Academic regulations for Undergraduates and Graduates

Article 1. The Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros, hereinafter identified by means of its acronym, CUNEF, is a University College attached to the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, founded by means of Decree 2858/1973, of 5 October 1973, and owned by the Fundación Española de Banca para Estudios Financieros, the legal status of CUNEF being that of a private limited liability company (Gazette of the Autonomous Region of Madrid No. 52, Order 462/2014).

Article 2.  Governance and administration of CUNEF are the responsibility of the Governing Board/Board of Directors of the limited liability company CUNEF, S.L., the Director and Undergraduate or Postgraduate Directors, with the possibility of other internal bodies being established to improve the efficacy of academic and administrative activities.

Article 3.  These regulations set out the academic and disciplinary system that CUNEF students must abide by, notwithstanding the provisions of the Students’ Statute of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Article 4.  The interpretation of these regulations in all aspects that are not manifestly clear from the literal terms hereof, and the adoption of measures in those situations not covered hereby, will be the responsibility of the Academic Conduct Appraisal Committee and, where applicable, the Bodies of Governance and Administration of CUNEF.

Article 5. For the purposes of these regulations, the following will be considered CUNEF students:

a)  Those who have fulfilled the entry requirements set out in the admissions norms and who pursue regular undergraduate or postgraduate academic activities at CUNEF.
b)  Those who are performing a training internship and/or any other activity in partnership with CUNEF or with any other public or private entities or institutions with which it has signed the relevant agreement or convention.

Article 6. Student status will be forfeited by those who are subject to any of the following circumstances:

a)  Those who have voluntarily requested cancellation of their enrolment or transfer of their academic transcript to another university institution, following fulfilment of the relevant requirements and procedures, and are no longer associated with CUNEF.
b)  Those who under the terms of these regulations are deprived of said status on disciplinary grounds. c) Unjustified breach of the economic obligations entered into with CUNEF.

Article 7. CUNEF students enjoy the following rights:

a) Election of their delegates and representatives, in the form and manner determined by CUNEF.
b) Theoretical and practical education under the corresponding syllabus.
c) Individual assistance and guidance in the process of acquiring knowledge.
d) Participation in all supplementary scientific, cultural and educational activities organised by CUNEF, in the manner and circumstances established in each case.
e) Objective assessment of their knowledge, with the possibility of a review thereof.
f) Association within the university sphere, with entitlement for access to said right to be facilitated.
g) Make proposals and raise grievances regarding the functioning and quality of education.
h) Be informed of the programme, the teaching guide and the assessment systems for each subject.
i) Any other rights attributed to them in these regulations and any other applicable legal provisions.

Article 8. CUNEF students are subject to the following core duties:

a) Dedication to their own education in accordance with the specific levels demanded by the college.
b) Attend and actively participate in theoretical and practical classes, in addition to any other activity organised by CUNEF. If for medical or any other reasons this obligation cannot be fulfilled, documented accreditation of said circumstance must be presented.
c) Respect the norms of general academic discipline, the authority of lecturers both within and outside class, and specifically those norms established by CUNEF.
d) Cooperate with the rest of the university community in achieving the purposes of CUNEF and maintaining and improving the services that it provides.
e) Accept any responsibilities derived from positions of representation for which a student might have been elected.

Article 9. Students will be granted a maximum of six examination sessions to pass each subject, and if they are not successful within this number of attempts they will be unable to continue their education at this centre the following academic year. At the fifth and sixth examination sessions the student will be entitled to be assessed by a tribunal comprising three CUNEF lecturers of the course to which the subject corresponds, appointed by the centre.

Nonetheless, once the first four examination sessions have taken place for any subject without the student having passed, the centre will suggest that they transfer to another university centre, in order to allow them successfully to complete their studies.

The application of continuous assessment criteria means that students cannot be assigned a grade of “not presented” for a subject, even if they do not take the examination officially scheduled for it. The final grade will be the grade obtained by the student in the activities considered to be complementary to the examination for the calculation thereof according to the Teaching Guide for the subject, with the grading percentage assigned to said activities being applied in accordance with the Teaching Guide. A student who has not performed any of the activities eligible for calculation of continuous assessment of the subject or the corresponding official examination will be awarded a grade of “zero” (0), which will therefore be a “fail”.

On an exceptional basis, the terms set out in the above paragraphs of this article will not apply if, in the judgment of the centre, personal factors of overriding importance apply to the student, such as serious and prolonged illness or other similarly significant circumstances, provided that documented proof is available.

