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ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT), although independently administered and self-financed, is an academic unit of Thammasat University. Graduates of the Institute shall receive Thammasat University degrees. Thus, students must comply with the policies and regulations set forth by the University. For more details, consult the student’s academic advisor.
 
Student Dress Code
 All students are encouraged to wear Thammasat University (TU) uniforms, which are as follows:
 
1.   Men’s uniform:

  • Plain white shirt (shirt must be properly tucked in and sleeves must not be folded back)
  • Trousers in black or dark blue
  • Belt with TU belt buckle
  • Black shoes with socks
     

2.   Women’s uniform:

  • Plain white shirt with short sleeves (shirt must be properly tucked in)
  • Buttons: at the shirt seam binding (4 buttons) and shirt collar (1 button) using TU silver metal buttons
  • TU pin worn on the left side of shirt above the chest
  • Plain skirt in black or dark blue
  • Belt with TU belt buckle
  • Black shoes

 

   


A TU pin is a yellow “Thammajuk” with red lines, available at the University Bookstores. A TU belt buckle is a “Thammajuk” in a rectangular shape, also available at the University Bookstores.

In the case that it is inconvenient to wear a uniform, students may wear polite dress as follows:

Men      

  • Plain shirt with collar and short or long sleeves, properly buttoned and tucked in
  • Trousers in dark color
  • Shoes (sandals are not allowed during official hours on campus)


Women    

  • Plain shirt with collar and short or long sleeves
  • Plain skirt in dark color
  • Shoes (sandals are not allowed during official hours on campus)


Dress Code for Taking Examinations

  • All SIIT students are required to wear TU student uniforms.
  • Other types of dresses, including any kind of jeans, are not allowed.
  • Students are required to wear dress shoes or sport shoes (plain: white, black, brown, or navy blue). Other types of shoes and colors are not allowed.
  • Failure to comply with this dress code will be result in the deduction of student conduct score and other penalties.

 
Conduct Score and Disciplinary Actions 
Students who are found “improperly dressed” or “smoking in a non-smoking area” will be deducted conduct scores as follows:
 

Offence Conduct Scores to be Deducted
Improperly Dressed Smoking in a Non-Smoking Area
1st Offence 0 20
2nd Offence 10 20
3rd Offence 10 30
4th Offence 20 30
5th Offence 30 -
6th Offence 30 -


The following disciplinary actions will be taken upon the cumulative deducted scores:

Smoking Improper Dress Cumulative
Deducted Scores
Disciplinary Actions
- 1 0 Action 1  :  Verbal and written warning 1, and
  • Permission to attend a class or laboratory, or get service from library is revoked.
  • No prompt service from SIIT faculty and/or staff members
  • No consideration for scholarships and awards for 1 academic year
  • (Except for the Good Academic Performance and Good Conduct Scholarships that the applicants had never been warned, as eligible to apply.)
- 2 10
Action 2  :    Verbal and written warning 2, and
  • Action 1
1 3 20 Action 3  :  Verbal and written warning 3, and
  • Action 2
  • No re-entry and re-admission to SIIT
2 4 40

Action 4  :  Written probation signed by student and guardian               

  • Action 3
  • Granting of scholarship and residing of campus-dormitory will be revoked.
  • No issue of recommendation letter and activity transcript
3 5 70 Action 5  : Suspension from study for  1 semester
  • Action 4
  • Suspension from study for one semester (next semester), except for a student studying in the last semester, in which case the student is suspended in the semester of the offence.
4 6 100 Action 6  : Postponement of graduation approval for 1 academic year
  • Action 4
  • Postponement of graduation approval for 1 academic year


Registration for New Students

1. A successful applicant must possess all qualifications set by Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology.

2.A successful applicant must register in person as a TU student within 14 days from the start of the student’s first academic semester.                                                                                                             

The successful applicant who cannot register during the registration period due to a special reason may register at a later time with the approval of the TU rector. However, the applicant must complete all processes with no later than the student’s first academic semester. Otherwise, his/her rights to register as a student will be revoked.   

3. A successful applicant who graduated from abroad must submit the graduation certificate to SIIT in person on the registration period or days.                                                                                                             

With the approval of the TU rector, the applicant who cannot submit the graduation certificate within the time limit may be able to summit the document no later than the student’s first academic semester; otherwise, his/her rights to register as a student will be revoked.

4. If the qualification of the applicant has not met the regulations of Thammasat University and/or the documents submitted from the applicant have proven to be falsified, the registration of that applicant will be revoked.                                                    

Registration for Current Students

1. An undergraduate student is required to register for a minimum of 9 credits and a maximum of 22 credits in each regular semester. Registration for fewer than 9 credits is possible only by the director’s approval and with a special reason, such as illness or anticipation of graduation at the end of the current semester. The number of credits registered in the summer session shall not exceed 6 credits.

