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 Language resource centre servi...
 Math clinic services
 Computer services
 Additional student services
 Student activities department
 Alumni relations and departmen...
 Office of communication
 Students' rights & responsibil...
 Code of student conduct
 Policy on admissions
 Policy on grading
 Policy on continuance, academic...
 Policy on academic status
 Policy on class attendance
 Policy on directed independent...
 Policy on candidacy
 Policy on examinations
 Challenge examinations
 Graduation requirements
 College/university academic awards...
 President's scholars programme
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Title: The College of The Bahamas Student Handbook
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Language: English
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Place of Publication: The Bahamas
Publication Date: 2008/2009
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover
    Table of Contents
        Table of Contents 1
        Table of Contents 2
        Table of Contents 3
    Student services
        Page 1
        Page 2
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
    COB tuition fees & other charges
        Page 6
    Counselling & health services
        Page 7
    Library services
        Page 8
        Page 9
    Language resource centre services
        Page 10
    Math clinic services
        Page 11
    Computer services
        Page 12
    Additional student services
        Page 13
        Page 14
    Student activities department
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
        Page 18
    Alumni relations and department
        Page 19
    Office of communication
        Page 20
    Students' rights & responsibilities
        Page 21
    Code of student conduct
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
        Page 25
        Page 26
    Policy on admissions
        Page 27
        Page 28
        Page 29
        Page 30
    Policy on grading
        Page 31
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        Page 33
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        Page 35
        Page 36
        Page 37
    Policy on continuance, academic probation and suspension
        Page 38
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        Page 40
    Policy on academic status
        Page 41
    Policy on class attendance
        Page 42
    Policy on directed independent study
        Page 43
    Policy on candidacy
        Page 44
        Page 45
    Policy on examinations
        Page 46
        Page 47
        Page 48
        Page 49
    Challenge examinations
        Page 50
    Graduation requirements
        Page 51
    College/university academic awards and honours
        Page 52
        Page 53
        Page 54
        Page 55
        Page 56
        Page 57
    President's scholars programme
        Page 58
    Appendix A. Student disciplinary process policy guidelines
        Page 59
        Page 60
        Page 61
        Page 62
        Page 63
        Page 64
        Page 65
        Page 66
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        Page 70
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    Administration contact information
        Page 72
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    COB alma mater
        Page 76
    Back Cover
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Student Affairs Mission Statement


Students First Providing Quality Service to Facilitate Student Learning

The Student's Pledge
I pledge my allegiance to my God, to my nation, to this College and to this union of which I am a
part. I pledge my service for the betterment of this College, not just for myself but for those yet to
come. One Body, One Cause, One Love.
Although the authors of the Student Handbook have made every reasonable effort to be factually
accurate, no responsibility is assumed for editorial or clerical error or error occasioned by honest
mistake. All information reflected in this booklet is subject to change by the appropriate officials of
The College of The Bahamas without prior notice. Materials in this booklet do not serve as a
contract between The College of The Bahamas and any other party










Table of Contents


I. Student Services
Student Affairs
Admissions
Readmission
Period of Candidacy
Transfer Credits
Academic Advisement
Registration
Early Registration
Late Registration/Course Change/Drop & Add Period
II. COB Tuition Fees & Other Charges 6
III. Counseling & Health Services 7
Who Can Benefit From These Services
How Do You Make An Appointment?
IV. Library Services 8
Oakes Field Library
Hilda Bowen Library
The Law Library
Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute
Library
Northern Campus Library
V. Language Resource Centre Services 10
VI. Math Clinic Services 11
VII. Computer Services 12
VIII. Additional Student Services 13
Financial Aid & Housing
Student Housing
The College Bookstore
Student Publication
Student ID Cards
Student Transcripts
Campus Parking
IX. Student Activities Department 15
The College of The Bahamas Union of Students (COBUS)
Composition of Student Government
Composition of the Legislative Branch
COBUS Elections
COBUS Sanctioned Petitions & Demonstrations
Clubs & Organizations
Intramural Sports Programme
Athletics Department
Athletics Facilities









X. Alumni Relations and Development 19
XI. Office of Communications 20
XII. Students' Rights & Responsibilities 21
General Rights & Responsibilities
Freedom to Learn
Freedom of Inquiry
Freedom of Expression
XIII. Code of Student Conduct 22
Policy Statement on Expected Standards of Conduct
Disciplinary Policies & Procedures
XIV. Student Housing Rules & Regulations 23
General Regulations
Eligibility for Residence
Rules/Regulations Regarding Dorm Residency
Additional Requirements
Volunteer Resident Assistants
Signing/Checking Out
Emergency Contacts
XV. Policy on Admissions 27
General
Admissions Criteria
Policy on Admissions
Upgrading Programmes
Mature Upgrading Programme
College Preparatory Programme
XVI. Policy on Grading 31
General
Grade Reporting
Grading System
Incomplete
Withdrawal
Extraordinary Examination
Correction of Grade Errors
Academic Complaints
Grade Records
Course Repeats
XVII. Policy on Continuance, Academic Probation &
Suspension 38
Requirements While on Academic Probation
Academic Supervision
Academic Standing Required for Graduation
Computing Your GPA
XVIII. Policy on Academic Status 41
XIX. Policy on Class Attendance 42
XX. Policy on Directed Independent Study 43









XXI. Policy on Candidacy 44
Period of Candidacy
Extension of Candidacy
Cancellation of Candidacy
XXII. Policy on Examinations 46
Administrative Control
General Examination Regulations
Examination Timetable
Attendance & Absence
Special Arrangements
Examination Types
Conduct of Written Examinations
Leave From the Examination Room
Board of Examinations & Appeals
XXIII. Challenge Examinations 50
Statement of Policy Intent
Policy
Procedures for Challenge Examinations
XXIV. Graduation Requirements 51
Application Procedures
XXV. College/University Academic Awards and Honours 52
Honours
President's List
Dean's List
Special Awards
The Governor General's Award
The President's Award
Family Island Campus Awards
School Awards
Programme Awards
Other Awards
School of Business
School of Communication and Creative Awards
School of Education
School of English Studies
Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute
School of Nursing and
Allied Health Professions
School of Sciences and Technology
School of Social Sciences
XXVI. President's Scholars Programme 58
XXVII. Appendices 59
Appendix A Student Disciplinary Process Guidelines









I. STUDENT SERVICES

OFFICE OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
Student Affairs believes that we have an obligation to develop the whole student. We know that in
any educational institution students are the most important element. Our students are our clients. If
there were no students, then there would be no need for The College of The Bahamas. The Office
of Student Affairs, realizing that you are the reason for our existence, has developed the motto
"Students First Providing Quality Service to Facilitate Student Learning."
Our main objective is meeting your needs so you will feel satisfied with your college experience
and will fulfill your educational needs. By the time you leave COB, we want you to be a committed
individual who has responded positively to a balanced programme of study, work, rest and
recreation. It is our goal that our students will integrate profitably on-campus and off-campus life,
enjoy academic and personal freedom, follow a progressive pursuit and discovery of knowledge
through study, reflection and research and make use of technological advances. It is our highest
goal that each of our graduates will leave COB equipped to face current issues that impact society
and committed to a higher concept of service.

ADMISSIONS
(See College policy on Admissions)

Your first encounter with COB will probably have been the Office of Admissions which recruits and
accepts students to The College of The Bahamas. To qualify for admission a person may be a
High school graduate who has attained five (5) Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary
Education (BGCSE) subjects or their equivalent, including Mathematics and English, with "C"
grades or better or a high school graduate with a combined SAT score of 1,000 and a "B" average
in grades 11 and 12.
The entry requirements for mature students (persons 25 years or older) are BGCSE/GCE passes
with a "C" grade or better in English and Mathematics, or at least three years' work experience and
placement at college level in The College's Placement Examination.
Once you have gained admission to The College, you may then apply for a programme that you
feel is consistent with your personal or professional goals. Depending on the programme, you may
need to come for an interview and/or present a sample portfolio. To get more information, contact
an Admissions Representative at 302-4499.

Be sure to apply for admission by the following dates:

First Friday in February for the Fall Semester (August)
Last Friday in September for the Spring Semester (January)


RE-ADMISSION
If for some reason, you have not registered for courses for one academic year, you must apply to
the Office of Admissions for re-admission. The re-admission process is free. As soon as you get
approval from the Re-admission Committee, usually within six weeks of receipt of your application,
you will be able to register for courses. The Re-admission Committee meets a month before the
beginning of each semester. The Office of Admissions can give you information on deadline dates.



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PERIOD OF CANDIDACY
Once you are admitted to The College, you must complete your programme within a certain time
frame, which is called the Period of Candidacy (POC). Ensure that you complete the requirements
for your programme within this period to avoid having your registration in both the programme and
The College cancelled. If such cancellation takes place, ALL GRADES and CREDITS accumulated
in the programme will be cancelled and ALL RECORDS will be closed. If this happens, you will
have to re-apply for admission and start your programme from the beginning.

The Period of Candidacy is as follows:
Bachelor's degree (Full-time) A maximum of eight (8) years after first registration.
Bachelor's degree (Part-time) A maximum of ten (10) years after first registration.
Associate degree & Diploma (Full-time) A maximum of four (4) years after first registration.
Associate degree & Diploma (Part-time) A maximum of six (6) years after first registration.

Note: You may petition The College for an extension of your time if you are nearing the end of
your period of candidacy and have not completed your programme. Consult your academic
advisor about the necessary procedures.

TRANSFER CREDITS
You can receive credits at The College for relevant work done at another accredited institution.
Apply for transfer credits as soon as you are admitted to The College. Transfer credits are not
normally given after the first semester. You must have an accumulated minimum Grade Point
Average (GPA) of 2.00 and grades of "C" or better in the courses for which you are seeking
transfer credits.

ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT
You will be assigned an academic advisor from the academic schools which administers your
major area of study. Contact the Chairperson of the School that offers your programme of study for
the name of your academic advisor, who will serve as a guide to assist you in fulfilling your
academic goals and requirements. The advisor will help you plan your course schedule and keep
you abreast of changes and/or new requirements in your major area of study. However, you are
responsible for ensuring that you are properly advised. Keep up to date on the regulations
governing advisement policies and procedures as they relate to your programme of study.

N.B. Change in Academic Policy
The College of The Bahamas is becoming a university. This transition will require changes
in policy as the evolution to the new institutional status progresses.
You are asked to note the following new academic policy:
You will no longer be permitted to exit at the associate degree level from programmes that
have been upgraded to the bachelor level. You are therefore advised that the option of
exiting at the associate degree in business-related areas is no longer available. Please
check with your academic advisor to determine your current status if this policy change
affects you.

For further information you should contact:
Office of Academic Affairs 302-4309



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ADVISEMENT PERIOD
As each semester draws to a close, there are advisement periods for the following semester.
These advisement periods are to enable you to make the best choices of courses to complete your
programme of study. There is also a special advisement day for new students at the beginning of
each semester. However, if you miss advisement at the end of the semester, you will have to be
advised during the late registration period and will have to pay a late registration fee. So, make
sure to attend advisement at the appointed time.

To prepare for advisement do the following eight (8) things:

1. Start a file containing these documents:
Complete copies of transcripts
Certified copies of BGCSE results and other relevant examination results
E.g. Placement Test results
Advisement form with appropriate faculty signature
Copies of Course Selection, Change of Major and Course Change/Withdrawal
forms
All other correspondence from the College: e.g. acceptance letter, approved
transfer credit requests etc.

N.B. You must bring this file to all advisement and registration sessions.

2. Make sure you know which courses you must take to fulfill the requirements of your
major.
3. Check with your the main office of your School for specific advisement times or make
an appointment with your academic advisor. If your advisor is unable to see you at the
published advisement times or you are unable to see him/her at that time, contact the
School's Chairperson.
4. Try to keep on target by completing the required courses in the order suggested on
your advisement form. If you should miss a course in one semester, plan to take it the
following semester.
5. Pay special attention to the choices offered in the areas of general education, pre-
requisites those courses you must have successfully completed before starting your
major and electives. This information appears on your advisement form and is also
available from the School Office.
6. Get into the habit of checking your Grade Point Average (GPA) and your Cumulative
Grade Point Average (CGPA) they will both be on your most recent transcript. Make
sure you are attaining the required CGPA for your completed credits. This will help you
to work out what would be the most realistic course load to carry and the grades to aim
for.
7. Arrive for your advisement session on time and take your file of documents from Point
1 with you. You cannot be advised without it.





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8. Discuss your academic progress with your advisor and make sure that he/she updates
both the School's copy and your copy of the advisement form. All grades for courses
completed must be entered together with the name and semester for courses yet to be
studied. Sign both copies.

N.B. Check the student newspaper, your School's notice board and local newspapers for
specific advisement dates for each semester. You will save yourself time and money if you
are advised during these periods.


REGISTRATION
EARL Y REGISTRA TION
Early registration occurs three times each academic year and during these times, returning
students must sign up for the courses for which they have been advised. At these times you should
also pay tuition and any other fees. Begin your registration period with a trip to the Records
Department.

