Last Date for Submitting Semester Examination Application Form is 28-02-2018.

Academic Information

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ADMISSION

Admission to Spicer Adventist University (SAU), operated by Ashlock Education Society of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church, is a privilege and not a right and its  open to any applicant who meets the academic and character requirements of the University and expresses willingness to cooperate with its policies, irrespective of one’s caste, colour, creed, physically challenged, ethnicity, gender, marital status, nationality, origin, race, region, religion, or tongue.  However, the university administration reserves the right to reject any applicant if it is convinced that admitting the applicant is not in the best interest of the university.  Moreover, the university is not obliged to provide explanation to the applicant for the refusal. Spicer Adventist University is a minority institution operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and granted minority status by the Government of Maharashtra, the guidelines according to minority rights are exercised. However, no particular religious commitment is required for admission; any qualified student who will be comfortable within its religious, social and cultural atmosphere may be admitted.

Every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of information in this prospectus. Students are advised, however, that the prospectus provisions do not constitute a contract between a student and Spicer Adventist University. The university administration reserve the right to make and give public notice of such changes as deemed necessary during the period for which this prospectus is in effect.

Admission Procedures

All admissions to Spicer Adventist University are granted by the admissions committee after scrutiny of the application form.

The University Prospectus along with the application form may be obtained from the office of the Associate Registrar, Admissions and Eligibility, on payment of the non-refundable application fee of Rs.500 and $20 for Indian and foreign students respectively by cash or demand draft.  The duly filled form, together with self-attested photo copies of the documents listed below should be received by the Admissions Office.

  1. High School Pass Certificate (X Standard/ICSE/Matriculation/SSC, etc.)
  2. High School Statement of Mark or Grade Sheet
  3. Higher Secondary School Pass Certificate (HSSC/ISC/Intermediate, etc.)
  4. Higher Secondary School Statement of Mark or Transcript
  5. Transfer Certificate from the last institution attended
  6. Migration Certificate from the last University attended
  7. Character Recommendation from the Principal of last institution attended
  8. Character Recommendation from the local Church Pastor (for SDAs only)
  9. Health Certificate from a recognized doctor with a minimum MBBS degree
  10. Recent Passport-size colour Photographs
  11. Address Proof (Aadhar/Voter Card / Driving License / Passport
  12. Passport, Visa, Residence Permit & Eligibility (For Foreign Students Only)
  13. GAP certificate for only those who have taken break for a year or more in

education

ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS

After the application form and self-attested copies of documents submitted are scrutinized and found to be in order, the applicant will be issued a provisional admission letter.  The student is required to bring all original documents mentioned above at the time of admission/registration, and submit them to the office of the Associate Registrar for Academics. All original documents will be returned at the end of the study subject to clearance of all dues.

 

LENGTH OF TERM FOR INSTRUCTION

The academic year has two academic terms of 18 weeks duration each, known as semesters.  The first semester normally begins in the first week of June and lasts till end of October and the second semester begins in November and lasts until the end of March, unless otherwise affected by some extraneous causes.

While admission to the university is normally for an academic year, each student’s case is reviewed at the beginning of each semester.  If the university administration is convinced that the student’s continued stay at Spicer is pockmarked with unsatisfactory academic performance, financial irresponsibility, or unacceptable citizenship, the student may not be granted re-admission.

ORIENTATION

            Starting one’s life in a new place can bring in quite a bit of unease and stress.  The farther one is away from home, the higher can be the stress level…….cultural, emotional, environmental, or otherwise.  In order to help new students cope with stress, an orientation programme is conducted at the beginning of the first semester.  Students are expected to be on time for the opening day of registration.  The orientation meeting begins with a spiritual note, followed by introducing students to the academic, aesthetic, financial, religious and social life of the university. Special attention is also given to the registration process.  This type of exposure has been observed to be helpful to students in finding their bearings in the university. Attendance at orientation meetings is mandatory.

 

CHANGE OF DEPARTMENT/ COURSE

Registration for a course of study is permanent and cannot be changed. Incase a student decides to change his/her field of study during the registration period in the first semester of study, he/she will have to cancel the present registration and register all over again for the new division/department by once again filling a new application form in the admissions office .

However change of subject/course is permitted within the  department before the last date of registration by filling the change of program form in the office of the Associate Registrar (Academics).

CLASS ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCE QUOTA

Prompt and regular attendance in all class appointments is required.  The student’s attendance is monitored and recorded by the Attendance Office.  Teachers maintain students’ attendance records, and that serves as a double monitoring.  The Attendance Office, however, is the official attendance record keeper of the university.  Its record is final and authoritative.

The total number of absences a student is permitted per course during the semester is not to exceed four times the number of times the class is scheduled to meet each week (75% attendance) from the day instruction begins.  (For example a student who is registered for a course which meets once a week can take a maximum of 4 absences    (4 x 1=4) per semester). (4 x 2=8), (4 x 3=12), (4 x 4=16), (4 x 5=4)

  A student who registers late loses attendance accordingly.

 

A student more than 10 minutes late to class is marked absent, and if between 1 and 10 minutes late, is marked tardy.  Three tardies are calculated as constituting one absence.  Student attendance is to be taken for every class session.  The attendance is to be maintained in the “Attendance book” which at the end of each semester is to be submitted to the Office of the Associate Registrar (Academics) where they are kept in tight security.

ASSEMBLY MEETING AND ATTENDANCE

The assembly meetings are held once a week for the entire university family to stimulate intellectual, social and spiritual growth besides promoting a spirit of camaraderie and of solidarity among students and faculty belonging to different disciplines.  Guest lectures, seminars, workshops from eminent personalities combined with debates on relevant current issues, competitions, talent exhibitions, important announcements, etc are typical programmes held during these assemblies.

