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ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES
FOR THE DIPLOMA PROGRAM
 
 
 
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
                                 1.      Degree Title
                                 2.      Degree Requirements
                                 3.      Attendance/Residency Requirement
                                 4.      Registration/Enrolment
                                 5.      English Requirements
                                 6.      Transfers
                                       6.1      Transfer between Academic Units
                                       6.2      Transfer of Programs
                                       6.3       Credit Transfer
                                 7.      Leaves
                                 8.      Study Period
                                 9.      Study Limit
 
 
 
ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
                              1.        Coursework
                                    1.1          Courses
                                    1.2          Credit Load
                                    1.3          Credit Requirements
                                    1.4          Auditing of Courses
                                    1.5          Repeating of Courses
                             2.        Grading System
                             3.        Assessment of Performance
                                    3.1          Coursework Examinations
                                    3.2          Minimum Grade Requirement
                                    3.3          Online Course Evaluation
                             4.        Academic Standing
                                    4.1    Probation
                                    4.2    Dismissal Conditions
                                    4.3    Suspension
                             5.        Academic Conduct
                                    5.1    Cheating
                                    5.2    Appeal
                                    5.3    Resignation
 
 
 
 


ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES
FOR THE DIPLOMA PROGRAM
 
 
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:         
 
1.       DEGREE TITLEThe program offering advanced training on defined topics is the Diploma of the Asian Institute of Technology (Dip.AIT). 
 
2.       DEGREE REQUIREMENTS. To qualify for the Diploma,   a student must
 
2.1   satisfactorily complete a minimum of 24 credits including a minimum of 2 credits and a maximum of 6 credits from special studies leading to a presentation of a project report;

2.2   achieve a final cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.75; 
 
 
3.1   A diploma student must complete a period of full-time attendance on an approved program of study for a period of not less than one semester. The remaining period of study may be one of part-time or full-time attendance.
 
3.2     An AIT Diploma graduate may be exempted from meeting the residency requirement if subsequently enrolled in a Master degree program. 
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4.1   Definition

i)    Registration means indication of the student's intention to continue his/her studies in the following semester.

ii)   Enrolment means to register oneself to a particular course or special study after registration has been done.
 
4.2  Registration/Enrolment should be done on-line through the Student Information System (SIS) under the 'Register/Enrol menu', and indicate 'Yes or No' if continuing in the following semester. All students are advised to clear their outstanding dues before registering.
 
4.3  Failure to 'Register' would disallow enrolling for credits.
 
4.4   A student must be registered, during the semester in which a degree is awarded, in the School endorsing the degree.

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(i)       SOM students refer to points 6.2, 6.7 & 6.8 below. SET and SERD students with English writing scores below AIT’s admission requirements will be automatically enrolled in the following mandatory English Language (EL) courses. English scores are determined by AIT's AWPT or an officially accepted equivalent. Students will need to pay a one-time registration fee of 5,000 baht for EL courses before they can attend. This registration fee covers the fees for all the EL courses until the student has met the required AWPT (or LC approved equivalent) English score of 6.0 or completed EL 19 with a passing score. The EL course level will be automatically assigned based on a student’s current English score:
 
5.0 - EL15 Intermediate English Composition 
5.5 - EL19 Academic and Technical Writing 
 
(ii)        All first semester students (SET, SERD and SOM) need to take the AWPT according to the LC testing schedule. As an alternative, scores from officially accepted standardized English writing tests (e.g. IELTS Writing, TOEFL Writing, or the AIT EET if taken on the AIT campus) can be submitted to the Language Center with student ID number and converted to an AWPT score. Updated test scores must be submitted to the LC before the adding/dropping deadline specified in AIT’s academic calendar to drop an assigned EL course each semester.
 
(iii)       EL courses will be graded as Pass, Incomplete, or Fail.  This grade will appear on transcripts, but will not count towards a student’s GPA. Those who attend less than 50% of their EL classes will automatically fail the course. Therefore, passing of an EL course requires both participation and performance improvement as measured by the EL course's final exam.
 
