Major Requirements – and keeping track of your courses
At Vesalius College, each academic program is designed to combine compulsory courses, so-called Core Requirements and Major Requirements, with so-called Major Electives or Free Electives, which students have the ability to choose freely according to their interests. Each academic program has different Major Requirements, and it’s extremely important to keep track of all Major Requirements because without taking and passing all Major Requirements, you cannot be allowed to graduate. During your second and third years of study, you are allowed to design your schedule according to your own interests and needs, meaning that you do not have to take all Major Requirements at once. Although Major Requirements are still compulsory courses during your Second and Third Years, you can decide freely which ones you will take in which semester.
You can always look up the list of your Major Requirements here in the Vesalius College Course Catalogue. The planning of your curriculum at VeCo is the responsibility of every student, therefore you need to keep track of your curriculum regularly, by consulting your academic report card or registration materials that you receive before each semester, and comparing it to the list of Major Requirements in the Course Catalogue. Additionally, if you think there might be an issue with your schedule, for example if you think you will not be able to complete all required courses before your scheduled date of Graduation, you can consult Dr. Melinda Maris, who is the Director of Student Learning and Educational Development.
Information about Grades, credits acquired and completed courses
You can look up all your grades, courses and number of credits obtained at the Student Portal, which is also used to publish grades each semester. On the Student Portal, you just need to log in through your Student ID and pincode and go to “Your Grades” in the menu, and download your academic report card.
Academic Probation and General Academic Regulations
At VeCo, if your GPA is too low or if you fail to pass a class, you might be put on so-called “Academic Probation”. When on Academic Probation, you are, for example, not allowed to take the full amount of classes. To find out more about the college’s policies regulating Academic Probation, you can access the General Academic Regulations here. In the Academic Regulations, you can also find out more about under which conditions you are allowed to graduate, take an internship or go study abroad, the procedures to have an external course transcribed into your VeCo records or adding and dropping a course. In case you have any questions regarding Academic Probation, or changing your schedule, you can contact Dr. Melinda Maris, who is the Director of Student Learning and Educational Development.
Curriculum Reform and Reaccreditation
In 2015, Vesalius College entered a process of Reaccreditation, during which it undergoes a review by the Flemish Reaccreditation Organization, its program curricula and academic designs and policies are assessed by the Reaccreditation committee and based on the feedback received, the university develops a reform plan which it then implements, taking into account all comments and proposals from the Reaccreditation committee. This process happens every seven years and takes three years to complete. In Fall 2015, VeCo started implementing the first changes in curricula, redesigning the Major Requirements as well as general course design of each of the four Majors. Furthermore, within the process of Reaccreditation, academic standards across all Major were increased and several of the university’s policies, such as late-paper policies, were reformed. The Reaccreditation process is regularly discussed in meeting between the VSG and the Faculty/Administration, and is also addressed with all students at General Assemblies with the Dean.
Plagiarism and the Student Conduct Committee
Vesalius College follows strict rules when it comes to academic honesty, especially in terms of avoiding plagiarism and cheating in exams. The failure to conform to these rules can result in a failing grade, or ordering students before the Student Conduct Committee (SCC), which decides about cases of cheating a plagiarism. If a student is called before the SCC multiple times, the Committee can decide to expel the student.