ACADEMIC POLICIES

Stamford University follows trimester system and in this system an academic year will be of 3 (three) trimesters. The schedule of an academic year will be as follows:

Trimester Title Duration
Trimester I Spring January - April
Trimester II Summer May - August
Trimester III Fall September - December

Note: Trimester system may be changed.

To obtain the degree of Stamford, a student must complete the minimum required credit hours of his/her respective program, which is preset and declared for each program. Although the passing grade point in a course of every program with major/concentration as per Stamford grading system is 2.00 on the scale of 4.00, a student must acquire a minimum CGPA of 2.50 or higher CGPA to obtain the Degree of Stamford University. Students must also complete the thesis requirement and a mandatory orientation course in 3 parts with a minimum grade of 3.0 in each individual 3 parts to achieve academic and total excellence in the program and to 'Bring Out The Best in a Student'.

Orientation course is a pre requisite to get Stamford degree in all programs.

1. ORE 101: Freshmen Orientation

The purpose of orientation and assembly is to foster a sense of community that is open, just, nurturing, caring, celebrative and supportive of excellence in teaching and learning. Orientation programs are also designed to enhance the intellectual, cultural, social and spiritual experiences of members of the Stamford family. In addition, orientation program also focuses on issues pertaining to leadership development, quality of life and social responsibility. This program will also inform students about the rules and regulations of Stamford, duties and rights of students during their program in daily academic and related affairs.

This course provides entering freshmen with a background of the non-academic aspects of the institution: the history, purpose, organization, policies and procedures of the university. The student is introduced to academic survival skills, library skills, leadership development, study skills, critical thinking, career planning, personal and social development and other relevant areas necessary for a successful university experience.

Students have to strictly follow all the rules and regulations of the university without any deviation, as it is under supervision of the university authority in hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis during the total program period. The management team will grade the set factors on a pre-set numerical grading system confidentially to assess the individual GPA of 0.5 credit hours assigned for this course. A student must achieve grade point 3.0 to pass and that is a prerequisite of getting a Stamford degree in any program.

This course is required for all freshmen. Students need to register the course in the first trimester.


2. ORE 102: Continuing Orientation

This is a continuation of Freshmen Orientation and in addition, this course introduces freshmen to various learning styles, career planning, health-related issues and personal and social development.

Follow-up of Freshmen Orientation throughout the program period:

A. To receive the course plan from every course teacher before or in the 1st class of the trimester and follow it in the classes.
B. If student(s) are disturbed by any class fellow or by any other person, the matter should be immediately brought in a written form to Registrar Office with a copy to the Executive in charge of the Office of the President and Vice Chancellor.
C. If the course teacher deprives students in classroom (s) or in student counseling session as per the course plan, the matter should immediately be reported to the Head of the Department in a written form with a copy to Registrar Office and the Executive in charge of the Office of the President and Vice Chancellor.
D. The management team will grade the set factors on a preset numerical grading system confidentially to assess the individual GPA of 2 credit hours assigned for this course. A student must achieve grade point 3.00 on a scale of 4.00 to pass and that is a prerequisite of getting a Stamford Degree in any program.

This course is mandatory for all students of Stamford.

3. ORE 103: Professional orientation

To prepare students for practical job operation.
To train them up (students) by internship, on the job training in the campus or outside the campus as far as possible.
Preparing students to face interview before a mock interview board by inviting reputed employers of our country and get the performance report evaluated for the students by those employers with recommendations and suggestions to improve students in general & in particular.
To find out students' main drawbacks and limitations to get the right job as the students deserve, on the basis of his/her qualifications and achievements during the program at Stamford
To teach and make them learn how to write a good Curriculum Vitae
Properly dress up for an interview
To train them up (students) to answer question to the point, without any irrelevant explanation or exaggeration in reply to a question. But in real need & situation, standard explanation should be given.
This course consists of 1.5 credit hours. A student must achieve grade point 3.00 on a scale of 4.00 to pass and that is a prerequisite of getting a Stamford Degree in any program.

This course is mandatory for all students of Stamford.

Students who are at job will be exempted from the Professional Orientation course.