(iv)        EL students are not allowed to retake the AWPT without first sufficiently attending an English course. If students would like to retake the AWPT after participating in an English course, students will be allowed to retake the AWPT (with a fee of THB 600) according to the LC testing schedule.  After the “Grades In” deadline, students will need to wait until they successfully complete another English course before they are allowed to retake the AWPT.
 
(v)         If a student cannot attend an EL course, they are allowed to drop that EL course once. Students are required to submit a memo signed by the advisor stating an acceptable reason. This memo must be presented to the LC before the end of the drop/add period of the semester. Dropping an EL course does not exempt a student from meeting the minimum English language requirements prior to the start of the third semester.
 
(vi)     If a student chooses to study an English course outside of AIT, they may submit a memo to drop their EL course. This memo must contain an acceptable explanation for not studying EL courses at AIT and be signed by the advisor and the Director of the Language Center. You must attach a receipt for a legitimate English course to the memo. The course must be of equal or greater study hours to the EL course you are dropping. The receipt must be presented to the LC before the end of the drop/add period of the semester. Students who have successfully attended an approved English course outside of AIT will be allowed to retake the AWPT (600 THB) according to the testing schedule.
 
(vii)    Students within the SOM will need to attend an English language and business communications course intended to further develop English and communication skills necessary for leading organizations. This course is required of those master’s and doctoral students not attaining a minimum of 6.0 IELTS equivalent as a substitute exit requirement.
 
(viii)   The Institute’s English language requirement of 6 or satisfactory completion of EL 19 (Pass) or for SOM students the English Language and Business Communications course, should be attained by the end of the second semester, prior to the start of the third semester when students are expected to be proficient enough to write their proposals and research. An AWPT score of 6 (or LC approved equivalent), or satisfactory completion of EL 19 (Pass), or for SOM students English Language and Business Communications, will be a condition for registration for dissertation / thesis / research study / project. (This is applicable to all students from January 2016 intake and onwards and for SOM students from August 2017 onward). 4.5 - should attend an 8-week Bridging Program (BP) at the AIT Language Center prior to enrolling for the degree program courses. The English score will be reassessed at the end of the Bridging Program.

  
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6.1     TRANSFER BETWEEN ACADEMIC UNITS.   Transfer between fields/areas of study and Schools in the Diploma program must have the approval of the School Deans involved and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

 
i)        A student enrolled in a Diploma program may request a transfer to the Master degree program. A grade point average significantly above 2.75 is normally required before an application to transfer can be considered. If a transfer between programs is approved, then a request to transfer credits and grades should be recommended by the Advisor, Field/Area of Study Coordinator for approval of the School Dean.
 
ii)      Students who are registered for the Diploma program and expect to transfer to the Master degree program are advised to request transfer of programs before completion of their Diploma program.
 
iii)    Subject to approval by the Academic Senate on a case-by-case basis: (1) students completing enrolment as Diploma students can receive the Dip.AIT and re-apply for admission to the Master degree program; and that (2) students currently enrolled as Diploma students should be awarded the Dip.AIT with the formality of transfer to the Master degree program to be completed as a separate matter.
 
iv)   Transfers cannot be made from a Certificate to a Diploma or Master degree program for students who have been previously transferred to the Certificate or Diploma program from a Master program on academic grounds.
 
v)     Transfer from the Master degree program to the Diploma program for students with scholarship should be discussed with the Coordinator, Admissions and Scholarships. Such transfers require the recommendation of the student's Advisor, Field/Area of Study Coordinator and the School Dean. 

(i)   Credits received under the Diploma program may be transferred to the Master degree program subject to the approval of the Program Committee appointed for each student, Field/Area of Study Coordinator and School Dean. 
(ii)    Transfer of credits for work completed at another graduate school is not permitted for the Diploma program.
(iii)  Credits for courses and special studies which have been earned for an AIT Certificate or AIT Diploma may count towards partial fulfillment of the credit requirements for the AIT Diploma and the AIT Master degree respectively, provided the credits have been earned not more than five years earlier and provided they have been earned in the same or a related field of study.

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7.   LEAVES
 
7.1      Any student who, for reasons other than sickness, will be absent from the academic commitments during the semester or who will be travelling outside Thailand for vacation must seek approval from his/her Advisor and School Dean on a form (Request for Leave of Absence) obtainable from the Registry.
 
