Study and Examination Regulations

Part One
Introductory Provisions
Article 1
General Provisions
(1) The Study and Examination Regulations of the University of Pardubice (hereinafter only the “Study Regulations”) are an internal regulation of the University of Pardubice (hereinafter only the “University”) according to Par. 17 section 1 of Act No. 111/1998 Coll. on universities and on the alteration and amendment of further laws (the Universities Act) in the wording of later regulations (hereinafter only the “Act”).
(2) The Study Regulations apply to students registered in the study programmes provided by the University or by its faculties, to the academic workers of the University teaching in these study programmes and to other specialists participating in tuition.
(3) Studies take place in accredited study programmes provided by the University or faculties. An academic institute authorized by the rector participates in the study programmes run by the University.
(4) Studies in bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate study programmes may take place in cooperation with a foreign university that runs a similar study programme. Conditions of study are regulated by an agreement between the participating universities. The rector concludes such agreements on behalf of the University.
(5) Information connected with studies is recorded in the information system of the study agenda (hereinafter only “IS STAG”) and is published through its web interface.
(6) In cases where this is stipulated by the Act or by the Statutes of the University (hereinafter only “Statutes”), the information is also published:
a)   on the official notice board of the University,
b)   on the public website of the University.
 
Article 2
Rights and Duties of Students
(1) The student’s rights are defined by Par. 62 of the Act; the duties of students are defined by Par. 63 of the Act.
(2) Decision-making on the students’ rights and duties is specified by Par. 68 and Par. 69 of the Act. The Act stipulates in which cases the decision must be delivered to the student personally. If this delivery is not possible, an alternative method of delivery is the announcement of the study department of the faculty or study department of the university institute of the decision on the matter on the notice board of the University.
 
Article 3
Organisation of the Academic Year
(1)  The academic year begins on October 1 and ends on September 30 of the following year. It is divided into a winter and a summer semester. A semester is divided up into a tuition period, an examination period, and a holiday period. During the summer vacation it is possible to organise practical training and courses. The students’ free time, however, must not be less than four continuous weeks.
(2) The timetabling of the academic year is given by the schedule of the university and the schedules of the faculties or university institutes. The rector announces the schedule of the university every year following agreement with the deans and directors of university institutes in such a manner that teaching during semester begins on the same date in all faculties and so that the length of the individual periods of the semester is the same.
The university schedule includes:
a)   the start and finish of the lecture period of individual semesters;
b)   the start and finish of the examination period of individual semesters;
c)   the start and finish of the holiday periods of the individual semesters.
The schedule of the faculty or university institute comprises other activities, primarily:
a)   terms for registering for individual types, forms or years of study,
b)   the organisation of the final semester of study with regard to the terms of the final state examinations,
c)   the terms of the final state examinations.
(3) In well-founded cases the lecture period of the winter semester may, at the decision of the dean or the director of a university institute, start before the beginning of the academic year. The dean or director of the university institute notifies the rector of this fact and gives the reason. This tuition is considered to be an integral part of the academic year and complies with all rules of these study regulations.
 
Article 4
Study Programme, Study Plan and Personal Study Plan
(1)  The study programme is the basic project and integral part of the university educational activities. Types of study programmes and their characteristics are defined in Par. 44 to Par. 47 of the Act. A list of study programmes accredited by the University and their part, including their division into fields of study, forms of tuition and standard time of study, is published on the official notice board of the University and on the University website with public access.
(2) The form of tuition and the standard period of study are specified for each accredited study programme and field of study, if the study programme is divided into fields of study, in the ruling of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport (hereinafter referred to as the “Ministry”).
(3) The basic unit of content of the study programme is the study subject (hereinafter only the “subject”). Subjects may have the following types of status:
a)   compulsory, which the student must complete within the registered study programme in the manner prescribed by the study plan,
b)   compulsory options, which the student must select in a specified number from the offered range and complete in the way stipulated by the study plan,
c)   optional, which the student may select at his/her discretion.
(4) If capacity permits, a student may, with the consent of the head of the department ensuring the tuition of the subject, register for and take subjects in other study programmes. In the personal study plan in a bachelor’s or master’s study programme (hereinafter only “personal study plan”) and in the individual study plan in a doctorate study programme (hereinafter only “individual study plan”) these subjects have the status of optional subjects.
(5) For each subject the department ensuring tuition of a subject shall publish through IS STAG in particular the following information:
a)   the scope of tuition, the manner of completion, and the credit rating of the subject,
b)   annotation of the subject, i.e. its content and target,
c)   requirements on the student in relation to completion of the subject,
d)   overview of the subject matter covered,
e)   recommended study sources,
f)    conditions for the possible restriction of registration of subjects.
(6) The study plan represents the recommended time and content sequence of subjects leading to the acquisition of university education in the given study programme. It also contains the required information about all subjects, the form of study, the manner of checking study results, and the regulations for creating the personal study plan or individual study plan. The study plan is published in IS STAG and also in a printed special-purpose publication. The study plans of all study programmes that the faculty or university institute runs in the relevant academic year are published a minimum of two months prior to the start of the academic year.
(7) The study plan comprises in particular:
a)   a list of all subjects of accredited study programmes according to fields of study, differentiating compulsory, alternative and optional subjects,
b)   the number of hours of lectures, tutorials and practical training, the manner of completing subjects and their credit value,
c)   the department of the faculty or university institute guaranteeing the tuition of the given subject,
d)   the recommended sequence of subjects for each study programme and field of study, and possibly conditions for restricting registration for subjects.
(8) The study plan in a doctorate study programme and its publication may be regulated otherwise than stated in sections 6 and 7 by the dean or by the rector in the case of a study programme provided by the University.
(9) The personal study plan or the individual study plan is compiled by the student for each academic year and recorded in the study record and in IS STAG. In registering subjects the study record is presented at the study department of the faculty or the university institute. The registration of subjects in the study record and in IS STAG is identical. In the case of discrepancy the data given in the study record confirmed by the study department of the faculty or the university institute apply.
(10) In the creation of a personal study plan or individual study plan the student must respect these study regulations, the study plan for his field of study, the rules concerning the sequence of subjects and the manner of applying for alternative and optional subjects according to the study plan and the principles of the credit system, unless stipulated otherwise by these study regulations or an internal norm.
(11) With the registration of the subjects the personal or individual study plan becomes mandatory for the student.
(12) In exceptional cases the dean or the director of the university institute may, at the student’s request, permit a personal study plan or individual study plan that may differ appropriately in the requirements listed in section 10.
 