Students are required to complete their registration formalities for enrollment in the coming trimester. Without registration no student will be allowed to attend the classes and it will be considered that the student is absent from the trimester. Every student must register in-person.

All students in the undergraduate and master programs will receive advisement prior to registration for each trimester. The program advisor will declare courses for different batches and programs before registration and advise students for their convenience. It is the responsibility of each student to comply with degree requirements and general regulations of registration.

The university mainly offers courses considering the ability of students and the duration of respective programs. If a student wants to take any course/courses beyond offered courses by the office for him, he/she is to give the evidence of the ability to complete such extra course/courses. Again if any student wants to take fewer courses from the offered courses, he/she is to apply to the office/program adviser mentioning the cause of his inability.

If any course has prerequisite course(s), every student has to complete that course(s) before taking the course. Without the completion of the prerequisite course(s), students will not be allowed to take the course any way.

Registration form will be given from the Accounts Office on payment of required course fees.
Registration form duly filled in must be submitted at the office with the payment receipt as a proof that 100% of the registered course fee incurred by registration has already been paid to the university.
No registration form will be received without payment receipt.
No registration will be completed until previous dues are cleared.
Registration must be completed within the specified date.
In extreme cases late registration may be allowed up to 7 days from the last date of registration with a late fee of Tk.500/- only.
To add course(s) to registration a student must submit a subsidiary registration within 7 days of the start of class(s).
Students will be allowed to withdraw any of their registered course(s) without fee within 7 days of commencement of trimester/semester.
Students will be allowed to withdraw any of their registered course(s) without fee within seven days of the commencement of Trimester/Semester. Students may be allowed to withdraw course(s) for valid reason up to Third Week of the Trimester/Semester with withdrawal fee of Tk.1000/-(one thousand) per course (3.0 Cr. Hrs). After the Third Week no student will be allowed to withdraw any of the registered course(s). Courses once registered for incomplete/improvement can not be withdrawn.
Minimum two courses have to be registered in a trimester.
To take a double major in a program a student has to complete the first major and apply to the Registrar for the second major.
Students will not be allowed to change their sections as decided by the authority. Exception may be made only in case of spouses and siblings.

In the modern world, proficiency in English is essential. So every student of Stamford must have proficiency in English. Stamford offers several English courses for its students to acquire a sound working and technical knowledge of English and thus enable them to prepare themselves competent for national and international job markets.

Students, who will not be able to score above 50% marks in the English section of Admission Test, must take a foundation course on English. It is a mandatory course for those students and 3 credit hours will be awarded for this course.

Evaluation Procedures

The performance of a student in any course will be evaluated on the basis of class attendance, in course/class test/class assessment, assignments/term papers/case, mid-term and trimester final examinations.

For All Programs:

The whole course will be divided into two parts and the course evaluation would be as follows:

1st Part 2nd Part
Case/Assignment 5%
Incourse/Class test 10%
Midterm ** 30%
Case/Assignment 5%
Incourse/Class test 10%
Trimester Final 30%
Attendance 10%

* For a 3 credit hours course minimum four class tests need to be taken and best two of them will be considered for evaluation. For a 2 credit hours course minimum three class tests need to be taken and best two of them will be considered for evaluation.

** After the completion of the midterm examination, the 1st part of the course would be considered completed and would not be carried for trimester final examination.

Grading System

The performance of a student in a given course is made through continuous evaluation that comprises quizzes/ in-course, class participation, attendance, home work/assignment, case study, mid-term and trimester final examinations. Letter grades and grade points are used to evaluate the performance of a student in a given course. A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C and D are the passing grades while F is the failing grade. Grade ‘I’ is incomplete and grade ‘W’ is for withdraw. The numerical grades used in calculating the GPA/CGPA (Cumulative grade point average) are as follows:

(A regular)
Marks Range Letter Grade GP Grade Point
80% and above A+ (A Plus) 4.00
75% to less than 80% A 3.75
70% to less than 75% A- (A minus) 3.50
65% to less than 70% B+ (B Plus) 3.25
60% to less than 65% B (B regular) 3.00
55% to less than 60% B- (B minus) 2.75
50% to less than 55% C+ (C Plus) 2.50
45% to less than 50% C (C regular) 2.25
40% to less than 45% D 2.00
Less than 40% F 0.00
I Incomplete
W Withdraw