7.2      On return from leave, the student must report to the School and the Registry.
 
7.3     Students absent from the Institute without formal approval of leave will be suspended, and may subsequently be dismissed.
 
7.4       Occasionally, sickness or other circumstances make it necessary for a student to take extended or full-semester leave from the Institute. A student given an extended leave must write to the Registry at least one month before the agreed date of return to confirm that he/she intends to continue his/her studies.

 
8.1      The normal study period of a Diploma program is 2 semesters. 
 
8.2      The privileges of students under the normal study period are as follows:
         Student visa;
         On campus accommodation;
         Issuance of AIT email account which allows access to the Student Information System (SIS) and Internet services;
         Access to all AIT facilities (School, Library, Sports and Recreation facilities, etc.);
         Discount of children in AIT International School except for part-time degree programs (i.e. one-year MBA (36 credits), EMBA, DBA).
 
8.3      Students who are allowed to extend beyond the normal study period have the following privileges:
         Student visa;
        Can continue in their current on-campus accommodation unit only if there are no requests for their units. However, they could be allocated or request for an on-campus accommodation unit following the queue, but with lower priority;
         Continuation of an AIT email account which allows access to the student Information System (SIS) and Internet services;
         Access to all AIT facilities (School, Library, Sports and Recreation facilities, etc.);
         Extended students can no longer avail of discount on AITIS fees for their children. (AITMT, 23 June 2016 meeting).
 

 9.    STUDY LIMIT. A student must complete all the requirements of the diploma program within two years of first registration. 

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ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

1.   COURSEWORK   
 
1.1       COURSES
 
i)     Students should consult their Advisor prior to enrolling their courses. Selection of courses can be approved online by Advisors through the SIS or manually by signing the printed enrolment page from SIS.
 
ii)   Courses are categorized into two types, namely, required courses and elective courses. Required and elective courses are determined by each field/area of study.
 
iii)   Required courses are those which the students must enrol in his/her field/area of study. For the Doctoral program, the required course credits vary depending on the student’s area of interest and research proposal.
 
iv)    Elective courses are optional to students which may be offered in his/her field/area of study or in other fields/areas of study. The elective courses to be taken by each student depend on his/her area of interests or planned thesis/ research study/project topics.
 
v)     Selected topics are courses on current topics and recent developments in selected areas of specialization which may also be offered by a field/area of study.
 
vi)   Special studies are taught on an individual basis and must include a project report.  Special study courses are flexible in content and are adapted to suit the needs of the students concerned and the interests of the faculty members.

Special study reports shall follow the same general format approved for theses/research study. A special study report should be produced under a standard softbound cover format, with a copy deposited in the Library for future reference.

Special studies work, which should only be offered for topics which are relevant to the Field/Area of Study, must be carried out under the supervision of the student's Program Committee at the Institute or at another location approved by the committee.

Special studies should be presented to and graded by the student’s Program Committee. For Special Study of 1 to 2 credits, the Program Committee should have at least 2 members. For Special Study of 3 credits or more, the Program Committee should have 3 members. The Program Committee should be formed within one-month of registering for special study. There should be at least one meeting of the Program Committee for final exam, and student should submit proposal/report to the advisor.
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1.2   CREDIT LOAD
 
i)   A student in full-time attendance is required to take at least 9 credits of coursework during the semester.
 
ii)   No student may enrol for more than 15 credits in a semester or more than 9 credits in an inter-semester unless special permission is obtained from the student's Advisor, Field/Area of Study Coordinator and School Dean.
 
iii)  A student who wishes to take a reduced credit load, i.e. less than 9 credits of coursework in a given semester, must obtain approval from his/her Advisor, Field/Area of Study Coordinator and School Dean.

1.3  CREDIT REQUIREMENTS. The Diploma program requires a minimum of 24 credits of coursework, with a minimum of 2 credits and maximum of 6 credits of special studies leading to a presentation of a project report.

 
i)       A student who is academically qualified to take a course for credit may attend classes as an auditor with the approval of the course instructor. An auditor cannot be given grades or credit for the course concerned; he/she is not required to take examinations, but may participate in class discussions at the discretion of the course instructor. 
 
ii)      Auditing students should attend at least 80% of the course classes.
 
iii)    An audit course is charged 20% of the course fee and is listed on the transcript.
 
