Academic Regulations for Mesoyios College.

Enrolment Criteria for Students

Student Enrollment Criteria

A non-discrimination student admissions policy is strongly followed by MC. Candidates for admission at MC, are considered without reference to race, colour, religion, sex, handicap or national origin. Thus, the diversity of the student community is a goal for MC’s admissions Office in order to bringing a diverse range of academic backgrounds, experiences, special interests, talents and cultural heritage.

Therefore, it is mandatory for all candidates to possess a Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualification (in their country of origin).

Students may achieve an admission to the College, possible at the beginning of any semester. The admission is granted, depending on students’ qualifications and future educational path selected. The College admission policy relies on students’ past record including high school grades.

Proficiency of the English language is required for all programs taught in English.  An English placement test is given to all incoming students. Its purpose is to determine the proficiency level of a student so as to recommend appropriate placement in English courses. Students with qualifications in English language such as: IELTS 5.5, IGCSE C, TOEFL 525 (196 computer based) will be able to follow normal program requirements (as described in individual program pathways).

Admission criteria for undergraduate programs:

 

Regular admission

The criteria for regular admission to the College undergraduate programs are as follows:

  • A Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate with an average mark of at least 50%, 10/20, or equivalent qualifications.

Probational Admission

Applicants who posses a recognized Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate but whose average mark is lower than that requested could be admitted to the College on a probational basis. The performance of students admitted on a probational basis will be evaluated upon completion of their first two academic semesters, a period during which they are expected to achieve a minimum CGPA of 1.50.

Transfer Admission: based on a transfer evaluation by the prospective program coordinator and the guidelines of the Ministry of Education & Culture.

Admission and Registration Instructions

The prospective student should send to the Office of Admissions, 3-5-7 Dimostheni Mitsi, 3022 Limassol, Cyprus or personally refer with the following:

  • Completed Application Form along with the required amount of €50.
  • Certificate or copy of the certificate of higher secondary school.
  • One photo (passport size).

A candidate who meets the minimum registration conditions in a tertiary school of education, as required in the Article 2 of the Law 67(I)96, but has some shortages in education, e.g. if he/she does not speak English very well so that it will be difficult to attend the course of his/her program, he/she will be accepted in this program of study provided that he/she will attend the English Summer Course or Foundation Year of study. After qualifying exams he/she will be placed in the first semester of his/her chosen program.

During his/her study in the first or second semester of the foundation year of study, the student will be taught every day for at least five teaching periods per day, but there would be no practical training in industry. All courses will be compulsory.

During his/her study, as well as at the end of each academic semester of the foundation year of study, the student will undergo oral and written exams, but will only be granted a certificate of attendance, without earning any ECTS or exclusion from future courses.

If the student’s performance at the end of the second semester of the foundation year of study is considered satisfactory by the Academic Council of the college, the student will be placed in the first semester of the first year of his/her academic program of study.

If the prospective student meets all the conditions for admission but after an interview is found that further enhance of English language skills is needed, the student will be accepted in the specific program of study provided that he/she will participate in the summer English course and will acquire a Sufficient English Language certificate of the college with a minimum success score of 60% in the final examination.

When a prospective student is admitted to Mesoyios College, the Office of Admissions will issue and send a Letter of Acceptance. After the candidate receives the Letter of Acceptance, he/she must pay tuition for the first year of study.

The final step in the admission process is the selection of courses for the chosen program of study, under the guidance of the counselors and teachers.

The Admissions Office will notify all new students for the specific date for selection of the courses.

Registration

Student registration is a standard procedure taking place prior the commencement of the new semester. This is a process that takes place between academic advisor and student. At MC there is a registration period, during which academic advisors should consult students in order to be properly registered for their courses. Late registration is permitted under exceptional conditions, but students registering late cannot be assured of space in the courses they are interested. Some courses may be cancelled as a result of low enrolment even prior to the end of late registration.

Students successfully completing their registration, will receive a personal timetable. On this timetable important information will be issued such as the times of classes and the rooms in which they are to be held. Timetable changes are likely to occur during the first two weeks of classes and are publicized on the notice boards. Students may not be able to register if they have been suspended from MC or if their names are on the Registration Stop List.

