III. Coursework, Exams, and Final Grade Reports
1. Completion of Required Course Work and Examinations/Tests: All work for a course must be submitted on time for a student to be eligible for a passing grade. Students are responsible for handing in all coursework on time. Assignments handed in after the due date will earn 0 points, or, downgraded percentage, according to the instructor’s own guidelines. Students are responsible for arriving on time for all examinations and written or oral tests. Exams or tests can take place on any scheduled class or exam day during the published dates of the semester. Faculty reserve the right to change dates of tests with notice, as long as alternative times fall within the regular course schedule.
2. Proctors: Following the European model, your instructors might not be present during exams. Proctors are responsible for seeing that the exam regulations are followed. They are not responsible for interpreting exam questions. Proctors will report any violations of the exam regulations to the Registrar. During the exam period, rules will be fully enforced by the proctors. These rules include but are not limited to the following:
- No communication between students is allowed during the exam.
- Students are expected to arrive on time and will not be given additional time if they arrive late
- Failing to follow the proctor’s instructions, cheating, or disrupting a test will result in zero points on the test, possible expulsion from DIS, and notification of your home campus.
3. Final Grade Reports: You will receive an email report of your unofficial final grades 30 days after the end of the term. A hard copy will be mailed to your home university automatically from the DIS North American Office. Final grades will be withheld if you owe money to DIS or other related institutions, have not returned library books, or has outstanding restitution because of damage caused to housing or DIS facilities.
If you wish additional copies, please visit our Alumni Page and follow the link to Parchment. From there, you will create an account and follow the instructions.
4. Full-year students: Students who will be staying at DIS for multiple semesters must achieve a minimum of a 2.5 GPA while at DIS and maintain good standing in all previous semesters in order to continue at DIS.
5. Use of Laptops and Other Electronic Devices in Class: While the use of computers or phones during class is generally not permitted, in some specific classes and with the instructor’s permission, students may use them for class-related purposes.
6. Submitting Work Electronically: If you are submitting work electronically, it is your responsibility to make sure that the file is readable and not corrupted. An assignment that arrives in an unreadable state will not be considered as delivered. If you submit work on Canvas, you receive a receipt automatically.
7. Posting Academic Assignments Online: Students creating content for an academic assignment that will be posted online (videos, photos, papers, social media posts, etc.), should keep in mind the privacy of any interviewees/subjects cited. Students should either have their written permission to post about them (email is acceptable but must be retained), and/or not use real names. If an academic project requires the use of the DIS brand in a website, social media page or hashtag, blog, or in printed material, permission must be explicitly granted by the Marketing & Communications Department (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to the project being implemented.
8. Grades: Points are given rather than letter grades on all assignments. Many assignments will be out of 100 and automatically will be calculated into letter grades by Canvas at the end of the semester: Plus (+) and minus (-) grades are used for final grades. For purposes of calculating grade points and averages, the “+” is equal to plus .3 and the “-” is equal to minus .3. The average of the individual grades multiplied by their respective weights determines the final grade as indicated below:
Grade = Points Grade = Percentage
|A||93 to 100%|
|A-||90 to less than 93%|
|B+||87 to less than 90%|
|B||83 to less than 87%|
|B-||80 to less than 83%|
|C+||77 to less than 80%|
|C||73 to less than 77%|
|C-||70 to less than 73%|
|D+||67 to less than 70%|
|D||63 to less than 67%|
|D-||60 to less than 63%|
|F||0 to less than 60%|
9. Off-site classrooms: Classroom locations and directions to non-DIS classrooms and to the hospitals will be given during the Academic Program orientations during Arrival Workshop and students will be escorted to their first class by a DIS Academic Assistant. Please remember that DIS policies apply in these classes as well. Arriving on time is a requirement so accurate directions should be researched before signing up for the class.
10. Library: The DIS Student Hub contains a reference library and study space for DIS students. The DIS Collection consists of books, periodicals, movies, games, and other materials in English specific to the fields covered by the DIS curriculum. The DIS library is staffed by friendly and helpful library staff. Read more about the Library here. Looking for library databases? You can access the academic databases here.
11. Academic assistance: Support is available. Please do not wait until you are overwhelmed to speak up if you need academic support. All DIS students are welcome to use the Writing Center in the Library and ask for assistance with writing assignments.
12. Academic Accommodations: DIS is committed to supporting students with academic accommodation at their home school: You will need to submit a letter from your home campus describing what support the student is accustomed to receiving, prior to arrival in either Copenhagen or Stockholm. Not all accommodations allowed in the U.S. are available at DIS but when possible, DIS will support students needing accommodations.