(Academic Senate, 24 March 2010)
 
i)      A student must repeat a required course if the grade awarded was not considered satisfactory (grade "D" or "F"). .
 
ii)     A student may choose to repeat any course. When a course is repeated, all grades are recorded on the final transcript, but only the grade of the most recent attempt is used in computing the CGPA and credit is only given for one attempt.
 
iii)    Students who repeat courses are not eligible for awards based on CGPA.
 
iv)    Students are charged for repeating courses at the standard rate per credit hour.
 
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2.  GRADING SYSTEM
 
(From P&P AA-3-1-1: Policies on Grading approved by the Academic Senate on 29 April 2009 (URL: http://www.ait.ac.th/administration/policies-and-procedures/AA/aa-3-1-1.pdf)
 
2.1    The grade assigned to a student in each course which he/she takes for credit is based on a letter system. The letters which are used have the following definition and grade points for the calculation of grade point average (GPA):
 
Grade
Definition
Grade Points
A
Excellent. Thorough knowledge and mastery of concepts and/or techniques together with a high degree of skill and/or great originality in satisfying the requirements of a piece of work or course
4.00
B+
Very Good. Thorough knowledge and mastery of concepts and/or techniques together with a fairly high degree of skill in the use of those concepts and techniques in satisfying the requirements of a piece of work or course
3.50
B
Good. Good level of knowledge or mastery of concepts and/or techniques with a considerable skill in using them in satisfying the requirements of a piece of work or course
3.00
C+
Near Competent. Level of knowledge or mastery of concepts and/or techniques requires more efforts to satisfy the requirements of a piece of work or course.
2.50
C
Deficient. Level of knowledge or mastery of concepts and/or techniques requires intensive efforts to satisfy the requirements of a piece of work or course.
2.00
D
Highly Deficient. Knowledge or mastery of concepts and /or techniques and understanding of the subject matter unacceptably low.
1.00
F
Failing. Very poor with very limited knowledge or limited mastery and understanding of concepts and/or techniques; comprehension of the subject matter is very limited.
0
I
Incomplete. Course may be completed at a later time without prejudice.
-
Pass/
Fail
A “passing” grade refers to any grade above “1” and a “failing” grade refers to grade equal to “1” or below.
 
 
2.2    Grade Point Average. The grade point average is calculated by averaging (with weighting according to the number of credits that each course carries) all the grade points obtained in every course taken for credit except those graded with Pass/Fail. One semester credit is earned from a course for each hour of lecture, two hours of workshop or seminar or three hours of laboratory work per week for a semester, provided the student has registered to take the course for credit. Whilst grades D and F count toward the computation of the cumulative average, the courses in which a student received these grades do not count toward the total credit requirement for degrees or the Diploma.
 
2.3    Incomplete. The grade 'I' (Incomplete) can be given only if:  a) there is a special reason, accepted by the course instructor, which makes it impossible for an individual student to be graded before the meeting of the Academic Senate (Review of Students); b) there are other special reasons which are accepted by the Academic Senate.
 
        An 'I' grade given in any course and reported to Academic Senate will be recorded on the transcript. Registration for the course in subsequent semester should take place and the new grade given by the Instructor recorded on the transcript without deleting the 'I' grade.
 
        An 'I' grade will subsequently be converted to 'F' unless the course is satisfactorily completed at a time specified by the Instructor, which must not be later than one semester from the time at which the final grade would normally have been recorded.
 
        Courses spanning two-semesters, when not completed at the end of two semesters will be given an incomplete “I’ grade. If at the end of the subsequent semester in which the course remains incomplete, the ‘I’ grade for these courses will be converted to fail ‘F’.
 
2.4    Pass /Fail. The pass/fail grading can be used if knowledge and mastery of concepts or techniques or the degree of skill in the use of those concepts and techniques cannot be assessed precisely enough to assign a ‘letter’ grade. Instructors teaching a course graded on a “Pass/Fail” method must like any other course, have a specific set of requirements, what are to be assessed and the method of assessment.