Students may not be allowed to registered in courses when owe:

  • Money to the College,
  • Books to the library, or
  • for any other reason.

For the above reasons, stop listed students will have to obtain a Stop List Clearance Letter to be allowed to register.

 

Also, students may not be allowed to register to courses due to:

  • A decision made by the Disciplinary Committee:
    • Dismissal from MC due to unethical or violent behavior, or any other unprofessional behavior that does not comply with the Students Code of Conduct principles
  • A decision made by the Academic Committee:
    • Student’s personal failure to meet MC’s academic progress criteria:
      • Diploma – completion of two consecutive semester with a CGPA < 1.7
      • Higher Diploma – completion of two consecutive semester with a CGPA < 1.8
      • Bachelor – completion of two consecutive semester with a CGPA < 2.0
    • Student’s involvement in any illegal action or activity, which confronts the Laws of the Republic of Cyprus and as a result the student himself/herself is under arrest or when the Courts’ decision is pending.

 

Note: During registration, students will be asked to sign a letter authorizing (or not) the college to contact their parents for any academic and/or financial purposes accordingly. Additionally, students will be asked to sign a letter authorizing (or not) the college to use their personal details (e.g. picture, name, etc.) for marketing and/or promotional purposes.

 

Conditional Offers

A conditional offer is when a candidate may be asked to obtain further academic qualifications in order to be accepted onto a course. As soon as a candidate satisfies these conditions he/she should proceed to send the required documents.

Readmission

Students seeking readmission must complete a new application form for consideration. International students applying for readmission should also adhere the current process requirements and/or relevant legislation.

Semester System

Students may join the College at the beginning of the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters.

Semester Duration Begins
Fall 13 Weeks Last Monday of September
Spring 13 Weeks 1st Monday of February
Summer 6 Weeks (courses will be available twice a week. For example, during Fall or Spring semester, a course may be taught 3 hours per week. During summer semester, this course will be taught 6 hours per week) 2nd Monday of June

English Language Placement Test

If a student fails to provide an acceptable proof of his/her English proficiency he/she will be required to take the College English Language Placement Test during College registration. A student also may request an ELPT during his/her studies in order to determine academic progress and proceed with the registration in particular courses. ELPT is composed of multiple-choice sections on English structure, vocabulary, reading comprehension. An essay will also be administered. Students who fail the English Language standards of the College will be required to take foundation courses only or English courses and courses from their program of study.

 

Math Placement Test

Any student who has not demonstrated minimum proficiency through prior high school or college work or external exam scores may be required to take the mathematics proficiency examination prior to enrolling to college-level mathematics or statistics courses. Students who have either not taken or failed this test will be assigned to most basic math courses.

Semester Load

Normal Semester Load

Α normal semester load for full-time students registered for the first time or returning students is 25-32 ECTS, representing at least 15 teaching hours, which is considered as a full time student.

 

An ECTS is a measure of the amount of academic work. It has nothing to do with grades. Two credit hours usually represent one hour of lecture per week for the whole semester (usually 13 weeks for a normal semester). For lab or practical courses one credit may represent more than one hour of monitored student work.

 

A student may take any course from the following categories but according to his/her program pathway:

 

  • Major Requirements – are the specialized courses of the program in which the student plans to “major” or concentrate and get his degree.
  • English Language (Requirements or Electives) – are English and communication courses at various levels. Requirements vary, depending on the degree pursued.
  • Computer Requirements & Electives – are computer courses. Requirements vary, depending on the degree pursued
  • Business Requirements & Electives – are business courses. Requirements vary, depending on the degree pursued
  • Math Electives – are mathematics and statistics courses. Requirements vary, depending on the degree pursued
  • Hotel Requirements & Electives – are hotel management courses. Requirements vary, depending on the degree pursued
  • Travel & Tourism Requirements & Electives – are travel and tourism courses. Requirements vary, depending on the degree pursued
  • Liberal Arts Requirements & Electives – include humanities, sciences (natural and physical) and social science courses. Requirements vary, depending on the degree pursued
  • Social Science Requirements & Electives – include political science, psychology, sociology, courses. Requirements vary, depending on the degree pursued
  • Foreign Language Requirements & Electives – include French, German, Greek, Russian and others, provided they are not the student’s mother tongue. Requirements vary, depending on the degree pursued