Calculation of GPA/CGPA

Grade Point Average (GPA) or Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is the average of the grade points obtained in all the courses passed/completed by a student. For example, if a student passes/completes five courses in a trimester having credits of C1, C2, C3, & C4 and his grade points in these courses are G1, G2, G3, & G4 respectively then

Suppose a student got grade point 4.0 in a 3.0 Credit hours course and 3 in 1.5 credit hours course then his GPA/CGPA will be as follows:

Earned Credit Hours

The course in which a student has obtained D or higher grade will be counted as earned credit hours. Any course in which a student has obtained F grade will not be counted towards his / her earned credit. In that case he/she will have to repeat the course. F grade will not be counted for GPA calculation.

Marks of Class Attendance

Attendance (%) Marks
90- 100 10
85- 89 09
80- 84 08
75- 79 07
70- 74 06
65- 69 05
60- 64 04
55- 59 03
50- 54 02
45- 49 01
Less than 45 00
1. At the beginning of a trimester, all the courses will be assigned by the Academic Committee comprising:
a. Program Adviser
b. Program Coordinator
c. Two Senior Teachers
2. The course-teacher shall provide the students a course outline indicating the list of textbooks to follow, probable dates of in-course tests and home assignments.
3. The Academic Committee will monitor the progress of the course by sitting together at least once in a month, fix up the examination schedule and conduct the examination.
4. Result of each trimester will be published within a maximum period of 4 weeks from the date of last examination of the trimester final.

Students of undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate or any other academic and professional programs with a GPA less than 2.0 will be placed under probation. If a student fails to attend any class test, midterm or final examination, he/she will get a zero in that particular class test, midterm or final examination. A student securing grade 'F' in any course will require to repeat that course by paying full course fee. Repeating a course implies that the student has to attend all the classes, class tests, midterm and final examination as a regular student. Repetition of a course would be allowed maximum of three times. If any student fails to improve the grade within the stipulated times, he/she will not be allowed to take any further course(s) to continue until he/she improves the grade.

If you're a former Stamford student, Stamford wants to hear from you.

Stamford Alumni Association has already been formed. The association includes special get-togethers; regular updates on Stamford activities & new programs even special privileges designed exclusively for former Stamford students. It provides perfect opportunity to renew your acquaintances with old friends, some of whom have risen to prominent positions in business & industry. Today, former Stamford students can be found in the four corners of the world. If you once attended Stamford & would like to join such an association, do let us know. Please do not miss the opportunity.

Specialization/Concentration

Specialization/Concentration is designed for students of BBA/MBA to provide an in-depth understanding and vast knowledge on specialized or concentrated subject. It also provides adequate training to those students who wish to pursue a career in a specialized area. Stamford University offers specialization/concentration in Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing and Management Information System (MIS) for BBA program and in Finance, Management, Marketing and Management Information System (MIS) for MBA program. Students of these programs can choose one of the above-specialized areas only after the fulfillment of requirements for specialization.

Requirements for Specialization

Before moving to specialization/concentration every student has to complete the core and foundation courses designed for him or her. For Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BBA), a student must complete core courses before taking any specialization course. On the completion of the designed curriculum, he/she will be guided and provided with the permission of choosing one of the specialized areas. For Master of Science in Business Administration (MBA) a student must complete foundation and core courses before taking any specialization.

Internship/Dissertation

Internship, in the modern business world, helps students demonstrate skills and competence from their supervised experience and, in addition, enables them to demonstrate maturity and acceptable professional, personal and interpersonal behavior. Stamford facilitates every student of Business Administration with internship providing placement for internship in renowned national and multinational organizations to enhance their knowledge and experience. Again students who believe their knowledge in a degree-related field could be enhanced by supervised practical experience within an appropriate organization may request an internship. Stamford University endeavors to secure the cooperation of relevant organizations in offering internships. (Whereby students can expand upon their classroom learning.) Students themselves may help arrange for internship placement and it is acceptable to Stamford. On the completion of the required curriculum, a student must apply for internship to the office at least a trimester earlier mentioning that he/she is going to internship/dissertation on the next trimester.

