer examination session - are scheduled, as well as two resit sessions are held immediately after the regular ones.
(2) Students with no more than two postponed examinations from the respective regular sessions of the current academic year and one postponed examination from the previous academic year (equivalency examinations not taken into consideration) are allowed to the resit examination sessions.
Article 23. Students who cannot take the scheduled examinations (due to illness and other respectful reasons) are allowed to take them with another student group receiving individual examination records within the current academic year. The individual records shall be received after submitting a motivated letter of request to the Rector of IBS.
Article 24. (1) At the end of the academic year a liquidation examination session is organized and is final.
(2) To sit for a liquidation examination session are allowed students with no more than two postponed examinations from the current and previous academic years, including the equivalency examinations.
Article 25. Students are not allowed to take more than one examination within one day.
Article 26. (1) Students from the last training course who have not successfully passed all the examinations s of the last semester cannot be dismissed. They are authorized by the Rector, on the basis of a gounded request, to extend the training period up to one year from the last resit examination session.
(2) The students in their last year of studies who have more than eight (8) postponed examinations for the entire course of study are not allowed to extend the period of training. They are given the opportunity to complete their training after Rector’s permission , based on a respectful request, for re-enrolling in their third year of studies.
Article 27. The students in their last training course, granted an extension of the training period under the procedure of Article 26 have to pay for each examination in compliance with the current fees.
Article 28. (1) In case of more than two postponed examinations after a liquidation session, the students re-enroll in the academic year.
(2) Students will restore their student's rights no later than 5 years after their dismissal. After this period, they apply on a general basis and begin their first-year of training.
Article 29. (1) Students may dismiss for health and family reasons, but no more than twice during the course of study with the right to take the examinations in the respective disciplines. They submit a letter of request and the necessary documents.
(2) In case of serious and prolonged illness or other good grounds, the Rector may authorize a dismissal of studies for a period of no more than 3 years. In these cases, the dismissed students are not allowed to take examinations and they lose their status as students.
Article 30. An equivalency examination is is any examination on the curriculum required to obtain the number of credits according to the syllabus for:
- moving from another higher education institution;
- moving from one form of training to another;
- moving from one major to another;
- acquiring a second higher education degree;
- restored student rights;
- dismissed and re-enrolled students due to a change in the curriculum.
The awarding of credits is only performed by the Accreditation Commission of IBS.
Article 31. Students unsubscribe from IBBS in case of:
- successfully completing the training course;
- leaving or moving.
III. INDIVIDUAL CURRICULUM TRAINING
Article 32. Pre-graduate Bachelor's degree. In connection with Art. 42, para. (9), item 4 and in accordance with para. (1), item 1 (b) of the Higher Education Act, IBSl determines the following conditions for the pre-graduation of a Bachelor's degree:
/ 1 / Students who have completed the first course with a total score of no less than "very good" 5.00, are given the opportunity to enroll in an extra course per semester. A mandatory additional condition is that this course is available during the corresponding semester and does not require knowledge and skills from other courses that are not yet successfully completed by the student and comply with Art. 9, para 7 of these regulations;
(2) In accordance with paragraph 1, students who have successfully completed the credits under the bachelor's degree program at the end of their 7th semester of studies are given the opportunity to sit for the State Exam in January;
/ 3 / The permission for individual training is based on a motivated letter of request approved by the Rector.
Article 33. The Individual curricula are developed by the Department of Education Administration and endorsed by the Vice-rector.
Article 34. The individual curriculum training is terminated by the Vice-rector after a statement by the Head of the Education Administration Department in case of violated conditions under Art. 32.
IV. TUITION OF PREGNANT STUDENTS AND MOTHERS
Article 35. Pregnant female students after their 6th month of pregnancy and mothers of a child under 6 years of age have the right to a flexible tuition curriculum after submitting a letter of request to the Rector accompanied by a Medical statement or Birth certificate.
Article 36. Pregnant female students after their 6th month of pregnancy and mothers of a child under 6 years of age can enroll in a higher course with three postponed examinations, regardless of the academic year the examinations have not been taken. At least one of these examinations should be taken during the current academic year.
(1) If both parents of a child under 6 yars of ageare students, the flexible course of study may be used by one of them. For this purpose, they must pre-state their choice to the tuition department.
Art.37. The period of training of female students may be extended up to two years with dismissal or no dismissal for each child born before the certification of the last academic semester.