June is the month for early registration for the Fall Semester
December is the month for early registration for the Spring Semester
April is the month for early registration for the Summer Session

REGISTRA TION
New students should register at the beginning of the semester. This is often a very busy time so, to
make registration as painless as possible, follow these important guidelines:
1 Go to see your academic advisor who will help you choose the courses to take.
When he/she has signed your completed Course Request Form, take it to the
registration centre.
2 To help you to prepare your schedule you should obtain a COB timetable of
courses for the semester. Read through the timetable carefully. In making course
selections, make sure that they do not conflict with each other. It is advisable to
choose alternative course sections in case your first choices close before you are
able to register for them.
3 You will have received in the mail your PERMIT TO REGISTER and you must
bring it with you to registration.
4 If you are a returning student, you must obtain clearance from the Library before
going to pay tuition and other fees.
5 If you are a returning student, you need to bring your valid student
IDENTIFICATION (ID) CARD. New students will receive their ID Cards after they
have paid tuition and other fees. ALL students need valid ID Cards to use the COB
Libraries, sit examinations and to take part in student activities.








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DON'T FORGET to take the following items to REGISTRATION:
i. Course Request Form
ii. Permit to Register (New Students only)
iii. ID Card (Returning Students only)
iv. Transcripts (Returning Students only)
v. Tuition and Other Fees
vi. Pen to write with

N.B. Carefully check the section of the course you have registered for. If you attend the wrong
section, it may result in your receiving an 'F' grade for the course at the end of the
semester.

LATE REGISTRATION / COURSE CHANGE I DROP & ADD PERIOD
In the Fall and Spring Semesters you can add courses, change your programme or register late up
to five (5) lecture days after the official start of classes. In the Summer Session, however, you can
register late only up to one (1) lecture day after the official start of classes.
You can drop a course or withdraw from a programme without academic penalty up to thirty (30)
days before the end of the semester (Fall & Spring) and up to fifteen (15) lecture days before the
end of the Summer Session.

N.B. If you are not happy in a course for whatever reason, don't simply drop out of it. If you do,
you will receive an 'F' at the end of the semester. To avoid this, fill out a withdrawal form
and return the completed form to the Business Office. In this way you will avoid academic
penalty.

N.B. Dates for late registration, course changes and withdrawal from classes are posted in the
student newspaper, on your School's notice board and in the daily newspapers. Check
these sources so you know exactly when these things can be done.

N.B. To change course you must take the following:

i. All documents required for registration
ii. A completed Course Request Form
iii. Course Change (Drop/Add) Fee
iv. Tuition Fees for Course(s) added















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II. COB TUITION FEES & OTHER CHARGES

You can pay tuition and other fees with cash, money order or certified cheque made payable to
The College of The Bahamas. Major credit cards may be accepted subject to a small service
charge.

N.B. See Appendices A and B for the Schedule of Tuition Fees, Refund and Deferred Payment
Plan Policies and additional information on other charges.













































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III. COUNSELLING & HEALTH SERVICES

You can access personal and vocational counseling at the Counselling and Health Services
Department.

Well-qualified staff counsellors offer a variety of services, including:
Individual and Group Counseling
Crisis Intervention
Student Development/Co-operative Educational Seminars
Pre-Departure /College Transfer Seminars
Academic Support/Peer Tutoring
Forum of Academic Excellence
Higher Education Options
Career Counseling and Testing
On Campus College/Job Recruitment
Job Placement
Medical Services and Healthy Lifestyle Seminars

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM THESE SERVICES?
The Counselling Services Department is always eager to provide support to students, faculty and
staff throughout the year. Counselling services are based on the premise that every individual has
the potential for continuous personal, intellectual and social growth, and seldom is that growth
more accelerated or more vulnerable than in an academic environment.
Everyone has times in life when helshe needs a shoulder to lean on. People see a Counsellor
when they need to resolve issues, reduce stress and/or feel better about a situation or themselves.
A Counsellor is someone who offers objectivity, support and confidentiality to his/her clients.
Choices are identified, decisions are made and individuals become more effective in their
respective roles within and without the college community.

COUNSELLING IS CONFIDENTIAL
The Counselling & Health Services Department will maintain your confidentiality. Their records are
maintained in confidence, separate from other student records. No record or information about a
client will be released without the client's permission, except in a life-threatening situation. In
addition, Counsellors' private offices provide a confidential setting to assist students, faculty and
staff who wish to plan lifegoals, resolve academic and/or personal challenges and discover new
dimensions about themselves. Student workers have no access to the confidential records in the
Counselling Services Department.

HOW DO YOU MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
You can make an appointment by calling the Counselling & Health Services Department at
302-4439 / 4380. Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
You can also stop by the Counselling & Health Services offices in the Portia M. Smith Student
Services Building on Poinciana Drive, third level, east wing.
If you have an emergency, you will be seen immediately.





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IV. LIBRARY SERVICES

The Libraries and Instructional Media Services Department caters to the research and information
needs of the entire college community. In addition to the main library on the Oakes Field Campus,
there are four branch libraries in the College's library system.

Oakes Field Library
You will find the main library on the Oakes Field Campus at the Western end of the A block. It
holds a collection of approximately 80,000 titles in print and non-print formats. You can also access
the library's resources via the Internet through the library's website at http://www.cobweb.info.bs
and by means of CD-ROMS and microforms. You will also find an extensive collection of
audiovisual resources, microforms and a Special Collections section of Bahamian resources at this
library. You can also make photocopies at the library at a charge of ten cents per page. You can
borrow up to 12 books during any two- week period. A guide to the libraries is available at the
circulation desk.

Hilda Bowen Library
This branch is located at the Grosvenor Close Campus (GCC) and contains collections that
support all nursing and allied health-related courses and programmes. Here you will find
approximately 2,500 titles in print and electronic formats. You can access the main library and
other collections within the system via the library's Voyager Online Public Access Catalogue
(OPAC). Internet services, word processing and audiovisual services are also available to you.

The Law Library
This library is located in the Bahamas Tourism Training Centre and holds approximately 3,500
titles in support of the UWI/COB Law Programme. You can also access information electronically
at this facility.

Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute Library
Also located in the Bahamas Tourism Training Centre, this facility houses a small collection of
about 800 titles to serve the Culinary and Hospitality Management courses and programmes. You
can access the Internet and OPAC from this library.

The Northern Campus Library
This library's approximately 2,000 titles support the programmes offered at the Northern Bahamas
Campus in Freeport, Grand Bahama The collection is primarily in print form but access to the
Internet is available and databases and resources in Nassau libraries are accessible online.
In addition to these five libraries, students in Georgetown, Exuma receive support from the main
campus. The College makes every effort to assist students in the other Family Islands where
courses are offered by the College by making resources accessible.

In its attempt to keep the Bahamian community informed about current international matters in
various disciplines, The Library and Instructional Media Services Department facilitates 'deposit
collections' from several international organizations. This means that the library receives
publications containing articles, reports on research and up to date findings on a regular basis. The
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Health Organization, The British Science Council and The International Labour Organization. In
addition, it serves as the National Distribution Agency for the distribution of International Standard
Book Numbers (ISBN).
Students regularly find themselves in the library to study or to write and you will be assisted by
pleasant and well-intentioned staff. The Libraries and Instructional Media Services Department
organizes regular "Meet the Writer" forums and publishes a quarterly newsletter called "The Library
Informer."

If there is anything else you would like to know about the libraries, you can contact the Library and
Instructional Media Services Department at 302-4552.
The libraries are closed on public holidays. Check your Library Guide or the Library page on the
COB website for further information.









































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V. LANGUAGE RESOURCE CENTRE SERVICES

The Language Resource Centre (LRC) is a multi-purpose Lab of The School of English Studies
(SES) that caters to the writing needs of all students at the college. Competent SES faculty
members and work-study students are available if you need additional assistance in writing across
all disciplines.
The LRC offers students:
Assistance in writing and grammar
Personalized help with papers & essays in English Language and other subject
areas
Printed materials on a variety of topics in English Language
English Language resource/reference books
Access to computers, computer programs and printers
A comfortable, quiet environment to study and to complete assignments

If you are interested in using this facility, simply drop in and make an appointment to see a
facilitator free of charge. The LRC is located in Room F-8 (upstairs Block F). Hours of operation
vary. For more information contact the LRC Director at 302-4497 or e-mail the Irc@hotmail.com.

































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VI. MATH CLINIC SERVICES

If you find your math courses a challenge, you may like to take advantage of the Math Clinic, a
resource of the Math Lab of the School of Sciences and Technology Studies (SST). Located in A-
80, the clinic offers personalized help from SST faculty members and Math Majors on work study.
In A 81 there is a Resource Centre where you can find materials including computers and
software to assist you. The comfortable environment is conducive to quiet, sustained study so if
you are interested in improving your understanding of math, contact the SST office (Gl) or call
302-4436











































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VII. COMPUTER SERVICES

Computer services at The College are administered and maintained by the Department of
Management Information Services. All telephone, faxes, copiers, and the technology to
interconnect them, are managed by this department. You will find locations on all campuses where
you may use computers and the MIS Department encourages you to make full us of these facilities.

When you register at The College you will pay a $100.00 technology activity fee, which must be
paid each semester and gives you the right to 200 prints in the open labs. When you have used
your 200 prints, you can purchase more in $5, $10 and $20 increments with the understanding that
prints are 10 cents per page. In addition, you will be issued upon registration an email address
which has a capacity of four megabytes of storage. Finally, your technology fee allows you the right
to connect to The College of The Bahamas' Wireless Network. See the MIS department regarding
procedures for connecting to the Network.

You will find photocopiers in all The College's libraries. Copy services in room T-03 and in the
Business Centre at the back of Chapter One Bookstore in the Michael H Eldon Complex.
The MIS Department currently operates 19 computer laboratories:
Two in the A-Block (A-13 open-use lab) and (A-85 Math Lab)
Three in the B-Block (B-27, B-30 for CIS courses for Application
Development) and (B-26 for keyboarding)
E-12 is reserved for Teacher Education courses
Two in the F-Block (F-5 for Journalism/creative arts featuring graphics
programs, desktop publishing applications and videolaudio production
software) and (F-8 for English Language and composition development)
H-6 is the Midi-Music Computer LablStudio featuring musical arrangement
and production software synchronized to electronic music keyboards and
synthesizers
The T-Block has a number of technology rooms (T-04 is for open use);
(T-1 8 for electrical science);
(T-22 for Architecture, Mechanical and Civil Engineering CAD Drawing);
(T-25 for CIS Courses application development)
The Bahamas Tourism Training Center has three rooms (BTTC-Rm7 is for
open use); (BTTC-R47 is networking); (BTTC-R48 is for PC Repair)
Finally, at our satellite campuses we have 4 labs;
Moss Road Continuing Education Computer Lab
School of Nursing GCC-120
Northern Bahamas Computer Lab Room 7 (upstairs) for open access and
Annex A for specialty classes in CIS, Statistics, AutoCad, Mathematics
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VIII. ADDITIONAL STUDENT SERVICES

FINANCIAL AID & HOUSING
The Financial Aid and Housing Department plays a pivotal role in the life of The College of The
Bahamas. Many of today's doctors, lawyers, teachers, nurses, business managers, accountants
and other professionals who made COB their first choice for college education, were once
recipients of the generosity of many donors who have made scholarship contributions over the
years.
The Bahamas Government continues to be the greatest benefactor through its Bursaries, National
Awards, Teacher Education Grants, Nursing Grants and other in-service awards. In 1998, The
Bahamas Government committed an additional $500,000 to The College to assist qualified,
deserving students. Business and industry, civic groups, charitable organizations, political parties
and private citizens all donate scholarships to The College of The Bahamas.
A most notable event in the history of the Financial Aid/Housing Department was the 'birth' of The
College of The Bahamas Endowment Fund under the auspices of The Lyford Cay Foundation and
the Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation. In 1996, The Lyford Cay Foundation, headed by the late
Harry Moore, set a goal to raise $5 million in five years for deserving students at The College. This
goal was realized, and today, approximately 110 students are COB Endowment Scholars. You can
qualify for an award if you demonstrate strong academic skills and significant financial need.

STUDENT HOUSING
The dormitories of The College of The Bahamas are located on Gregory Street, Nassau, just a few
minutes from the main campus. Because The College has limited dorm space at present, Family
Island students are given preference. Residents live independently under the guidance of a
resident dorm director. Additionally, Family Island and international students are assisted in finding
alternative, suitable, secure, off-campus housing if they require it. For further information on
financial aid and housing contact the Director at 302-4370/1 on the 2nd floor of the Portia M Smith
Student Services Building, West Wing.

THE COLLEGE BOOKSTORE CHAPTER ONE
Chapter One, The College Bookstore, is located in the Michael Eldon Complex on Thompson
Boulevard across the street from the Administration Building, Oakes Field Campus. Required texts
for all courses, stationery and other supplies are available at the bookstore, which also houses a
copy centre and the First Edition Cafe. There are power outlets at tables in the cafe for laptop use.
Hours of operation are Monday Saturday 7:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. For more information, call the
bookstore at 397-2650.