 

Overload

Full-time students who would like to take over 32 ECTS must petition for permission from the head of the school to do so. Such permission may be granted if:

  • the student’s CGPA is higher than 3.3
  • the student needs a few extra credits during his last semester in order to graduate

 

When permission is given to take over 32 ECTS, an Overload Charge is levied teaching hours above 18. Maximum workload is 42 ECTS per semester. Only in exceptional cases students may take more than 42 ECTS, representing a maximum of 21 teaching hours per week. Only under exceptional circumstances a workload with more than 21 may be allowed. A serious personal reason and the approval of the Dean of Academic Affairs must be granted.

Student Classification

  ECTS
Freshman 1 – 60
Sophomore 61 – 120
Junior 121 – 180
Senior > 181

Academic Advising

Academic advising is an integrated element in the students’ learning experience. For every student an Academic Advisor (AA) is assigned. Each student receives planning and academic advice from the AA. The AA assists students in registration and offers consultation to them with regard to the student’s schedule, degree requirements and to any emerging learning problems. AA are responsible to keep a detail portfolio concerning their advising.

Scholarships

The MC as part of its social contribution, but also the effort to create incentives for healthy academic competition, provides various forms of financial aid.

Special Scholarships for New Students of High Schools/Technical Schools

The college offers a number of scholarships to graduate students of Higher Secondary Schools.

The scholarships are for all years of study and the candidates must have High School / Technical School certificate.

Scholarships to Excellent Students

These scholarships are given based on the general grade on the certificate.

More specifically:

General Grade % Scholarship
19.5 and above 30%
19.00 – 19.49 20%
18.50 – 18.99 15%
18.00 – 18.49 10%

All registered students at MC who have completed courses at another accredited college or university or possess qualifications such as GCE ‘A’ level are entitled to transfer credits to MC. Hence, to be able to receive course exemptions provided that:

  • The material covered in previous course(s) is similar to a course offered at MC (minimum requirement is 70% of the course syllabus).
  • A passing grade has been earned (minimum qualifying grade is D (50%).
  • English Language courses are not transferred

New or transfer students wishing to receive credit for their work must submit, along with their Application for Admission, the following documents in English:

  • Official degrees and transcripts
  • Course description of the courses applied to be transferred

Student’s should apply by the end of their first semester at MC. Exceptions can be made due to serious excuses and with the Head of the School approval. Students who decide to apply for evaluation of credits after they arrive at the College must submit all necessary documents to the Office of Administration and Finance. They should pay the Credit Transfer Evaluation Fee. The Office of Administration and Finance should forward all related papers to the Dean of Academic Affairs for evaluation.

MC students are advised to apply for evaluation of credits prior to registration in their first semester to avoid registration in courses for which they would otherwise receive credit. All courses are evaluated individually by the Academic Committee which decides whether the student can be accepted or not and defines how many and which credits can be given. Such transfer requests must then be approved by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Migration Department.

Students may transfer credits from one major to another without the mentioned restrictions. However, for transferring such credits an approval by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Migration Department in compulsory.

The Credit Transfer Evaluation Process is as follow:

  1. A Credit Transfer Evaluation Form should be completed along with a non-refundable fee (applies only in cases of transferring credit from external institutions).
  2. Information and documentation about the accreditation status of the foreign institution together with official diplomas/certificates in the original language.
  3. All official transcripts and documents should be in the Greek or English Language (should include name of course, grades, and hours of instruction). Documents not in the English/Greek language must be accompanied by certified English translations.
  4. Official course descriptions (subject matter, method of assessment and prerequisite courses).
  5. Academic catalogues of institutions illustrating main policies with course codes, regulations, course descriptions and program curriculum.
  6. No credit is awarded for courses assessed only by oral examination.
  7. No refund will be made if a request is denied.