Article 38. Pregnant women after their 6th month of pregnancy and mothers of up to 6- year old children are allowed to sit for their state examination during two regular and one resit-session.
V. ASSESSMENT OF THE AQUIRED COMPETENCES AND CONTROL ON THE STUDENTS ‘PREPARATION
Article 39. The ongoing control over the preparation of the students is carried out according to the approved educational documentation - Form of the respective discipline mainly by:
- control over the preparation during auditorium activities (examinating questions, interviewing, tests, case studies, business games, written examinations, etc.);
- tutoring students' out-of-auditorium workload ( assignments, case studies, writing reports and references, translating texts into foreign languages, examinations, individual research, examining knowledge through consultations, etc.).
VI. STUDENT MOBILITY IN THE COURSE OF STUDIES
Article 40. Internal Mobility
(1) Students admitted and enrolled AT IBS may freely move to different programs and forms of training under the terms of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation Systemtransferred (ECTS,) the terms of these regulations, and IBS procedures (internal mobility).
(2) Students are allowed to move from major to major, from one form of studies to another) after the completion of the first or second year of course and after they have passed all the examInations at the end of the current academic year.
(3) Students wishing to be transferred apply to the Department of Educational Administration at the latest 10 days after the end of the resit session. Justified reasons for moving include: changes in health condition, marriage, divorce,maternity, pregnancy, other important family causes, job engagement, internship agreements with companies, deterioration of material condition of the family and other altered circumstances during the training process.
(4) Letters of movement requests that are not accompanied by the required documents are not considered and remain without effect.
(5) The transfer of students from one major to another and one form of studies to another is authorized by the Rector by 31 July of the current academic year.
Article 41. External Mobility at IBS.
(1) The transfer of students from another HEI to IBS and vice versa is carried out in accordance with the HEA, the conditions of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and the procedures of IBS.
(2) The admission of students to IBS from another accredited HEI from Bulgaria or abroad is performed in accordance with the requirements of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).
(3) Requests for credit transfer is accompanied by an Academic Report containing all the requisites of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) by the currently training HEI. Otherwise, the documents are not considered and have no effect.
(4) Applications are submitted to the Educational Administration Department no later than 19June for the winter semester of the following academic year or until 1 5anuary for the summer semester of the current academic year. They will be reviewed by 30 June or 28 January.
(5) Students are enrolled annually from 1 to 15 September or from 1 to 15 February.
Art.42. The students transferred to IBS from another higher education institution or from another IBS major are required to have passed all the examinations that have not been accredited during the credit transfer process and specified in the syllabus of the academic year of movement.
VII. STUDENTS’ GRADUATION
Article 43 (1). The tuition of students in the education and qualification degree ‘ Bachelor’ is considered completed after the State examination.
(2) The training course of the students from the Master's degree program ends with a State Exam or Defense of a Master's thesis.
(3) The Students who have obtained the right to take a state examination or defense of a master's thesis are obliged to do so during the first examination session after the semester graduation.
(4) The State Examination and the Defense of the Master’s thesis is conducted by a commission appointed by the Rector.
(5) The defense of Master's theses is held on an open committee meeting and the assessments are granted in a closed session by a simple majority.
(6) The dates for the state examination and the defense of the Master's thesis are determined in the Academic Calendar.
Article 44. The students who have successfully passed a state examination or have successfully defended a master's thesis are awarded a Bachelor's or Master's degree diploma. They also receive an European Diploma SupplementArticle 44. The students who have successfully passed a state examination or have successfully defended a master's thesis are awarded a Bachelor's or Master's degree diploma. They also receive an European Diploma Supplement.
Article 45. (1) The students who have not successfully passed the state examination or have not successfully defended their master's thesis are allowed to re- sit for their examinations during the following academic year.
(2) Their right under the preceding paragraph shall be valid for three consecutive years.
VIII. STUDENT'S BEHAVIOR CODE AND ACADEMIC HONESTY
Article 46. IBs students are responsible for behaving in an appropriate manner, in accordance with the institution and the laws. Ineligible actions and violations include the following acts:
(1) Theft or damage to IBS property.
(2) Verbal or physical insult to a student, lecturer or administration employee.
(3) Obstruction of teaching or other learning activities, including meetings, seminars and other activities.
(4) Falsifying, altering, and misusing of school documents, records, or credentials.
(5) Unauthorized access to and use of school premises or obstruction of entry or exit.
(6) Unauthorized use of school property or services.