STUDENT PUBLICATION
The Spectrum, The College's newspaper, is published regularly by interested students with the
assistance of the faculty of the Journalism Department in The School of Communication and
Creative Arts (SCCA). It covers news and features related to college and community. Students who
wish to serve on the editorial board of The Spectrum can contact the SCCA at 302-4484/85 in G-2
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STUDENT ID CARDS
You will be issued an official identification card at the time of registration. The ID card, which must
be validated each semester, carries a non-refundable fee of $25.00 and must be worn at all times.
It is also required for entrance to the Libraries, examinations and other services/events on campus.
Report a lost or stolen ID card to the Admissions Office to get a replacement. Replacement ID
cards cost $15.00. The Admissions office, located in the East Wing, second floor of the Portia
Smith Building, can be contacted at 302-4319 or 302-4499.

STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS
The Records Department will mail copies of your official transcripts) to specified addresses when
they receive your written authorization and a completed Transcript Request form. The fee is $5.00
for the first address and $3.00 for each additional address. For your own record-keeping purposes,
you can request unofficial/ personal copies. To receive a transcript, your tuition and other fees
must be paid up to date.

CAMPUS PARKING
If you operate a motor vehicle you will be expected to comply with campus traffic and parking
regulations. As a student, you should park in the designated student parking areas. Do not park in
areas designated for administration, faculty and staff. Do not park at building entrances, areas
reserved for the handicapped, near walkways, on the grass or in any other area where 'No Parking'
signs are posted. Vehicles in violation of parking rules will be towed away at the owner's expense.
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IX. STUDENT ACTIVITIES DEPARTMENT

If you are interested in joining a club or society or want to start one, you should be sure to contact
the Student Activities Department in the Student Union Building on the Oakes Field Campus. This
department offers opportunities for all students to participate in intellectually and socially
stimulating programmes and activities. It also coordinates events sponsored by the various
committees, clubs and organizations on campus. Most of these clubs are organized and run by
students with assistance from faculty or administration advisors. If you should wish to start a club
on campus, be sure to get the go-ahead from the Director of Student Activities and The College of
The Bahamas Union of Students Senate.

THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS UNION OF STUDENTS
The College of The Bahamas Union of Students or COBUS, as it is popularly called, represents the
interests of students in the affairs of The College. The Union of Students, i.e. all COB students,
elects the Student Government which functions as the administrative body of the Union. This body
appoints student representatives to serve on college-wide committees, represents the welfare and
interests of students, stimulates student participation in campus life and encourages open
communication among students, administration, faculty and staff on all matters regarding the
general well-being of the student body. In this regard, the President of COBUS sits on the College
Council, the governing body of the institution. Your annual activity fee entitles you to full
membership of COBUS and all clubs and organizations. You will find the COBUS office upstairs in
the Student Union Building on the Oakes Field Campus.

COMPOSITION OF THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT
The Student Government comprises:
A President serves as head of the Executive Branch
A Vice-President serves with and acts as President in his or her absence
A Secretary executes normal secretarial duties
An Assistant Secretary serves with and acts as Secretary in his or her
absence
A Financial Controller executes all matters regarding the organization's
finances
A deputy Financial Controller serves with and acts in the absence of the
Financial Controller
Presidential Advisors serve as advisors to the four standing committees:
i.) Academic Affairs
ii.) Student Services & Activities
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COMPOSITION OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH
The Legislative Branch of the Student Government comprises:
The Senate Speaker
Deputy Senate Speaker advisor to Senate Speaker
An Acting Parliamentarian acts in the absence of Deputy Senate
Speaker
Senators act as a liaison between COBUS and The College; each
Senator represents an academic school, the school dorms and part-time
students.

COBUS ELECTIONS
If you are interested in standing for election for a position in COBUS, you must satisfy the following
criteria:
Be a full-time college level student (not college prep)if standing for President, have a GPA
of 3.00 or above
If standing for one of the other positions, have a GPA of 2.50 or above
If standing as a Senator, belong to the academic school you wish to represent
Be nominated by 20 members of COBUS
Submit your nomination forms one week before the date of the elections

The COBUS President will appoint an election committee two months prior to the elections and this
committee, together with the Executive Officers and the Student Activities Director or
representative, must be present at the counting of the ballots. All candidates are permitted to have
an observer at the counting of the ballots. If you are an Executive Branch Member, you may be
reelected for one more term only. COBUS elections are normally held by March 31st over a two-
day period from 9.00a.m. 9.00p.m.

COBUS SANCTIONED PETITIONS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
At times individuals or small groups of students feel dissatisfied with the way things are going in
certain classes, around the campus or with a certain college department. There are a number of
channels through which you seek resolution. Sometimes you may feel that you need to take more
drastic measures. Before taking such a step, please bear the following in mind:
If you try to raise a petition about an issue in a certain class, it will not be valid unless it is signed by
the majority of class members.

If you feel so strongly about a certain issue that you want the support of the student body as a
whole, you must obtain the signatures of at least 1/3 of COBUS members (the student body).
If you wish to bring an issue to the attention of College authorities by demonstrating, you must do
so in a non-violent manner and the demonstration must not involve political alignment in any form.
If you have tried all the regular channels and petitions and demonstrations, you may wish to march
or even boycott lectures or an event. Marches and boycotts should be regarded as final attempts to
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COBUS RESPONSIBILITIES TO COB CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
COBUS has direct responsibility for the welfare of all campus clubs and organizations. If you want
to start a new club, you must obtain approval from either the Student Activities Department or
COBUS. You must also formulate a constitution for the organization. A club or organization
president can always request assistance from COBUS by going to its office in the Student Union
Building. Your club or organization must hold its elections of officers before COBUS Elections in
March and a COBUS representative must be present at those elections.

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
College clubs and organizations provide all students with an array of exciting activities with which
you can become involved. You will find them socially and educationally stimulating as they offer
opportunities to share ideas, to discuss topics, to work collaboratively and cooperatively with other
students and to contribute to the well-being of The College and the wider community. Faculty
members often serve as advisors to club members.
You are encouraged to become an active participant in at least one of the clubs listed below:

Circle K The Law Society
Science Club BHTC Club
Governor General's Award Art Club
Golden Z Creative Writing Club
Nursing Club COBUS
Education Awareness Society Student Christian Movement
COB Choir Foreign Languages Club
CDP Club

You can find notices with information about meetings posted on bulletin boards at various locations
around the campuses. If you are interested, you may contact COBUS or the Student Activities
Department at 302-4525.

INTRAMURAL SPORTS PROGRAMME
If you are interested in participating in friendly, competitive sports, you will have the opportunity to
play in the Intramural Sports Programme. Sports may include:

Flag Football Swimming
Track and Field Softball
Soccer Table Tennis
Chess Volleyball
Basketball Weight Lifting

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ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT
If you would like to try to represent The College in a sporting activity, there are now plenty of sports
to choose from. Five core sports have been identified: basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, and
track & field. Men's and women's teams in basketball, track & field, soccer and volleyball are being
selected by coaches affiliated with the Athletics Department. All of the teams compete in the
leagues locally, but international trips are not unusual.

ATHLETIC FACILITIES
The College's athletic facilities are available for use by students, administration, faculty and staff,
except when in use for intramurals or other scheduled activities. The outdoor facilities are located
in the eastern section of the main campus and include multi-purpose courts for tennis, volleyball,
netball and basketball. There are two softball fields, a track for jogging and field events and a
soccer field.

The College also has a swimming pool. If your interests are less energetic, you can play board
games such as chess, checkers and dominoes, pool, table tennis or video games in the auditorium
of the Student Union Building. In addition, there is a special gym room for aerobics, weight lifting
and power lifting.

There is a Wellness Centre which has showers and lockers in addition to state of the art
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X. ALUMNI RELATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT

The Alumni Relations and Development is responsible for building and developing relationships
with the more than 11,000 alumni of The College in partnership with The College of The Bahamas
Alumni Association. A database that will make the recording of data about alumni much more
systematic is being built using the new college/university management system, SCT Power
Campus. This information will be critical is assisting the Unit in targeting alumni according to their
interests, classes, beliefs, professions, etc.

The Alumni Affairs Unit, in consultation with its constituents, is building signature programmes,
developing membership packages for alumni, creating communication tools that provide alumni
with information about The College. The Unit is also designing paraphernalia that will give alumni
an opportunity to prominently display pride in their alma mater.

With university status, The College of The Bahamas, it will look, more than ever, to its alumni to
draw on their experiences, networks and expertise to advance the institution. This Office is
designed to provide that link.

The Alumni Affairs Unit is positioned within the Office of Institutional Advancement, which is
located on the second floor of the main administration building.

Contacts:

Administrative Assistant
302-4365/6
alumniassoc@cob.edu.bs

Director
302-4356
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XI. OFFICE OF COMMUNICATION

A division of the Office of External Affairs, the Public Relations Unit exists to develop and
implement promotional ideas and activities in support of a comprehensive public relations and
marketing programme for The College. The programme includes the dissemination of news,
advertising, publicity, media relations, community and government relations, and internal
communication.

If you want to publicize an event on campus come to the office in the A block, contact the Director
of Public Relations, at 302-4355 or email ia@cob.edu.bs.











































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XII. STUDENTS' RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES

GENERAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
As a student at The College, you are guaranteed certain rights, privileges and freedoms as a
member of an academic community. However, the guarantee of these rights requires that you
accept your own responsibilities for them and conduct yourself in an appropriate manner in order to
maintain the integrity and good name of The College of The Bahamas. You must, therefore,
comply fully with the requirements, rules, regulations and procedures that govern your course of
study at The College so that you can achieve your educational objectives. If you do not, disciplinary
action will follow as set down in The Code of Student Conduct. Furthermore, The College assumes
no responsibility if you misinterpret the requirements, policies, procedures, rules or regulations as
outlined in this Student Handbook. If you have any concerns or queries with regard to these and
other connected matters, you should arrange to talk to a member of the administration, a faculty
advisor, a college counselor or a member of COBUS during regular office hours.

FREEDOM TO LEARN
As a student at The College, you have the right to access higher education so you can pursue your
educational goals. The freedom to teach and the freedom to learn are important aspects of
academic freedom. You should, therefore, cherish the freedom to learn and exercise it with
integrity. It is your responsibility to embrace this freedom to create educational opportunities in
ways that will result in both your intellectual and social growth and the growth and development of
The College.

FREEDOM OF INQUIRY
You and your colleagues have the right to inquire into any subject matter of interest to you. You are
also free to form reasonable judgments or opinions on the basis of this inquiry. You can also attend
or participate in forums in and/or outside The College community where other speakers present
different views on a variety of issues. It is your responsibility to use your freedom of inquiry in the
serious pursuit of learning.

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
You, as a member of the college community, have the right to express your views or opinions on
matters related to the pursuit of knowledge and truth. However, in exercising this freedom, you
have the responsibility to respect the rights and opinions of others, including fellow students,
faculty, staff and administration. In all cases, you must refrain from using tactics designed to
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XIII. CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT

POLICY STATEMENT ON EXPECTED STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
The College of The Bahamas is an academic community that thrives on the pursuit of knowledge
and truth through teaching and learning. Therefore, all students are expected to conduct
themselves as law-abiding citizens whose behaviour towards others, in terms of their person,
property and opinions, is above reproach. Such high standards of behaviour ensure the general
well-being of all members of this community. Thus, The College requires that all members of the
college community avoid actions that will bring the name of the institution into disrepute. Further,
The College reserves the right to take appropriate action as may be necessary to maintain campus
conditions and preserve the integrity of the institution and its educational environment.