Maximum credits to be transferred from other accredited institutions are as follow:

  • Certificate – 30 ECTS
  • Diploma – 60 ECTS
  • Higher Diploma – 90 ECTS
  • Bachelor’s – 120 ECTS

Note: For the franchised programs, the maximum credits to be transferred should not exceed the 50% of the total credits of the program.

Credit by Examination (CE)

MC may award credit on the basis of written examinations. MC’s Schools develop and administer in a number of courses examinations in order to provide an opportunity for students who earned credits on a similar course to be assessed on that course.  If the student passes the exam he/she may transfer the appropriate credits instead of taking the particular course. Students willing to earn credits by examination must request in writing and must provide evidence that they have covered the relevant material. Only two attempts are allowed per examination or course.

Credit by examination appears on the student’s transcript and the hours are included in the earned hours. But a grade of P is recorded which is also included in the computation of the GΡΑ or CGPA.

MC recognizes and accepts the transfer of credits from International Testing Organizations and examination bodies such as General Certificate of Education (GCE) – Advanced (“A”) Level, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Proficiency Examination Program (PEP), LCCI, ACCA, CAT, CIB, CIM, CAM.

Examination, Grading, Promotion (and Graduation)

MC adopts all guidelines and instructions provided by the Ministry of Education & Culture. Students’ assessment is composed of two parts: (a) continuous course assessment may vary from 50% to 60% of total course assessment, depending on the assigned workload and (b) the final exam which is a cumulative of the material covered and it is taking place at the end of the semester. It counts from 40% to 50% of total course assessment, depending on the workload assigned for the continuous course assessment. The sum total of continuous assessment and final examination should count 100. The passing mark for each course is 60%.

Course Assessment

40-50% Final Exam
20-40% Mid-term / Tests
10-30% Projects & Assignments
0-10% Attendance & Participation

The grade for final projects exclusively results from the assessment of the examiners in charge.

The examination process at MC is as follow (entry and approval of grades):

All full and part time faculty members, teaching the specific courses, are responsible to prepare the examination papers. For quality assurance purposes the Heads of Schools or the Program Coordinators are responsible to check the manuscript in order to ensure three issues:

  • paper’s quality of instruction,
  • paper’s relevance to the material covered during the semester, and
  • paper’s structure is according to the requirements set by the Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs
    • when appropriate faculty members in a final exam paper should allocate the weigh percentage as follow:
      • True / False or Fill in the Gaps or any other similar form of assessment, no more than 15%.
      • Multiple choice questions – no more than 15%.
      • Short essay questions 20% – 30%
      • Long essay questions 40% – 60%

Grade reports of the course (continuous assessment and final examination grade) are submitted to the program coordinator by the instructor.  The grade reports are signed both by the instructor and the program coordinator. The final examination papers are saved in the permanent records of the College for five years.

The grade reports are submitted to the Academic Committee for approval. Once they are approved they are entered into the College registration system and announced to students. The final grades that the Academic Committee approves/ratifies are written in the student’s transcript of academic record.

Grading System

The grading system used by MC is:

Final Grade (%) Grade Scale out of 4 Grade Meaning
90-100 A 4.00 Excellent
85-89 B+ 3.50 Very Good
80-84 B 3.00 Good
75-79 C+ 2.50 Above Average
70-74 C 2.00 Average
65-69 D+ 1.50 Below Average
60-64 D 1.00 Poor
Below 60 F 0.00 Failure
I Incomplete Incomplete
W Withdrawal Withdrawal
P Pass Pass
AW Administrative Withdrawal Administrative Withdrawal
CE Credit by Examination
TR Transfer Credit
AC Audit Course
R Retake
NP Non-Pass

The following grades are not calculated in the grade point average:

I Incomplete
W Withdrawal
P Pass
AW Administrative Withdrawal
CE Credit by Examination
TR Transfer Credit
AC Audit Course
NP Non-Pass

The following are not counted in the GPA, but the credit hours are included in the earned hours:

P Pass
CE Credit by Examination
TR Transfer Credit
NP Non-Pass

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each student at the end of each semester. The Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated by multiplying the total number of credits for each course with the credits corresponding to each grade and then the product of all the courses is added. The overall result is divided by the number of credits that a student attends during the semester. Example:

CODE COURSE CREDITS GRADE QUALITY POINTS
HOS120 Introduction to Hospitality Industry 5 75% 2.50
HOS121 Dimensions of Tourism 5 80% 3.00
HOS122 Food and Beverage Management 5 65% 1.50
COM143 Business Computing 5 78% 2.50
ENG190 English for Academic Purposes 4 92% 4.00
MAT160 College Algebra 4 70% 2.00
  TOTAL/AVERAGE 28 77% 2.58
    G.P.A    2.58

Cumulative Grade Point Average

The grade point average (GPA) listed at the end of each semester is for that semester only. The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is shown at the end of each semester, indicating students’ average performance from all semesters which have been completed successfully.  The cumulative grade point average does not include course with grades other than A through F.  To calculate the CGPA, divide the sum of the quality points by the sum of semester hours:

  • GPA = Total Quality Points divided by Hours Attempted
  • Quality Points = Grade Point Value multiplied by Course Credit Value

Undergraduate and Graduate Grading System for Fall 2015 Forward:

FALL 2015
  CREDITS GRADE LETTER GRADE QUALITY POINTS
HOS120 Introduction to the Hospitality Industry 5 75% C+ 2.50
HOS121 Dimensions of Tourism 5 80% B 3.00
HOS122 Food & Beverage Management 5 65% D+ 1.50
COM143 Business Computing 5 78% C+ 2.50
ENG190 English for Academic Purposes 4 92% A 4.00
MAT160 College Algebra 4 70% C 2.00
28 77%
FALL 2015 G.P.A 2.58
FALL 2015 C.G.P.A 2.58
       
SPRING 2016
HOS123 Hospitality Operations Management 5 95% A 4.00
ACC130 Financial Accounting I 5 80% B 3.00
PSY170 Business Ethics 5 78% C+ 2.50
ACC131 Microeconomics 5 92% A 4.00
HOS124 Room Division Operations 5 80% B 3.00
HMI121 HM-Internship I 5 Pass P Pass
24 85%
SPRING 2016 G.P.A 3.30
SPRING 2016 C.G.P.A 2.94

Other Academic Policies

  • The grade “I” is given when the student has maintained satisfactory performance during the course but was not able to successfully complete a part of the tasks and requirements of the course (e.g. final exam) and the given reasons were accepted by the professor of the specific course. The grades were due and should not exceed 40% of the coursework.
    • It is the student’s responsibility to present all the necessary documents that fully explain the reasons for not being able to successful complete the course requirements as well as the consultation for the process of its completion.
    • It is the student’s obligation, after consultation with the professor to complete the remaining requirements of the course within the first four weeks of the next semester.
    • Failure of the student to complete the tasks within the given time frame will result in failure (F) of the specific course.
  • The grade “W” indicates withdrawal from a course before the specified period mentioned in the withdrawal policy. The grade “W” is not counted in the Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • The grade “P” is not counted in the Grade Point Average (GPA) but is counted towards the credits. It is issued for courses that are not assessed according to the MC’s grading system. Such course may be the summer internship.
  • The grade “NP” is not counted in the Grade Point Average (GPA). It means that the student failed to pass a credit (summer internship) or a non credit course (e.g. foundation course).
  • The grade “F” is counted in the Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Courses transferred from another academic institution are not included in the calculation of the Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • The grade “TR” is not counted in the Grade Point Average (GPA) but is counted towards the credits. Credits transferred from the colleges or universities or MC’s programs of study are marked on the transcript as TR.
  • The grade “AW” means that the student was withdrawn from the class by the Head of the School or by a faculty member and no credit is earned. The grade “AW” is not counted in the Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • The grade of “R” is shown next to a student’s grade on his/hers transcript, and is for a student who fails a course or gets a grade less than C or equivalent. The student is allowed to repeat the course only twice.  Only the highest grade obtained will be counted for the cumulative GPA.
  • The grade “AC” is issued for a course that the student attended a class regularly but the student does not wish to receive a grade or credit.
  • The grade “CE” is issued for a course that the student attended a written exam in order to be assessed for the academic work did for a similar course in other institution and he/she wants to receive credits.