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3.       ASSESSMENT OF PERFORMANCE
 
(From P&P AA-3-1-1: Policies on Grading approved by the Academic Senate on 29 April 2009 (URL: http://www.ait.ac.th/administration/policies-and-procedures/AA/aa-3-1-1.pdf)
 
3.1    The course instructor is responsible for assessing the individual performance of students in his/her course. Instructors should announce in the first week of the course the method of assessment to be employed and should circulate a course outline. Assessment may be based on oral or written examination, project reports and/or assignments.
 
3.2    Instructors are encouraged to address the following methods of assessment and communicate them to the students:
 
     Will I grade on an “absolute” (criterion-based standard) or on a “relative” (norm-referenced) standard? Absolute grading is encouraged, whenever possible.
     What are my reasons for choosing the method I will use?
     What do I consider as outstanding or excellent performance?
     How should an average student perform?
     What are my reasons for allowing or not allowing students opportunities to earn extra credit?
     What are my values concerning student attendance, class participation, and completion of assignments?
     Will I depend upon a single method of assessing students’ learning or will I use a variety of methods (exams, assignments, presentations, etc.)?
     Have I described my grading plan adequately to students in writing and orally at the beginning of the course?
     How will I handle late or missing assignments?
     How will I grade group projects/reports? How should I assess and identify the contribution of each student in group works?

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3.3.1       MID-SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
 
(From P&P AA-3-1-1: Policies on Grading approved by the Academic Senate on 29 April 2009 (URL: http://www.ait.ac.th/administration/policies-and-procedures/AA/aa-3-1-1.pdf)
 
i)        The mid-semester examinations are usually held in the 8th week of the semester during lecture hours which are normally based on coursework, assignments and classroom tests.
 
ii)      Mid-semester grading is compulsory for all semester-long courses and must be reported to the Registry by the middle of the ninth week of the semester. Students are informed of their grades at the end of the tenth week and School Deans receive the complete list of grades for students in his/her School. The Deans subsequently inform the student Advisors concerned. Mid-semester grades are not recorded on the official transcript, but can be viewed in the SIS.
 
iii)    The purpose of mid-semester grades is to provide an indication of a student’s progress for his/her own benefit and for that of the Advisor.
 
iv)     Corrected mid-semester examination papers must be discussed and returned to students by the course instructors (AS87.06).
 
v)      Advisors are expected to discuss mid-semester grades with each of their students, particularly those in their first semester. If any problems arise which are not directly related to academic difficulties, such as stress, anxiety or inability to formulate appropriate study strategies, the student should be referred to the Student Affairs Unit.

3.1.2      FINAL EXAMINATIONS. Final examinations for all courses are held three to five days after classes end.  All final examination arrangements are announced by Registry via e-mail and posted on the Registry website.
 
  3.2 MINIMUM GRADE REQUIREMENT. In order to graduate, a student must achieve a final cumulative average of not less than 2.75, in addition to satisfying the other requirements for the degree.
   
  3.3  ONLINE COURSE EVALUATION.   Students are required to evaluate online the courses they have taken in a semester in order to obtain feedback on the quality of the course and its delivery. This exercise involves evaluation of the course characteristics, course delivery, teaching methods, resource materials, course Instructor and the conduct of laboratory sessions, if any. Failure to evaluate would disallow online viewing of grade(s) in SIS on the concerned course(s).  

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4.     ACADEMIC STANDING
 
 4.1   PROBATION
 
i)     The grades achieved by a student are reported each semester to the Academic Senate which considers whether students who have not achieved the minimum average stipulated by the Senate may proceed to the next semester of study.
 
ii)    A student who, in the first semester, achieves an average grade of not less than 2.50 but less than 2.75 will be placed on automatic probation. Thereafter, a student will remain on probation until such time that he/she achieves a cumulative average of not less than 2.75.
 
 
i)        A student on probation for more than two semesters faces dismissal.
 
ii)      A Master or Diploma student will face dismissal if fees remain unpaid at the end of two consecutive semesters including the semester in which he/she was suspended due to financial liability (see P&P FB 6-1-1: Credit Policy ( https://www.ait.ac.th/administration/policies-and-procedures/FB/FB-6-1-1).
 
iii)    A student who failed to register for two consecutive semesters faces dismissal.
 
