GHU is a Somalia leading higher education institution and is committed to provide a wide range of undergraduate degree courses. It is the goal of the university to give all graduates the skills needed for success in their futures careers and to contribute to wider processes of educational and professional development in Somalia
All the students Green Hope University are adult learners who are responsible for their own academic progress. The University is an environment in which every student and member of staff is to be treated with respect. It is the students’ responsibility to show respect to their teachers and the rules of the University. It is the teacher’s responsibility to interact with students in an approachable, positive and impartial manner.
In class, students are expected to participate fully and listen to the teacher’s instructions. All students should switch off their mobile phones during exams, lectures and classes.
b) Attendance & Punctuality
Arriving late for classes disrupts the teacher and the students who arrived on time. Therefore, all students are asked to arrive on time for their classes. The university management will enforce the rule that if a student is more than twenty minutes late for a class, then he / she will be marked absent.
Students are required to attend all classes in their timetable. If a student fails to attend at least 75% of classes and fails to give a valid reason for the absence, then he/she will receive an ‘F’ grade for the course.
C) Student responsibilities and rights
The University of Green Hope expects the following responsibilities of its students:
- Students are expected to be honest and hardworking. They must not cheat when taking exams, or copy someone else’s work when given research assignments, or engage in any other form of academic dishonesty.
- Students must pay their tuition fees and other University financial requirements on time.
- Students are expected to use the library and other educational resources of the university in a responsible manner.
- Students will use computers in computer labs for learning purposes only.
- Students must show respect for their lecturers and for the other employees of the university.
The rights of students studying at Green Hope University are as follows:
- Students have the right to receive regular and organized instruction consistent with the aims of the program and courses in which they are enrolled.
- Students have the right to be taught by lecturers that are qualified to effectively teach at their level.
- Students have the right to classes which begin and end at their scheduled times.
- Students have the right to a proper correlation between the number of classroom hours and credits for which the course is valued.
- Students have the right to fair test-taking conditions, without discrimination based on their background.
- Students have the right to get their examination results within a reasonable time.
- Students have the right to reasonable confidentially in their communication with instructors.
- Students have the right to forward their complaints to the University Administration.
- Students have the right to organize and form student societies with the permission of the University Administration.
- d) Academic monitoring, probation and dismissal
Academic warning: is given to a student whose academic achievement is not up the minimum semester GPA\CGPA
Academic Probation: is a temporary suspension of studies on academic grounds
Academic Dismissal: is a termination of the studies of a student of the university because of lack or failure to maintain the minimum academic requirements set by the University
– Any student who fails to achieve a semester grade point average of 1.50 or a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 will receive an official warning from the dean of the faculty.
– A student can remain on probation for two consecutive terms before being dismissed and students under probationary status shall be required to undergo counseling
– When a student is placed on probation, the Registrar will notify him/her about this status, what academic performance is expected of the student in the future and the consequences of failure to meet probation requirements.
A student will be dismissed from the University of Green Hope if:
– He fails to earn a CGPA OF 2.00 or better while on the third term probation or gets below 1.50 semesters GPA while on third time probationary status.
– He fails a course by getting an “F” grade on the fourth attempt
– A newly admitted student or a student joining the University at advanced level who earns a GPA of less than 1.50 at the end of the first semester shall be dismissed. Any such student who, at the end of the first semester, earns a semester GPA of 1.50 to 1.74 will receive a formal warning.
– A newly admitted student or a student joining the University at advanced level who, at the end of the first year, fails to achieve a CGPA of at least 1.75 shall be dismissed. Any such student, who at the end of the first year, earns a CGPA of 1.75 to 1.99 shall be warned and placed on probation.
– The University also has the right to suspend or dismiss any student from the University whenever, in the interest of the University, such action is deemed advisable. A student whose behavior violates University regulations will be subject to disciplinary action. This may result in disciplinary suspension or expulsion from the University. A student who is expelled for disciplinary reasons cannot apply for readmission.
- e) Repeating courses (recourse)
A student who fails in a course shall repeat the course and is allowed to repeat a course for a maximum of three times. After failing the course the third time, a student will be dismissed or advised to change to a different programme if the failed course is a required course. If the failed course is an elective, he or she will be advised to change the course. A student repeating courses must attend the class
regularly; undertake continuous assessment in those courses, and sit examinations at the end of the semester. Normally the student shall not be allowed to carry a first year course to the third year and second year course to fourth year. Repeating a course for a grade improvement is not allowed. A student must repeat the course immediately when the course is offered.
A student has to register for the course by filling the application form after the payment of the required fees of $30 for each course.
In the Medical Faculty, if a student fails in one of the block system subjects, he/she has the opportunity to pass in a re-course. If he/she fails again, the student will not attend or proceed to the second class. The subjects are:
– Human anatomy
– Human physiology
– Human pathology
Cheating in any graded coursework or examination is an extremely serious offence. Any student found cheating in coursework or in an exam will automatically receive an ‘F’ grade for the work and will be subjected to any other penalty imposed by the Examination Committee. The definition of cheating includes the submission of another person’s work (plagiarism), copying, or the use of prohibited materials (such as a ‘cheat sheet’) in an examination. The use of any communications device (e.g. a mobile phone) is prohibited in examinations.
- g) Supplementary Examination:
A degree candidate is required to have a minimum CGPA of 2.00 in order to graduate. Graduating students who have taken all the required courses in their program but have failed to meet graduation requirements may be allowed by the dean of the faculty with the approval of the Academic Affairs Division to sit for re-examination in the failed “F” courses. The following conditions are placed on re-examinations:
– Re- examinations will only be allowed for graduating class students within six weeks after the start of the following semester;
– The student qualifies for graduation when he/she passes the re-exam and acquires a CGPA of 2:00 “C”.