(7) Unauthorized use of technical equipment or consumables.
(8) Use, possession or distribution of alcohol or drugs in IBS.
(9) Refusal to execute orders from IBS officials or administrators who perform their duties. The Students must provide an identity document when required by an IBS representative.
(10) Possession or use of guns, explosives and dangerous chemicals and weapons.
(11) Inappropriate or dishonest behavior, disturbance of the peace or incitement of another to such violations.
(12) Sexual harassment.
(13) Deliberate violation of rules, policies and procedures.
(14) False security alarm or damage of IBS security devices.
Article 47. (1) IBS students, lecturers and officials are supposed to know and observe the behavior code.
(2) IBS defines the violation of academic honesty as an act of deception or misrepresentation of the actual author of an act. Violations of academic honesty include:
A) Use of materials without permission - books or notes - as answers to examination questions;
B) Copying homework to another student, as well as a written assignment, examination question, electronic media and other data;
C) Helping another student into cheating.
A) Cheating by handling homework of another as his/her own. This involves the work of another student from the same institution, accessible to other students in the institution;
B) Rephrasing or compiling ideas from the work of another student without a proper reference
C) No direct reference;
D) Word-by-word replication, use of selected phrases from someone else’s work, or non-referring to a source of data, examples, ideas, words and theories.
3. Other forms of fraud:
(A) Changing experimental data, inventing, modifying or falsifying research data;
B) Reproduction of images, design or web pages without the author's reference;
C) submitting of work done for another course without the prior approval of a lecturer;
(D) Distortion of facts in order to obtain an advantage;
E) Collaboration with another student without the prior approval of the lecturer;
F) Selling course assignments to other students;
G) Bribery or bribery attempts to a lecturer.
IX. PENALTIES FOR INFRINGEMENTS
Article 48. (1) A student who violates the Higher Education Act, the IBS Regulations and theStudent Behavior Code and Academic Honesty of these Regulations will be punished by:
- Expelling warnning;
- Expelling from IBS.
(2) Students' statements (written and / or verbal) are accepted before determining the type of punishment. The explanation should refer to procedure violations or to provide new facts or evidence, not just a disagreement with the qualification of the act.
Article 49. (1) Students lose their student rights in case of:
- Providing false data on the basis of which they are enrolled at IBS.
- Inprisonment conviction for an indictable offense.
Article 50. (1) Students are deprived of student rights for a period of at least one academic year in the case of:
- Counterfeit of documents related to their student status.
- Deliberate damages Of IBS facilities. The person responsible for the damage is also held responsible for the damages caused.
X. STUDENT COMPLAINTS
Art. 51. (1) All studentss’ letters of complaints related to the violation of their rights are addressed to the Rector of IBBS.
XI. FEES AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE OF STUDENTS
Article 52. (1) The tuition at IBS is paid. The tuition fee is paid per semester and due within the term specified by the Rector. In case the student wishes to pay the fee for the whole academic year, he / she pays a double semester fee.
(2) The amount of the tuition fees at IBBS is determined by the Community of the Founders.
(3) In the case of non-payment of the tuition fee, the student loses his / her student's rights.
Article 53. Students in all forms of tuition pay fees for the following administrative services.
- Entrance examination fee- Bachelor's degree programs:
- General Knowledge Test – BGN 30
- Foreign Language Test - BGN 30
- Document ranking –BGN 30
(2) Entrance examination fee – Master’s degree programs –BGN 30
(3) Documents issuing :
(3.1) Course completion Certificate – BGN 10
(3.2) Academic reference – BGN 30
(4). Examination fees :
(4.1) Permission for Liquidation session examination - BGN 20
(4.2) Equivalency course for distance learning students - BGN 80
(5) Graduation fees:
(5.1) Graduation - BGN 50.
(5.2) Third resit for the State Examination - BGN 50
Article 54. (1) The students in Bachelor’s programs are benefited from discounts in the following cases:
50 % discount - disabled students with 75% of disability and full orphans (under 22 years of age) in full-time form of learning
50 % discount Family discounts- spouses, brothers, sisters, parents and children- applied to the second member’s tuition fee
(2) Students benefiting from a fee discount apply before the President of IBS and submit the required documents for each of the semesters of the academic year.
XII. TRANSITIONAL AND FINAL PROVISIONS
Article 55. These Regulations were updated and adopted by the Academic Council of IBBS at a meeting on October 8, 2014 and entered into force on the same date.