Article 5
The Credit System
(1) The credit system allows the student to create his/her personal study plan or individual study plan to meet the conditions of study and it also serves to prove fulfilment of study obligations.
(2) Each subject has an assigned credit value in the study plan. This value expresses the level of the load on the student when studying the given subject. A subject has a credit rating regardless of the status of the subject. The status of the subject may differ for different study programmes or fields of study.
(3) The standard yearly study plan is assessed with a total of 60 credits, which are proportionately divided among the subjects with respect to their level of difficulty and time-consuming nature.
(4) The student receives the appropriate number of credits by completing the subject in the manner prescribed by the study plan. This number of credits may be credited only once for the given subject with the exception of physical training.
(5) To proceed to studies in a higher year the student must obtain at least 40 credits for the subjects registered in the two immediately preceding semesters.
(6) If the student has obtained at least 20 credits for the subjects registered in the two immediately preceding semesters, but has not fulfilled the conditions stipulated in section 5, he must register in the same year of study in the following academic year.
(7) A student who does not obtain at least 20 credits in one academic year has his/her studies terminated in accordance with Par. 56 section 1 letter b) of the Act. This does not apply to students in the final years of study programmes who obtained the corresponding credits in previous years of study. Par. 68 of the Act relates to the procedure in making decisions on this matter.
(8) If a student does not complete a registered subject in the stipulated manner he/she shall register for the subject once more. In the course of a single study programme a student may register for a subject at most twice in all.
(9) In exceptional cases the dean or the director of the university institute may, at the student’s request, permit the third registration of a subject.
   (10) If the student cannot complete the subject registered for in the stated manner due to non-compliance with the condition of relationship with another subject, the study department of the faculty or study department of the university institute shall annul registration for the unaccomplished related subject.
(11) The obligation to repeat subjects does not relate to optional subjects.
(12) At the student’s request the dean or the director of the university institute may permit the replacement of an obligatory optional (alternative) subject with another subject.
(13) Implementation of the credit system in doctorate study programmes is decided by the dean, or by the rector if the study programme is run by the University.
 
Part Two
Bachelor’s and Master’s Study Programmes
Article 6
Organisation of Studies
(1) The basic method of teaching subjects in the attendance form of studies is lectures, tutorials, practical training, preparation of projects and practical laboratory training. The study programme may also require taking part in excursions and practical experience.
(2) In the combined form of study the basic teaching method is individual study with the use of distant supports, supplemented by group consultations.
(3) The participation of students in laboratory training is compulsory. In other methods of tuition the extent of compulsory tuition is determined by the head of the department ensuring tuition.
 