– The re-exam courses are those that the student took during the last two semesters of the program.
– A student can take re-examination on a maximum of 2 of his or her courses.
– A student will not be allowed to sit for a supplemental examination more than once in the same course
– A student who fails in his or her final year project paper will be allowed to re-register for the project paper to be completed during the following semester.
– The grade obtained on a supplemental or project paper will be final.
- h) Incomplete:
– Letter (I) representing incomplete grade is used at the end of the semester only and is not used in the case of withdrawal “W” or failure “F”.
– It is given to a student who, because of reasons acceptable to the dean/coordinator is unable to complete the work of the course and whose work is in good standing.
– A student must submit his/her reasons for absence prior to the examination time. Otherwise, any complaint or reason will not be accepted after examination time.
– The grade (I) will be considered fail “F” if the work is not made up by the next same course examination. After this period, the (I) will be changed to fail grade (F) or zero score.
– Examinations for the incomplete courses shall be at a convenient time during the semester as may be determined by the concerned faculties and the Senate.
– The course lecturer shall set the incomplete examination. If he/she is not available, the dean of the faculty shall assign another lecturer in the same field.
- I) No Grade (N.G.)
In cases where a student does not have full examination records, the instructor will give the student an N.G. (No Grade). This is changed later to one of the following:
To an “I” (incomplete) by the dean of the faculty in consultation with the instructor for a student who for reasons beyond his control fails to complete the course.
To a “W” (withdraw) by the dean, for a student who has formally withdrawn within eight weeks after the beginning of the semester.
To a “DO” (dropout) by the dean, for a student who has not withdrawn from a course or program in accordance with the withdrawal procedures outlined by the University and within eight weeks after the beginning of the semester.
Neither “W” nor “DO” play any part in the computation of the semester grade point average or cumulative grade point average.
A student who receives a “DO” and who wishes to continue his studies must justify to the appropriate authority his/her reason for dropping out of the course. If his/her justification is accepted by the Academic Board, an “I” will be given for the course. Failure to justify will result in an “F” which will be taken into account in computing the GPA for the semester.
Grade Point Average (GPA) information
A student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) is the average grade of a student for a given semester.
The GPA is worked out by taking the sum of the credit hour grade points for all courses and dividing it by the total credit hours registered in that semester. The table below shows the percentage score, letter grades and grade points:
|GREEN HOPE UNIVERSITY|
|100 – 95||4.0||A||Exceptional|
|94 – 90||3.67||A-||Excellent|
|89 – 85||3.33||B+||Extremely Good|
|84 – 80||3.0||B||Very Good|
|79 – 75||2.67||B-||Good|
|74 – 70||2.33||C+||Fairly Good|
|69 – 65||2.0||C||Average|
|64 – 60||1.67||C-||Poor|
|59 – 50||1.33||D||Minimal Pass|
|49 – 00||F||Fail||Failure|
Academic code of conduct
Any form of cheating, plagiarism, impersonation or falsification of documents as well as any other form of dishonest behavior related to the abstention from academic gain or avoidance of evaluating exercise committed by a student is an academic offence under this code.
Academic Offences include, but are not limited to the following:
- Impersonation assuming the identity of another person or having another person assume one’s own identity.
- Plagiarism: the presentation of the work of another person as one’s own or without proper acknowledgement.
- Theft of the questions or answers of an examination or of any other university related resource. The possession or use during an examination or of any non-authorized documents or material.
- Submittal of another person’s examination work.
- Communication with any one, other than the invigilator during examination.
- Tearing or mutilating of an examination booklet inside the examination room.
- The falsification of a document, in particular a document transmitted to the University, or a University document.
- Attempting deliberately to prevent other users access to the University computer system, depriving them of resources; degrading system performance or copying or destroying files or Programmes without consent.
- being caught in the act of avoiding signing attendance sheets in an examination or trying to leave the examination room/hall without submitting answer sheets in ways that could lead to claiming absence from the examination venue.
- Engaging in any act that is deemed inappropriate to the smooth and fair conduct of examinations.
- d) Penalties
Student(s) who violate any part of the examination rules and regulations will be referred to the University Disciplinary Committee. If found guilty he/she may be subject to the imposition of any one or a combination of two or more of the following penalties:
– Display his or her name on the notice board
– Fine of not more than USD 100
– Given “F” grade for that particular subject
– Nullification of the entire examination results for that semester
– Suspension from the University for a Period of time
– Expulsion from the University
- e) Make-up examinations
Absence from an end-of-semester examination is not allowed except on medical grounds certified by a doctor, or on other reasonable serious emergencies. Students can apply to sit a make-up examination if they can provide valid and documented reasons for not taking the scheduled examination prior to the scheduled exam. Complaints or reasons will not be accepted after examination time.
If a student cannot show that he or she had valid reasons for missing the examination, then the student will be given an ‘F’ grade. A student on medical leave for pregnancy or prolonged illness will not be eligible to sit for a make-up examination unless he or she fulfils the 75% attendance requirement. A fee of $30 dollars will be charged for each course where a make-up examination is required.
Students have the right to ask for examinations to be re-marked after grades have been officially released by the University. Any student who asks for remarking for the first semester must do so within two weeks from the grades’ announcement. Students can fill in a form at the examination office to request for remarking after the payment of the prescribed $ 3 fees where the student will be given the right to see his paper and check the result