2. A student must register during the scheduled period and follow the registration procedures set by the Institute.

3. Course registration must be approved by the academic advisor.

4. Late registration is subject to a fine of 45 Baht/day (including holidays) starting from the first day of classes. Course registration after the first 14 days of a semester will not be allowed unless special permission is obtained from the director. However, a student who has been awarded a scholarship for studying abroad will be granted permission to register without fine after the registration deadline, but it must be completed within the first 4 weeks of a semester.

5. A student who does not register for any courses in a regular semester has to file an application for leave of absence to the academic program and pay a fee for maintaining student status within the first 30 days of a semester; otherwise his/her student status will be revoked.

6. Registration for courses is considered incomplete until fees have been paid by the specified date.

7. The number of students enrolling in a course may be restricted due to some constraints, such as limited laboratory equipment and classroom size.


Auditing a Course

1. With permission from the instructor and the advisor, a student may audit a course without evaluation. However, the student must pay the tuition fee for the course.

2. Auditing may not be changed to regular evaluation after the second week of a regular semester.

3. A grade report will bear “AUD” for the audited course after such a course is completed.

4. The number of credits for an audited course will be counted towards the upper limit of the number of credits allowed in a semester, but will not be counted towards the lower limit.

5. The credit(s) of an audited course will not be counted towards the total credit accumulation.

6. An audited course cannot be re-registered at a later time for formal evaluation unless there is a change in the student’s study program that warrants the need for formal evaluation of the course.

Course Addition/Withdrawal

1. If authorized by the instructor and the advisor, course addition must be processed within the first 14 days of a regular semester or within the first 7 days of a summer session. Addition of courses after the first 14 days of a regular semester or after the first 7 days of a summer session needs to receive an approval from the Director with provided reasons by 14 days before the end of classes. In addition, the total hour of study has to meet the TU regulation.

2. If authorized by the instructor and the advisor, course withdrawal will result in one of the following cases:

     2.1 If a course is withdrawn within the first 14 days of a regular semester or within the first 7 days of a summer session, the academic record will not bear the title of such a course.

     2.2 If a course is withdrawn after the first 14 days of a regular semester or after the first 7 days of a summer session, but not later than the first 10 weeks of a regular semester or not later than the first 4 weeks of a summer session, the academic record will bear the title of the course and a W grade.

     2.3 Course withdrawal after the first 10 weeks of a regular semester or after the first 4 weeks of a summer session is not allowed. Withdrawal of courses after the first 10 weeks of a regular semester or the first 4 weeks for a summer session needs to receive an approval from the student’s advisor and the Director with provided reasons by 14 days before the end of classes. With approval from the director, the course will bear a W grade.

3. A course withdrawal that reduces the number of credits to less than 9 credits is prohibited.

 
Leave and Suspension

1. A student can apply for a leave of absence. This must be approved by the director on the condition that the student has an appropriate reason. However, a student cannot take a leave during the first two semesters of his/her undergraduate study unless the Rector of Thammasat University approves the request.

2. A student cannot apply for leave for more than two consecutive semesters unless the Rector of Thammasat University specially permits it.

3. A leave will result in one of the following cases:
    3.1  If the first day of leave falls within the first 14 days of a regular semester or the first 7 days of a summer session, the academic record will not bear any of the titles of the registered courses.

   3.2  If the first day of leave falls after the first 14 days of a regular semester or the first 7 days of a summer session, but no later than the first 10 weeks of a regular semester or the first 4 weeks of a summer session, the academic record will bear W grades for all the courses registered in the current semester.

   3.3  A student can apply for leave after the first 10 weeks of a regular semester or the first 4 weeks of summer session only if there is an uncontrollable reason. A student or a student’s trustworthy representative is required to submit an application for leave with credible evidence to the academic program. With approval from the Rector of Thammasat University, the course will bear a W grade.

4. A student who is suspended from studying during a semester due to the disciplinary cause will not be permitted to continue with the courses he/she registered. This penalty will be recorded as “Suspended” on the student’s academic record and change to “Leave” after graduation. No grades or credits for the courses registered in that semester will be given. A suspended student must pay a fee to maintain his/her student status unless he/she has paid the educational support fees.  A student who is permitted to take a leave or is suspended before paying the educational support fees must pay a fee for maintaining his/her student status.

5. Leave, suspension, or re-admission cannot be used as a reason to extend the maximum limit of 8 years to complete the degree requirements.