The assembly meetings are held on every Tuesday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and are compulsory for all students.  Two absences from assembly due to illness or emergencies may be excused per semester without penalty.  Thereafter, a fine of Rs.100.00 per absence but up to a maximum of five such absences is chargeable. The fund obtained from such collections will be used to pay the fees of needy students. The penalty is payable only in cash at the end of the semester, failing which the student will not be allowed to write the semester examination or proceed with his studies the following semester.

CLASSLOAD

In Spicer Adventist University, The Under Graduate / Bachelors programmes are of three year duration with each year divided into two semesters of 18 weeks each.  The total number of credit hours are 120(Arts & Social Sciences, Commerce and Business Administration)  /144(Sciences) distributed over six semesters thus twenty credit hours constituting a normal class load.  A class load is computed on the basis of one credit hour which is of a fifty-minute class period per week throughout the semester.


 

WORK EDUCATION

 

The educational programme at Spicer Adventist University is based on the philosophy that a university education is much more than the completion of a certain course of study. Work is a divinely-ordained plan to help the individual to grow properly and develop harmoniously to become an all-round personality. No wonder one wise person coined the sage adage, “Work is worship”

In order to train students in worthy vocational service, to inculcate in them qualities of dignity of labour, cleanliness, cooperation, industry, integrity, leadership, respect for and value of money, self-actualization and self-sufficiency, the university incorporates a work education programme as part of its wholesome academic plan and provides work opportunities in its various service and industrial units to students for their holistic development. The units especially established for this purpose include the bakery, cafeteria, confectionery, estate, gardens, hostels, laboratories, library, maintenance department (carpentry, electrical, janitorial, painting, plumbing), food and metal industries, offices, press, security, sports, and other departments of the university. This also provides opportunities, especially for needy students, to earn while learning, a part, if not the whole, of their expenses. Here students are being educated in socially useful and productive labour.

Further, the minds of students are active, and if not occupied with that which is good and useful, they will inevitably turn to what is bad and harmful, because idleness is sin as it leads one to indulge in various nefarious activities. While it is right and necessary for them to have recreation they should be taught to work, and to have regular hours for physical labour and also for recreation and study. Physical labour that is combined with mental taxation for usefulness is a discipline in practical life, sweetened always by the reflection that it is qualifying and developing the mind and body better to perform the work and thus educating the “head, heart and hand”.

Further, labour is ennobling because it opens vistas of virtues that can be inculcated in a person giving him greater dignity. Also, one must learn the need and value of working together for a common good and a worthy objective.  Each person is responsible to the society of which he or she is a part, a responsibility to maintain and make it prosperous by personal contribution. Each must come to realize that the needs of the society are also personal needs, and that he or she must join with the rest in meeting those needs. Work in this setting is a contributory factor to a rich and wholesome life. To provide this training the university maintains a work education programme, and this programme requires a student to put in a minimum of 15 hours of work each week. The student’s work is evaluated on the quality of work, initiative, honesty, dependability, resourcefulness, punctuality and regularity.

Work Education Policy:

  1. Every first year (Sem I & II) a student is required to register for compulsory

work program.

  1. Each student has to complete 180 hrs per semester (15hrs per week) and obtain the     passing grade to successfully complete this requirement
  2. Grades earned in the work education program are entered in the scholastic      records and are mentioned in the statement of marks of every student.
  3. All students are expected to complete work deficiency if any (repeat “F” grade)                 before graduation.
  4. All Sponsored students are required to work 15 hours per week for all three years.
  5. Special provision for work is given to self supporting students.

The work done by a student is graded on a semester basis in a system of letter grade.  While a student is given an opportunity to indicate personal preference for type of work, the final decision rests with the Work Education office.  Attempts, however, will be made to place a student in the desired department. Generally, students are expected to work in certain service units of the university such as the bakery, cafeteria, confectionery, estate, janitorial, maintenance, metal works, soya industry, etc.   The minimum period of time a student is expected to work in such a department is one semester.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The main objective of this course is to acquaint the students with the importance of physical training. Through this course it is impressed upon the minds of the students the need for development of cardiovascular fitness and personal exercise routine. Through this course the students will be equipped with knowledge of the basic problems, facts and need of the community health to help him/her become an effective instrument in the betterment of the community health and welfare.

Physical Education Course Policy:

  1. Every second year (Sem III & IV) student is required to register for the Physical     Education courses.
  2. Each student has to complete 1hr in semester III and 1hr in semester IV and                 obtain a passing grade to successfully complete this requirement.
  3. Grades earned in Physical Education courses are entered in the scholastic records

and are mentioned in the statement of marks of every student.

  1. All students are expected to complete Physical Education course deficiencies if any

(repeat “F” grade) before graduation.

EXAMINATIONS

SCHEME OF EXAMINATION

 

Applicable to all the Under Graduate / Bachelors Programmes:

The performance of the Students shall be evaluated in two parts:

  1. Internal Assessment with 20% marks by way of continuous internal evaluation
  2. External Assessment with 80% marks by conducting the Semester End Examination.

OR

Continuous Assessment of 100% marks for directed teaching and internship courses

in Elementary Education.

INTERNAL ASSESSMENT:  It is defined as the assessment of the learners on the basis of continuous evaluation as envisaged in the credit based system by way of participation of learners in various academic activities in the given semester of the programme.

EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT (SEMESTER END EXAMINATION):  It is defined as the examination of the learners on the basis of performance in the semester end theory / written examinations.