Prior to internship an undergraduate student must complete the required credit hours fixed by the concerned department.
A graduate student can do his/her final trimester and internship simultaneously.

After the completion of internship, student will have to submit a thesis paper on his/her internship and a supervisor will review his/her progress. Grade point will be awarded on the recommendation of the supervisor.

Above all, the student who will be exempted from internship must complete courses of same credits with the prior permission of the proper authority.

Project and Thesis

Project and Thesis course makes the students suitable to work with supervisor to enhance their creativity and thinking capability through the study of advanced and new topics. Students use their knowledge to find out and modify existing theorems, hypothesis and/or procedures through analysis. Students through this course also know style and duty in research work.

Academic Rules & Regulations

Stamford University Bangladesh is a Non-smoking and Non-political academic institution. Stamford University attaches top priority to maintain a healthy academic environment in the campus. Students of Stamford are expected to cooperate in achieving this goal to enhance their academic achievements, maintaining discipline, keeping the campus neat and clean and being good neighbors and model of good citizenship.

The academic rules and regulations regarding studying at Stamford University provide detailed information concerning class attendance, examination guidelines, students' dress, disciplinary matters etc. Students are advised to abide by the rules and regulations strictly. Failure to comply with University rules and regulations does not exempt students from whatever penalties/sanctions they may deserve.

Class Attendance

A student is expected to attend all the classes in each course. Maximum 20% absence in a course in one trimester may be exempted under emergency situation. It is the responsibility of the student to keep the course teacher informed regarding absence from classes. A student may be dropped from a course for absence from three consecutive classes without sufficient reasons. It would be the responsibility of the course teacher to announce the attendance policy at the beginning of the trimester. The course teacher will determine the manner by which, assignments or examinations missed by students, may be made up.

Dress code for the students

Every student of Stamford is required to dress himself/herself decently and properly for being a proud student of Stamford University. Students are advised not to enter the university campus or classroom in the following attire:

Without properly pinned ID card
Wearing a sleeveless, hanging t-shirt or chemise
Wearing a wrack, ragged or slashed jeans/trousers
Wearing unclean clothes
Wearing half-pant or scarf
Putting on slippers of ordinary type
Wearing provocative and seductive clothing/dress.

Library Code

Students are advised to strictly observe the following code of conduct while using the library facility of the University:

Students must bear the library card while in the library.
Folder, files and bags etc. are not allowed in the library.
Students are permitted to take 02(two) different books at a time for ten days only. On expiry due date Tk.10/ only will be charged per day for each book.
Library remains open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. except on holidays. Students must return books on due date even if there is no class held on that day.
Library users must observe silence. All sorts of non academic discussions and unnecessary noise are strictly prohibited.
Smoking, eating and drinking (except fresh water) are strictly prohibited in the library.
In case of loss of the Library card a student has to deposit Tk. 50.00 only (for each) for a new one.
Library members may have their library card reissued against deposit (the damaged/old library card) for once only without any charge.
In case of loss of a book a student must replace the book by a new one or pay three times of the price of the book along with delay fine.
Personal books are not allowed in the library.
For any kind of misconduct /violation of library rules and regulations there is a provision for holding up the library card/expulsion from membership.
Students are to keep their personal belongings against a token. They are also requested not to keep any valuable materials (Cell phone, money, ID card etc.) in their bags. Library authority will not be responsible for missing any such items. If any student loses his/her token he/she must pay Tk. 100 only as fine.
Students shall be held responsible for making any damage, page cutting or marking in the book; in such case he / she will have to replace the new copy.
If a library book is found with a student outside the library without being issued, the student will be treated as a miscreant. In such a malpractice, the following penalty will be imposed on the concerned student:
Library membership for one/more trimester will be held up.
Tk, 5000 to be realized as fine.
Examination for one trimester will be held up.
Result will remain withheld until fine amount is realized.
Students should pledge to abide by the rules and regulations of the Stamford University Library.

Violation of Discipline

Students of Stamford University are expected to abide by the rules and regulations of the University. Violation of any 'rules and regulations' by any student may result in committing a major or a minor offense as determined by the Disciplinary Committee of the university.