 
Article 7
Review and Assessment of Studies
(1) Review and assessment of studies take the following forms:
a)   review of the study of the subjects,
b)   review of the study period (year),
c)   evaluation of study of the whole study programme or a complete part of it.
(2) Reviewing the study of subjects is conducted via one or a combination of the following forms:
a)   current checks,
b)   credits,
c)   graded credits,
d)   examination,
e)   aggregate examination.
(3) The checking of the study stages (years) means the comparison of the credits acquired by the student with the credit minimum stipulated in Article 5 sections 5 to 7.
(4) Evaluation of the studies as a whole is carried out by the final state examination.
(5) If credit and examination are stipulated for a subject in the study plan, the student may not take the examination without acquiring the credit.
(6) In the case that the student does not meet requirements in an examination, classified credit or credit or does not attend the examination and does not excuse his absence satisfactorily within five working days, he is entitled to two retakes of the examination.
(7) In specially justified cases the dean or the director of the university institute may permit one exceptional retake for the classified credit or examination.
(8) The student’s knowledge in an examination or graded assignment for credit is classified according to the following table:
 
Classification
Numeric value
ECTS Grade
Excellent
1.0
A
Excellent minus
1.5
B
Very good
2.0
C
Very good minus
      2.5
D
Good
3.0
E
Unsatisfactory/failed
4.0
F
 
 
(9) The classification is entered in the student’s study record and in IS STAG. For abbreviation the classifications of “Excellent minus” and “Very good minus” are entered in the study record as “Excellent-m” or “Very good-m”. The classification “Unsatisfactory/failed” is recorded in IS STAG but is not entered in the student’s study record.
(10) The student is entitled to ask the head of the department ensuring tuition for a change in examiner for a retake exam or to request examination before a committee.
(11) For the evaluation of a study stage (year), complete part of study or the result of the entire studies the Grade Point Average (GPA) is used and is calculated as follows:
(12) The records of the study results of the students, results of reviews of studies, registrations for years of study and interruptions of study are kept by the study departments of the faculties or university institutes.
 
Article 8
State Final Examination
(1)  Studies in a study programme are regularly completed by passing the state final examination (hereinafter referred to only as “SFE”) a part of which is the oral defence of the Bachelor’s work in the Bachelor’s study programmes and the oral defence of the Master’s thesis in the Master’s study programmes. The formal regulation of the bachelor’s work and the master’s thesis is governed by a directive issued by the University (hereinafter only “University Directive”.
(2) The members of the committee for the SFE and its chairman are appointed by the dean or the director of the university institute. Par. 53 of the Act relates to the composition of the committee. The work of the committee is directed by its chairman or a member of the committee authorised by him in his absence.
(3) Only a student who has met all the requirements of the study programme may proceed to the SFE.
(4) The student must take the SFE within two years of completing the academic year in which he/she became eligible for the SFE according to Art. 3.
(5) Subjects that are part of the SFE must be specified in the study plans for each study programme and field of study.
(6) Each subject of the SFE and the oral defence of the thesis or bachelor’s work is evaluated separately according to Article 7 section 8. In the assessment of the thesis or dissertation (diploma paper or bachelor’s paper) the committee shall take into account the evaluation of the supervisor and examiner of the diploma paper or the supervisor and examiner of the bachelor’s paper, if one has been appointed. The overall evaluation of the SFE is decided by the SFE committee by voting at a closed session with a grade in accordance with Article 7 section 8. If the student receives the grade “unsatisfactory” for one subject or for the oral defence of the Bachelor’s or the Master’s paper, the total evaluation is “unsatisfactory”.
7) If the student fails the oral defence of the Bachelor’s or the Master’s paper, the committee decides whether he/she may rewrite the paper or will be allocated new work.
(8) The SFE may be retaken once, not more than one year after the date of the unsuccessful examination. In the repeated SFE the student is examined in that part of the SFE that was graded “Unsatisfactory/failed”. In specially justified cases, at the student’s request, the dean or the director of the university institute may permit a second retake.
(9) The overall result of studies is evaluated as “Passed with distinction” or “Passed”.
(10) The evaluation “Passed with distinction” is awarded to a student who has fulfilled the following conditions:
a)   in the course of studies in the study programme he/she was not classified as “Good” in obligatory and alternative subjects; if he/she was classified as “Good” in not more than two subjects it is possible to correct the grades in these subjects in the course of the last academic year of study,
b)   the total assessment of the SFE was classified by the grade “Excellent”,
c)   the Grade Point Average for obligatory and alternative subjects for the entire period of study in the bachelor’s study programme or the master’s study programme not following a bachelor’s study programme was never worse than 1.50,
d)   the Grade Point Average for obligatory and alternative subjects for the entire period of study in a master’s study programme following a bachelor’s study programme was never worse than 1.25.
(11) If the student does not attend the SFE and does not satisfactorily excuse his absence within five working days to the dean or the director of the university institute, he is awarded the “Failed” grade for all parts of the SFE. If the dean or the director of the university institute acknowledges the excuse as justified he determines an alternative date for him/her to take the SFE.
 
Article 9
Rigorous State Examination
(1) Graduates of master’s study programmes who have achieved the Master’s title may also take a rigorous state examination in the same field of study, provided this possibility is accredited for the given study programme.
(2) The rules for the rigorous proceedings and the course of the state rigorous examination, held in the field of the master’s study programme realised by a faculty are stipulated by an internal regulation of the faculty, or by an internal regulations of the University if the state rigorous examination takes place in the area of a master’s study programme provided by the University.
(3) The formal regulation of rigorous papers is ruled by the University Directive.
 