  1. Internal Assessment – 20% 20 marks

  1. 10 marks out of 20 marks of internal examinations for class test and Internal Examination
  2. 10 marks out of 20 marks of internal marks for assignment, reading reports, projects/term papers and practicals wherever applicable.

Internal Examination

  1. It will be a Scheduled Examination.
  2. The deans/HoD will make the schedule, allowing only two examinations per day.
  3. Each examination will be of one-hour duration and will be held during the regular class period and in the regular classroom unless a better venue is required due to the large enrolment or nature of the subject.
  4. General Education courses will be common to all and will be conducted at the same time and will be supervised by the respective dean, department head and faculty.
  5. The pattern of the question paper will be decided by the respective Board of Studies.

 

  1. Semester End Examination 80%
  2. Semester End Theory Examination

The examination shall be of the following durations

1 hour credit                            – 1 hour examination

2 hour credit                            – 2 hour examination

3 and above hour credit          – 3 hour examination

  1. The Suggested Pattern of the Question Paper will be decided by the individual Board of Studies to suit their department and intimated to the concerned students at least one month before the examinations begin.
  2. The question paper for each course will be selected from the set of three equivalent question papers submitted to the Controller of Examinations by the team of paper setters.

The assessment of Part ‘A’ i.e. Internal Assessment and Part ‘B’ i.e. Semester End Examination as mentioned above for the Semesters I to VI shall be processed by the Controller of Examination and issue the grade slips.

The assessment of Part ‘A’ i.e. Internal Assessment as mentioned above for the Semesters I to VI shall be processed by the respective departments. The Examination centre of the University shall conduct the assessment of Part ‘B’ i.e. Semester End Examination for Semesters I to VI. The Internal Assessment marks of students appearing for Semesters I to VI shall be submitted to the Controller of Examination with the approval of the dean by the respective departments before the commencement of the respective Semester End Examinations. The Semester End Examinations for Semester I to VI shall be conducted by the Examination Centre and the results shall be declared after processing the internal assessment and the marks awarded to the students.

 

  1. Duration of Semester End Practical Examination (laboratory courses)- Minimum of

2 hours

PASSING STANDARD AND PERFORMANCE GRADING:

PASSING STANDARD

Students to pass a course shall have to obtain a minimum of 40% marks in aggregate for each course where the course consists of Internal Assessment & Semester End Examination.  The learners shall obtain a minimum of 40% marks (i.e. 8 out of 20) in the Internal Assessment and 40% marks in Semester End Examination (i.e. 32 out of 80) separately, to pass the course and a minimum of Grade E in each praxis/project, wherever applicable, to pass a particular semester.  A student will be said to have passed the course if the student passes the Internal Assessment & Semester End Examination together.

 

PERFORMANCE GRADING

The Performance Grading of the students shall be on the SEVEN- point ranking system as under:

Grade             Interpretation                        Marks %                     Grade Points

            O         Distinction                              70 & above                              7

A         Superior                                   60 to 69                                   6

B         Above Average                       55 to 59                                   5

C         Average                                   50 to 54                                   4

D         Below Average                       45 to 49                                   3

E          Pass                                         40 to 44                                   2

F          Fail                                          39 & below                             0

The performance grading shall be based on the aggregate performance of Internal Assessment and Semester End Examination.

 

 Carry forward of marks in case of a student who fails in the internal assessment and / or semester end assessment in one or more subjects

1)   A Student who passes in the Internal Examination but fails in the Semester End

Examination of that course will be allowed to carry over the internal examination marks.

2)   A Student who passes in the Semester End Examination but fails in the Internal

Assessment of the course shall reappear for the Internal assessment of that course.

3)   However his/her marks of the Semester End Examination shall be carried over and he/she

shall be entitled for grade obtained by him/her on passing.

NORMS FOR BEING ALLOWED TO KEEP TERM (ATKT) FOR A 3-YEAR PROGRAMME:

  1. A student shall be allowed to keep term in accordance for Semester II and IV of First,

Second and Third year irrespective of the number of courses in which he/she has failed in

Semester I, III and V.

  1. A student of First Year (Semesters I and II) will be admitted to the Second Year

(Semester III) provided he/she has passed 50% of the total number of courses in the First

Year.

  1. A student of Second Year (Semesters III and IV) will be admitted to the Third Year

(Semester V) provided he/she has passed 50% of the total number of courses in the

Second Year.

  1. A student is eligible to be admitted to Third Year provided he/she has passed all First

Year (Semester I and II) courses.

ELIGIBILITY FOR EXAMINATIONS

  1. A student will be eligible to write the examinations only if he has a minimum of 75%

class attendance as recorded officially in the University Attendance Office.

  1. A student should apply to the Controller of Examinations on the prescribed form for the semester examinations before the deadline.
  2. A student has to pay the prescribed examination fee and clear all arrears before the deadline given by the University.
  3. The student is allowed to keep term as per the norms of ATKT.

 

GRADING SYSTEM

       Initially, the scores of the student are in terms of percentage, which are subsequently converted into letter grades.

CHANGE OF GRADES

Grades once turned in to the Controller of examinations by the Examiner cannot be changed. The final authority in all examination related matters is the Board of Examinations.

GRADE POINT AVERAGE (G.P.A.)

The student’s grade point average (GPA) is computed by dividing the total number of honour points earned by the total number of credit hours attempted. The number of honour points earned is further determined by multiplying the grade value (based on the letter grade) by the credit hours the course carries.  (The values are as follows: O =7, A = 6, B = 5, C = 4,  D = 3, E=2  and F = 0).  For instance, if the student gets a C grade in a 3 credit hour course then it means he/she gets 4 × 3 = 12 honour points for that course.

