Organisation of studies

APPROVED
By the Academic Council Resolution No.
ATN-5 of 4 May 2016;
(Amendments confirmed by the Academic Council
Resolution No. ATN-8 of 30 September 2016;
Resolution No. ATN-11 of 23 November 2016;
Resolution No. ATN-12 of 19 December 2016

STUDY PROCEDURES AT VILNIAUS KOLEGIJA/UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

I. GENERAL PROVISIONS

1. The purpose of Vilniaus kolegija/University of Applied Sciences (hereinafter – VK) study procedures (hereinafter – the Procedure) is to define the study system, conditions, organization and execution of studies, in Vilniaus kolegija/University of Applied Sciences, the rights and responsibilities of VK students and unclassified students.
2. Key concepts of the Procedure:
2.1. The Academic Council is VK academic matters management body, performing the functions foreseen in VK Statute and other legal acts.
2.2. Appeal is a student’s motivated request to the Dean in written form to reconsider the final assessment of a subject (or module) results.
2.3. Higher Professional Education is education gained in Lithuanian higher education schools after finishing professional higher education study programmes which award the qualification of higher education or recognized by competent institution as equal education.
2.4. The Faculty Dean (hereinafter the Dean) is the head of the Faculty performing the functions and duties foreseen in VK Statute.
2.5. Part-Time Studies’ Session Day is a calendar day of the month during which the session studies are executed for part-time students.
2.6. Faculty is a division of VK responsible for related study area groups’ studies’ applied research and artistic activity organization, academic quality assurance and Faculty work planning.
2.7. Department is the main organizing and executing body of studies, applied research and (or) artistic activity in VK.
2.8. VK unclassified students (hereinafter – the unclassified students) are persons studying separate subjects in higher professional study programmes or doing qualification enhancement programmes.
2.9. Kolegija (hereinafter – VK) is a higher education institution which carries out professional studies of higher education, develops applied research and (or) professional art.
2.10. VK Rector (hereinafter the Rector) is VK sole governing body, acting on behalf of VK, representing the institution and performing the functions and duties foreseen in VK Statute.
2.11. Competences are ability to perform certain activity on the basis of the acquired knowledge, skills and values.
2.12. Qualification is professional degree-granting education provided by schools of higher education that is in accordance with the procedures prescribed by law. Qualification includes a set of key competences necessary for professional activities.
2.13. Module is part of a programme which consists of content related subjects with a defined aim and targeted at certain abilities of the students.
2.14. Distance Studies is a way of organizing studies when teaching and learning take place at different times in different places, and information and communication technologies create a learning environment and ensure the training and learning processes.
2.15. Professional Bachelor’s Diploma is a higher education diploma issued to persons who have finished higher professional education studies and were awarded a professional Bachelor’s degree or a professional Bachelor’s degree and qualification.
2.16. Professional Bachelor’s Diploma Supplement is a document that corresponds the model developed by the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO / CEPES, supplementing the professional Bachelor’s diploma with the necessary data for international academic and professional recognition, describing the essence and content of graduate studies in the country’s higher education system and issued together with the diploma in the Lithuanian and English languages.
2.17. Professional Bachelor’s Degree is a higher education qualification degree awarded to a person who completes the higher professional education programme and holds Professional Bachelor’s Qualifying Degree.
2.18. Student is a person who studies in VK according to a study programme.
2.19. Studies means studying according to a certain programme at VK after acquiring not lower than a secondary education before entering.
2.20. Subject (module) is an independent subject matter with regard to research and applied perspectives. Practice is a separate study subject (module).
2.21. Tuition Fee is a yearly price for studying in a certain study programme established and approved by the VK Board.
2.22. Study Credit (hereinafter – credit) is a study subject volume unit used to measure the learning outcomes and the student’s working time.
2.23. Study Contract is an agreement of the parties drafted according to the standard study agreement conditions following the order of the Minister of Education and Science and signed by the Rector (or an authorized person) and the student. There are separate contracts for state-funded and non state-funded study places.
2.24. Study Certificate is a standard document issued to a person who has studied in VK but failed to comply with all the requirements of a study programme, or who studied separate subjects (modules).
2.25. Study Programme means a certain study field (fields) realization totality and the description of the learning outcomes and the content, activities, methods, material, human and other resources needed to achieve the outcomes.
2.26. Study Programme Committee is a group of competent people formed by the Rector order to prepare an intended study programme or enhance a functioning study programme.
3. Other definitions used in the Procedure are in line with the concepts used in the Republic of Lithuania Law on Higher Education and Research .