Audit Courses (AC)

If the student wishes to attend a class regularly but does not wish to receive a grade or credit, the student may choose to audit the course. For this to occur, the student must do the following:

  • Once an audit student registers for a course, the audited course can be converted to a normal course during the Add & Drop Period provided the student is qualified for normal registration; thereafter, no other change may be made.
  • Audit students are charged the same tuition and other fees as those charged for a normal course.
  • Audit courses will be recorded on the student academic records with an “AC”.
  • An “AC” is not used in computing a student’s grade point average, and the credit hours are not included in the earned hours

 

Change of Courses / Add & Drop

Change of courses is possible during the first two weeks of the courses. Both the status and the tuition fees may change as a result of the drop and add changes.

Attendance

MC fully complies with the attendance policy established by the Ministry of Education & Culture (MOEC). According to that policy (File No: 3.1.13/22 – 21/06/2013) all students must attend at least 70% of the scheduled classes. Students who fail to meet attendance criteria may:

  • Fail a course (receive an F due to extensive absentees)
  • Receive an AW grade, indicating that he/she has been administrative withdrawal
  • Be reported for immediate action

As a result, attendance at MC classes is mandatory. It is expected that students will normally attend their courses normally. The regulations for absences are reported by the professors. Generally, absences from the classes and/or laboratory will affect the final grade.

The student is entitled for up to 30% absences from each course. Unexcused absence from the course/laboratory beyond the specified limit will be considered by the Dean of Academic Affairs and the responsible professor and can lead to the expulsion of the student from the program of study.

In cases of personal or medical emergency, the student must obtain permission for the absence from the professor or if this is not possible, to inform the professor by enclosing the relevant medical certificate. In each case, the students are responsible for missed courses.

 

Withdrawal from the student

Students have the responsibility to officially withdraw from the program of study that does not intend to complete within the first 4 weeks of the courses. The completion and submission of the “Withdrawal from Academic Program” Form is necessary, which is available and should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

Withdrawal from the Program Coordinator

A faculty member teaching a particular course may proceed or ask from the Program Coordinator for the withdrawal of a student from a program of study because of non-participation and/or improper registration (the student has not the appropriate qualifications for the specific program of study) or due to very low academic performance. This withdrawal is to help students to protect their GPA and CGPA in the possibility of an academic failure. It is necessary for the Office of the Registrar to be informed from the Program Coordinator for any withdrawal. Withdrawal from the Program Coordinator may occur during the first 4 weeks of the courses, as in the case of withdrawal from the students.

Make Up Examinations

For all announced examinations/tests missed, the faculty teaching the course may or may not give a make-up exam/test. If one is given, the student must pay a make-up fee. Students are allowed to take the same exam up to 3 times. Failure to take an examination/test without permission or official withdrawal will receive zero in that exam/test. If an exam/test is missed and a valid excuse is not accepted by the faculty member zero marks will be recorded in that exam/test.

Change of Grade

Once the grades are submitted to the Office of the Registrar no changes are allowed, unless one professor fills out the necessary form for “Change of Grade” which would explain the reason of changing the grade.

Grades Revision Procedure (Grade Petition)

If the student believes that he/she received a grade that is different from what he/she expected, then he/she should first contact the professor of the specific course.

If this does not lead to a result, then the student might report to the Office of the Registrar.

The Registrar will forward a copy of the report to the program coordinator, who will have to confirm that there was not any mistake by the professor previously. If indeed there was not, the coordinator will commit a reevaluation of the final examination from another professor.

In case of a large difference between the two evaluations where a change of the grade is appropriate, the average of the two evaluations will be assigned as the final grade of the course. Changes of the grades resulting from the above procedure require the approval of the program coordinator. The appeal for review of a result must be done by the student within 4 weeks from the date of announcement of the final results.