GRADE RE-EVALUATION

If a student is not satisfied with the grade received, he may apply on the prescribed form for verification or re-evaluation within ten working days after the result is declared. A grade verification and re-evaluation fee is to be paid by the student.

 

STATEMENT OF MARKS

        Statement of marks is issued to students in the following semester.  The grades are to inform those concerned the level of the student’s achievement. All semester grades are entered in the student’s permanent record.

Students are strongly urged to obtain their statement of marks from the office of the Controller of Examinations as soon as they are ready. Appeals after the prescribed time limit (10 days) will not be entertained.

 

SATISFACTORY CITIZENSHIP

By registration at the university, a student is obligated to observe the declared rules and regulations governing student life.  Failing to do so indicates that he/she has not developed certain basic traits of character expected of a university graduate.  Such students are called in for counselling, and in certain cases, are even referred to the Disciplinary Committee for appropriate action.

 

Cheating in the examination

The use of any unfair means for obtaining answers for the examination (including a class test) is considered a serious offence and is punishable.  The means of cheating can include smuggling of written material codes into the examination hall, whether or not the student is using  it in the examination; answer codes written on any part of one’s body, or communication with someone, or any other form used for the purpose of cheating even mobile phone are not allowed in the examination hall.  Anyone caught using such unfair and unethical means will be asked to leave the examination hall at once, his answer script confiscated, and the case will be referred to the committee for unfair means constituted by the Board of Examination.

STUDENT INTEGRITY

A student of Spicer Adventist University is expected to practice ethics and uphold moral standards. Academic standards and moral standards go hand-in-hand. Therefore any malpractice resorted to by a student such as cheating in class tests and examinations are treated as a serious offence.  Other similar unethical practices can include lying and bribery of various forms.

PLAGIARISM

Another form of academic dishonesty that is definitely not allowed is called “plagiarism.”  The term refers to the intentional or unintentional presentation of another’s idea or product by making it appear as one’s own.  Plagiarism includes the following: copying ad verbatim all or part of another’s written work; using someone else’s phrases, charts, figures, illustrations, or mathematical or scientific solutions without acknowledging the source; paraphrasing  ideas, musical score, or other artistic product without attributing the work to its author.  Students can avoid unintentional plagiarism by consistently adopting scholarly practices. Sources used for papers and research projects should be accurately recorded. These can include quotations, paraphrases, or summaries.  Acknowledgment of such sources can be done in the form of footnotes, or endnotes, or in-text citation.

The penalty for plagiarism includes an ‘F’ grade for the work in question, or an ‘F’ grade in the course.

PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

In order to create an atmosphere of fairness and objectivity, it is necessary that certain procedures be established so that the alleged cases of cheating or dishonesty can be properly dealt with.  For this reason, the following procedures are set forth:

Faculty Responsibilities:

Teachers must explain clearly the requirements of assignments, examinations, presentations and projects.

Student Responsibilities:

  1. Students must assume responsibility to avoid plagiarism by learning the proper procedures for acknowledging borrowed wording, information, or ideas. Otherwise students might innocently misrepresent others’ material as their own.
  2. Students unfamiliar with procedures for citing sources should confer with their teachers.
  3. Unless stated otherwise by the teacher, students are to assume that all course work is consciously done with honesty, objectivity, and fairness.

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

Spicer Adventist University is in the process of developing appropriate grievance procedures according to the Statutes of the University.

RESIDENCY

In order to establish residence at Spicer, a student must have attended the classes for at least a year.

STUDENT  RECORDS  AND  ISSUE  OF  TRANSCRIPTS

The office of the Associate Registrar (Academics) is the centre for coordination, filing, and storage of all academic records of students.  These records include such information as admission, grades and scores of tests. Statements of marks, transcripts, certificates, and degrees/diplomas are maintained in the office of the Controller of the Examinations. Also available are non-academic records dealing with health, vocational interests, extra-curricular activities and perusal information. This is maintained in the office of Dean of Students.

However, it is the office of the Controller of Examinations which will issue grade slips, statements of marks, passing certificate, transcripts, degrees and diplomas.

TIME LIMIT FOR COMPLETING THE DEGREE

A student is expected to complete the requirements of a degree within 5yrs. Students joining the 3-year degree programme should complete the programme satisfactorily within 5 years.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR’S DEGREE CURRICULUM

The bachelor’s degree curriculum includes:

  1. General requirements common to all.
  2. A specified number of courses belonging to the field of study or concentration.

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The requirements are as follows:

  1. Completion of the General Education requirements as listed in this prospectus.
  2. A cumulative of 120 required credit hours for Arts, Business Administration,

Commerce and Fine Arts.

  1. A cumulative of 144 required credit hours for Computer Applications and Science.
  2. Attendance of University Camp once during the 3 years.
  3. Completion of the Work Education requirement.
  4. Completion of Physical Education course requirement.

DEGREES  FROM  SPICER ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY    

Spicer Adventist University offers degrees in the following areas:

Division of Arts and Social Sciences

  1. B A : Economics
  2. B A : English
  3. B A : Geography
  4. B A : History
  5. B A : Psychology
  6. B A: Sociology

Division of Business Administration

  1. B B A: International Accounting
  2. B B A: Regular
  3. B B A: Office Administration

Division of Commerce

B  Com: Bachelor of Commerce

Division of Education

B A: Elementary Education

Division of Fine Arts

B F A: Music

Division of Religious Studies

B A: Religious Studies

Division of Sciences

  1. B C A: Computer Applications
  2. B Sc: Biotechnology
  3. B Sc: Botany
  4. B Sc: Computer Science
  5. B Sc: Microbiology

COURSES OF INSTRUCTION

SEMESTER SYSTEM

Spicer Adventist University is operated on a semester system, each semester having 18 weeks.  However, the registration is done for the entire year at the beginning of the first semester with an option to pay the annual fees in a single or double instalments, half the amount at the beginning of each semester.