First-year students who have not passed any subject in the first two examination sessions for the first academic year will be unable to continue their studies at CUNEF. This last point will not apply if they can provide documented accreditation of the existence of any of the following circumstances: 1) serious and prolonged illness of the student; 2) serious and prolonged illness or death of a spouse, child, parent or sibling; 3) serious economic/employment factors of particular significance in the case in question; 4) situations of serious injury affecting the student’s academic life; 5) other situations of equivalent significance worthy of particular consideration.
All other CUNEF students must comply with the following rules with regard to enrolment:

a) Students on one single Undergraduate programme cannot enrol for a number of credits greater than those corresponding to their academic year of study plus an additional thirty credits.
b) Students on a Double Degree programme cannot enrol for a number of credits greater than those corresponding to their academic year of study plus an additional thirty-six credits.

Students must in any event enrol for all subjects pending from previous academic years, while respecting the aforementioned limitations in terms of the number of credits.
In the case of students in their second and subsequent years who have not passed any subject in the two examination sessions corresponding to the academic year in question, the centre will suggest that the student transfer to another university centre in order to allow them successfully to complete their studies. On an exceptional basis, this last point will not apply if, in the judgment of the centre, personal factors of overriding importance apply to the student, such as serious and prolonged illness or other similarly significant circumstances, provided that documented proof is available.

Requests by students based on any of the exceptional or extraordinary circumstances referred to in this provision will be decided by the CUNEF Director or the individual delegated thereby, following a report by the Academic Committee.

Article 10. Conduct that impinges on improved academic performance performed in breach of these regulations and the supplementary internal norms will be classified as minor, serious or very serious. Behaviours liable to be deemed to comprise one of the forms of conduct in violation of these regulations must always immediately be reported in writing to the Undergraduate Directors by the lecturers or persons affected. Conduct classified as minor will lapse for disciplinary purposes after one month, serious conduct after two months and very serious conduct after six months of the centre learning of the conduct.

Article 11. Minor conduct corresponds to behaviours that are directly or indirectly in breach of the terms of these regulations and supplementary norms, and are not included within the classification as serious or very serious, in particular conduct interfering with the normal course of teaching, such as conversations among students in class that would affect the teaching process, and the use of electronic devices unconnected with teaching activities without prior authorisation.

Article 12. Serious conduct would comprise behaviours that are the direct breach of the terms set out in these regulations and the supplementary internal standards, and cause a significant disturbance of the order that must prevail at CUNEF, specifically as follows:

a) Words or deeds that are inappropriate in a university setting, or are indecorous and disrupt the order of the university.
b) Failure to attend in-person classes or activities which the perpetrating student has been directly called on to attend, wherever sufficient justification does not exist.
c) Words or deeds causing serious offence to another student.
d) An attempt to obtain better academic results by employing any unlawful methods or those that have not been explicitly authorised in advance by the lecturer. Likewise, the mere possession of any material liable to be employed in order fraudulently to obtain better academic results in a test evaluating the student’s knowledge, such as electronic devices, mobile phones or any support material, wherever prior and explicit authorisation has not been granted by the lecturer.
e) A repeat occurrence of conduct classified as minor.

Article 13. Very serious conduct would comprise behaviours that are a direct breach of the terms set out in these regulations and the supplementary internal standards, and cause a significant disturbance of the order that must prevail at CUNEF, specifically as follows:

a) Words or deeds that are inappropriate in a university setting, or are indecorous and seriously disrupt the order of the university.
b) Words or deeds causing serious offence to any CUNEF lecturer or member of staff.
c) Falsification of documents regarding activities undertaken at or by CUNEF, impersonation of individuals at acts connected with the academic sphere and actions constituting a criminal offence.
d) Behaviours that would seriously harm the outward image and good name of CUNEF.
e) Active or passive refusal to comply with the instructions of teaching and other staff within their respective spheres of authority.
f) A repeat occurrence of conduct classified as serious.

Article 14. The consequences imposed by the Academic Conduct Appraisal Committee as a result of any conduct that impinges on the improvement of academic performance, irrespective of the seriousness thereof, will be imposed in accordance with the terms set out in the following subsections:

a) Minor conduct: private warning and the suspension of student status for a period of between one and fifteen days.
b) Serious conduct: suspension of student status for a period of no less than fifteen days and no more than six months, in addition, where applicable, to forfeiture of the right to attend the first examination session after notification of the penalty, and notification of the student’s status to all their lecturers.
c) Very serious conduct: suspension of student status for a period of no less than six months and no more than one year, in addition, where applicable, to forfeiture of the right to attend the next two examination sessions after notification of the penalty, and notification of the student’s status to all their lecturers. If a student’s conduct is deemed to be particularly serious, the consequence may comprise definitive loss of student status at CUNEF, without this preventing the student from continuing their studies at some other university centre.