DISCIPLINARY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
In recognition of The College's Policy Statement on Expected Standards of Conduct, the institution,
through appropriate due process procedures, will impose disciplinary measures for:
a) Conduct that adversely affects the institution's pursuit of its educational
objectives
b) Behaviour that violates or shows a disregard for the rights of other members of
the academic community
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XV. POLICY ON ADMISSIONS

AB Paper No.: 06-76
1. General Admission to The College/University of The Bahamas is open to persons who
meet admissions requirements.
Applicants may be considered for one of the following programmes:
1.1.1 Bachelor Degree
1.1.2 Associate Degree
1.1.3 Diploma
1.1.4 Certificate
1.1.5 Upgrading
1.1.6 Post-graduate programmes facilitated by The College/University in
conjunction with offshore institutions

2. Admissions Criteria
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of proficiency in English,
such as Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFL) or equivalent, in addition to
meeting admissions requirements. Some College/University programmes have additional
entry requirements such as a personal interview or portfolio; relevant Schools/Academic
Units should be consulted for specific details.
Bachelor and Associate Degree Programmes
To be eligible for acceptance into a Bachelor or Associate degree programme, applicants must
have achieved one of the following:
Five BGCSE or equivalent passes including English and Mathematics with "C" grades or
higher.
Four BGCSE or equivalent passes including English, Mathematics, a Social Science and a
Natural Science subject with "C" grades or higher. (See Appendix for subjects in the Social
Sciences and Natural Sciences.)
Three BGCSE or equivalent passes in subjects other than English and Mathematics with "C"
grades or higher plus college-level placement in English and Mathematics in The College/
University's Placement Examination.
A combined score of at least 1000 on the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) if taken during
and prior to 2005 or a combined score of at least 1000 on the Math and Verbal components of
the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) if taken after 2005 plus a high school transcript with a
cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher, inclusive of at least one term of the 12th
grade or senior year.
Successful completion of a college preparatory programme at The College/University of The
Bahamas or an institution recognized by The College/University.
Mature Student Status, that is, 25 years old or older, with BGCSE or equivalent English and
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Transfer Student Status, that is, applicants who have completed at least 15 credit hours of
college-level coursework with a "C" grade or higher at an institution recognized by The College/
University and who are in good standing with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or
higher.
AB Paper No.: 06-76
1. Diploma Programmes
To be eligible for acceptance into a Diploma programme applicants must have at least a
Bachelor degree or professional credential in the relevant area from an institution
recognized by The College/University.
2. Certificate Programmes
Criteria for admissions to Certificate programmes are specified by the relevant
School/Academic Unit.
2.1. Upgrading Programmes
2.1.1 .Applicants who have not obtained the necessary qualifications for direct entry
into Bachelor or Associate Degree programmes may be considered for one of
the following upgrading programmes
2.2. Basic Upgrading.
2.3. Mature Upgrading.
2.4. College Preparatory.
2.4.1.To be eligible for entry into the College Preparatory programme applicants must
have at least two BGCSE or equivalent passes with "C" grades or higher and
BGCSE or equivalent English and Mathematics passes with at least an "E" grade
or a combined SAT score of at least 600 if taken during or prior to 2005 or a
combined SAT score of at least 600 on the Math and Verbal components if taken
after 2005.
2.5. Post-graduate Programmes
Criteria for admission to post-graduate programmes are specified by The
College/University of The Bahamas depending on the programme.
Advanced Standing
Advanced Standing will be granted to students who are holders of degrees from institutions
recognized by The College/University who require deficiency and/or prerequisite courses at the
freshman or sophomore levels.

Advanced Placement
Advanced Placement will be granted to students who are holders of degrees from institutions
recognized by The College/University who do not require deficiency and/or prerequisite courses at
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POLICY ON ADMISSIONS Appendix


Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education Social Science subjects:
History, Economics, Religious Studies, Geography
Natural Science subjects: Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Physics,

CollegelUniversity of The Bahamas Upgrading Programmes

Basic Upgrading Programme for Traditional Age Students
Traditional-aged students who have completed high school and who lack the necessary BJCs,
BGCSEs, SAT scores, or other criteria for direct entry into an associate or bachelor degree
programme are eligible for entry into the Basic Upgrading Programme for Traditional Age Students.
Upon successful completion of this programme, students are accepted into the College
Preparatory Programme.
Courses in the Basic Upgrading Programme include:
MATH 046 College Prep. Math I
ENG 015- Basic English II
SOST 001 Social Studies
SCI 070 Introduction to General Science
COUN 001 Student Development Seminar

Mature Upgrading Programme
Individuals who are 25 years and older are eligible for entry into the Mature Upgrading Programme
(MATH 046, 047, & 048 and ENG 016 & 017).
Upon successful completion of this programme, students are admitted into an associate or
bachelor degree programme.
Courses in the Mature Upgrading Programme include
MATH 046 College Prep. Math I
MATH 047 College Prep. Math II
MATH 048 College Prep. Math III
ENG 015- Basic English II
ENG 016 Intermediate English I
ENG 017 Intermediate English II
Note: CHEM 071 and BIOL 071 must be completed by persons wishing to pursue the
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College Preparatory Programme
The College Preparatory Programme is a pre-college level programme designed to offer remedial
and upgrading general education courses to traditional age students who lack the academic pre-
requisites for direct entry into an associate or bachelor degree programme. Upon successful
completion of this programme, students are accepted into an associate or bachelor degree
programme.
Courses in the College Preparatory Programme include:
MATH 047 College Prep. Math II
MATH 048 College Prep. Math III
ENG 016 Intermediate English I
ENG 017 Intermediate English II
HIS 012 Topics in 20th Century European and World History
CIVS 001 Bahamian Civics
And any two of the following:
GEOG 012 College Prep. Geography
CHEM 071 College Prep. Chemistry
BIOL 071 College Prep. Biology
PHYS 071 College Prep. Physics
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XVI. POLICY ON GRADING

AB Paper No.: 06-142
1. General
1.1. All College/University of The Bahamas courses require the assessment of all
students. Assessment is determined by any combination of assignments, tests,
papers, laboratory exercises, class participation, projects, portfolios or examinations.
1.2. Within the first week of class, all students will be provided with a copy of the course
outline specifying the assessment criteria and weighting approved by Academic
Board.
1.3. Within the first two weeks of class, all students will be informed, in writing, of the
description, scheduling and weighting of assessment items that will count towards the
final course grade.
The final grade awarded and the semester hour credits earned for each course will be recorded for
each student on a permanent student record (transcript).

2. Grade Reporting
2.1. In those instances where students are assessed by means of a final examination
during fall and spring semesters, the Chair/Academic Head of the examining
School/Unit will report course grades to the Records Department within 4 business
days (96 hours exclusive of week-ends) of the final examination.
2.2. In those instances where students are assessed by means of a final examination
during the summer sessions, the Chair/Academic Head of the examining School/Unit
will report course grades to the Records Department within 2 business days (48 hours
inclusive of week-ends) of the final examination.
2.3. In those instances where there is no final examination and where students are
assessed by means of a final portfolio, paper or other major assignment submitted
during the last week of class in the fall and spring semesters, the Chair/ Academic
Head of the School/Unit will report course grades to the Records Department within 4
business days (96 hours exclusive of week-ends) of the end of the final examination
period.
2.4. In those instances where there is no final examination and where students are
assessed by means of a final portfolio, paper or other major assignment submitted
during the last week of class in the summer sessions, the Chair/Academic Head of
the School/Unit will report course grades to the Records Department within 2
business days (48 hours inclusive of week-ends) of the end of the final examination
period.
All grade sheets will be signed by the course instructor and Chair/Academic Head (or other
officially designated person) of the School/Unit in which the course is offered and forwarded to the
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3. Grading System


3.1. The College/University of The Bahamas uses letter grades and the four point
maximum grading scale. Grade A is the highest possible grade and grades below D
are considered failing. Plus (+) or minus (-) symbols indicate grades that fall above or
below the letter grades. Grades of A+ and D-are not used.
3.2. Grade points are awarded on the basis of the final grade assigned by the course
instructor. No grade points will be awarded for an F grade. The grade point average
(GPA) is determined by dividing the grade points obtained by the credit hours
attempted (not credit hours earned). The COB/ UOB grade point average is
determined by using only work attempted at COB/UOB. The cumulative grade point
average is determined by calculating all college work attempted. College preparatory
(upgrading) courses are not included in calculations of credit hours earned, credit
hours attempted, or grade point average.
3.3. The following indicates the grade points earned on the basis of the grade assigned
and are used to designate final course grades:
Grade Points Number Range Interpretation
4 90-100 Mastery of subject matter, principles, techniques
and application. Superior ability to organise,
analyse, synthesize and integrate ideas.
Reliability in attendance and attention to
assignments.


A 3.75






B+ 3.50






B 3.00


85-89






80-84






75-79


Superior knowledge of subject matter, principles,
techniques and application. Superior ability to
organise, analyse, synthesize and integrate
ideas.
Reliability in attendance and attention to
assignments.

Outstanding competence in subject matter,
principles, techniques and application.
Outstanding ability to organise, analyse,
synthesize and integrate ideas.
Reliability in attendance and attention to
assignments.

High level of competence in subject matter,
principles, techniques and application.
Ability to organise, analyse, synthesize and
integrate ideas.
Reliability in attendance and attention to
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B 2.75








C+ 2.50







C 2.00






C 1.75








D 1.00





F 0


70-74








65-69







60-64






55-59








50-54





0-49


Above average competence in subject matter,
principles, techniques and application.
Above average competence in organising,
analysing, synthesizing and integrating ideas.
Reliability in attendance and attention to
assignments.


More than satisfactory competence in subject
matter, principles, techniques and application.
More than satisfactory ability to organise,
analyse, synthesize and integrate ideas.
Reliability in attendance and attention to
assignments.


Satisfactory competence in subject matter,
principles, techniques and application.
Satisfactory ability to organise, analyse,
synthesize and integrate ideas.
Reliability in attendance and attention to
assignments.

Moderate competence in subject matter,
principles, techniques and application.
Moderate ability to organise, analyse, synthesise
and integrate ideas.
Reliability in attendance and attention to
assignments.


Minimal knowledge of subject matter, principles,
techniques and application. Barely passing
performance overall.
Reliability in attendance and attention to
assignments.

Inadequate knowledge of subject matter,
principles, techniques and application.
Inadequate ability to organise, analyse,
synthesise and integrate ideas. Unfulfilled
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W Not Included


XE Not Included


AU Not Included





AG Not Included


Incomplete






Withdrawal


Extraordinary
Examination


Audit


Aegrotat


A temporary notation awarded to a student
receiving a passing grade for coursework
but for whom extenuating circumstances
prevent completion of the remainder of the
coursework prior to the submission of the
final grade.

A notation reflecting a student's withdrawal
from a course.
A temporary notation awarded following
approval of a request for an extraordinary
sitting of a final examination.

A notation reflecting that a course was not
taken for credit. AU may not be awarded to
students who register as credit students in a
course.

Awarded on the basis of satisfactory
completion of a major part of the course.
Student must be unable to complete the
course due to major illness.


P Not Pass.
Awarded for a course taken by Challenge Examination and any course approved for Pass/Fail
status by Academic Board.
S Not Satisfactory.
Awarded for successful completion of a non-credit course.
U Not Unsatisfactory. Awarded for Included failure in a non-credit course.
T Not Transfer.
Awarded for credits Included transferred from another institution.
V Not Exemption.
Awarded on the Included basis of success on an internal examination or prior learning or
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4. Incomplete
4.1. An "I" grade is a temporary notation awarded by an instructor to a student who is
receiving a passing grade for coursework and for whom extenuating circumstances
prevent him or her from completing the remainder of the coursework prior to the
submission of final grades.
4.2. An Incomplete Contract Form detailing the work to be submitted for completion as
well as the deadline for such work must be signed by the student, instructor and
Chair/ Academic Head of the examining School/Unit and submitted to the Records
Department with the grade sheet for the course.
An "I" grade that is not changed by the instructor by the end of the next regular semester
automatically converts to an F.
5. Withdrawal
5.1. A "W" is a notation assigned by the Records Department reflecting an administrative
action initiated by the student in accordance with regulations governing withdrawal
from a course. "W" may not be assigned by the instructor.
The student must submit a completed Course Withdrawal Form along with proof of payment of the
requisite fee to the Records Department prior to the date specified in the official College/University
Calendar for the particular academic semester/session. Credit can be earned only upon successful
repetition of the course.
6. Extraordinary Examination
6.1. The "XE" is a temporary notation assigned by the Records Department following
approval of a request for an extraordinary sitting of a final examination and payment
of the requisite fee.
6.2. A student may request an Extraordinary Sitting of a Final Examination if he or she
6.2.1.was hospitalized on the day of the original examination;
6.2.2.can produce medical certification that he or she was ill and confined to bed on
the day of or at least two days prior to the day of the original examination; or
6.2.3.suffered a death in his or her immediate family (that is, parents, legal guardian,
spouse, children or siblings) on the day of or the day immediately prior to the
original examination.
6.3. Students must submit a Request for Extraordinary Sitting of Final Examination form to
the relevant Academic Dean/ Executive Director through the Chair/Academic Head of
the examining School/Unit and forward the completed form along with proof of
payment of the requisite fee to the Records Department.
Normally, an Extraordinary Examination must be sat no later than the next regularly scheduled
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7. Correction of Grade Errors


7.1 A course instructor may not change a grade after it has been filed with the
Records Department, except in the case of clerical error.
7.2 Grade corrections must be indicated on a Grade Change Form that is signed by
the instructor, the Chair/Academic Head of the School/Unit in which the course
was offered and the relevant Academic Dean/Executive Director.
Grade corrections must be processed within one year of the end of the semester/session in which
the original grade was awarded. In extenuating circumstances, exceptions to the one-year limit for
correction of grade errors may be considered by petition to the Academic Dean/Executive Director.
8. Academic Complaints
8.1. Students with complaints about instruction or in-semester grading should refer them
first to the course instructor.
8.2. If the student and the course instructor are unable to resolve the complaint, the
student may meet with the Chair/Academic Head of the School/Unit responsible for
the course and may submit a completed Academic Complaint Form to the Chair/
Academic Head prior to the end of the last day of classes or the submission of final
grades. The Chair's/Academic Head's written decision will be rendered within 5
working days.
The student and/or the course instructor may appeal the Chair's/Academic Head's decision by
forwarding a copy of the Academic Complaint Form, the Chair's/Academic Head's decision and the
resolution being sought to the relevant Academic Dean/Executive Director within 5 working days of
the decision. The Academic Dean's/Executive Director's written decision will be rendered within 10
working days. The decision of the Academic Dean/Executive Director is final.