Part Three
Doctorate Study Programmes
Article 10
Organisation of Studies
(1) The doctorate study programmes are, in accordance with Par. 47 of the Act, aimed at scientific research and independent creative activity in the sphere of research or development.
(2) Study takes place in the training departments of the doctorate study programmes, which are the chairs and institutes of the faculties or the workplaces of university institutes and in the workplaces of legal entities, which deal with educational and scientific, research, development or other creative activity, with which the University has concluded an agreement on mutual cooperation in the realisation of a doctorate study programme. The agreement is concluded, after its approval by the departmental council, by the Rector on behalf of the University.
(3) The doctorate study programme may, on the basis of an agreement among participating legal entities in accordance with the decision on accreditation, be realised as a joint doctorate study programme. The agreement is concluded, after its approval by the departmental council, by the Rector on behalf of the University. More detailed conditions for the realisation of a joint doctorate study programme are stipulated by a directive issued by the faculty or by a University directive if the doctorate study programme is provided by the University.
(4) The studies of a student in a doctorate study programme (hereinafter only “doctoral student”) take place under the guidance of the doctoral student’s tutor (hereinafter only “tutor”) according to an individual study plan.
(5) The individual study plan and its possible amendments and alterations are prepared by the tutor together with the doctoral student and he presents it to the departmental council for discussion. The individual study plan further stipulates in particular:
a)   the theme of the thesis, in which case this theme may be further specified in the course of study,
b)   the scientific research work of the doctoral candidate,
c)   the teaching activity of the doctoral candidate,
d)   the plan of study attachments in the Czech Republic and abroad,
e)   the time schedule of the studies.
The individual study plan is approved, after discussion in the departmental council, by the dean or the director of the university institute.
(6) The recommended methods of tuition are lectures, seminars, colloquia, individual consultations and guided independent study with consultations.
(7) The standard period of study is usually 3 or at most 4 years, in accordance with the decision on the accreditation of the appropriate doctoral study programme.
 
Article 11
Review and Assessment of Studies
(1) The study of the subject is regularly completed by an examination, which is the overall evaluation of knowledge of the given subject. 
(2) The form of the examination and the requirements on the student are published in IS STAG and may be part of the study plan.
(3) The examination is evaluated by the classification “Passed” or “Failed”.  
(4) If the doctoral candidate does not attend the examination without proper justification he/she is evaluated by the “Failed” classification.
(5) In the case that the doctoral candidate is unsatisfactory in the examination or does not attend the examination and does not excuse his absence satisfactorily within five working days, he is entitled to two retakes of the examination. The retakes of the examination usually take place before a committee.
(6) Part of the review of studies for the academic year is the yearly assessment of the fulfilment of the individual study plan, which the doctoral candidate prepares before the end of this academic year and presents to the tutor.
(7) At the end of the academic year the tutor will review the course of the doctoral candidate’s studies and prepare an assessment report, which with the standpoint of the head of the training workplace is presented to the dean or the director of the university institute. The doctoral candidate is entitled to give his/her opinion on the yearly assessment report of the tutor and on the standpoint of the head of the training workplace.
(8) The yearly evaluation of the fulfilment of the individual study plan and the yearly evaluation report of the tutor are filed in the study department of the faculty or of the university institute.
(9) Further methods of evaluation and review of studies are stipulated in Articles 14 and 16.
 
Article 12
The Tutor
(1) The tutor is appointed and dismissed, after approval by the departmental council, by the rector or the director of the university institute.
(2) The tutor may be a professor, docent or important expert in the given field.
(3) The obligation of the tutor is in particular:
a)   to set the theme of the dissertation after agreement with the doctoral candidate,
b)   after consultation with the head of the training workplace to compile the individual study plan and present it to the departmental council for approval,
c)   to monitor the doctoral candidate’s studies currently and consult with him in particular on the course of his research work,
d)   to assess the fulfilment of the doctoral candidate’s individual study plan in the form of a yearly evaluation,
e)   together with the head of the training workplace to ensure the adequate material and financial security of the doctoral candidate’s research activity.
(4) In justified cases the head of the training workplace may, after agreement with the tutor, authorise an employee to help the tutor with the guidance of the doctoral candidate in the function of a specialist tutor.
(5) The head of the training workplace may, on the basis of a proposal from the tutor in connection with the assessment of the studies of the doctoral candidate or on the basis of a request from the doctoral candidate, propose a change in tutor to the dean or the director of the university institute. The dean or the director of the university institute will decide on any change of tutor after prior consent from the departmental council.
(6) In the case of unsatisfactory assessment of the doctoral candidate the tutor will present to the departmental council a proposal for terminating the doctoral candidate’s studies according to Par. 56 section 1 letter b) of the Act.  The proposal for termination of studies may also be initiated by the head of the training establishment or the departmental council. Par. 68 of the Act relates to the procedure in making decisions on this matter.
 