II. STUDENTS AND UNCLASSIFIED STUDENTS ADMISSION

4. Persons, who have at least the secondary education, are admitted to college higher education study programmes by competition in accordance with the regulations approved by the Rector annually.
5. VK admits students whose studies are financed by the state (hereinafter – state-funded students) and students whose studies are not financed by the state (hereinafter – non-state funded students). Approved study agreement is signed with all admitted students.
6. Non-state funded students pay the tuition fee approved by the VK Board. Annual tuition fee is set and approved by the VK Board.
7. The total number of admitted students, considering study quality assurance, is defined by faculties and approved by the VK Board.
8. Students are admitted to a higher professional education study programme under the Rector’s order: to the first semester of the first year of studies – under the provision of the Admission Committee, whereas to the second semester of the first year of studies and further studies – under the provision of the Dean.
9. VK determines and announces a list of competitive learning subjects according to the study fields and the principles of the composition of the competitive score and other admission criteria no later than 2 years before the start of the relevant academic year, all this being agreed with VK Student Representatives.
10. Citizens of foreign states are accepted to organize paid studies in foreign languages in accordance with the procedures of citizens of foreign states admission to VK non-state funded study places approved by the Rector.
11. Unclassified students are admitted by the Dean. Admission procedures are organized by the appropriate Department of the Faculty. Agreement set by VK is signed with unclassified students.

III. THE STUDY SYSTEM

12. Study Modes.
12.1 The studies in the VK are full-time and part-time. The education results after completing any of the study modes are equivalent.
12.2. The usual scope of one full-time study year is 60 credits, but not less than 45 credits. Full-time studies are conducted during working days. Full-time studies timetable can be on workdays, in evenings or in sessions.
12.3. The scope of part-time study year can be less than 45 credits. Part-time studies are organized in the evenings of the working days, on Saturdays or in sessions; between the sessions students do self-study work and are consulted by the lecturers, mid-term assignments can be performed, during the sessions they have lectures, seminars, practices, take exams, defence individual work (project).
13. Study programmes.
13.1. Studies in VK are conducted following the first cycle study programmes awarding a Professional Bachelor’s degree or Professional Bachelor’s and Professional Qualifying Degree.
13.2. Study programmes can be subject based and module ones.
13.3. The scope of the study programme is measured by credits. One credit equals 25-30 hours of student work. The scope of higher professional education studies can be 180, 210 or 240 credits.
13.4. The study programme is prepared in accordance with the description of an appropriate field of study, general requirements for the study programme, and descriptions of the intended study programmes, other documents, the performed research results and considering the feedback of social partners.
13.5 The study programme is prepared by the Study Programme Committee, which performs in accordance with the Study Committee regulations.
13.6. The Study Programme includes subjects (modules).
13.7. Subjects (modules) are divided into three categories: compulsory, optional (alternative) and free-elective.
13.7.1. Compulsory subjects (modules) provide basic skills and competences in a particular area within the field of study.
13.7.2. Optional (alternative) subjects (modules) are the subjects that are considered as a reasonable contribution to the general Higher Professional Education and the pursued degree of the chosen field of study. Students can choose the subjects (modules) from the list of subjects included in the programme curriculum.
13.7.3. Students are allowed to choose optional subjects (modules) from the list of subjects taught at VK.
13.8. Study (module) descriptions are prepared according to the example form approved by the Rector’s order.
13.9. Study programme is periodically updated according to the needs of students, lecturers, employers, Faculty and VK aims, etc.
13.10. VK provides only accredited study programmes. External evaluation and accreditation of the provided study programmes are conducted in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania.
14. Study organization
14.1. Study organization methods used by VK in implementing the study programmes include contact work and students’ self-study work. Study organization methods are indicated in the study subject (module) programmes:
14.1.1. contact work is a student’s work (lectures, practice training, assignment of the tasks) conducted by a lecturer according to the timetable. Contact work duration is measured in academic hours (45 min). Minimum contact work duration is 2 (art study field programmes – 1) academic hours.
14.1.2. self-study work is students ‘self-studies based on tasks provided in subject (module) description.
14.1.3. practice is the course of practical training period during which a student’s knowledge, skills and abilities are tested and developed in professional activities. Practice is divided into educational, cognitive, and professional.