9. Final Grade Appeals
9.1. Once final grades have been assigned and transcripts issued, a student with
evidence that an incorrect or inappropriate grade has been assigned should make
every attempt to resolve the matter with the course instructor. A student may seek a
grade appeal on the following basis
9.1.1.clerical error made in calculating the final grade;
9.1.2.standards or criteria used to determine the grade were inconsistent with the
Course Outline approved by Academic Board or the course syllabus distributed
at the beginning of the semester/session;
9.1.3.standards or criteria used to determine the grade were inconsistent with those
applied to other students in the course; and
9.1.4. assignment of the grade was based on factors other than the student's academic
performance.
9.2. If the student and the instructor are unable to resolve the matter, the student should
submit a completed Final Grade Appeal Form along with proof of payment for the
Grade Appeal to the Chair/Academic Head of the School/Unit responsible for the
course within one regular semester of the posting of the final grade. The
Chair's/Academic Head's written decision will be rendered within 10 working days of
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9.3. The student may appeal the Chair's/Academic Head's decision by forwarding a copy
of the Final Grade Appeal Form and the Chair's/Academic Head's decision to the
relevant Academic Dean/Executive Director within 5 working days of the decision.
The Academic Dean's/Executive Director's written decision will be rendered within 10
working days. The appeal to the Academic Dean/Executive Director is the final step.
At the branch campuses, the procedure is identical except that the academic area
coordinator shall substitute for the Chair/Academic Head.

10. Grade Records
Course grade records (the forms on which final grades are recorded for a specific class)
are College/University records which must be maintained for at least five years after the
end of the semester/session. Chairs/Academic Heads of Schools/Units responsible for the
course are responsible for identifying an appropriate storage location. The Chair/
Academic Head (or other officially designated person) and the course instructor will have
ready access to these records.


11. Course Repeats
11.1. Students may repeat any College/University course, including courses from which
they have withdrawn. If a course is repeated, the highest grade achieved will be
used to compute The College/University grade point average. The series of
repeats and grades is retained on the student's academic record (transcript).
11.2. Students may repeat a course if it has been approved by Academic Board for
repeat credit. This applies to courses designated as "May be repeated for credit"
in the College/University catalogue which also lists the maximum credit limitation
or the maximum number of times a course may be repeated for credit.
11.3. Students may repeat courses they have failed.
11.3.1. A student who fails a course three times must seek permission to repeat
the course by submitting a Request to Repeat A Failed Course form to the
relevant Academic Dean/Executive Director through the Chair/Academic
Head.
11.3.2. A student who is given permission to repeat a failed course may be
required to take and pass the course prerequisite before attempting the
course for the fourth time or may be required to complete remedial work or
engage in peer tutoring or supplemental instruction.
11.3.3. The series of repeats and grades is retained on the student's academic
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XVII. POLICY ON CONTINUANCE, ACADEMIC PROBATION AND
SUSPENSION

Note: The Paper AB-05-54, presented to the Academic Board in 2003, brought about the
separation of references to grading from a policy titled "Grading, Continuance, Academic Probation
and Suspension" to create a stand-alone policy on grading. Matters of continuance, academic
probation and suspension are currently under review by the Academic Board; in the meantime, this
portion of the original composite policy remains valid and applicable.

While you are a student at The College, you are required to maintain at least a minimum
cumulative grade point average (CGPA) as set forth below. If you fail to meet the required standard
in any given semester, you will be placed on academic probation, unless extenuating
circumstances are considered by The College to be sufficiently serious to justify a temporary
postponement of this action.
N.B. Probation is defined as the status of a student whose CGPA is below the minimum
requirement.

CREDITS CUMULATIVE GPA
0-18 1.75
19-21 1.80
22-24 1.82
25-27 1.83
28-30 1.85
31 -33 1.86
34-36 1.88
37-39 1.89
40-42 1.91
43-45 1.92
46-48 1.94
49-51 1.95
52-54 1.97
55-57 1.98
58-60 2.00
61 and over 2.00

REQUIREMENTS WHILE ON ACADEMIC PROBATION
1. If you are placed on probation, you will be required to meet periodically with a faculty
advisor or counselor to review your academic progress.
2. Should you be placed on probation, you will be assigned a restricted programme of study
as follows:
Full-time attendance during a regular semester 9 credits maximum
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3. While on probation you must demonstrate by your academic performance that you have
the ability and the desire necessary to profit from the instructional programme and you are
making progress towards achieving your educational goals.
4. In order to allow you to concentrate on your academic studies, if you find yourself placed
on academic probation, you will be considered ineligible to hold office in student
organizations, the student government (COBUS) or participate in inter-collegiate activities
or the work-study programme.
You will be removed from academic probation if you achieve the minimum cumulative GPA as
noted above.

ACADEMIC SUSPENSION
1. If you fail to achieve the minimum cumulative GPA for two (2) consecutive semesters, you
will be placed on academic suspension
N.B. Academic suspension is defined as the status of a student whose CGPA has fallen below
the minimum standard for two (2) consecutive semesters. If you are placed on suspension,
you may be required to leave The College for a specified period of time.
2. When you are re-admitted after suspension, you will be placed on probation and given the
option of starting a fresh in a new programme or continuing in your old one.
3. If you are re-admitted after suspension, you will not normally be allowed to proceed with
any new courses until the 'F' and 'D' grades have been improved where necessary.
4. If you return from a period of suspension but do not maintain the minimum semester GPA
of 2.00 for the semester immediately following re-admission, you will be expelled from The
College.
5. If you are expelled from The College, you will only be considered for re-admission to The
College after a period of three (3) years and you must provide evidence of suitability for re-
admission.
6. You will only be considered for re-admission to The College in the Spring or Fall semesters

ACADEMIC STANDING REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION
To meet the requirements for graduation, you must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 and a
specialization cumulative GPA (SGPA) of 2.00 or higher. In addition, you must pass all courses in
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COMPUTING YOUR GPA
A grade point average is found by dividing the total grade points you achieve by the number of
credits for the courses you have taken. The following sample problem shows how the grade point
average can be found for a student who received Bs and Cs in four three credit courses.

Letter Grade Credits Grade
Grade Point Points
Value
B 3 x 3 = 9
B 3 x 3 = 9
C 2 x 3 = 6
C 2 x 3 = 6
12 30

To determine the grade point average divide the grade points (30) by the number of credits (12)
G.P.A. = 2.5

When you have accumulated many credits, it is easier to find a grade point average by grouping all
the credits for each letter grade. The sample problem above could have been solved by grouping
credits of B and credits of C together, as follows:

Letter Grade Credits Grade
Grade Point Points
Value
B 3 x 6 = 18
C 2 x 6 = 12
12 30

When the problem is arranged this way, the student still has 30 grade points and 12 credits.
To determine the grade point average divide the grade points (30) by the number of credits (12)
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XVIII. POLICY ON ACADEMIC STATUS

AB Paper No.: 06-89

The status of students enrolled in degree programmes at The College/University of The Bahamas
may be designated as full-time or part-time.

Full-time status is maintained in the Fall and Spring Semesters when students register for 12 18
credit hours. Students who wish to take more than 18 credit hours per semester must have a
minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and must get permission from the relevant Academic
Dean/Executive Director.

Part-time status is maintained in the Fall and Spring Semesters when students register for a
maximum of 9 credit hours. Students who wish to take more than 9 credit hours per semester
must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and must get permission from the relevant
Academic Dean/Executive Director.

During each of the Summer Sessions, full-time and part-time students may register for 6 9 credit
hours. Students who wish to take more than 9 credit hours per session must have a minimum
cumulative GPA of 3.00 and must get permission from the relevant Academic Dean/Executive
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XIX. POLICY ON CLASS ATTENDANCE

AB Paper No.: 06-88

1. General All students are expected to attend, on time, each meeting of all courses for which
they have registered. Punctuality, reliability in attendance and attention to assignments
constitute three of the most significant factors that contribute to success at college. Failure
to be punctual may result in a lowered grade or cancellation of course registration. Failure
to attend classes may result in cancellation of course registration.
2. Course Registration Cancellation
2.1. An instructor may request that a student's registration in a course be cancelled if he
or she
2.1.1.fails to be punctual for 25 percent of the class sessions by mid-semester break;
2.1.2.fails to attend the first two class sessions following the end of the late registration
period; or
2.1.3.fails to attend at least 75 percent of the class sessions by mid-semester break.
2.2. Course registration cancellation results in the removal of the course from the
student's academic record (transcript). Instructors must submit a completed Course
Registration Cancellation Form along with a copy of the Class Register to the relevant
Academic Dean/Executive Director through the Chair/Academic Head of the
School/Unit responsible for the course prior to the official date for withdrawal without
academic penalty.
2.3. The Academic Dean/Executive Director will notify the student in writing of the course
cancellation.























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XX. POLICY ON DIRECTED INDEPENDENT STUDY

AB Paper No.: 06-135

1. Students who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 and who are in
their final year of study may petition the relevant Academic Dean/Executive Director
through the Chair/Academic Head for permission to take a course by Directed Independent
Study (DIS) provided the course
1.1. is not scheduled, or, if it is scheduled, will be cancelled by the College/ University;
1.2. fulfills a major area course requirement; and
1.3. does not require a lab or field trip component.

Normally, students may take no more than one course by Directed Independent Study.

Students must submit a Request for Directed Independent Study along with an up-to-date copy of
their Student Advisement Form/Contract of Study to the Academic Dean/ Executive Director
through the Chair/Academic Head of the School/Unit responsible for the course.

The Academic Board approved course outline and a course syllabus inclusive of the weekly
scheduled one-on-one conference times will be provided to the student at the beginning of the
semester/session.




























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XXI. POLICY ON CANDIDACY

AB Paper No.: 06-90
1. Period of Candidacy
The period of candidacy for College/University of The Bahamas degrees, diplomas and
certificates is as follows:


Degree Diploma
Certificate
Bachelor


Associate


Diploma
(1 year)

Certificate
(1 year)

Certificate
(2 years)


Status
Full-time
Part-time

Full-time
Part-time

Full-time
Part-time

Full-time
Part-time

Full-time
Part-time


Number of
Years
6
10

4
6

2
4

2
4

4
8


2. Extension of Candidacy
Students who are nearing the end of their period of candidacy may petition The
College/University to have their candidacy extended. Students will be ineligible for an
extension of candidacy if they have failed to complete at least three quarters of the
programme of study.
2.1. At least one regular semester prior to the end of candidacy, a student may petition for
an extension of his or her period of candidacy by submitting a completed Period of
Candidacy Extension Form to his or her academic advisor who will forward the
petition to the relevant Academic Dean/Executive Director through the
Chair/Academic Head of the School/Unit responsible for the programme.
2.2. The Academic Dean/Executive Director will notify the student, in writing, of the
decision regarding the petition. The Academic Dean/Executive Director will also notify
the Chair/Academic Head of the School/Unit, the Records Department and the
Academic Board.
2.3. In those instances where a request for an extension of candidacy has been denied,
the student may appeal the decision, through the Dean/Executive Director, to Deans
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3. Cancellation of Candidacy
Students who do not complete, within the allotted time, all College/University requirements
for the programme for which they have registered will have their candidacy in the
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XXII. POLICY ON EXAMINATIONS

1. Administrative Control
1.1. The conduct of the examinations shall be in conformity with the regulations below, as
well as the decision of the Academic Board and the overall joint administrative control
of the relevant Dean.
1.2. In emergency or extenuating circumstances, these regulations may be waived by the
Vice-President of Academic Affairs who shall report on his/her action to a meeting of
the Academic Board.

2. General Examination Regulations
2.1. Examination Timetable
2.1.1.The dates of the final examination period shall be outlined in The College
Calendar.
2.1.2.The final version of the examination timetable in respect of written examinations
shall be published for the benefit of all persons concerned at least three (3)
weeks in advance of any examination included therein (Spring/Fall semesters)
and one-and-a-half weeks for the summer session.
2.1.3.There shall be a single sitting for each final examination and only one final
examination for each course.
2.1.4.The place or location of the examination shall be determined by the Examination
Officer in consultation with the relevant School.
2.2. Attendance and Absence
2.2.1. If the attendance at or the performance of a candidate in any part of any
examination is likely to have been affected by factors of which the examiners
have no knowledge, the candidate may report the circumstances in writing to the
Chairperson who shall report the same to the relevant Dean. If the candidate
decides to report such circumstances, he/she must do so with five (5) working
days of the examination that may have been affected.
2.2.2.A make-up examination may only be arranged for a student who:
a) is hospitalized on the day of the original examination
b) can produce medical certification that he/she was ill and confined to bed on
the day of the examination
c) suffers a death in his/her immediate family,
(i.e. parents, guardian, spouse, children or siblings) immediately before or
on the day of the examination.
d) experiences other extenuating circumstances, to be considered on an
individual basis by the relevant Dean.
N.B. The make-up examination must be taken at the earliest date/ time and no later than the
following examination period. Students will be required to pay the approved fee for writing
the examination.
2.2.3.Where a student is unable to submit a medical certificate him/herself, this may
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2.3. Special Arrangements
2.3.1 .Any student who, for reason of permanent or temporary capacity, desires special
arrangements during examinations should apply to the relevant Dean through
the Chairperson of the School concerned. The arrangements desired should be
specified and the Dean may require a medical certificate as proof of such
incapacity. Such students) shall not be given extra time in which to write the
examination. The Dean shall inform the Board of Examiners of the
circumstances under which the examination was performed.
2.3.2.Any transcribing or secretarial assistance provided to the handicapped or
incapacitated students) shall be approved by the Dean.