Major Offenses

The following activities would be treated as committing major offenses:

Any activity that impedes, hinders, prevents the right of a student to attend classes
Any act that disturbs the peace and order either in class room or in the campus
Carrying any sort of deadly or dangerous weapon or explosive of any kind inside the university
Possessing or taking any sort of drug or seductive product
Bringing intoxicating drinks and /or regulated drugs inside the campus
Willful disregard of authority, disrespect, discourtesy and disobedience to any of the faculty, officials and stuff of the university.
Any sort of physical assault and/or injuries to any one of the university
Possession or distribution of any sort of pornographic materials
Stealing any material of the university
Extortion or unauthorized solicitation
Selling tickets, raffles or lotteries without permission of the university authority
Using disrespectful or indecent language and committing offensive acts
Any activity leading to defamation and maligning
Destruction of university property or properties belonging to any member of the faculty and non-teaching staff
Any sort of forgery or falsification and attempt thereof
Organizing gambling or playing cards inside the class room or campus
Any activity that leads to misrepresentation and dishonesty
Entering the class room and/or offices without proper permission
Planning and organizing activities contrary to the best interest of the University
Violating any clauses of the university circulation/notice
Attachment with any subversive organization
Printing of any document/material using the names and seals of the university
Committing any offense punishable under existing law of the land

Minor Offenses

The following activities would be treated as committing Minor offenses:

Entering the campus or class room without wearing ID card
Smoking inside the class room or in the campus
Manners unbecoming of a student of the university
Violation of admission and registration procedures and policies
Misuse or improper use of university properties and facilities
Tampering, altering or destroying any part of the notices or posters
Male students entering rest rooms for female and vise versa
Acts of any kind that causes panic and confusion in class room or in the campus
Spitting on the floor, corridors, stairways which may result to dirty condition
Loitering along the corridors, sitting on stairways, gates, exits and passages
Dislocating chairs, tables, boxes, lab equipments, audio-visual equipment and the like from rooms and buildings without permission of the proper authority
The Disciplinary Committee will decide upon any offense/offenses not mentioned above.

Execution of Disciplinary Action

The Disciplinary Committee shall determine whether an offense committed by any student constitutes a major or minor violation. It shall likewise, determine the appropriate sanction/penalty against students who commit such violation. Any of the following disciplinary actions may be imposed on students considering the nature and gravity of violation of the rules and regulations

Cancellation of a trimester
Temporary suspension from the university
Expulsion from the university

Note: The University reserves the right to modify or change the academic rules and regulations as and when necessary. Such rules and regulations would go into force as determined by the proper authorities.

Repeat / Retake

If any student secured “F” grade in any course or does not appear at both mid-term and trimester final examination, he will be treated as failed in that course. In such case, he/she will have to repeat that course with the following batch. The fee for repeating the course is same as regular tuition fee.
If any student fails to secure pass mark in the theoretical part of a course but secures pass mark in sessional, he will be considered pass in sessional and need not re-take the sessional examination in the subsequent trimester. In the same way, if any student fails to secure pass marks in the sessional part of the course but secures pass marks in theoretical part, he will be considered pass in theoretical part and need not re-take the theoretical examination in the subsequent trimester.
Courses having ‘C’ and ‘D’ grade may be registered for retake but courses having ‘C+’ and above grade will not be registered for retake.

Incomplete (“I” Grade)

Grade ‘I’ or Incomplete will be awarded to those students who will fail to appear at the final or mid-term examination. To complete the course students will have to appear at the mid-term or trimester final examination whichever he/she missed in any subsequent trimester. Incomplete exam fee for each course is Tk. 500/-.

Improvement

Courses having less than ‘B’ grade (i.e. ‘B-‘ downwards) will be allowed to register as ‘Improvement’ and once only. Improvement examination fee for each course is Tk. 2,000/-.
Maximum 2 courses can be taken in a single trimester/semester for improvement examination.

Publication of Results

Controller Office will publish the trimester final result by hanging it on the university notice board. The result will be published through Letter Grade and Grade Point. No numerical score will be given to the students either in result sheet or in transcript.
No consolidated score or break-up of the score will be provided to the students.