IV. STUDY PROCESS

15. Language of instruction.
15.1. The Lithuanian language is the language of instruction at VK.
15.2. Studies at VK can be carried out in other language when: study programme content is related to another language; lectures or other academic seminars are headed by foreign teachers; during international academic exchange; study programmes are provided in foreign language, separate study subjects (modules) are studied in foreign language.
16. Academic calendar
16.1. The academic year at VK is divided into semesters and holiday periods. There are two semesters: autumn and spring. The beginning and the end of every academic year and semesters are approved by the Academic Council.
16.2. The average duration of one semester is 20 weeks (the scope of studies – an average of 30 credits), 2 – 4 weeks of which are for an exam session.
16.3. Students’ holidays, unless the Academic Council decides otherwise:
16.3.1. Christmas and New Year holiday – from 24 December to 1 January;
16.3.2. Winter holiday – one week after autumn semester exam session (for students in module study programmes might be not intended);
16.3.3. Easter holiday – one week before (after) Easter depending on the calendar (Easter Holiday might be not intended);
16.3.4. Summer holiday – from 1 July to 31 August (provided that according to the study calendar the practice is not intended).
16.4. Contact work activities and exam sessions are carried out in accordance with the schedule approved by the Dean. The schedule is published not later than one week before a semester or exam session begins.
16.5. The length of contact work per week is not more than 28 academic hours. Contact work activities can last no longer than 8 academic hours per day (for part-time students – not more than 12 academic hours per day during a session, not more than 4 hours on workday evenings and not more than 10 academic hours on Saturdays).
16.6. Contact work activities might be provided via the Internet (distance teaching/learning).
16.7. Depending on the agreement between a teacher and students, full-time study exam schedules are made up by the heads of appropriate departments and approved by the Deans.
16.8. Practice is organized according to the procedure approved by the Dean. Practices might be undertaken in July or August.
17. Registration for the semester studies.
17.1. Students are registered for the semester studies in the Studies Departments:
17.1.1. Students who have not expressed in written form their intention to terminate their studies are considered to be registered and continue their studies the next semester;
17.1.2. Students who have returned to continue their studies after academic leave or those repeating a course must register for the semester one week before the beginning of the semester;
17.2. Students are registered for specialization, optional (alternative) and free-elective subject (module) studies in Academic Information System till 15 March.
18. Semester studies
18.1. On commencing to teach a subject (module), the teacher of a subject (module) introduces the subject (module), the aim and anticipated learning outcomes, provides the evaluation procedure and evaluation criteria to the students.
18.2. Before a student goes to practice, the teacher in charge of the practice presents the programme, the aims, anticipated learning outcomes, assessment procedures and criteria. Trilateral practice training agreement among a student, VK and accepting institution is signed, except when practice is performed at VK.
19. Learning outcomes assessment.
19.1. The procedures and principles of learning outcomes assessment is determined by the Description of the Learning Outcomes Assessment Procedure.
19.2. The final assessment of subject (module) consists of the evaluations interim assessments, in compliance with data protection requirements, the teacher is required to announce and organize the study records no later than 5 working days, excluding the date of taking the exam or defending the self- study work ( project).
19.3. A student who doesn’t participate during interim assessments without justificatory reason has another possibility to assign for free within the given period. If a student fails an assignment, it is considered as a debt.
19.4. A student who is unable to sit an examination or participate in a self-study work (project) defence due to illness or some other important reason, may submit an application to the Dean and to extend the period foreseen for taking the exam but no more than 2 weeks before the next examination session. In case of failure to appear a student or an authorized representative shall inform the head of the appropriate department within three working days from the date shown in the schedule of the foreseen exam or self-study work (project), and having received a document justifying the absence of the student to immediately submit it. The procedure if a student doesn’t participate in interim assessments due to illness or some other important reason is defined in section 18 of the Description of the Learning Outcomes Assessment Procedure.
19.5. A student who does not agree with the evaluation of the interim assessments has the right to submit an appeal to the Dean no later than three working days after the announcement of the evaluation. The lodging of appeals, the formation of Appellate Commission, the order of the proceedings and decisions of appeals are regulated by the VK Appellate Regulations.
19.6. A student during the entire study period can improve learning outcomes of no more than two subjects or one module no later than two weeks before the foreseen commencement date on the schedule of the preparation of the final thesis (project). The student pursues the subject or module learning outcomes independently. The student pays a fee for the credits of these subjects (modules) which correspond to the fee for each academic debt.
19.7. The assessed students’ written works (written tests, course work, professional practice reports) are stored in the department for one year. The final works (projects) after the defence are kept for three years.
20. Academic debts and their elimination/liquidation.
20.1 An academic debt is missing evaluations that make up the final evaluation of a subject (module) not obtained on the determined time, after one possibility to have an assignment for free.
20.2. The academic debt can be eliminated by paying a fixed fee.
20.3. Students are allowed to eliminate debts no later than 2 weeks before the next examination session and in the last study semester no later than 2 weeks before the start of the final work (project) preparation, according to the study schedule.
20.4. Students are allowed to take a repeated completion of tasks covering not more than 20 credits. If academic debts are left after the determined time, the Dean might allow students to eliminate them repeating a subject (module) course paying for credits. Debts elimination term is postponed for 1 year.
20.5. The academic debt elimination schedules are composed by the Heads of Studies Departments with the approval of the Dean of the Faculty. The schedules are announced within 2 weeks of a new semester.
20.6. The student who fails to eliminate academic debts on time is rejected from VK.
21. Combining different study programmes and individual study schedule
21.1. Persons, willing to study under different study programmes simultaneously, are admitted to each separate study programme in accordance with general requirements (except for students who for not less than one semester studied in an institution of higher education and obtained a certificate that confirms the approved learning outcomes).
21.2. Advanced students, on their own request after the first semester, may be permitted to study according to an individual study schedule by the Dean. The individual study schedule for the semester is prepared by a student, in coordination with the subject (module) teachers and approved by the Dean of the Faculty.
22. Study records.
22.1. Study records include the subject (module) assessment register, academic debt slip, the summary of the results of the group’s semester studies, summary of the final assessment of all the subjects (modules).
22.2. The teacher(s) writes the evaluation of the subject (module) in the subject (module) assessment register.
22.3. The final assessment of the subject that is written in numbers (scores) and words (words equivalent to scores are written in brackets) is laid down on assessment register and academic debt slips.
22.4. The registered academic debt slips are delivered to students at the Studies Department of the Faculty. After eliminating academic debts (or failing to eliminate debts) the student must return the academic debt slips to the Department.
22.5. The study data records are valid provided that it is clear, written on time and approved by the learning outcomes assessing teacher.
22.6. At the end of the semester, at the latest within two weeks, the staffs of the Studies Department makes a summary of the study results of the semester.