4.3    SUSPENSION
 
i)        Suspension is defined as an action that can solely be taken by a Program Committee, through the appropriate units of the Institute (Field/Area of Study, School, DPRC/Registry), in certain problem cases. The following circumstances, among others, may warrant suspension of a doctoral study program:
 
        being in arrears with payments due, if there is faint evidence of paying up, given the unlikelihood of graduation which is conditional upon paying all dues (please see P & P FB 6-1-1: Credit Policy, ( http://www.ait.ac.th/administration/policies-and-procedures/FB/fb-6-1-1-2feb2017.pdf).
        non-academic reasons such as unbecoming behavior (https://www.ait.ac.th/admissions/student_handbook.pdf)
        Study program suspension is not a status for which any student could apply. The appropriate status to redress extenuating circumstances is officially approved leave, with payment of the semesterly Registration Fee to uphold student status and enrolment. This requires a formal request, duly    endorsed and approved.

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5.      ACADEMIC CONDUCT
 
  5.1   CHEATING
 
5.1.1       Cheating in an examination, assignment or research project is dealt with as an offence. It involves any of the following actions*:
 
i)      Students having unauthorized items, devices or texts (as defined by the instructor) at his/her desk in an examination room during an examination;
ii)     Making use of unauthorized items, devices or texts in an assignment, research project or during an examination;
iii)   Copying from the examination book of another student during an examination or copying from another student’s assignment or research project;
iv) Soliciting help from another student during an examination;
v)    Intentionally giving help to another student during the examination;
vi) Acting deliberately in any way, whether before, during, or after, so as to obtain an unfair advantage in an examination; and
vii)  Acting in any way, whether before, during or after, so as to assist another student to obtain an unfair advantage in an examination, assignment or research project.
 
          5.1.2   Procedures for Investigation and Disciplinary Action
 
i)   Record. If there is suspicion of cheating during an examination, in an assignment or a research project, the instructor/invigilator should immediately call the attention of the student and put a notation on segments of the exam, assignment or project where cheating has been suspiciously committed.
 
ii)    Incident Report. The instructor/invigilator should seek an explanation from the student at the end of the examination or when the assignment or project was submitted, and submit an incident report to the Field of Study Coordinator, who should then notify the School Dean.
 
iii)   Interview of Student.   The instructor/invigilator, Field of Study Coordinator and the School Dean will decide based on the incident report, whether the case can be handled at the School level.  If it can be handled at the School, the Field of Study Coordinator together with the instructor/ invigilator will interview the student. The student can be accompanied by his/her advisor. Notes of the interview will be recorded and should be agreed upon by all parties.
 
iv)   Without Evidence of Cheating. If the interview panel is satisfied that there is no evidence of cheating, the Field of Study Coordinator and the instructor/invigilator may recommend to the School Dean to give no penalty.
 
v) With Concrete Evidence of Cheating. However, if cheating was proven, the Field of Study Coordinator and the instructor/invigilator may recommend to the School Dean to disregard the original examination score and require the student to submit an equivalent piece of work or retake a different version of the examination. Upon receipt of the retake, the School Dean may decide to:
 
       Downgrade by 1 step the grade the student will receive upon repetition of the exam or resubmission of the assignment/project;
       Give a score of ‘zero’ for the specific exam, project or assignment; or
       Give a failing grade or “F” for the course; or
       Recommend the student for suspension or dismissal.
 
The penalty will depend on the seriousness of the offence. The student will have the usual right to appeal against the decision. The appeal should be addressed to the School Dean.
 
vi) Suspension or Dismissal from the Institute. If School Dean feels that there is evidence of serious dishonesty and the recommendation of the Field of Study Coordination and instructor/invigilator was suspension or dismissal, the matter should be elevated to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

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5.1.3      Procedures for Assessment at the Administration
 
i)     The Head, Student Office will be delegated or anybody on behalf of the Vice President for Academic Affairs to interview the student concerned.
 
ii)  Upon receipt of the incident report based on student’s interview, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will then appoint a neutral investigating committee consisting of members from outside the School where the student belongs.
 
iii)   The investigating committee should consider all the available evidence, including that of the incident report submitted by the School, and the student accused. The committee will then submit to the Vice President for Academic Affairs a report of its findings and, if it wishes, a recommendation on action. This report should be submitted promptly, if possible permitting the required action to be taken before the beginning of the next semester.
 