Change of Grade

A change in grade is authorized only under unusual circumstances. Faculty submits the change of grade via the department change of grade form. The change of grade process requires the instructor’s signature and the approval of the head of the school for all grade changes—including removal of “I” grades.

Grade change requests should carry a statement regarding the circumstances necessitating the change, which includes a description of the circumstances for an original award of an “I” grade. It is improper to permit a student to improve a grade by doing extra work unless all students in the class are given the same opportunity.

 

Academic Probation

At the end of each academic semester, students with a Cumulative Point Average (CGPA) below what is required for good academic standing will be placed on academic probation. The CGPA criteria are as follow:

  • Diploma – completion of two consecutive semester – CGPA < 1.7
  • Higher Diploma – completion of two consecutive semester – CGPA < 1.8
  • Bachelor – completion of two consecutive semester – CGPA < 2.0

Students may also be placed on academic probation because of excessive course withdrawals (W) or Administrative Withdrawal (AW).  All students placed on academic probation will receive a letter informing them of their status and will be encouraged to increase their CGPA. There will also be a warning that should the student’s CGPA drop below the low end of each scale, he/she may be ineligible to reregister.

The Head of the School reserves the right to inform in written the family of the particular student being on probation.

Academic Ineligibility

Students who fail to improve their academic performance and continue for two consecutive semesters to be on probation may be ineligible to continue their studies. This will result in the student’s dismissal from MC without further notice. Thus, students may be dismissed due to extensive withdrawals. Only in serious and excused circumstances the Dean of Academic Affairs may grant a semester and give to the particular student a third chance to improve his/her academic performance.

Discipline, Rights and Obligations of Students

Academic Ethics

The students must respect the academic ethics and refrain from taking appropriation of part or all of the intellectual work of others. Such actions, as well as the use of deception in examinations, fraud and forgery of information or documents are considered as punishable actions and referred to the Disciplinary Committee of the college, chaired by the Director of Human Resources, and may take disciplinary action in cases of proven academic dishonesty, fraud, plagiarism and unethical behavior. Students who fail to comply with the regulations of the college are subjected to penalties ranging from failure in the course up to expulsion from the college.

Plagiarism is defined as the use, whether by paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another without full and clear acknowledgment.

Cheating includes the giving or receiving of unauthorized assistance on quizzes, examinations or written assignments from any source not approved by the instructor.

Examples of cheating include but are not limited to:

  • Submitting someone else’s work as your own with or without the permission of the individual
  • Allowing someone to copy your work
  • Having someone else write a paper for you
  • Using someone else’s work without proper citation
  • Submitting collaborative and/or group work as your own
  • Stealing an exam/test from an instructor or her/his office
  • Taking a course and/or exam/test for another student
  • Using unauthorized materials during an exam/test

It is a student’s responsibility to seek clarification from an instructor if the student has questions about what constitutes cheating. The instructor has full authority to assign an “F” grade for that assignment or course after discussing the matter with the student or taking the case to the disciplinary committee.

Dismissal

Dismissal or Suspension are penalties invoked by the Disciplinary Committee in cases of serious infractions of rules and regulations, and when circumstances indicate that a student’s association with the College should be terminated/suspended in the interest of maintaining the standards of behaviour and conduct normally expected in a college community.

Student Rights and Obligations

This section describes the rights and obligations of the college students as members of the academic community. Each registered student has the right to expect from the college to fulfill his/her academic responsibilities in the most efficient way with the given resources to make this possible. Similarly, the college should establish and maintain certain standards of behavior that promote a favorable environment for learning and essential personal development.

Basic Rights

The following list of basic rights is not to deny or restrict the rights of students in any way. On the contrary, it focuses with special attention to the rights mentioned because of their importance in the educational process.

  • Every student has the right to think, act and speak freely in the area of the college, provided that they do not contravene the relevant regulations and comply with the instructions of the competent bodies of the college and the policies are consistent with the provisions of the current document and the Constitution and the laws of the Cyprus Republic.
  • The students are free to set their educational goals after the college provides equal opportunities for learning.
  • In cases involving possible sanctions of suspension or expulsion or actions that may place restrictions on the right of the student to pursue his/her educational goals, there is an advanced information and declaration of the nature, cause and proof of the charges against him/her and has the right to a fair audit procedure before the board of the college.
  • It is the responsibility of the college to provide a learning atmosphere, social responsibility, and respect for human dignity as well as positive influence for constructive development in the areas of the college.