Re-examination

Students can apply to the Controller of Examinations for re-examination/scrutinizing of their answer scripts with payment of a fee Tk. 500.00 (non-refundable) for per course. The application for such re-examination has to be made within 7 days from the publication of the result. The Controller will make necessary arrangement to check the possible arithmetic error in the answer script and score sheet. If any error is detected, the Controller will make necessary correction in the result sheet and will declare the revised result.

Documents Issuing (Transcript / Certificate etc.)

Transcript and provisional certificates will be provided to the students on the payment of prescribed fees. Transcript fees for a single trimester will be Tk. 100/= and for more than one trimester Tk. 500/= for each. Fees for provisionary certificate will be Tk. 500/=. In that case students will have to apply to the Controller of Examinations along with the payment receipt of prescribed fees at least seven days ahead of their requirements. In case of emergency it may be prepared and delivered on the 4th day but charges will be double.

Appearing in Examination

No student will be allowed to appear at the mid-term final and trimester final examinations without clearing their dues with the university.
Students must produce their admit cards in the examination hall. They are required to collect their admit cards at least two days before the examination starts. Admit cards will be issued to those only who will have their accounts clearance.

Evaluation of Transcript of Credit Transfer Student

Credit transfer from another university to Stamford will be decided upon by the Equivalence Committee of the university and this committee will decide how many credit hours will be accepted by the university. However, Stamford University would neither incorporate in its transcripts the name of the courses accepted as transferred courses nor bring the grade point of those transferred courses in its CGPA calculation. Only the total number of transferred credit hours will be shown as earned “transfer credit hours”. CGPA calculation would be made only on the courses completed in Stamford University. To prove the completion of their degrees they have to carry the transcript of the previous institution from where their credit hours have been accepted by Stamford University.

Late Admission Class Attendance Marks

Any student with late admission will be entitled to have his/her percentage counted from the date he/she starts attending classes and marks on attendance will be awarded on pro-rata basis.

Examination Guidelines for Students

The following Examination Rules should be strictly observed during the examination:

Wear your ID card properly
Show your admit card containing the names of courses you are going to sit for the examination. No one will be allowed to sit for the examination without admit card
Be sure that the invigilator signs the script during the examination period
Put all materials (bags, books, khatas, etc.) except examination documents in the front part of the room
Students who come late may be allowed to sit for examination provided they do not ask for any extra time. But no student will be allowed in the 2nd hour of the examination or after passing the 1st hour of the examination.
Leaving the examination room during 1st hour of examination is not allowed. Students are allowed to leave examination room once for maximum five minutes in the second hour of the examination.
Keep your mobile phone off during the examination period
Ensure your signature in the attendance sheet for each examination.
Be sure that additional script(s) is being attached to the main script

The following would be treated as 'adopting unfair means' during an examination:

Communicating with fellow students in the examination hall
Having a seat different from the seat plan
Copying from other students' script/report
Copying from desk, scale, palm or from other incriminating documents
Possession of any incriminating document whether used or not
Change of script or question paper with fellow students
Change of the cover page or any inside page of the script
Writing on the question paper and admit card
Unruly behavior, which disrupt the examination environment
Any sort of unruly attitude to or behavior with the invigilators/teachers
False personification in the examination hall
Any approach in direct or indirect form to influence the teacher for grade

If a student is found adopting any sort of unfair means in the examination hall, his offense would be punishable and executed either by the Invigilator/Examiner in the examination hall or through 'Disciplinary Committee', on the basis of report given by the Invigilator/Examiner.

The 'in hall' punishments could be of any of the following types

Warning by the Invigilators/ Examiners
Deduction of obtained marks
Holding of the examination scripts for certain time
Expulsion from the examination hall
Cancellation of certain answer in the script

The disciplinary punishment could be any of the following types:

Cancellation of the whole examination
Temporary suspension from the program
Imposition of fine
Dismissal from the program
Expulsion from the program/university
Publishing the result of all required credit hours.
Issuance of Academic Transcript is necessary before or along with certificate.
Show original and submit photocopies of previous academic certificates.
ID card and library card must be surrendered during DIA (Document Issue Application) Form Clearance.
Must have accounts clearance.