2.4. Examination Types
2.4.1.All examinations shall be conducted by means of one or more of the following:
a) written examinations
b) oral presentations
c) practical examinations

2.4.2.To aid invigilation, each examination shall be identified by one of the following
type codes, which describes aids which students may use when writing various
types of examinations:

CODES TYPE AIDS PERMITTED
R Regular Drawing devices without cases; slide
rules without cases; calculators.
S Special Any aid permitted by the examiner and
recorded in the 'instructions' area of the
question paper.
O Open-book Any aid the student wishes to use.

3. Conduct of Written Examinations
3.1. Instructions to Candidates Taking Written Examinations
3.1.1.Take responsibility for the dates, times and locations of all examinations for
courses for which you are registered.
N.B. Candidates who are timetabled for more than two (2) examinations in one day should
consult with the relevant Dean.
3.1.2. Inform the relevant Dean of any timetable clash in your examination schedule as
soon as it is discovered.
3.1.3.Arrive at the examination room and present your I.D. Card or other valid
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N.B.
a) Candidates who arrive late shall not be allowed additional time to complete the examination.
b) Candidates who arrive more than thirty (30) minutes late will be allowed to take the
examination. However, their scripts/practical work will only be marked if they can satisfy the
relevant Dean as to the validity of their reason for being late.

3.1.4. Display on your desk a valid COB I.D. card. Candidates who have misplaced
these cards may be allowed to use a valid substitute such as a passport.
3.1.5. Supply yourself with pens, pencils, rulers, erasers, geometrical instruments and
any other aid authorized by the examiner. No other documents will be allowed in
the examination room.
3.1.6. Deposit your hand bags, briefcases and other such materials at the invigilator's
desk or other designated area before the start of the examination.
3.1.7. Write your name and subject number at the top of every answer paper or sheet
of paper which is submitted.
3.1.8. Stop writing at the end of the examination when instructed to do so by the Chief
Invigilator
3.1.9. Gather your answer papers and place them in order at the end of the
examination. You shall not leave your desk until all scripts have been collected
and you have been given permission to leave by the Chief Invigilator.

3.2. Leave From The Examination Room
3.2.1.No candidate shall be allowed to leave the examination room during the first half
hour or the last half hour of the examination.
3.2.2. Candidates may be permitted by the Chief Invigilator to leave the examination
room after the first half hour and to return during the course of the examination
provided that they have been under continuous supervision of a designated
member of faculty/staff.

4. Board of Examinations & Appeals
Any formal complaint which a candidate may make in connection with his/her examination
must be referred to the relevant Dean.
4.1. The Board for Examinations and Appeals shall be a standing committee of the
Academic Board and shall be responsible for considering and recommending to the
Academic Board appropriate action on all matters relating to the examinations, grade
appeals and academic discipline.
4.2. Grade appeals should be made to the relevant Dean on the prescribed form within
four (4) weeks of the official notification of grades. Late applications may be
considered at the discretion of the Chairperson of the Board of Appeals in
consultation with the relevant Dean.
4.3. A fee of forty ($40.00) dollars will be charged for each grade appeal. If the appeal is
successful, the fee will be refunded.
4.4. A review by the Board shall normally be held no later than four (4) weeks after the
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4.5. The Vice President of Academic Affairs shall provide the Board with the student's
application for review, the relevant scripts and mark sheets and a list of all Cross
Moderators for the course concerned. In the event that the candidate's script has
been sent to the External Examiner, the Vice President shall immediately ask that it
be returned without delay.
N.B. See The College Catalogue for the make up/membership of the Review Board of
Examinations & Appeals and the required quorum for a meeting of this Board (i.e.
Policy nos. 4.6 & 4.7).
4.6. The Review Board may decide on a re-marking of the examination script(s) if The
Board, after full consideration of all the circumstances and available evidence, is
satisfied that there are adequate reasons to justify a re-marking.
4.7. If the Review Board requires a re-marking of the examination script(s), then
a) the Chairperson of the Review Board shall arrange, normally in consultation with
the Chairperson of the School responsible for the course concerned, for each
script to be re-marked by at least one new examiner of The College or by an
External Examiner;
b) The Chairperson of the School concerned shall provide the new examiner with all
the relevant documents such as mark-sheets, marking schemes and question
papers;
c) The results of the re-marking shall be conveyed through the Board of Examiners
and appeals by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
4.8. The Chairperson of The Board shall inform the candidates and all the relevant
persons of the Board's decision as soon as possible after the meeting of the Board.
4.9. The decision of the Board shall be final.

























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XXIII. CHALLENGE EXAMINATIONS

1. STATEMENT OF POLICY INTENT
1.1. The purpose of this policy is to set out approved procedures for a Challenge
Examination for students who might qualify to receive credits for a course at The
College but who might have acquired knowledge in a particular subject by virtue of
formal education at an institution not accredited or recognized by The College or by
relevant work experience.

2. POLICY
2.1. Credits to be awarded by a Challenge Examination (credit by examination) will
normally only be given if applied for at the time of admission to The College or to a
programme. Other requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
2.2. Students who possess certificates such as GCE '0' level, BGCSE, Pitman, etc. and
who apply for exemption through a challenge examination will be required to sit an
examination in each of the specific courses.
2.3. A maximum of 50% of the required credits for any programme may be obtained by
Challenge Examinations. Only 50% of the major may be obtained through Challenge
Examinations.
2.4. Applicants for a Challenge Examination will be required to pay an approved fee for
writing the examination.
2.5. Students who pass Challenge Examinations will be required to register and pay the
approved fees of the courses challenged before credits for these courses will be
awarded.
2.6. Normally the School's Chairperson will arrange the Challenge Examination prior to
the start of classes.
2.7. A Pass (P) grade only shall be awarded for succeeding in a Challenge Examination. A
student who receives credits for a course on the basis of his/her performance in a
Challenge Examination will also be given credits for the pre-requisite courses. No
fees shall be charged for such credits.

3. PROCEDURES FOR CHALLENGE EXAMINATIONS
3.1. Students must apply on the approval form to the Vice President of Academic Affairs
through their School's Chairperson for any Challenge Examination.
3.2. Students must provide relevant documentation to support this request, for example, a
transcript or course description.
3.3. Students must pay the approved examination fees and, if successful, the required
credit value fee.
3.4. The approval for any Challenge Examination must be given by the relevant Dean.
3.5. The School will administer the required examinations, including documentation, and
record results.
3.6. If credit is to be awarded, a copy of the examination form with the grade should be
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XXIV. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

APPLICATION PROCEDURES
A degree, diploma or certificate is conferred on students who successfully complete their
programmes of study at special graduation/commencement exercises held each year.

The College awards three (3) levels of pass in each programme:
DISTINCTION CGPA 3.51 4.00
CREDIT CGPA 3.00- 3.50
PASS CGPA 2.00- 2.99
Students must apply for graduation no later than the dates posted on The College's Calendar of
Events and all campus notice boards. A Graduation Evaluation Application Form is available from
the Records Department located on the ground floor (east wing) of the Portia M Smith Student
Services Building on the Oakes Field Campus. Before submitting a completed form to the Records
Department, students must do the following before the required deadline:
Obtain the signatures of their academic advisors, School Chairpersons and the
relevant Deans on the form
Attach a completed copy of their advisement form and nonacademic profile form
Pay a graduation fee of $100.00
N.B. To meet the requirements for graduation, students must achieve a cumulative grade point
average (GPA) of 2.00 and a specialization cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of
2.00.

Students in debt to The College shall not be granted a degree diploma, certificate, transcript or
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XXV. COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC AWARDS AND
HONOURS

INTRODUCTION
The College of The Bahamas believes that students demonstrating high ability through their
performances evidenced by the stipulated grade point average and/or contribution to The
College/University should be recognized publicly as models in the academic community of
learners. All students receiving academic awards and honours will be recognized at an honours
event held during the annual College/University commencement week of activities.

1.0 HONOURS
Honours calculations are based on a minimum of 12 semester hour credits of new course
work. Students who have withdrawn from or failed a course, students who have received an
incomplete (I) grade and students who are repeating a course (except those courses which
maybe repeated for credit) are ineligible for this award. Courses that are graded on a pass/fail
basis are not included in honours calculations. A record of this award is documented in each
semester on the student's academic record.

1.1 PRESIDENT'S LIST
1.1.1. In recognition of a superior level of academic achievement, a President's List is
compiled at the end of the spring semester of each academic year.
1.1.2. Students who achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or higher in the fall and spring
semesters of the same academic year are named to the President's List.

1.2 DEAN'S LIST
1.2.1 In recognition of an outstanding level of academic achievement, a Dean's List is
compiled at the end of each fall and spring semester.
1.2.2 Students who achieve a grade point average of 3.00 or higher at the end of each
semester are named to the Dean's List.

2.0 SPECIAL AWARDS
2.1 The Governor General's Award
The Governor General's Award is given to the student graduating with a baccalaureate
degree who has
2.1.1 achieved the highest cumulative grade point average over 3.70;
2.1.2 been recommended by the Academic Board; and
2.1.3 been approved by the President's Cabinet.

2.2 The President's Award
The President's Award is given to the student graduating with a baccalaureate degree
who, in the judgment of the President of The College/University, has made a significant
contribution to the life of the institution through academic achievement and a commitment
to the ideals, aims, and values of the institution. This student must have
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2.2.2 made a significant contribution to The College/ University.
2.3 The College of The Bahamas Alumni Association Leadership Award
The College of The Bahamas Alumni Association Leadership Award is presented to the
student graduating with a baccalaureate degree who has
2.3.1 achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00
2.3.2 demonstrated leadership in a College/University club or organization; and
2.3.3 been recommended by the Student Activities Department; and
2.3.4 been approved by the President's Cabinet.

3.0 FAMILY ISLAND CAMPUS AWARDS
Family Island Campus Awards may be presented for those Campuses where students are able
to complete college-level programmes. Awards for Associate Degree programmes will only be
given in those instances where there is no Bachelor degree programme. Two family Island
Campus Awards may be presented by each Campus each academic year.
3.1. Nominations for the Family Island Campus Award are advanced by the relevant Campus
committee, vetted by the Dean's Council and Academic Board and approved by the
President's Cabinet. The Family Island Campus Award is presented to the graduating
student who has
3.1.1. achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00; and
3.1.2. made a contribution to the development of the Campus.
3.2. The Family Island Campus Award for Academic Excellence is presented to the graduating
student who has achieved the highest cumulative grade point average over 3.00. The
Academic Affairs Officer/campus Coordinator will forward the name of the graduating
student to Academic Board for ratification.


4.0 SCHOOL AWARDS
Two school awards may be presented each academic year. Awards for Associate Degree
programmes will only be given in those instances where there is no Bachelor Degree
programme. Dual awards on separate campuses of The College/University will not be allowed.
4.1. Recommendations for the Overall School Award are advanced by the Chair and faculty of
the School, vetted by the Dean and sanctioned by Academic Board. The Overall School
Award is presented to the graduating student who has
4.1.1. achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00; and
4.1.2. made a contribution to the school
4.2. The school Award for Academic Excellence is presented to the graduating student who
has achieved the highest cumulative grade point average over 3.00. The Chair of the
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5.0 PROGRAMME AWARDS
Programme Awards may be given to graduating students who exhibit outstanding performance
in each academic discipline, as approved by the Office of Academic Affairs. Awards for
Associate Degree programmes will only be given in those instances where there is no
Bachelor Degree programme.
5.1. Programme Awards will be given to the graduating student who has achieved a minimum
cumulative grade point average of 3.00 and the highest grade pointy average over 3.00 in
the major.
5.2. The Chair of the School will forward the name of the graduating student to the Dean for
vetting and then to Academic Board for ratification.

OTHER AWARDS
In addition to the Academic Schools' Awards, the following Awards are conferred through the
different Schools.