Article 13
The Departmental Council
(1) The professional guarantee of the course and quality of studies in a doctoral study programme is monitored and evaluated by the departmental council, which is constituted for each doctoral study programme or field of study realised.
(2) The members of the departmental council are appointed for a period of five years by the dean, after approval by the scientific council of the faculty, or by the rector, after approval by the scientific council of the University if the doctoral study programme is provided by the University. In the case that the doctoral study programme is realised in cooperation with another university or another legal entity the dean, or the rector if the doctoral study programme is provided by the University, will nominate the members of the departmental council in accordance with the concluded agreement on mutual cooperation in the realisation of a doctoral study programme.
(3) The departmental council in particular:
a)   considers the study plan,
b)   approves a tutor from the ranks of important experts in the field and in the case of every tutor proposed for the first time considers the documentation of his scientific, teaching and publishing activity,
c)   discusses the individual study plans of the doctoral candidates,
d)   monitors and evaluates the standard of studies,
e)   discusses the proposals of tutors according to Article 12 section 6 and submits its standpoint to the dean or to the director of the university institute,
f)    determines the requirements for the state doctorate examinations,
g)   proposes to the dean, or to the rector if the study programme is provided by the University, the members of the examination board for the state doctorate examinations and members of the examination broad for the defence of dissertations to be appointed,
h)   elects a chairperson from its number.
(4) The chairperson of the departmental council, or a member authorised by him/her, convokes and directs its meetings and acts externally on its behalf with the dean, the director of the university institute or with the rector.
 
Article 14
The State Doctorate Examination
(1) At the state doctorate examination the doctoral candidate must demonstrate the ability and readiness for independent mastery of theory and the acquisition of the required knowledge from the field of study, including knowledge of the basic methods of scientific work, evaluation, critical consideration and creative use of new findings from scientific research. The content of the state doctorate examination is based in particular on the focus of the doctoral study programme and the individual study plan of the doctoral candidate.
(2) Subjects that are part of the state doctorate examination are stipulated at the proposal of the tutor and after discussion in the departmental council by the dean, or by the rector if a study programme of the University is realised.
(3) The doctoral candidate may apply to take the state doctorate examination only after proper fulfilment of all the requirements stipulated by the individual study plan. He/she submits this with the written recommendation of the tutor to the dean, or to the rector if a study programme of the University is realised.
(4) With the application for the state doctorate examination the doctoral candidate must submit a specialised paper prepared in written form and with a minimum extent of 20 pages, which may be the literary research of the issue that is the subject of his/her thesis.
(5) The dean, or the rector if a university study programme is realised, stipulates the date of the state doctorate examination so that it takes place within three months of receiving the application.
(6) The members of the examination board for the state doctorate examination and its chairman are appointed by the dean, or by the rector if a university study programme is realised, at the proposal of the departmental council from the professors, docents and other specialists approved by the appropriate scientific council and possibly also from other important specialists nominated according to Par. 53 section 3 of the Act, usually so that it has five members.
(7) The course of the state doctorate examination and the announcement of the result are public. The course includes a scientific discussion with the doctoral candidate within the framework of the subjects set as part of the state doctorate examination, to the extent stipulated in section 1.
(8) Discussions before the examination board for the state doctorate examination may take place in the Czech, Slovak or English language. In exceptional cases the dean or the director of the university institute may, at the request of the doctoral candidate, permit proceedings in another world language stated in the application.
(9) The examination board for the state doctorate examination discusses the assessment of the result of the state doctorate examination at a non-public session and the resolution on the classification is passed by a majority of the votes of the members present. In the case of equal votes the vote of the chairperson is decisive. The result of the state doctorate examination is evaluated by the classification “Passed” or “Failed”.
(10) If the doctoral candidate does not attend the state doctorate examination without excusing himself satisfactorily at the latest within five working days, he/she is evaluated by the “Failed” classification.
(11) In the case of the “Failed” classification the doctoral candidate has the right to repeat the state doctorate examination once, but at the earliest in six months time and at the latest within one year from the date of the unsuccessful taking of the state doctorate examination.
(12) A report is made out on the state doctorate examination and its result. Immediately after the discussion of the examination board for the state doctorate examination its chairman announces the result of the state doctorate examination to the doctoral candidate in public.
(13) After the successful taking of the state doctorate examination the study department of the faculty or the study department of the university institute issues the doctoral candidate with the report on the state doctorate examination signed by the dean, or by the rector if a university study programme is realised.
 
