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Student charter Spatial Sciences

The Student Charter provides an overview of the rights and obligations of both students and the University. It is based on national legislation, particularly the Higher Education and Research Act (WHW), supplemented by regulations that are specific to the University of Groningen. These latter regulations are set out in the appendices to the Student Charter.

The Act stipulates that the Student Charter comprises two sections: a university-wide section and a programme-specific section.

The university-wide section describes the rights and obligations that apply to the university as a whole, such as registration and protection of rights.

The university-wide section of the Student Charter does not literally quote the articles from acts and regulations but describes them as clearly as possible. The various topics are accompanied by links to the relevant articles of the act or regulation in question.

The programme-specific sections describe the rights and obligations that apply to specific degree programmes. These sections include the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER), Rules and Regulations for examinations and final assessment and other regulations and provisions set by the various degree programmes and faculties. You can consult your programme-specific section at the faculty Education Offices and in the Study Guides.

Applicability

The Student Charter applies to academic year 2018-2019. The university-wide section of the Student Charter is approved annually by the Board of the University and endorsed by the University Council. In the event that the Charter challenges or contradicts any legal regulations, these legal regulations will take priority.

Publication

At the start of the academic year all students will be sent an e-mail by the Board of the University informing them where they can find the Student Charter on the internet and where they can consult a hardcopy of the Student Charter.

Using the Student Charter

All students are expected to be familiar with the contents of the Student Charter. Not complying with the rules in the Charter may affect your rights, for example the right to financial support from the Graduation Fund.

Some of these regulations may not be as hard and fast as they sound. Rules and regulations are by definition general in character, and this Student Charter is no exception. This means that the applicability of these regulations in concrete situations and individual instances is not always a predictable and straightforward matter. Students who have registered for the first time this year may find that the regulations that apply to them are different to those for students who have reregistered. Make sure you are provided with the right information by your faculty and/or the Student Service Centre (SSC) and read the Student Charter and the associated regulations carefully!

Items in the Student Charter

The university-wide section of the Student Charter contains information on the rights and obligations of students regarding the following items:
-     admission,

-     registration and deregistration,

-     teaching, including the binding study advice,

-     examinations and final assessments,

-     financial assistance,

-     consultative participation,

-     rules of behaviour,

-     legal rights.

GENERAL ADDRESSES

Board of the University (CvB)

Postal address: P.O. Box 72, 9700 AB Groningen, the Netherlands

Telephone: (050) 363 5285

University Council (U-raad)

Postal address: P.O. Box 72, 9700 AB Groningen, the Netherlands

Telephone: (050) 363 8535

E-mail: uraad@rug.nl

Internet: www.rug.nl/uraad

Legal Affairs Office (ABJZ)

Postal address: P.O. Box 72, 9700 AB Groningen, the Netherlands

Telephone: (050) 363 5440

Internet: www.rug.nl/about-us/organization/bureau-of-the-university/abjz

Donald Smits Center for Information Technology (CIT)

Visiting address: Smitsborg, Nettelbosje 1

Postal address: P.O. Box 11044, 9700 CA Groningen, the Netherlands

Telephone: (050) 363 9200

E-mail: secretariaat-cit@rug.nl

Internet: www.rug.nl/cit

CIT Helpdesk

Telephone: (050) 363 3232

E-mail: servicedesk.cit@rug.nl

Health, Safety and Environment Service (AMD)

Visiting address and postal address: Visserstraat 49, 9712 CT Groningen, the Netherlands

Telephone: (050) 363 5551

E-mail: amd@rug.nl

Internet: www.rug.nl/amd

Office of the Confidential Advisor

drs. M.J.H. (Marjolein) Renker, Confidential Advisor

Visiting and postal address: Visserstraat 47, 9712 CT Groningen, the Netherlands

Telephone: (050) 363 5435

E-mail: m.h.j.renker@rug.nl

E-mail: secretariaatBVP@rug.nl

Internet: www.rug.nl/vertrouwenspersoon

Complaints Committee for harassment, sexual harassment and aggressive, violent or discriminatory behaviour

Postal address: Antwoordnummer 172, 9700 AB Groningen

ADDRESSES FOR STUDENTS

Information Services

Internet: www.rug.nl/information-services

Student Service Centre

Visiting address: Uurwerkersgang 10

Postal address: P.O. Box 72, 9700 AB Groningen, the Netherlands

Telephone: (050) 363 8066

Email: ssc-info@rug.nl

Internet: www.rug.nl/ssc

Careers Advice UG

Visiting address: Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 19 (I-Shop)

Email: careerservices@rug.nl

Internet: www.rug.nl/careerservices

Central Portal for the Legal Protection of Student Rights (CLRS).

Postal address: P.O. Box 72, 9700 AB Groningen, the Netherlands

Internet/E-mail: www.rug.nl/clrs or myuniversity > frequently asked questions

University Funds Committee (UFC)

Postal address: P.O. Box 72, 9700 AB Groningen, the Netherlands

E-mail: ufc@rug.nl

The RUG has a policy on study costs. The policy aims to control costs so that the ‘study cost’ component does not exceed grant/loan budgets for Dutch students. The amount that students are required to spend on study materials will therefore not exceed the government grant. The standard sum for 2018-2019 is € 756,-. Each course phase has a cost ‘ceiling’ (standard sum x length of course).

Sometimes it is not possible to avoid going beyond the ceiling amount. In such cases it is possible to apply to the Faculty Board for reimbursement of half the extra expenditure on the basis of receipts submitted as proof. Sometimes another arrangement may be possible.

Students can obtain information on the cost policy at www.rug.nl/insandouts. They can also visit the University Student Desk or their study advisor.

You can find an overview of the study costs per study phase here.

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