5.1.4         Penalty at the Disposal of the Administration. On receipt of the recommendation of the investigating committee, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will determine the appropriate penalty depending on the seriousness of the offense. The Vice President for Academic Affairs may:
 
i)        No penalty; or
ii)      Downgrade by 1 step the grade the student will receive upon repetition of the exam or resubmission of the assignment/project;
iii)    Give a score of ‘zero’ for the specific exam, project or assignment; or
iv)     Give a failing grade or “F” for the course; or
v)       Suspend the student from the Institute for a specific period; or
vi)     Recommend dismissal especially if there is evidence that the incident is already the second offence, a report to the Academic Senate should be made for decision.
 
The penalty will depend on the seriousness of the offence. The student will have the usual right to appeal against the decision. The appeal should be addressed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
 
5.1.5       Dismissal and Appeal. A student found guilty of grave cheating by the School Dean, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Academic Senate may be dismissed. If the student pursues an appeal to the President, in which case the Tribunal of Appeals may be convened.

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5.2      APPEAL
 
5.2.1   APPEAL AGAINSTS ASSESSMENT
 
(From P&P AA-3-1-1: Policies on Grading approved by the Academic Senate on 29 April 2009 (URL: http://www.ait.ac.th/administration/policies-and-procedures/AA/aa-3-1-1.pdf)
 
i)      A student has the right to access his/her marked examination script. The review of examination papers is an academic right of the student.
 
ii)    If not satisfied with his/her grade, a student may, after the meeting of the Academic Senate (Review of Students), appeal to the relevant course instructor for re-assessment. Such an appeal must be lodged before the second week of the next semester at the very latest. The level of review to be carried out is at the instructor's discretion.
 
iii)    A student appeal for revision of his/her coursework assessment should be made to the instructor. If necessary, a student, after seeking help from the Advisor, may make an appeal through the Field/Area of Study Coordinator and the School Dean for recommendation to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
 
iv)     If a student believes that his/her academic performance has been adversely affected by illness or some other external factor, he/she should consult the Advisor as soon as possible and before the next meeting of the Academic Senate (Review of Students). 

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5.2.3         APPEAL AGAINSTS DISMISSAL
 
i)     A Tribunal of Appeal has been established by the President to consider appeals made by students against decisions on dismissal from academic programs made by the Academic Senate. The Tribunal is composed of the President (Chairperson), the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Head, Student Office, the Field of Study Coordinator, the student’s Advisor and the Dean of the School concerned, with the Registry Officer and the President of the Student Union in attendance.
 
ii)     An appeal against a Senate decision is made by the student through his/her Advisor, Field/Area of Study Coordinator and School Dean to the President no later than one week before the start of the following semester. Comment on the appeal is expected from the School Dean. A decision by the Tribunal is final. Because questions relating to health, family circumstances, financial realities, etc. are outside the scope of the Senate, they are taken into account by the Tribunal, who may modify a decision of the Senate.
 
iii)    Academic Senate-dismissed students, who appealed to the Tribunal of Appeals and allowed to continue with certain conditions, should be automatically dismissed without any discussion in the Academic Senate and without any privilege to re-appeal, if they fail to fulfil the conditions set by the Tribunal for the continuation of their study.

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5.3    RESIGNATION
 
i)    A student who wishes to resign should normally do so in writing to his/her Advisor who reports through the Field/Area of Study Coordinator and subsequently to the School Dean. A student's resignation shall be effective from the time the Dean acknowledges the resignation and passes the case to the Registry. The Registry records the action on the transcript and informs the administrative units within the Institute of the resignation of the student.
 
ii)      If a student who has resigned subsequently changes his/her mind, he/she would normally have to re‑apply for admission. A student cannot nullify the act of resignation once it has become effective.
 
iii)   The transcript of a student who has resigned shall have entered on it:
 
        the date of resignation, and
        grades of all courses completed at the time of resignation.

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