School of Business
Chamber of Commerce Award for Academic Excellence
Donor: The Chamber of Commerce
Albania Management and Leadership Award for Management
Donor: Dr. Albert Ferguson
Bahamas Fast Ferries Award for Marketing
Donor: Bahamas Fast Ferries
Bahamas Institute of Financial Services Award
Donor: Bahamas Institute of Financial Services
Bachelor of Business Administration Banking and Finance with a Foreign Language Award
Donor: Santander Bank and Trust
Bahamas Society of Financial Analysts Award
Donor: The Bahamas Society of Financial Analysts
Dienkabe Kureyang Memorial Award for Economics
Donor: William C. Allen
Livingstone Evans Memorial Award for Economics and Finance
Donor: Central Bank of The Bahamas
Ernst and Young Award for Accounting
Donor: Ernst & Young
Price Waterhouse Coopers Award for Computer Information Systems
Donor: Price Waterhouse Coopers
Bachelor of Arts in Office Administration Award
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School of Communication and Creative Arts
School of Communication and Creative Arts Award for Academic Excellence
Donor: COB
Associate of Arts in French Award
Donor: To be solicited by School
Associate of Arts in Spanish Award
Donor: To be solicited by School
Associate of Arts in Journalism and Communication Award
Donor: Laura Jane Marketing and Consultants

School of Education
School of Education Award for Academic Excellence
Donor: Miss Emma Poitier and James 0 Murray
Grace Taylor Memorial Award for Diploma in Secondary Education
Donor: William Taylor and family
Bachelor of Education Primary Programme Award
Donor: Primary Principals Association
Bachelor of Education Secondary Mathematics Award
Donor: Patrick Bethel
Bachelor of Education Secondary English/Literature Award
Donor: Association of Public Secondary Schools
Bachelor of Education Secondary History/Geography Award
Donor: Mrs. Elma Garraway
Bachelor of Education Secondary Physical Education Award
Donor: Mrs. Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson

School of English Studies
School of English Studies Award
Donor: To be solicited by School
School of English Studies Award for Academic Excellence
Donor: COB

Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute
Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute Award
Donor: To be solicited by Institute
Culinary and Hospitality Management Award for Academic Excellence
Donor: COB
Bachelor of Science Tourism Management Award
Donor: British Colonial-Hilton
Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Operations Award
Donor: The Bahamas Hotel Association
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts Award
Donor: Burns House or Paradise Fisheries
Associate of Applied Science National Apprentice Chef Award
Donor: Bahamas Culinary Association
Hans Von Rotz Memorial Pastry Award
Donor: Original Swiss Pastry Shop


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School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions Award
Donor: To be solicited by School
School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions Award for Academic Excellence
Donor: COB
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Award
Donor: To be solicited by School
Hilda V. Bowen Memorial Award for Associate of Science in Nursing
Donor: Nursing Association of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas
Trained Clinical Nursing Award
Donor: To be solicited by School
Critical Care Nursing Award
Donor: To be solicited by School
Midwifery Award
Donor: To be solicited by School
Community Health Programme Award
Donor: Chair, Nursing Council

School of Sciences and Technology
Bahamas Electricity Corporation School of Sciences and Technology Award
Donor: Bahamas Electricity Corporation
School of Sciences and Technology Award for Academic Excellence
Donor: COB
Carol Ritchie Memorial Award for Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
Donor: Union of Tertiary Educators in The Bahamas
Portia M. Smith Memorial Award for Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry
Donor: COB
Bachelor of Science in Physics with Mathematics Award
Donor: Leonard Ezegbunam
Associate of Arts in Architecture Award
Donor: Institute of Bahamian Architects
Bahamas Society of Engineers Award
Donor: Bahamas Society of Engineers
Associate of Arts in Mechanical Engineering Technology Award
Donor: To be solicited by School
Associate of Arts in Civil Engineering Technology Award
Donor: To be solicited by School
Associate of Arts in Electrical Power Engineering Technology Award
Donor: To be solicited by School
George Swann Award for Electronics Engineering Technology
Donor: George Swann









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School of Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences Award
Donor: To be solicited by school
School of Social Sciences Award for Academic Excellence
Donor: COB
Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration
Donor: To be solicited by School
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Award
Donor: To be solicited by School
Associate of Arts in Law and Criminal Justice Award
Donor: To be solicited by School
Associate of Arts in History Award
Donor: To be solicited by School
Bahamas Psychological Association Associate of Arts in Psychology Award
Donor: Bahamas PsychologicalAssociation

N.B.
In all instances, Award recipients will be presented with plaques.
In those instances where there is no Bachelor Degree programme, an Award may be given for an
Associate Degree programme.
Permission may be given for an award to be named after a company, a retiree or in memory of an
individual who has made a significant contribution to The College/University and/or the community.




























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XXVI. PRESIDENT'S SCHOLARS PROGRAMME

The President's Scholars Programme is a unique, competitive scholarship/leadership programme
designed to identify and cultivate outstanding potential in selected freshmen entering The College.
Membership in the PSP allows students to develop close associations with university
administrators and meet scholars and dignitaries who frequently visit the campus. Students chosen
for the PSP also have the opportunity to take advantage of some of the most talented faculty
members at The College of The Bahamas who teach special sections of selected required courses.

Applicants for the PSP should display outstanding leadership capabilities and potential and should
have a strong academic record. Students with proven leadership skills and strong academic
records compete for scholarship assistance of $6000.00 per academic year which includes a
stipend and tuition waiver. The PSP scholarship is renewable for four years if members maintain
high academic standards while exercising practical leadership in college activities.

PSP applicants are carefully reviewed by a committee of COB faculty and staff which selects a
group of individuals who are invited to the campus for a personal PSP interview. After the personal
interview process has been completed, individuals selected for the programme will be notified in
writing.

President's Scholars Programme
Office of President's Scholars and Honours Programmes
The College of The Bahamas
P. O.Box N 4912
Nassau, N.P.
The Bahamas

Tel: (242) 302-4559
Fax: (242) 326-7834





















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XXVII. APPENDICES

APPENDIX A

STUDENT DISCIPLINARY PROCESS POLICY GUIDELINES
The following are the policy guidelines that will be used to direct the student disciplinary process at
The College. All students are expected to govern themselves accordingly.

1.0 ADMINISTRATION:
1.1. The Disciplinary Review Committee is empowered by The College President to regulate a
system of adjudication for all social disciplinary matters involving students at The College.
1.2. This body comprises faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders at The College and
will function within the following terms of reference:
Assist with the design, review and revision of college/university policies and processes
relevant to academic and/or social misconduct by students attending The College of
The Bahamas;
Advise the appropriate College Departments and officials and/or the Desk for Student
Judicial Affairs on matters relevant to student social disciplinary policies and
processes;
Adhere to a strict code of ethics which ensures objectivity, fairness and honesty in the
conduct of its mandate.
1.3. All matters pertaining to student social discipline shall be administered and managed by
an experienced and qualified faculty or staff from a central desk within the Office of The
Vice President, Student Affairs. This desk shall be known as The Desk for Student
Judicial Affairs.
1.4. All matters of student social misconduct by and/or against a student at The College shall
be reported to this Desk in writing and all disciplinary proceedings will be initiated from
this desk.
1.5. Matters can be brought to The Desk by a member of administration, faculty or staff of a
College Department or School, another student or by a member of the wider community.
1.6. The major functions to be performed by The Desk are as follows:
Receive written complaints and seek a settlement at the informal level;
Maintain a directory of active hearing panel members;
Develop appropriate forms/blanks to accommodate and streamline the relevant
processes;
Initiate (when necessary) formal hearings within stipulated timelines;
To inform parties of date, time and place of hearings;
Inform appropriate College Schools/Departments of decisions taken;
Maintain records of all judicial hearings and decisions.
1.7. Once a matter has been reported in writing, the proceeding must be initiated within the
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1.8. The burden of proof rests with The College. This means that The College is required to
present evidence showing that the student or students charged have violated College
policies or procedures. Persons charged do not have to "prove" their innocence, and
may remain silent, if they so choose. Such silence shall not be construed as an
indication of culpability.

1.9. In exceptional cases, if the presence on the campus of a student or students, against
whom a complaint has been lodged, is adjudged to constitute a risk to other students,
faculty, staff and/or property, then any of the Vice Presidents is empowered to suspend
the student immediately, pending action by the SDC1. But in any event, this interim
suspension cannot exceed ten (10) working days.

1.10. Where the altercation involves a member of staff, then a member of staff will replace the
faculty member at the various levels of disciplinary process. The same proviso is made
in the case where a faculty member may be involved in an incident for which a complaint
has been filed.

2.0 TRIBUNALS:

2.1. LEVELS
2.1.1.There shall be a four-level system in place to decide matters of student misconduct-
academic or social.
2.1.2.At the first two levels no decision relative to suspension, expulsion or alterations to
students' transcripts is permitted. However recommendations from either of these
two levels can be sent to Level Three for further consideration.
2.1.3.Level (1): Informal Hearing (Office of V.P., Student Affairs)
Level (2): Student Disciplinary Committee (SDC)
Level (3): College Disciplinary Board (CDB)
Level (4): College Appeals Board (CAB)
2.1.4.At all levels there will be tripartite representation of students, faculty/staff and
administration, except where noted in Clause 1.10.
2.1.5. In any case where there is potentially a conflict of interest as regards any member of
the Committee/ Board, such persons will not be allowed to sit at any level.
2.1.6.All participants sitting at any level of the process must successfully complete a
programme of orientation and training administered by the Office of Student Affairs
or other designated College authority.
2.1.7. If a student, once notified in writing of the hearing, fails to appear on two consecutive
occasions, the matter shall be heard in his/her absence. In the case where a student
fails to appear, owing to mitigating circumstances (illness, travel, etc.) then a final
decision will be deferred. The student will be given one (1) or more opportunities to
appear at a date to be announced. If the student fails to meet this deadline, the final
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2.2. INFORMAL HEARING:
The first level is a very informal process whereby matters of minor infringement can be
handled at the departmental level. This is the first step in the disciplinary process. If attempts
at this level are unsuccessful, the matter is taken to the first formal step, which is Level (2).

2.3. STUDENT DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE:
2.3.1.Scope: This level can only deal with incidents of minor infractions. Any matter that is
deemed very serious or for which a solution cannot be found at the lower level, must
be referred to The College Disciplinary Board.
2.3.2.An act of misconduct will be deemed serious if it is life threatening, or attracting
negative publicity/media for The College; that is, it brings the institution into ill repute.
2.3.3. If any of the concerned parties is not satisfied with the decision given at this level, it
can be sent to Level Three, The College Disciplinary Board, for further consideration.
2.3.4. Composition The SDC hearing panel shall consist of five (5) members:

i. A student Chair of at least second-year standing
appointed by COBUS.
ii. Two (2) other students, one to be appointed by COB
clubs/organizations, and the other could be invited
by the accused student.
iii. Two (2) faculty/staff members who are members of
The College Disciplinary Board.

2.3.5.Quorum
The quorum shall consist of three persons:
The Student Chair
One (1) other student
A faculty or staff member
2.3.6. Referral If at this level the matter cannot be resolved, OR, it involves gross
misconduct, the matter must be referred to Level 3.

2.4. COLLEGE DISCIPLINARY BOARD
2.4.1. Scope
This board will deal with all major offences or matters that have not been resolved at
the lower levels or the decision at the lower level with which one of the parties is not
satisfied.
2.4.2. Board members are not permitted to hear a matter at more than one level of the
disciplinary process. If a matter coming before the CAB has been heard by any
member of the Board, that member may not be empanelled for the CAB review of
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2.4.3. Composition
The Board shall comprise eleven (11) members:
i. Three Deans
ii. Two faculty members appointed by the Academic
Board
iii. Two student representatives appointed by COBUS
iv. One Counselling representative
v. Two staff members appointed by the Mid-
managers
vi. The Chair of the relevant School

2.4.4. Quorum
The quorum shall consist of six (6) members
i. The Dean of the School to which the accused
student is attached (Chair).
ii. The Chair or faculty member from the student's
School
iii. One student representative
iv. One other faculty or staff member
v. One Counsellor
vi. One staff member

2.5. COLLEGE APPEALS BOARD:
2.5.1.There shall be an Appeals Board to hear and determine appeals from students on
social matters.
2.5.2. Grounds of Appeal Appeals may be filed in the event of:
i. denial of due process;
ii. lack of substantial basis in fact to support the findings;
iii. significant, relevant or new evidence/information that was not available at
the time of the hearing and/or;
iv. sanctions that are unduly harsh or arbitrary.
2.5.3.AII appeals must be filed within ten (10) working days of a hearing by The College
Disciplinary Board.
2.5.4. Once a student files an appeal, any disciplinary sanctions imposed at a lower level
must be suspended pending the outcome of the appeal.
2.5.5.The appeal may be denied or granted in whole or part. Any other relief may be
directed where appropriate.
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2.5.7. Composition/Membership:
The Appeals Board composition shall consist of seven (7) members:
i. Three Vice Presidents Student Affairs (Chair), Academic
Affairs and any other as permanent members
ii. One (1) Faculty member appointed by the Academic Board
(Faculty members who heard the matter at a lower level
cannot be members of this Board).
iii. One (1) staff member appointed by the mid managers
iv. Two (2) Students, one must be nominated by COBUS and
the other could be invited by the accused student.
(Students who served at an earlier level cannot be
members of this Board). (See Clause 1.10).