 
Reinstatement

1. A student who has been dismissed for a reason other than not meeting academic performance, such as failure to register within the time limit of a semester or no payment of a debt owed to SIIT, may request for reinstatement by submitting a request to the Academic Services and Registration Division. If approved, the semesters in which the student did not register are treated as semesters that the student has taken leave. To process the request, all previous outstanding debts, status maintaining fees, and reinstatement fees must be paid. Reinstatement has to be approved by the Rector of Thammasat University.

2. A student who has been resigned for no longer than 1 semester can request for reinstatement by submitting a request to the Academic Services and Registration Division. If approved, the semesters in which the student did not register are treated as semesters that the student has taken leave. To process the request, all previous outstanding debts, status maintaining fees, and reinstatement fees must be paid. Reinstatement has to be approved by the Rector of Thammasat University.

Refund of Fees

1. A student who takes a leave of absence or resigns before the semester starts is entitled to a full refund of the education support and tuition fees.

2. A student who takes a leave of absence or resigns by the first 14 days of a semester is entitled to a half refund of the education support and tuition fees. A student taking a leave after the first 14 days of the semester will not receive any refund, but does not need to pay a fee to maintain his/her student status.

3. A student is entitled to a full refund if the course has been cancelled by the Institute.

4. A student who withdraws from a course within the first 14 days of a regular semester or within the first 7 days of a summer session is entitled to a half refund of the tuition fee of that course.

5. A student who withdraws from a course after the first 14 days of a regular semester or after the first 7 days of a summer session will not receive any refund for the tuition fee.

 

Regulations on the Use of the Library 
All students must observe the following Library’s regulations: 

  1. Students are entitled to check out no more than 5 books from the library at any given time and they must return the books within 7 days, starting from the check-out date.
  2. Any student who returns a book(s) after the due date will be fined: 10 Baht/day per copy of a book, 20 Baht/hour per copy of a reserved book.
  3. Students must reimburse the Institute for loss or damage of a book they have checked out from the library.
  4. Eating, drinking, smoking, and making excessive noise are strictly prohibited in the library.
  5. Students are not permitted to remain in the library after the service hours. For more details, consult the librarian for the semester service hours.
  6. As a deterrent measure, violators will not be entitled to receive any services from the library throughout the current semester.
  7. In the case that students do not return a book within the due date and do not pay the fine for overdue books, they will not be allowed to check out any additional books or register in the following semester.


Academic Performance

1. The academic performance of students is evaluated using the grade point average (GPA) system. The following grades are used:

Grade Point Significance
A 4.0 Excellent
B+ 3.5  
B 3.0  
C+ 2.5 FairGood
C 2  
D+ 1.5  
D 1 Minimum
F 0 Fail


In some courses, such as practical training, an S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory) grade is given. These grades have no point values. Therefore, they are not included in the calculation of  semester and cumulative grade point averages (CGPA).
 
An “I” grade may be temporarily given for courses where coursework evaluations have not been completed and it is not the student’s fault. Issuance of this grade is very rare and must be based on circumstances that are beyond the control of the involved student.
 
The student with an “I” grade must be evaluated by the course instructor within 80 days after the semester ends. If a complete evaluation is not possible, the instructor must grade the student’s performance based on his/her available scores obtained from previous evaluation assignments of the course. Beyond the 80-day period, if no grade is given by the instructor, the grade must be considered by the institute. In any case, the “I” grade must be removed within 90 days after the semester ends, otherwise a “W” grade is given.
 
Course withdrawals after the first two weeks, but still within the first twelve weeks are given a W grade. No withdrawals are permitted after twelve weeks of a regular semester, except under special circumstances.

2. A placement test of some courses can be substituted for a regular evaluation. A student whose placement test result is “Accredit” will earn the credits without having to study such a course, and his/her academic record will bear “ACC,” which carries no grade point and will not be used in the calculation of a GPA.

3. A student may retake a course in which he/she received a grade of D or D+. All the grades received in the same subject will be used for the calculation of the cumulative grade point average, but the credits will be earned only once.

4. An F grade will be counted as zero points and the course credits will be used for the calculation of both the semester and the cumulative grade point averages.

5. A compulsory course with either an F or a U grade must be retaken until a passing grade is obtained.

6. A student may choose to retake an elective course with either an F or a U grade or to take another course instead.

7. Only courses that are given at least a D grade or an S grade or “ACC” are counted towards earned credit accumulation.

8. In the case that a student is required to repeat a course or take another course as a substitute, the credit(s) of such a course will be accumulated only once.