V. CHANGING THE STUDY PROGRAMME OR THE MODE OF STUDIES

23. Changing the study programme.
23.1. A student requesting to change the study programme must complete the first semester.
23.2. A student requesting to change the study programme must complete the semester without any academic debts.
23.3. There is a possibility to change the study programme if there are vacant study places available in the requested study programme.
23.4. A person intending to study in the art study field programme shall pass a skills test, if no entrance examination was passed to the art study field programme.
23.5. The faculties organizing studies may also foresee additional conditions for changing study programmes or mode of studies.
23.6. A student requesting to change the study programme must submit an application to the Dean of the Faculty no later than 10 days before the beginning of the new semester. 23.7. Conditions for changing study programmes are foreseen in the Description of the Study Results Validation Procedure and in the Description of Study Programme Changing within the Study Area.
23.8. A student changing the study programme, having received consent to study according to the study programme in another Faculty, has to inform the Studies Department of the Faculty, where studies were previously carried out, within 3 working days.
23.9. The change of the study programme is made according to an agreement to change the study contract and according to the Dean’s order. If the study programme is chosen in another Faculty the change is made according to the mentioned agreement and according to the Rector’s order of the study programme.
24. Changing the mode of studies.
24.1. A student, requesting to change the mode of studies submits an application meant to the Dean to the Studies Department of the Faculty.
24.2. The change of the mode of studies is made on signing an agreement to change the studies contract and under the order of the Dean.
25. A student is informed about permission or prohibition to change the study programme or mode not later than 5 working days from the application.
26. Current semester subjects (modules) credit differences, due to the change of the study programme or mode, elimination period is two weeks before the start of the semester exam session. Students regardless of the academic nature of financing of their studies pay a fixed price for these subjects (modules) credits.
27. At the end of the semester, when a free state-funded place appears, in order of priority same study programme, same year and same mode non state-funded students with the best study results are transferred to the place; if there are no candidates for the vacant place in the same mode of studies, a student from another mode of studies can be enrolled.
28. Students can study in other state recognized higher schools at the same time, whereas students from other state recognized higher schools can study at VK. According to the agreement of higher schools students from VK can partially fulfil the requirements of studies in another higher school and other higher school students can do the same at VK.
29. A person, who studied in other state or foreign recognized higher schools, can be accepted to continue studies according to VK study programme by the order of the Rector. The study results are recognized according to the Study Results Validation Procedure, due to the change of the study programme or mode, elimination period is two weeks before the start of the semester exam session. Students pay a fixed price for these subjects (modules) credits. This person can only apply for a non-state-funded place.
30. A VK or another college student studying in a state-funded place, according to the determined procedure can change the study programme of the same study area in VK without losing state-funded place not earlier than when the first semester of the first study year has been completed without academic debts.