The consequences adopted as a result of minor conduct will be deleted from the record after one month, serious conduct after two months and very serious conduct six months after the day when the decision that was breached acquires binding status.

Article 15. An Academic Conduct Appraisal Committee will be established within the context of CUNEF, to be governed by the provisions of these regulations, the internal supplementary standards and other applicable norms, the actions thereof being bound by the principles of lawfulness, justice and fairness. The Academic Conduct Appraisal Committee will be chaired by the Director of the Degree in Law, and be made up of other Undergraduate or Postgraduate Directors, one of them furthermore acting as the secretary of the Committee, with one member appointed by the chairperson from among the lecturers belonging to the CUNEF faculty, and a student chosen on a rotating basis from among the year delegates.

Article 16. Any individual learning of any events that could constitute conduct in breach of the improvement of academic performance as set out in these regulations is entitled and obliged to inform the Academic Conduct Appraisal Committee. The Committee may nonetheless act on its own initiative if this would be advisable in the interests of maintaining order at the university. Notifications must state the identity of the person or persons presenting them, an account of the events that could constitute conduct in breach of academic life and, where possible, the identity of the alleged perpetrators.

Article 17. Once a decision has been taken to act on the basis of the events believed to constitute conduct in breach of normal academic life, the director will appoint an investigator, independent of the Academic Conduct Appraisal Committee itself, who will preferably be a lecturer belonging to the Participation and/or Quality System Committee of CUNEF, who will gather all information obtainable about the events, giving rise to the relevant investigation proceedings. Following establishment of the name of the person or persons believed to be responsible, the appointed investigator will notify said individuals of the events attributed to them and an initial proposal as to the resulting consequences, in order to allow those accused of the conduct, within a period of seven calendar days from the day following notification, to submit any written arguments they might deem relevant, providing or proposing any evidence of which they might wish to avail themselves. If no arguments are submitted by the person or persons accused of the conduct in breach of academic life, it will be understood that they accept the fairness of the Academic Conduct Appraisal Committee’s decision. Once the procedure has begun, if the alleged perpetrator of the conduct in question explicitly acknowledges their responsibility, the investigator may there and then submit a proposed decision to the Academic Conduct Appraisal Committee.

Article 18. In the case of minor conduct, the Academic Conduct Appraisal Committee may decide as to any consequence it might see fit having first granted an audience to the individual concerned.

Article 19. The investigator may call on the Academic Conduct Appraisal Committee to adopt any precautionary measures deemed appropriate in order for the investigation to continue its proper course.

Article 20. During the investigation proceedings, the investigator, if he/she sees fit, or the persons accused as perpetrators of the conduct in question, may call for evidence to be given by any persons whose accounts might be deemed of relevance by the Committee itself, with any other relevant evidence furthermore being considered with all possible haste. Such evidence will be examined ex officio, or admitted at the proposal of the alleged perpetrators. Those involved may at any point of the proceedings prior to the proposed decision set out arguments or submit documents or other evidential elements.

Article 21. Once the investigation proceedings are complete, and the matter has been referred to the Academic Conduct Appraisal Committee, it will reach its decision, ordering as applicable that the proceedings be shelved or setting out a definitive proposal as to the consequences it deems appropriate, serving notice of said definitive proposal on the person or persons investigated, in order to allow them to submit their corresponding written arguments to the Academic Conduct Appraisal Committee within a period of five working days. Once any arguments submitted have been considered, the Academic Conduct Appraisal Committee will issue its definitive decision in the case. The final deadline for notice of the definitive decision to be served will be two months from the resolution to instigate the investigation on the part of the Academic Conduct Appraisal Committee, without prejudice to interruption of calculation of said period during the evidence examination period, and in any cases where the procedure is interrupted for reasons attributable to the individual concerned. The final decision of the Academic Conduct Appraisal Committee must be reasonable, and must correspond to the principles presiding over its actions, as already referred to in these Regulations.

Article 22. The decision of the Academic Conduct appraisal committee will take effect from the day following notification served on those involved in the investigation and, where applicable, the entire college community. In the case of consequences resulting from serious and very serious conduct, the definitive decision may be appealed before the CUNEF Director within a period of three working days of notification, in which case the effects resulting therefrom will be suspended until the appeal has been settled by the Academic Committee.

Article 23. As an exception, if the alleged conduct is very serious and the circumstances in which it occurred are of particular seriousness, the Academic Conduct Appraisal Committee may adopt any precautionary measures it might deem appropriate, having first granted an audience to the individual concerned, without any further procedural requirement.

Article 24. Those belonging to faculty & research and the staff of CUNEF will be governed by the CUNEF organisational and functional norms.

The occasional dispensation of any norm or principle of these regulations in a specific case is the responsibility of the Governing Bodies of CUNEF.

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