Article 15
Dissertation Work (Thesis)
(1) The dissertation work is the result of the resolution of a specific scientific assignment and must contain original and published results or results accepted for publication.
(2) The content and form of the dissertation is regulated by usual customs in publication of the results of scientific research in the given field. It may take the form of a more extensive work, or a set of thematically uniform publications, provided with an introduction and a conclusion. The formal regulation of the work is ruled by the University Directive.
(3) The dissertation work or the introduction and conclusion of the set of thematically uniform publications must be arranged in such a way that they contain:
a)   the present state of the issue that is their subject,
b)   the aim of the resolved scientific assignment,
c)   the selected method of investigation,
d)   the results with emphasis on new findings.
In the dissertation there must be listed accurately and specifically the literature used and the other sources used by the doctoral candidate in his/her work.
(4) The dissertation work must be presented in the Czech, Slovak or English language, or exceptionally also in a world language in which the doctoral candidate has passed a foreign language examination. Part of it is a summary to the extent of 1 or 2 pages in the English language. If the work is not written in the Czech or Slovak language the summary is written in Czech or Slovak.
(5) Part of the dissertation work is theses prepared by the doctoral candidate with a survey of the publishing activity of the doctoral candidate, which relates to the theme of the dissertation work. The theses of the dissertation work are prepared in the English language and contain in brief the basic ideas, methods, results and conclusions of the dissertation work to the extent of 20 standard printed pages of A5 format.
 
Article 16
Defence of the Dissertation Work
(1) The doctoral candidate may apply to defend the dissertation after successfully passing the state doctorate examination.
(2) Together with the written application to defend the dissertation it is necessary to submit:    
a)   the dissertation work prepared in 5 copies,       
b)   the theses of the dissertation work prepared in 25 copies,
c)   the recommendation of the tutor to carry out the defending of the dissertation,
d)   the standpoint of the head of the training workplace on the dissertation work,
e)   a survey of the professional activities carried out in the course of studies in the doctoral study programme, including a list of the original and published results of the work or work accepted for publication, with the documents on their acceptance for publication, or a list of the created engineering or artistic works and possibly the professional responses to the results of these works.
(3) The doctoral candidate submits the application to defend the dissertation work to the dean, or to the rector if a study programme of the University is realised. The required documents are submitted through the study department of the faculty or of the university institute, which checks that they are complete. If the application does not have all the required particulars and the doctoral candidate does not eliminate the faults on appeal within an adequate period of time, the dean, or the rector if a University study programme is realised, does not begin proceedings for defence of the dissertation work. 
(4) If the stopping of the defence of the dissertation work according to Par. 3 does not take place, the dean, or the rector if a University study programme is realised, nominates an examination board for the defence of the dissertation (hereinafter only the “board”), which has at least five members. The chairman and the members of the board are appointed on the proposal of the appropriate departmental council from its members, specialists from universities and scientific workplaces. At least three fifths of the members of the board must be university professors or docents. The number of members of the board from the academic community of the University must not exceed three fifths.
(5) The chairman of the board nominates, after discussion with the members of the board, at least two opponents of the dissertation work (hereinafter only “opponents”) from specialists in the given field. At least one of the opponents must be a university professor or a habilitated docent. At most one of the opponents may be a member of the academic community of the University. Those who cannot be appointed as opponents are the tutor, the head of the training workplace and an academic worker who participated in the preparation of the dissertation work, even only in part.
(6) The opponents are sent one copy of the dissertation work together with their appointment, at the latest within one month of the beginning of the defence of the dissertation work.
(7) The opponent is obliged to hand over to the chairman of the board a written opponent’s assessment of the dissertation work within one month of receiving the dissertation work for consideration, or he must refuse the nomination in writing without delay. If the opponent refuses the nomination or does not hand in the opponent’s assessment within the stipulated time limit, the chairman of the board, after discussion with the members of the board, appoints a new opponent.
(8) The opponent’s assessment must contain in particular an objective and critical analysis of the dissertation on the material side, but also a formal and linguistic analysis. The opponent evaluates the dissertation work according to the standard of the given scientific field in the world at the time of submission for defence. Each opponent is obliged to express his opinion unequivocally as to whether he recommends or does not recommend the acceptance of the dissertation work for defence.
(9) The chairman of the board acquaints the doctoral candidate and his tutor with the content of the opponent’s assessments of the individual opponents. In the case of a negative assessment of the dissertation work by two opponents the dean, or the rector if a university study programme is realised, stipulates at the suggestion of the chairman of the board a new date for submission of the reworked dissertation work.
(10) The chairman of the board stipulates the time and place for the defence of the dissertation work. This information is published on the official notice board of the University and is simultaneously notified in writing to the members of the board, the opponents, the tutor and the doctoral candidate.
(11) The defence of the dissertation work is public. The course of the defence is directed by the chairman of the examination board, or in his absence by the member of the board authorised by the chairman.
(12) During the defence of the dissertation the participation of the opponents is obligatory. If any of the opponents is unable to participate in the defence of the dissertation the defence may take place on condition that the absent opponent has submitted a positive opponent’s assessment of the dissertation and the majority of the board members present agree with the defence. At least one opponent must be present at the defence.
(13) The defence of the dissertation work usually has the following course:
a)   the chairperson opens the defence, introduces the doctoral candidate, announces the theme of the dissertation work and acquaints the members of the board with the overview of his/her published results of scientific work or the engineering works created by him/her and with all the written submissions concerning the dissertation work,
b)   the doctoral candidate expounds the basic content and main results of his/her dissertation work,      
c)   the opponents deliver the basic content of their assessments and for absent opponents the chairman of the examining board reads out their assessment in full,
d)   the doctoral candidate is given the opportunity to express his opinion of the material delivered, and in particular to adopt a standpoint on the assessments of the opponents, and towards objections, comments and questions, and the opportunity to add further information on his scientific activities hitherto,
e)   the chairperson then opens the discussion, in which all present may participate.
(14) The doctoral candidate may withdraw his application to defend his dissertation work right up to the beginning of the non-public session of the board. In such a case the chairman of the examining board returns all the submitted documents to the doctoral candidate and proposes to the dean, or the rector if a university study programme is realised, that the defence be halted.
(15) At the non-public session of the board, which may also be attended by the opponents, there is assessment of the content and standard of the dissertation work, the comments of the opponents in the opponent’s assessments and the professional standard of the doctoral candidate's expressions on the opponent’s assessments and on comments in the course of the defence. The examining board decides on the result of the defence of the dissertation work by secret ballot. The result of the defence is evaluated by the classification “Passed” or “Failed”. The examining board is competent to decide if two thirds of all members of the board are present. The board decided by a majority of the votes of the members present.
(16) The chairman of the examining board informs the doctoral candidate of the result of the defence of the dissertation work in public. The written version of the decision on the result of the defence of the dissertation work must be delivered to the doctoral candidate in person, at the latest within 30 days. If this delivery is not possible, an alternative method of delivery is the announcement of the decision on the result of the defence of the dissertation work on the notice board of the University.
(17) If the doctoral candidate does not attend the defence of the dissertation without excusing himself satisfactorily at the latest within five working days, he/she is evaluated by the “Failed” classification.
(18) If the doctoral candidate failed in the defence of the dissertation work he is entitled to submit a new application for defence of the dissertation work at the earliest after six months and at the latest within one year. The defence of the dissertation work may be repeated only once.
(19) A report is made out on the defence of the dissertation, an attachment to which is comprised of the opponent’s assessments and the conclusions of the examining board with a standpoint on the theses of the dissertation work.
(20) The chairman of the examining board informs the dean, or the rector if a university study programme is realised, of the result of the defence of the dissertation work.
 