Basic Obligations

The students, as members of the college community have the following obligations inherent in the basic rights outlined above:

  • The students must take responsibility for maintaining the standards of academic performance as defined by the professors.
  • The students do not need to breach/violate the basic rights of other students.
  • The students are responsible for their actions and must comply with the provisions of the laws of the Cyprus Republic.
  • The students must not prevent the smooth operation of the services of the college, nor commit acts that could harm the college’s assets or to endanger the physical integrity of persons who are in the area of the college. The students’ behavior must comply with the regulations of the college.

The students are required to pay the approved fees and dues within the deadlines set by the college. Failure to pay the fees on time may result in cancellation of registration or the possible future denial of registration and the withholding of grades.

Refunding of Tuition Fees

Refunding of fees to students who withdraw from college:

Before the commencement of courses 100% of annual fees
During the 1st calendar week of the semester 75% of annual fees
During the 2nd calendar week of the semester 50% of annual fees
During the 3rd calendar week of the semester 25% of annual fees
After the 3rd calendar week of the semester None

For international students an additional 25% of their annual fees are detained to cover entry visa expenses etc.

The above refunds for international students are applicable only when:

  • The student ensures registration in another institution, by presenting all the necessary documents.
  • In case of interruption of their studies and departure from Cyprus during the above periods.

Refunding of Fees to International Students Who Fail to Grand a VISA or Arrive to Cyprus

MC strictly complies with the regulations provided by the MOEC (Decision 806/2011), concerning the refunding of fees to international students who, for any reason do not manage to arrive to Cyprus. In this case, MC is fully responsible to refund all tuition fees paid by any international student who failed to arrive to Cyprus and MC for study purposes.

Academic Awards

Diploma

A diploma requires the completion of 120-123 ECTS (approximately 20-28 courses) and is completed in 2 years.

Higher Diploma

A higher diploma requires the completion of 181 ECTS (approximately 37 courses) and is completed in 3 years.

Bachelor

A bachelor degree requires the completion of 240 ECTS (approximately 40 courses) and is completed in 4 years.

Criteria for Graduation

In order for a student to graduate, he/she must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of the program requirements as indicated in the study guide.
  • Completion of all credits in each program of study as specified in the study guide of Mesoyios College, unless the law determines otherwise.
  • Maintain the following minimum CPA:
    • Diploma – completion of two consecutive semester – CGPA > 1.7
    • Higher Diploma – completion of two consecutive semester – CGPA > 1.8
    • Bachelor – completion of two consecutive semester – CGPA > 2.0
  • Settlement of all financial obligations to the college before the issuance of the diploma. Students who meet the above must apply for a diploma at the Office of the Registrar from where they can get the relevant form. Upon request, the student must pay the amount of €60 for the issuance of the Degree.

Procedure for Issuing the Degree

Degrees are issued about two months after the end of the last semester of study. The Office of the Registrar will proceed to the issuance of Degree only when the student meets all the requirements for graduation as listed above.

Dean’s List

The Dean’s List includes the students who have achieved a grade point average (GPA) 3.50 or higher in one semester (excluding grades of “P”). Honors are awarded as follows:

1st Distinction    95% – 100%

2nd Distinction 90% – 94%

3rd Distinction   85% –89%

In this list cannot be included students who received grades «F» or «D» in the given semester.

Academic Honor

MC rewards academic excellence and prepares a Graduation Honor List.

Graduation Honors

Academic honors are awarded at Graduation as follows:

  • Summa Cum Laude – is awarded to students who have a grade cumulative point average (CGPA) of 3.7 or higher
  • Cum Laude – is awarded to students who have a grade cumulative point average (CGPA) between 3.5 and 3.7.

Best Student – the student with the highest CGPA of the graduating class in each program each year