VI. TERMINATION, RENEWAL OF STUDIES, ACADEMIC LEAVE

31. Studies shall be terminated and students shall be removed from the list of students in the following cases:
31.1. At their own request;
31.2. When due to objective reasons they cannot continue their studies (illness, death, etc.);
31.3. When students are rejected from VK in accordance with section 38 of the Study Procedures.
32. Students, who submit an application to the Dean, shall be provided academic leave up to one-year:
32.1. due to illness, pregnancy, military service, child care until the child reaches the age of 3 years, submitting an application to extend academic leave every year at the end of the academic leave term;
32.2. in other cases – not more than once during the entire study period.
33. Academic leave, under cases specified in section 32.2, in the final study semester is provided not later than the start of the preparation of the final work (project) appointed in the study schedule.
34. Students who have not completed the first semester shall not be provided with the academic leave, except for the cases specified under section 32.1.
35. The academic leave is approved under the Dean’s order, which defines the reasons for the study termination and the duration of the academic leave.
36. The type of funding of studies for students who return after their academic leave remains the same. If during the academic leave some discrepancies occur due to the study programme changes, students must eliminate them not later than two weeks before the beginning of exam session. Students, who are provided with the academic leave under section 32.2 of the Study Procedures, shall pay a specified fee for occurring academic discrepancies (credits).
37. At the end of the academic leave students must submit an application on continuing of studies to the Dean and register at the time specified under section 17.1. The student’s return form the academic leave must be legitimized under the Dean’s order.
38. The student is rejected from VK in the following cases:
38.1. When he fails to carry out the study programme requirements;
38.2. When he fails to carry out financial obligations to VK;
38.3. When he fails to register after the academic leave;
38.4. When he violates VK Statute and the documents regulating studies and the internal rules.
39. The studies should be terminated by the order of the Rector proposed by the Dean. In exceptional cases a student can be rejected by the Rector without the provision of the Dean.
40. The provision of the Dean regarding the student’s rejection shall specify the reasons for rejection and the date. The Rector rejects the student when the term of the provision submission day for consideration the dispute regarding the student’s rejection specified under section 72 of the Study Procedures is expired or when the student’s request is rejected in accordance with the procedures specified under that article.
41. Students, removed from the list of students, must account to VK and submit a signed settlement slip to the Studies Department.
42. The rejected student is allowed to renew and continue his studies in accordance with the requirements specified under section 29. The aforementioned student can study in non-state-funded place; the term of the academic debt elimination is two weeks before the beginning of exam session (in the last study semester – a month before the final work defence). In case the student was rejected due to his failure to fulfil financial obligations, he must pay the debt to VK before the date of the Study Contract signing.
43. The validity of learning outcomes of students who renew their studies is determined according to the Procedures for Learning Outcomes Inclusion.
44. Students are not allowed to return to the first semester, except for the cases specified under section 32.1.