9. A student who misses an examination due to an uncontrollable cause must immediately submit evidence stating the cause of his/her obstacle to the instructor and his/her advisor for initial consideration. If the matter is deemed adequate and approved by the instructor, the instructor and the advisor will submit the matter to obtain the director’s approval for arranging an appropriate process in accordance with the SIIT Examination Regulations for SIIT students.

10. The maximum time limit to complete a bachelor’s degree is 8 years.

 
Warning and Probation Status

1.  The Institute evaluates the status of each student based on his/her academic performance at the end of every semester. Each student must maintain CGPA of at least 2.00. Otherwise, he/she will be issued a “warning 1,” “warning 2,” or “probation” status in the following semester, wherever appropriate. Grades of the summer session are considered as a part of the second semester’s grades. However, for students who are dismissed at the completion of the second semester, their registration of the following summer session will be void.

2.  At the end of the first two semesters of his/her undergraduate study, a student must possess a CGPA of at least 1.50. Otherwise he/she will be dismissed from the Institute.

3.  A “warning 1” status will be issued in the following semester if the CGPA falls below 2.00 for the first time. A “warning 2” status is issued in the following semester if a student is under the “warning 1” status and still cannot improve the CGPA to 2.00 or above.

4.  If a student has a “warning 2” status and still possesses a CGPA below 2.00, he/she is issued a “probation” status in the following semester, which is recorded in the student’s academic record.

5.  A student under the “probation” status must improve his/her CGPA to 2.00 or above by the end of that semester. Otherwise, he/she will be dismissed from the Institute.

6.  If a student has completed all the courses required by the curriculum, but his/her CGPA is below 2.00, but not less than 1.80, then he/she is allowed to continue taking courses for no more than 3 semesters (subject to a total time limit of 8 years for the entire enrollment) to improve the CGPA to 2.00 or above.

 
Class Attendance
Students are required to attend a class for not less than 70 percent of the total class periods throughout a semester. If the attendance is less than 70 percent, he/she may not be allowed to take the final examination of that course.
 
Transfer Students
A student may be admitted as a transfer student if he/she has previously enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program. The total number of transfer credits cannot exceed half of the total number of credits required by the SIIT program.

A request for transferring credits must be done within the first registered semester. No transfer credits can be granted if the student has been dismissed from an institution.

Application for Graduation

1.  To qualify for graduation, a student must fulfill the course requirements of the curriculum with a minimum CGPA of 2.00, and demonstrate his/her English proficiency with:

     -   A paper-based TOEFL score of at least 500 (or 173 for computer-based test, or 61 for Internet-based test, or 500 for Institutional TOEFL), or
     -   IELTS of at least 6.0, or
     -    TUGET of at least 500, or
     -   TOEIC of at least 650, or
     -   First Certificate in the English (FCE) in Cambridge ESOL Exam, or
     -   Level B2, Grade “B” in the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), or
     -   Grade “S” in GTS401 Intensive English Proficiency.

In addition, the student must have been enrolled for no fewer than 7 regular semesters, except for transfer students.

Exemption: A student who is a native English speaker from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or USA may be exempted from the above English proficiency requirements if he/she passes an interview by an SIIT interviewing committee consisting of 3 English native speaking instructors.
 

2.  A graduate is granted a degree with honors if he/she has earned at least 3/4 of the total required credits from SIIT/TU and meets the following conditions:

First Class Honors
     1.  The study is completed within the time specified by the curriculum.
     2.  The final cumulative grade point average is not lower than 3.50.
     3.  None of the courses is given a U grade or a grade lower than C.
     4.  None of the courses has been repeated.
     5.  The student has never been officially recorded of parole punishment.
Second Class Honors
     1.  The study is completed within the time specified by the curriculum.
     2.  The final cumulative grade point average is not lower than 3.50.
     3.  The cumulative grade point average of the courses in the major is not lower than 2.00.
     4.  None of the courses has been repeated, or given an F grade or a U grade.

In addition, a graduate possessing the following eligibility is also qualified the second class honors.

  1.  The study is completed within the time specified by the curriculum.
  2.  The final cumulative grade point average is not lower than 3.25.
  3.   None of the courses in the major is given a grade lower than C.
  4.   None of the courses has an F grade or a U grade                         
  5.   None of the courses has been repeated.
  6.   The student has never been officially recorded of parole punishment.

3.  Application for graduation must be submitted to the university within the first 14 days of the final semester (7 days of the summer session) in which an applicant expects to graduate.

4.  If a student financially owes SIIT or the university, all his/her debt must be cleared before applying for graduation.

Degree Approval

  1. The Thammasat University Council normally approves degrees at the end of the first and second semesters, and the summer session.
  2. The university organizes a graduation ceremony once a year.