Part Four
Joint Provisions
Article 17
Admission to Studies
(1) The principles for acceptance to study in a study programme and the principles of admission proceedings are stipulated by Par. 48 to Par. 50 of the Act and Article 6 of the Statutes. The rules for entrance examinations are specified in Article 7 of the Statutes.
(2) The rules for the admission procedure and the conditions for acceptance to study in study programmes provided by the faculty are stipulated for each academic year by a directive issued by the faculty. (2) The rules for the admission procedure and the conditions for acceptance to study in study programmes provided by the University are stipulated for each academic year by the University directive. The content of the directive is stipulated by Article 6 section 3 of the Statutes.
(3) Par. 50 section 7 of the Act relates to investigation of decisions on acceptance to study.
 
Article 18
Registration for Studies
(1) On receipt of the decision on admission to study the applicant is entitled to register for studies. On registration for study the applicant becomes a student of the University.
(2) Applicants who have become students through registration for studies simultaneously hereby become on the same day members of the academic community of the University and the appropriate faculty with all rights and obligations given by Par. 62 and Par. 63 of the Act, this being so until the day of completion or interruption of their studies.
(3) First-year students normally take an oath of matriculation.
(4) Before the start of each academic year the student is obliged to enter in his record of studies the subjects according to his personal study plan or individual study plan.
(5) The student enrols according to section 4 either in person or by designating a representative who presents an officially verified Power of Attorney. If a student does not enrol within the set time limit and fails to do so even within a period of five working days after the registration deadline his studies are terminated according to Par. 56 section 1 letter b) of the Act. In particularly serious cases the dean or the director of the university institute may permit a later time limit for registration. Par. 68 of the Act relates to the procedure in making decisions on this matter.
 
Article 19
Acknowledgement of Completed Parts of Studies
(1) The dean or the director of a university institute may, usually after prior expression of the opinion of the guarantor of the subject, permit in the case of a student enrolled for study in a study programme, at his written request, the acknowledgement of subjects or parts of studies completed earlier:
a)    during previous studies or during current studies in another study programme run by the university or its faculty,
b)   during previous or current studies at another university in the Czech Republic or abroad,
c)   within the framework of lifelong education in accordance with Par. 60 section 2 of the Act.
Part of studies here means completed study lasting at least one semester.
(2) The criteria for acknowledging subjects or parts of studies are primarily:
a)   the degree to which the content of the completed subjects is similar to the subjects of the study programme in which the student is registered, ascertained by comparing syllabuses,
b)   identical or higher credit value of the subject or part of study completed,
c)   same manner of completion for the subject taken.
(3) A group of subjects may be recognised as an acknowledged subject if the aggregate content of the subjects corresponds to the requirements of the degree of content similarity to the subject registered for.
(4) The student must substantiate a request pursuant to section 1, letters b) and c) with original documents or officially authenticated copies regarding the successful completion of a subject or part of studies, including the classification, number of credits, and syllabus of the subject or part of studies as confirmed by the university.
(5) The acknowledgement of a subject or part of studies may be conditional on compliance with other requirements concerning specific knowledge or may be conditional on passing a test. The dean or the director of the university institute shall specify the manner of meeting such requirements or passing such tests.
(6) The credit value of the acknowledged subjects corresponds to the credit value of the subjects in the study programme in which the student is registered.
 