CREDIT HOURS

A semester hour of credit represents one fifty-minute class period a week throughout the semester and approximately two hours of preparation for each class period; or one laboratory period of one hours in length.  Semester credit hours for each course are indicated to the right of the course title in parenthesis, thus:

Indicate three credit hours for one semester               (3)

Indicate three credit hours for each semester             (3, 3)

COURSE  NUMBERING

Courses of instruction are classified as first year, second year, and third year. Courses are given numbers to indicate this classification.

University courses are numbered 111 to 369.  Courses numbered 111 to 129 are first-year courses; those numbered 231 to 249 are second-year courses; and courses numbering 351 to 369 are for the third-year.

The Course Numbers of courses offered in various departments are prefixed by an appropriate four-letter symbol as shown in the next page:

 

ISSUING OF DEGREES

The degree is issued only to students who have completed all requirements and cleared all financial obligations with  the university.    The student may collect the degree in person during the convocation. The degree may also be sent directly to the student, but only upon a written  request. The degree is issued once.  Only in extraordinary circumstances and/or situations can the degree be reissued, and that too only at the recommendation of the Board of Examinations.

 COURSE CODES

Symbol   Courses Symbol   Courses
ACCT Accounting MICR Micro-Biology
BCAC Computer Applications(G) MKTG Marketing
BCOM Commerce MLPR Moral Principles
BIOT Biotechnology MUCM Church Music
BOTA Botany MUCT Music Theory
BSCC Computer Science MUED Music Education
BSCE Electronics MUHL Music History & Literature
BSCM Maths MUPF Music Performance
BSCS Statistics NTST New Testament
CHEM Chemistry OFAD Office Administration
ECON Economics OTST Old Testament
EDUC Education PHED Physical Education
ENGL English PSYC Psychology
ENVA Environmental Awareness RELB Religious Studies
FNCE Finance RELH Religious History
GEOG Geography RELL Biblical Languages
GNSC General Science RLAT Applied Theology
HIST History RLBT Biblical Theology
HLWL Health and Wellness RLHS Religious History
HRMT Human Resource Management RLPH Philosophy
INCT  Inf. & Communication Tech. RLWR World Religions
LSSL Life Skills & Service Learning SOCI Sociology
MATH Mathematics VLED Value education
MGMT Management WKED Work Education
ZOOL Zoology

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ADMISSION

Admission to Spicer Adventist University (SAU), operated by Ashlock Education Society of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church, is a privilege and not a right and its  open to any applicant who meets the academic and character requirements of the University and expresses willingness to cooperate with its policies, irrespective of one’s caste, colour, creed, physically challenged, ethnicity, gender, marital status, nationality, origin, race, region, religion, or tongue.  However, the university administration reserves the right to reject any applicant if it is convinced that admitting the applicant is not in the best interest of the university.  Moreover, the university is not obliged to provide explanation to the applicant for the refusal. Spicer Adventist University is a minority institution operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and granted minority status by the Government of Maharashtra, the guidelines according to minority rights are exercised. However, no particular religious commitment is required for admission; any qualified student who will be comfortable within its religious, social and cultural atmosphere may be admitted.

Every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of information in this prospectus. Students are advised, however, that the prospectus provisions do not constitute a contract between a student and Spicer Adventist University. The university administration reserve the right to make and give public notice of such changes as deemed necessary during the period for which this prospectus is in effect.

ADMISSION PROCEDURES

All admissions to Spicer Adventist University are granted by the admissions committee after scrutiny of the application form.

The University Prospectus along with the application form may be obtained from the office of the Associate Registrar, Admissions and Eligibility, on payment of the non-refundable application fee of Rs.700 and $30 for Indian and foreign students respectively by cash or demand draft.  The duly filled form, together with self-attested photo copies of the documents listed below should be received by the Admissions Office.

  1. Pass Certificate (X Standard/ICSE/Matriculation/SSC, etc.)
  2. High School Statement of Mark or Grade Sheet
  3. Higher Secondary School Pass Certificate (HSSC/ISC/Intermediate, etc.)
  4. Higher Secondary School Statement of Mark or Transcript
  5. Bachelor’s / Undergraduate Pass Certificate (B.A/B.Com/B.Sc/B.B.A)
  6. Bachelor’s / Undergraduate Pass Statement of Marks or Grade Sheet
  7. Transfer Certificate from the last institution attended
  8. Migration Certificate from the last University attended
  9. Character Recommendation from the Principal of last institution attended
  10. Character Recommendation from the local Church Pastor (for SDAs only)
  11. Health Certificate from a recognized doctor with a minimum MBBS degree
  12. Recent Passport-size colour Photographs
  13. Address Proof (Aadhar/Voter Card / Driving License / Passport
  14. Passport, Visa, Residence Permit & Eligibility (For Foreign Students Only)
  15. GAP certificate for only those who have taken break for a year or more in

education

ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS

After the application form and self-attested copies of documents submitted are scrutinized and found to be in order, the applicant will be issued a provisional admission letter.  The student is required to bring all original documents mentioned above at the time of admission/registration, and submit them to the office of the Associate Registrar for Academics. All original documents will be returned at the end of the study subject to clearance of all dues.