VIII. DEGREE COMPLETION

45. A graduate student should be considered a student who fulfils all requirements of the study programme.
46. The study programme is completed with the assessment of the achieved study outcomes, stated in the study programme, during the final work (project) (hereinafter – the final work) defence and a final exam (when it is laid down in relevant legislation). The procedure of the preparation and defence of the final work is regulated by the description of VK final works (projects) preparation and defence procedure.
47. The Commission of the final work defence to evaluate final works (and to award qualification if provided in the legislation) is set up by the Rector’s order each academic year.
48. A student chooses the theme of the final work; the scope of the problem field from a list submitted by the Department or offers himself in agreement with the Department and the supervisor of the final work.
49. The themes of final works in Lithuanian and English and supervisors on the provision of the Department are approved by the Dean of the Faculty.
50. The structure and volume of the final work, registration and other requirements are regulated by the methodological guidance of the final work preparation, registration and defence, which is approved by the deans.
51. If the final exam is carried out:
51.1. Written tasks of the final exam shall be prepared by a group of teachers of the Study Programme Committee appointed under the order of the faculty Dean and at the provision of an appropriate Department; the final exam tasks are approved by the Chairman of the Qualifications Commission.
51.2. The final exam shall be carried out in written or oral forms depending on the task; exam may be performed to demonstrate practical task.
52. A student is allowed to defend the final work (project) and to take the final exam under the Dean’s order and only at the time specified in the final work public defence or exam schedule.
53. A student, whose final evaluations of all subjects (modules) are not lower than “good” and the weighted average is not lower than “very good” and the final work and the final exam are evaluated “very good” or “excellent”, is awarded honours diploma.
54. Students who cannot prepare and defend the final work (project) at a specified time due to serious reasons (illness, childbirth, death of a family member) or take the final exam can do it later at their own request under the Dean’s order:
54.1. Defence of the final work and the final exam may be delayed up to the next meeting of the Qualifications Commission;
54.2. The academic leave can be provided. If any discrepancies occur in the study programme after a student returns from his academic leave, he must eliminate them one month before the beginning of the repeated defence of the final project and the final exam; in this case students do not need to pay any tuition fees.
55. Students who fail to prepare the final project at a specified time are removed from the list of students in accordance with section 38.1 of the Study Procedure; in this case students must return the state funds provided for studies to the state budget. Students who fail to appear in the final project defence (and/or the final exam) without any serious reason, fail to defend the final project (and/or fail to pass the final exam) shall be removed from the list of students in accordance with section 38.1 of the Study Procedures; however, state-funded students are exempt from returning the state funds provided for studies to the state budget.
56. Graduates are awarded Professional Bachelor’s Degree or Professional Bachelor’s Degree and Professional Qualification of an appropriate study field and granted the Diploma of Professional Bachelor and its Supplement.
57. Graduate students are removed from the list of students by the Rector’s order.
58. Graduate students must account to VK submitting a signed settlement slip.

IX. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

59. Professional development and retraining programmes (courses, seminars, etc.) are approved by the Dean.
60. Contracts are signed with unclassified students attending professional development and retraining courses and seminars; they pay a specified amount for education services.
61. Unclassified students who attend professional development and retraining courses are granted certificates issued by the Faculty.
62. Unclassified students who study separate subjects (modules) of higher professional education study programmes and get not less than 30 credits can study further under higher professional education study programmes, prepare and defend the final project and take the final exam on the provision of VK Rector.

X. STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

63. Students must take care of their rights and properly perform assigned duties.
64. Students have the right:
64.1. To study under the chosen study programme;
64.2. To study under the individual study plan in accordance with the procedures specified by the Academic Council;
64.3. To study under more than one study programme or other study subjects at VK and other higher schools;
64.4. To evaluate the quality of subjects taught and learning facilities and resources;
64.5. To select teachers in case the same subject is taught by a few teachers;
64.6. To suggest the final project theme or to choose from the ones provided by the Department;
64.7. To account for tasks by using alternative ways in case a student is disabled and cannot account for tasks in accordance with the provided ways; alternative ways shall ensure the achievement of the intended objectives;
64.8. To apply to the Faculty administrative staff for the inclusion of grades obtained at VK or other Lithuanian or foreign higher school;
64.9. To apply to VK or the Faculty administrative staff and the Dispute Resolution Commission due to the violation of rights and legitimate interests.
64.10. The completion of the chosen study programme that is in compliance with normative documents and quality standards shall be approved by the awarded Diploma of Professional Bachelor;
64.11. To change the study programme and its mode, to terminate and renew studies;
64.12. To participate in academic mobility programmes;
64.13. To use educational methodological and scientific literature and learning facilities and resources to implement the chosen study programme, to use learning facilities and resources of VK necessary for studies, cultural life, health care and relaxation;
64.14. To obtain all the information related to studies;
64.15. Without violating the rights of other persons to assess the quality of study programmes and its implementation, to propose the inclusion of new study and specialization subjects into the study programme, to apply to the Faculty and if necessary to VK administrative staff on the learning outcomes assessment;
64.16. To obtain all the information about VK internal rules, the methods for safe practical activities and the laboratory works performance;
64.17. To openly express one’s ideas and attitudes;
64.18. To receive social and material support under the specified procedures;
64.19. To participate in the activities of VK governing bodies;
64.20. To elect the Students’ Representative Council, group monitors and to participate in elections;
64.21. To openly join other associations under the procedures prescribed by the Law on Associations of the Republic of Lithuania;
64.22. To participate in research, technical, creative and artistic activities;
64.23. To conclude contracts with prospective employers, to receive their scholarships;
65. Responsibilities of VK students:
65.1. To study strenuously;
65.2. To fulfil obligations specified under study contracts;
65.3. Students must attend lectures, participate in practical activities, and carry out practices specified in study programmes (except for cases specified under section 21.2.);
65.4. To carry out tasks intended in the study programme;
65.5. To observe legal requirements for VK teachers, resolutions of self-governance institutions, the Dean and Rector’s orders;
65.6. To pay tuition fees at a specified time, to carry out other financial liabilities to VK;
65.7. To observe the Law on Higher Education and Research of the Republic of Lithuania, the Code of Ethics, VK Statute, other legislation and internal rules;
65.8. To carry out resolutions of VK and Faculty administrative staff;
65.9. To observe internal rules, instructions and legal normative acts ensuring the safety of VK Faculties, lecture rooms and laboratories.
65.10. To be responsible for illegal actions (inaction) that causes damage to your own health and the health of other persons and the property;
65.11. To respect the members of VK community, the Administrative Staff and other employees, to properly represent VK in public;

XI. FOSTERING STUDENT SUCCESS AND INFLICTING PENALTIES

66. With regard to learning outcomes and other academic achievements students can be appointed incentive scholarships. Procedures and principles for the incentive scholarship appointment are specified under the Principles of VK Scholarships and Allowances (hereinafter – the Scholarship Principles).
67. Advanced students and those who actively participate in VK activities, researches, sports and other activities are fostered by additional grants approved by the Rector or Dean’s orders. Procedures and principles for the additional grants appointment are specified under the Scholarship Principles.
68. The following disciplinary actions may be inflicted on students on the provision of the Dean for violation of responsibilities not later than within a month from the date of determination of misconduct: a notification, reprimand, and rejection from VK.
69. If a disciplinary action is inflicted on a member of the Students’ Representative Council of VK, the consent of the Students’ Representative Council must be received, except for cases when a disciplinary action is inflicted for failing to carry out the study programme requirements. In case the Students’ Representative Council disagrees with the disciplinary action inflicted, a disciplinary action may be appointed under the resolution of the Academic Council or the Faculty Council.
70. Under the Dean or Rector’s order the scholarship suspension or termination can be applied to a student who fails to carry out his responsibilities.
71. Information about fostering the student’s success or inflicting penalties shall be included into the student’s personal file. Fostering the student’s success is appointed under the Dean or Rector’s orders, whereas infliction of penalties – under the Rector’s order. The aforementioned orders are announced publicly.
72. If a student disagrees with the penalty inflicted or his rejection from VK, he has the right not later than within three business days from the penalty infliction to apply in writing to the Dispute Resolving Commission that analyses disputes of students, administrative staff or other employees related to educational or study activities. Procedures for the Dispute Resolving Commission appointment, dispute resolving and its implementation are specified under VK Statute.

XII. APPROVAL OF PROCEDURES AND THEIR COMING INTO FORCE

73. Procedures and their amendments are approved by the Academic Council.
74. Procedures take effect from 1 September 2016.
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