Article 20
Transfers
(1) The admission of a student through transfer to another study programme within the University or in the case of the transfer of a student from another university is decided by the dean of the admitting faculty, or the rector in the case of a study programme provided by the University.
(2) The dean, or the rector if a study programme of the University is realised, may prescribe differential examinations that the student lacks in order to meet the requirements of the study programme to which he/she is transferring.
(3) In the case that the student already studied at the university and has requested the acknowledgement of subjects or parts of studies, the dean or the director of the university institute shall decide on which year of study to assign the student based on the acknowledgement of subjects or parts of studies.
(4) A change in the form of studies from regular with attendance to combined or vice versa will be decided, on the basis of a written request from the student, by the dean or by the rector if the study programme is provided by the University.
 
Article 21
Interruption and Termination of Studies
(1) Permission to interrupt studies will be decided, on the basis of a written request from the student, by the dean or by the rector if the study programme is provided by the University. The start and finish of the period of interruption of studies are specified in the decision.
(2) It is possible to interrupt studies for a total period of at most two years in the course of one study programme. The interruption of studies is recorded by the study department of the faculty or the university institute in the student’s study record.
(3) The student must re-enrol in studies at the latest within five working days of the end of the interruption of studies. If he/she does not do so his/her studies are terminated in accordance with Par. 56 section 1 letter b) of the Act. Par. 68 of the Act relates to the procedure in making decisions on this matter.
(4) After interrupting and again continuing studies the student goes by the study plan valid for the given academic year. This also applies to participation in the state examination.
(5) The student’s studies are interrupted if he receives the “Failed” classification at the state examination, and this continues until the date of the retaking of the exam. Studies are not interrupted if the regular examination and the retake are in the same academic year.
(6) Studies in a Bachelor’s study programme are regularly completed by passing the state final examination, a part of which is usually the defence of the Bachelor’s work. Studies in a Master’s study programme are regularly completed with the state final examination, a part of which is the defence of the thesis. Studies in a doctorate study programme are regularly completed with the state doctoral examination, and the defence of the dissertation work.
(7) The document on the due completion of studies and on the obtaining of an academic title is the University Diploma, in which is stated the awarded academic title corresponding to the accredited study programme and the attachment to the diploma. The university diploma, together with the attachment to the diploma, is usually presented at an academic ceremony.
(8) In other cases of completion of studies the dean, or the rector in the case of a university study programme, adheres to the provisions of Par. 56 of the Act.
 
Article 22
Publication of Final Works
(1) The final works include dissertation, rigorous, diploma (master’s) and bachelor’s works.
(2) The final work handed in by the student for defence are made public at least five working days before the defence takes place in the workplace of the University in which the defence of the finals work will take place.
(3) Final work for which the defence has taken place, including the opponents' reports and the results of the defence, is made public in the database of final work of the University.
(4) The procedure for making public, rendering accessible and archiving of final work, including the administration of the database, is stipulated by the University Directive.
 
Article 23
Extraordinary Measures
(1) In justified cases, on the basis of a written request from the student, the dean, or the rector if the study programme is provided by the University, may grant a student exemption from the provisions of these Study Regulations. Par. 68 of the Act relates to the procedure in making decisions on this matter.
(2) Students whose state of health is the cause of permanent restrictions on certain activities connected with their studies may be granted by the dean or the director of the university institute, at their own request, concessions in the fulfilment of the requirements stipulated by the study plan and by these Study Regulations. On the basis of consideration of the request the dean or the director of the university institute stipulates the procedure for meeting the targets of the study programme in another manner. The concessions provided are not exemption in the sense of section 1.
 
Part Five
Temporary and Final Provisions
Article 24
Final Provisions
(1) The Study and Examination Regulations of the University of Pardubice for studies in bachelor’s and master’s study programmes as registered by the Ministry under ref. No. 23 410/2005-30 on 1st July 2005 are hereby revoked.
(2) These Study Regulations were approved by the Academic Senate of the University on 11th April 2006 pursuant to Par. 9, section 1, letter b) of the Act.
(3) These Study Regulations come into force in accordance with Par. 36, section 4 of the Act on the date of their registration by the Ministry.
(4) These Study Regulations come into effect on 1st October 2006.
 
 
Prof. Ing. Jiří Málek, DrSc., (signed)
Rector