 

LENGTH OF TERM FOR INSTRUCTION

The academic year has two academic terms of 18 weeks duration each, known as semesters.  The first semester normally begins in the first week of June and lasts till end of October and the second semester begins in November and lasts until the end of March, unless otherwise affected by some extraneous causes.

While admission to the university is normally for an academic year, each student’s case is reviewed at the beginning of each semester.  If the university administration is convinced that the student’s continued stay at Spicer is pockmarked with unsatisfactory academic performance, financial irresponsibility, or unacceptable citizenship, the student may not be granted re-admission.

ORIENTATION

            Starting one’s life in a new place can bring in quite a bit of unease and stress.  The farther one is away from home, the higher can be the stress level…….cultural, emotional, environmental, or otherwise.  In order to help new students cope with stress, an orientation programme is conducted at the beginning of the first semester.  Students are expected to be on time for the opening day of registration.  The orientation meeting begins with a spiritual note, followed by introducing students to the academic, aesthetic, financial, religious and social life of the university. Special attention is also given to the registration process.  This type of exposure has been observed to be helpful to students in finding their bearings in the university. Attendance at orientation meetings is mandatory.

 

CHANGE OF DEPARTMENT/ COURSE

Registration for a course of study is permanent and cannot be changed. Incase a student decides to change his/her field of study during the registration period in the first semester of study, he/she will have to cancel the present registration and register all over again for the new division/department by once again filling a new application form in the admissions office .

However change of subject/course is permitted within the  department before the last date of registration by filling the change of program form in the office of the Associate Registrar (Academics).

CLASS ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCE QUOTA

Prompt and regular attendance in all class appointments is required.  The student’s attendance is monitored and recorded by the Attendance Office.  Teachers maintain students’ attendance records, and that serves as a double monitoring.  The Attendance Office, however, is the official attendance record keeper of the university.  Its record is final and authoritative.

The total number of absences a student is permitted per course during the semester is not to exceed four times the number of times the class is scheduled to meet each week (75% attendance) from the day instruction begins.  (For example a student who is registered for a course which meets once a week can take a maximum of 4 absences    (4 x 1=4) per semester). (4 x 2=8), (4 x 3=12), (4 x 4=16), (4 x 5=4)

  A student who registers late loses attendance accordingly.

 

A student more than 10 minutes late to class is marked absent, and if between 1 and 10 minutes late, is marked tardy.  Three tardies are calculated as constituting one absence.  Student attendance is to be taken for every class session.  The attendance is to be maintained in the “Attendance book” which at the end of each semester is to be submitted to the Office of the Associate Registrar (Academics) where they are kept in tight security.

ASSEMBLY MEETING AND ATTENDANCE

The assembly meetings are held once a week for the entire university family to stimulate intellectual, social and spiritual growth besides promoting a spirit of camaraderie and of solidarity among students and faculty belonging to different disciplines.  Guest lectures, seminars, workshops from eminent personalities combined with debates on relevant current issues, competitions, talent exhibitions, important announcements, etc are typical programmes held during these assemblies.

The assembly meetings are held on every Tuesday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and are compulsory for all students.  Two absences from assembly due to illness or emergencies may be excused per semester without penalty.  Thereafter, a fine of Rs.100.00 per absence but up to a maximum of five such absences is chargeable. The fund obtained from such collections will be used to pay the fees of needy students. The penalty is payable only in cash at the end of the semester, failing which the student will not be allowed to write the semester examination or proceed with his studies the following semester.

CLASSLOAD

In Spicer Adventist University, Graduate programmes are of two year duration with each year divided into two semesters of 18 weeks each.  The total number of credit hours are 120(Arts & Social Sciences, Commerce and Business Administration)  /144(Sciences) distributed over four semesters thus sixteen credit hours constituting a normal class load.  A class load is computed on the basis of one credit hour which is of a fifty-minute class period per week throughout the semester.


 

EXAMINATIONS

SCHEME OF EXAMINATION

 

Applicable to all the Under Graduate / Bachelors Programmes:

The performance of the Students shall be evaluated in two parts:

  1. Internal Assessment with 40% marks by way of continuous internal evaluation

  1. External Assessment with 60% marks by conducting the Semester End

Examination.

INTERNAL ASSESSMENT:  It is defined as the assessment of the learners on the basis of continuous evaluation as envisaged in the credit based system by way of participation of learners in various academic and correlated activities in the given semester of the programme.

EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT (SEMESTER END EXAMINATION):  It is defined as the examination of the learners on the basis of performance in the semester end theory / written examinations.

  1. Internal Assessment – 40% 40 marks
  2. For Courses without Practicals:

Sl.#            Particulars                                                              Marks                               %

1)               Internal Examination                                             15                                   37.5

2)               Project/ Term Paper/ Report                                  10                                   25

3)               2 Class Tests (Before and After Mid Semester)   05 x 2=10                   25

4)               Attendance and Class Participation                       05                                 12.5

TOTAL                                                                  40                                       100

  1. For Courses with Practicals (Sciences, etc) 40 marks

Sl. #             Particulars                                                               Marks                          %

1)                 Internal Examination                                             10                               25

2)                 2 Class Tests (Before and After Mid Semester)   05 x 2=10               25

3)                 Journal                                                                   10                                   25

4)                 Viva                                                                       05                                    12.5

5)                 Attendance and Class Participation                      05                              12.5

TOTAL                                                                 40                                    100

Internal Examination

  1. It will be a Scheduled Examination.
  2. The deans/HoD will make the schedule, allowing only one examination per day.
  3. Each examination will be of one-hour duration and will be held during the regular class period and in the regular classroom unless a better venue is required due to the large enrolment or nature of the subject.
  4. The pattern of the question paper will be decided by the respective Board of Studies.

 

  1. Semester End Examination 60%
  2. Semester End Theory Examination

The examination shall be of the following durations

1 hour credit                            – 1 hour examination

2 hour credit                            – 2 hour examination

3 and above hour credit          – 3 hour examination

  1. The Suggested Pattern of the Question Paper will be decided by the individual Board of Studies to suit their department and intimated to the concerned students at least one month before the examinations begin.
  2. The question paper for each course will be selected from the set of three equivalent question papers submitted to the Controller of Examinations by the team of paper setters.

The assessment of Part ‘A’ i.e. Internal Assessment and Part ‘B’ i.e. Semester End Examination as mentioned above for the Semesters I to IV shall be processed by the Controller of Examination and issue the grade slips.

The assessment of Part ‘A’ i.e. Internal Assessment as mentioned above for the Semesters I to IV shall be processed by the respective departments. The Examination centre of the University shall conduct the assessment of Part ‘B’ i.e. Semester End Examination for Semesters I to IV. The Internal Assessment marks of students appearing for Semesters I to IV shall be submitted to the Controller of Examination with the approval of the dean by the respective departments before the commencement of the respective Semester End Examinations. The Semester End Examinations for Semester I to IV shall be conducted by the Examination Centre and the results shall be declared after processing the internal assessment and the marks awarded to the students.

 

  1. Duration of Semester End Practical Examination (laboratory courses)- Minimum of

2 hours

PASSING STANDARD AND PERFORMANCE GRADING:

PASSING STANDARD

Students to pass a course shall have to obtain a minimum of 40% marks in aggregate for each course where the course consists of Internal Assessment & Semester End Examination.  The learners shall obtain a minimum of 40% marks (i.e. 16 out of 20) in the Internal Assessment and 40% marks in Semester End Examination (i.e. 24 out of 60) separately, to pass the course and a minimum of Grade E in each praxis/project, wherever applicable, to pass a particular semester.  A student will be said to have passed the course if the student passes the Internal Assessment & Semester End Examination together.

 

PERFORMANCE GRADING

The Performance Grading of the students shall be on the SEVEN- point ranking system as under:

Grade             Interpretation                        Marks %                     Grade Points

            O         Distinction                              70 & above                              7

A         Superior                                   60 to 69                                   6

B         Above Average                       55 to 59                                   5

C         Average                                   50 to 54                                   4

D         Below Average                       45 to 49                                   3

E          Pass                                         40 to 44                                   2

F          Fail                                          39 & below                             0

The performance grading shall be based on the aggregate performance of Internal Assessment and Semester End Examination.

 

Carry forward of marks in case of a student who fails in the internal assessment and / or semester end assessment in one or more subjects

1)   A Student who passes in the Internal Examination but fails in the Semester End

Examination of that course will be allowed to carry over the internal examination marks.

2)   A Student who passes in the Semester End Examination but fails in the Internal

Assessment of the course shall reappear for the Internal assessment of that course.

3)   However his/her marks of the Semester End Examination shall be carried over and he/she

shall be entitled for grade obtained by him/her on passing.

NORMS FOR BEING ALLOWED TO KEEP TERM (ATKT) FOR A 3-YEAR PROGRAMME:

  1. A student shall be allowed to keep term in accordance for Semester II and III of First,

Second irrespective of the number of courses in which he/she has failed in

Semester I and III.

  1. A student of First Year (Semesters I and II) will be admitted to the Second Year

(Semester III) provided he/she has passed 50% of the total number of courses in the First

Year.

ELIGIBILITY FOR EXAMINATIONS

  1. A student will be eligible to write the examinations only if he has a minimum of 75%

class attendance as recorded officially in the University Attendance Office.

  1. A student should apply to the Controller of Examinations on the prescribed form for the semester examinations before the deadline.
  2. A student has to pay the prescribed examination fee and clear all arrears before the deadline given by the University.
  3. The student is allowed to keep term as per the norms of ATKT.

 

GRADING SYSTEM

       Initially, the scores of the student are in terms of percentage, which are subsequently converted into letter grades.

CHANGE OF GRADES

Grades once turned in to the Controller of examinations by the Examiner cannot be changed. The final authority in all examination related matters is the Board of Examinations.

GRADE POINT AVERAGE (G.P.A.)

The student’s grade point average (GPA) is computed by dividing the total number of honour points earned by the total number of credit hours attempted. The number of honour points earned is further determined by multiplying the grade value (based on the letter grade) by the credit hours the course carries.  (The values are as follows: O =7, A = 6, B = 5, C = 4,  D = 3, E=2  and F = 0).  For instance, if the student gets a C grade in a 3 credit hour course then it means he/she gets 4 × 3 = 12 honour points for that course.

GRADE RE-EVALUATION

If a student is not satisfied with the grade received, he may apply on the prescribed form for verification or re-evaluation within ten working days after the result is declared. A grade verification and re-evaluation fee is to be paid by the student.

STATEMENT OF MARKS

        Statement of marks is issued to students in the following semester.  The grades are to inform those concerned the level of the student’s achievement. All semester grades are entered in the student’s permanent record.

Students are strongly urged to obtain their statement of marks from the office of the Controller of Examinations as soon as they are ready. Appeals after the prescribed time limit (10 days) will not be entertained.

 

SATISFACTORY CITIZENSHIP

By registration at the university, a student is obligated to observe the declared rules and regulations governing student life.  Failing to do so indicates that he/she has not developed certain basic traits of character expected of a university graduate.  Such students are called in for counselling, and in certain cases, are even referred to the Disciplinary Committee for appropriate action.

 

Cheating in the examination

The use of any unfair means for obtaining answers for the examination (including a class test) is considered a serious offence and is punishable.  The means of cheating can include smuggling of written material codes into the examination hall, whether or not the student is using  it in the examination; answer codes written on any part of one’s body, or communication with someone, or any other form used for the purpose of cheating even mobile phone are not allowed in the examination hall.  Anyone caught using such unfair and unethical means will be asked to leave the examination hall at once, his answer script confiscated, and the case will be referred to the committee for unfair means constituted by the Board of Examination.

STUDENT INTEGRITY

A student of Spicer Adventist University is expected to practice ethics and uphold moral standards. Academic standards and moral standards go hand-in-hand. Therefore any malpractice resorted to by a student such as cheating in class tests and examinations are treated as a serious offence.  Other similar unethical practices can include lying and bribery of various forms.

PLAGIARISM

Another form of academic dishonesty that is definitely not allowed is called “plagiarism.”  The term refers to the intentional or unintentional presentation of another’s idea or product by making it appear as one’s own.  Plagiarism includes the following: copying ad verbatim all or part of another’s written work; using someone else’s phrases, charts, figures, illustrations, or mathematical or scientific solutions without acknowledging the source; paraphrasing  ideas, musical score, or other artistic product without attributing the work to its author.  Students can avoid unintentional plagiarism by consistently adopting scholarly practices. Sources used for papers and research projects should be accurately recorded. These can include quotations, paraphrases, or summaries.  Acknowledgment of such sources can be done in the form of footnotes, or endnotes, or in-text citation.

The penalty for plagiarism includes an ‘F’ grade for the work in question, or an ‘F’ grade in the course.

PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

In order to create an atmosphere of fairness and objectivity, it is necessary that certain procedures be established so that the alleged cases of cheating or dishonesty can be properly dealt with.  For this reason, the following procedures are set forth:

Faculty Responsibilities:

Teachers must explain clearly the requirements of assignments, examinations, presentations and projects.

Student Responsibilities:

  1. Students must assume responsibility to avoid plagiarism by learning the proper procedures for acknowledging borrowed wording, information, or ideas. Otherwise students might innocently misrepresent others’ material as their own.
  2. Students unfamiliar with procedures for citing sources should confer with their teachers.
  3. Unless stated otherwise by the teacher, students are to assume that all course work is consciously done with honesty, objectivity, and fairness.

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

Spicer Adventist University is in the process of developing appropriate grievance procedures according to the Statutes of the University.

RESIDENCY

In order to establish residence at Spicer, a student must have attended the classes for at least a year.

STUDENT  RECORDS  AND  ISSUE  OF  TRANSCRIPTS

The office of the Associate Registrar (Academics) is the centre for coordination, filing, and storage of all academic records of students.  These records include such information as admission, grades and scores of tests. Statements of marks, transcripts, certificates, and degrees/diplomas are maintained in the office of the Controller of the Examinations. Also available are non-academic records dealing with health, vocational interests, extra-curricular activities and perusal information. This is maintained in the office of Dean of Students.

However, it is the office of the Controller of Examinations which will issue grade slips, statements of marks, passing certificate, transcripts, degrees and diplomas.

 

 

TIME LIMIT FOR COMPLETING THE DEGREE

A student is expected to complete the requirements of a degree within 5yrs. Students joining the 2-year degree programme should complete the programme satisfactorily within 5 years.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GRADUATE DEGREE CURRICULUM

The graduate degree curriculum includes a specified number of courses belonging to the field of study or concentration.

 

DEGREES  FROM  SPICER ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY    

Spicer Adventist University offers degrees in the following areas:

Division of Arts and Social Sciences

M A : English

M A : History

Division of Business Administration

M B A: Master of Business Administration

Division of Commerce

M  Com: Masters of Commerce

Division of Education

M A: Education

Division of Religious Studies

M A: Religious Studies

Division of Sciences

M Sc: Biotechnology

M Sc: Botany

 

COURSES OF INSTRUCTION

SEMESTER SYSTEM

Spicer Adventist University is operated on a semester system, each semester having 18 weeks.  However, the registration is done for the entire year at the beginning of the first semester with an option to pay the annual fees in a single or double instalments, half the amount at the beginning of each semester.

CREDIT HOURS

A semester hour of credit represents one fifty-minute class period a week throughout the semester and approximately two hours of preparation for each class period; or one laboratory period of one hours in length.  Semester credit hours for each course are indicated to the right of the course title in parenthesis, thus:

Indicate three credit hours for one semester               (3)

Indicate three credit hours for each semester             (3, 3)

COURSE  NUMBERING

Courses of instruction are classified as first year and second year. Courses are given numbers to indicate this classification.

University courses are numbered 511 to 649.  Courses numbered 511 to 529 are first-year courses; those numbered 631 to 649 are second-year courses.

The Course Numbers of courses offered in various departments are prefixed by an appropriate four-letter symbol as shown in the next page:

 

ISSUING OF DEGREES

The degree is issued only to students who have completed all requirements and cleared all financial obligations with  the university.    The student may collect the degree in person during the convocation. The degree may also be sent directly to the student, but only upon a written  request. The degree is issued once.  Only in extraordinary circumstances and/or situations can the degree be reissued, and that too only at the recommendation of the Board of Examinations.

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