2.5.8. With the exception of the permanent members, membership will be reviewed
annually but no member shall serve more than two consecutive terms.
2.5.9. Quorum The Quorum should consist of four (4) persons:
i. V.P., Student Affairs (Chair)
ii. One other V.P.
iii. One faculty or staff member
iv. One COBUS representative

3.0 CONDUCT OF THE HEARING
3.1. When a complaint is received at The Desk, it notifies the student in writing of the alleged
misconduct within 2-3 working days. Once the student receives the notification in writing,
he/she must schedule an appointment with the Officer at The Desk within two (2) working
days.
3.2. At this meeting an attempt will be made to dispose of the matter without a formal hearing
if the matter is not deemed to be serious. At this initial meeting, the student brought before
The Desk is advised of his/her rights and is informed of the evidence supporting the
charges. The student is provided with an opportunity to respond and discuss possible
solutions.
3.3. If, after discussion, the student and Officer cannot agree at an informal disposition, the
case will be tabled for formal adjudication at the Student Disciplinary Committee Level.
3.4. Within ten (10) working days after the scheduled appointment at The Desk, the Officer
shall make all the arrangements for the conduct of the formal hearings and inform all the
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3.5. The student shall be advised of the following rights:
3.5.1.To review all complaints filed against him/her.
3.5.2.To present or state his/her case.
3.5.3.To be accompanied by an advisor/counsel. Students who intend to use legal
counsel as advisors must inform The Desk seven (7) days before the hearing for the
purpose of having College legal representation. The counsel's participation shall be
limited to directly advising the student.
3.5.4.To call witnesses on his/her behalf
3.5.5.To cross-examine witnesses.
3.5.6.To receive from The Desk the written decision of the College Disciplinary Board
(CDB), within 72 hours of the conclusion of the hearing. The written decision shall
specify any regulationss, which it determines the student has violated, as well as the
recommended sanction.
3.6. The proceedings of these matters are confidential. Any breach will lead to the dismissal
from The Desk of the member who has contravened this regulation.
3.7. If an offence is categorized as 'major', as specified in this handbook (See Table of
Contents), a hearing at the Student Disciplinary Committee Level will be waived and the
matter will be referred directly to the College Disciplinary Board.


4.0 TYPES OF STUDENT DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS
4.1. WARNING
Written notice that violations of specified policies or regulations have occurred and that
continued violations might result in further disciplinary action.
4.2. CENSURE
Written reprimand for violations of specified policies or regulations, including notice that
continued violations may result in further disciplinary action.
4.3. LOSS OF PRIVILEGES, EXPULSION FROM ACTIVITIES
Exclusion from participation in designated privileges and extracurricular activities for
specified academic termss.
4.4. DISCIPLINARY PROBATION
A period of restriction imposed during which a student must display conduct that conforms
to College standards of conduct. Conditions restricting the student's privileges or eligibility
for activities may be imposed. Misconduct during Probation or violation of conditions of
Probation may result in Suspension/Dismissal from The College.
4.5. RESTITUTION
Restitution, either monetary or in the form of apology, research paper, or community
service, which is appropriate for the violation (s), may be ordered for damages to or
misappropriation of property or for dereliction of duties, or other responsibilities.
4.6. DEFERRED SANCTION 3
In some cases, a sanction or suspension or a denial of privilege may be held in abeyance
for a specified period. This means that, should the student be found guilty of any violation
during the prescribed period, the sanction will be invoked without further review, and
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4.7. EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES
A student is required to perform certain activities that are pertinent to his or her course of
study at The College. Failure to complete a required educational experience as
prescribed by the Student Disciplinary Committee will result in one semester of
suspension from The College (Fall or Spring Semester).
4.8. INTERIM SUSPENSION
Exclusion from classes or from other specified activities/areas of campus before final
determination of an alleged violation. A student may be placed on Interim Suspension if
there is cause to believe that the student's presence will lead to physical abuse, threats
of violence, or conduct that threatens the health or safety of members of The College
community, or other disruptive activity incompatible with the orderly operation of the
institution.
4.9. SUSPENSION
This is the termination of a student's status for a specified academic termss. During
suspension, students must comply with all conditions imposed and shall not attend
classes, hold student employment or use any services which The College normally
provides for students. Students may be barred from entering campus/College functions
while suspended, and suspensions appear on transcripts until the student is readmitted.
4.10. EXPULSION FROM THE COLLEGE
The dismissed student is barred from entering campus or College functions. Such a
student will be automatically and permanently removed from The College Register and is
barred from entering College premises, using College facilities or participating in College
functions. Dismissals are recorded on the student's transcript.
5.0 CLASSIFICATION OF SOCIAL MISCONDUCT: 4
5.1. Abusive Conduct Includes but not limited to the following:
Assault
Battery
Sexual Harassment
Sexual Misconduct
Threatening Behaviour

5.2. Conviction for a criminal offence.
5.3. Drugs / gambling / weapons on College property
5.4. Willful / careless / reckless damage or destruction or tampering with College property.
5.5. Disorderly conduct or behaviour which is abusive, obscene, lewd, profane, indecent,
violent, excessively noisy, disorderly, or which unreasonably disturbs other groups or
individuals.
5.6. Failure to comply with official college / university rules and regulations.
5.7. Violation of dormitory regulations.
5.8. Perjury / violation of parking regulations.
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5.10. Trespassing / Unauthorized entry.
5.11. Impersonation / Misrepresentation / Misuse of ID Cards.
5.12. Parking in a restricted or non-student designated parking area.
5.13. Smoking in a non-smoking designated area.
5.14. Using wireless audio electronic messaging devices (e.g. cell phones, beepers, pagers,
etc.) in classes or at any other formal gathering of students, faculty and staff.
5.15. Willful interruption of any college sanctioned activity.

TIMELINES FOR COMPLETION OF ADJUDICATION AT EACH LEVEL OR STAGE
The following are the suggested timelines by which a matter must be heard at each of the
procedural levels on page ** of this Handbook.

Office of Student Affairs 5 working days
DSC Additional 5 working days.
CDB Additional 10 working days.
CAB A day stipulated for sitting, e.g. the last Thursday of every month.

Exception
When a matter is deemed to be serious and the student is placed on interim suspension and
Levels 1 and 2 are bypassed, then the CDB must hear the matter within ten (10) working days or at
its next regular sitting, whichever comes first.

COB DISCIPLINE CODE CLASSIFICATION
Disciplinary action may be initiated by The College and sanctions imposed against any student or
student organization found guilty of committing, attempting to commit, or intentionally assisting in
the commission of any of the following prohibited forms of conduct:
1.1. Any form of dishonesty, including, but not limited to, fabricating information or knowingly
furnishing false information or reporting a false emergency to College officials acting in the
performance of their duties.
1.2. Forgery, alteration or misuse of any College document, record, key, electronic device, or
identification.
1.3. Theft of, conversion of, damage to or destruction of any property of The College or property of
The College or property of others while on College premises or possession of any property of
The College or others stolen while on College premises.
1.4. Theft or other abuse of computing facilities or computer time, including but not limited to,
unauthorized entry into a file to use, read, or change the contents or for any other purpose;
unauthorized transfer of a file; unauthorized use of another individual's identification or
password; use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty or
staff member, or College official; use of computing facilities to interfere with a College
computer system.
1.5. Unauthorized entry to, possession of, receipt of, duplication of or use of The College's name,
insignia or seal. Unauthorized entry to, possession of, receipt of or use of any College
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1.6. Violation of policies, regulations or rules governing College owned or operated housing
facilities or leased housing facilities located on College property.
1.7. Physical abuse, including but not limited to: rape, sexual assault, sex offences, and other
physical assaults; threats of violence or conduct that threatens the health or safety of any
person.
1.8. Sexual harassment: unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and other
verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:
a) Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly as term or
condition of instruction, employment, or participation in other College activities;
b) Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for
evaluation in making academic or personnel decisions affecting an individual;
c) Such conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an
individual's performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive College
environment.

In determining whether the alleged conduct constitutes sexual harassment, consideration shall be
given to the record of the incident as a whole and to the totality of the circumstances, including the
context in which the alleged incidents occurred.

1.9. Stalking behaviour in which an individual willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly engages in a
knowing course of conduct directed at a specific person which reasonably and seriously
alarms, torments, or terrorizes the person, and which serves no legitimate purpose.
1.10. The use of "fighting words" to harass any persons) on College property, or in connection
with official College functions or College-sponsored programmes.

"Fighting words" are those personally abusive epithets which, when directly addressed to any
ordinary person, are, in the context used and as a matter of common knowledge, inherently likely
to provoke a violent reaction whether or not they actually do so. Such words include but are not
limited to those terms widely recognized to be derogatory references to race, ethnicity, religion,
sex, sexual orientation, disability, and other personal characteristics. "Fighting words" constitute
harassment when the circumstances of their utterance create a hostile and intimidating
environment which the student uttering them should reasonably know will interfere with the victim's
ability to pursue effectively his or her education or otherwise to participate fully in College
programmes and activities.

1.11. Intentional disruption, obstruction or interference with the process of instruction, research,
administration, student discipline or any other service or activity provided or sponsored by
the College.
1.12. Disorderly or lewd conduct (including that resulting from drunkenness), unreasonable
noise, or behaviour that results in unreasonable annoyance on College property or at
College-sponsored or supervised activities.
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1.14. Failure to identify oneself to, or comply with the verbal or written directions of any College
official or other public officials acting in the performance of their duties on College property
or at official College functions, or resisting or obstructing a security officer or such College
or other public officials in the performance of or in their attempt to perform their duties.
1.15. Unlawful manufacture, illegal creation, processing, cultivation, brokering or possession of
controlled substances on College-owned or controlled property or at College-sponsored
activities.
1.16. Possession, consumption, or distribution of alcoholic beverages on College-owned or
controlled property or at College-sponsored or supervised activities unless sanctioned by
the appropriate College body.
1.17. Possession, use or threatened use of firearms, ammunition or other dangerous weapons,
substances, or materials (except as expressly authorized by The College), or bombs,
explosive or incendiary devices prohibited by law or college regulations.
1.18. Failure to comply with the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed in accordance with
the Code of Student Conduct.
1.19. Violation of regulations or any other standards of conduct as outlined by The College,
provided they have been published, distributed or posted in such a manner as to furnish
adequate notice to students.

CLASSIFICATION OF MINOR OFFENCES/INFRACTIONS
The following infractions, when committed by students for the first time, will be classified as minor
offences or infractions. However if an offence, hereby classified as minor, is repeated by the same
offender on more than two occasions, the offence will be treated as a major offence.

Examples of misconduct classified as minor offences are as follows:
Willful interruption of a class or any other College-sanctioned activity.
Verbal abuse and/or intimidation of another student, faculty or staff.
Refusal to comply with instructions from security personnel.
Accidental destruction of property.
Failure to wear an identification card in designated areas.
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Typical Range of Major and Minor Offences and sanctions for Student Misconduct6


Type (Abusive Conduct)
1. Assault, Verbal
2. Assault, Non-Verbal
3. Battery
4. Sexual Harassment
5. Sexual Misconduct
6. Act of Intolerance
(Hate Crime)

Type (Disorderly Conduct)
7. Disturbing the Peace
8. Interfering with
College Personnel


Type (Public Nudity)
9. General
10. Public Urination


(probation, deferred suspension, expulsion)
(probation, deferred suspension)
(deferred suspension, suspension, expulsion)
(probation, suspension, expulsion)
(probation, suspension, expulsion)
(probation, deferred suspension)



(formal warning, probation, suspension)

(formal warning, probation, suspension)



(probation, deferred suspension)
(probation, deferred suspension)


Type (Actions Leading to Criminal Conviction)
11. Actions Leading to
Criminal Convictions (full range of sanctions, dependent on criminal charges)

Type (Alcoholic Beverages)
12. Abuse- Medical
Attention Required (deferred suspension, suspension, expulsion)
13. Abuse No Medical
Attention Required (deferred suspension, suspension, expulsion)
14. Removal from Athletic Event (probation, denial of privileges)
Type (Damage or Destruction of Property)
15. Damage or Destruction/
Accidental (formal warning, probation, restitution)
16. Damage or Destruction/
Malicious (suspension, restitution, expulsion)
Type (Illegal Drugs)
17. Possession or Use of Marijuana (suspension)
18. Sale or Distribution of Marijuana (suspension, expulsion)
19. Possession or Use of
Other Drugs (suspension, expulsion)
20. Sale or Distribution of
Other Drugs (suspension, expulsion)


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Type (Failure to Comply with a College Officia
21. Failure to Comply with a
College Official
22. Failure to Comply with
imposed sanctions

Type (Failure to Observe Rules and Regulatio
23. Breach of Residence Hall
Rules and Regulations
24. Unacceptable Use of
Information Systems
25. Breach of Cafeteria
Rules and Regulations


(formal warning, probation)

(probation, suspension)

ns)

(formal warning, probation)

(probation & deferred denial of privileges)

(formal warning, probation)


Type (Fireworks, Explosives, Hazardous Chemicals, Weapons)
26. Fireworks (probation, denial of privileges, suspension)


27. Explosives
28. Hazardous Chemicals

29. Weapons

Type (Forgery, Fraud)
30. Forgery, Fraud

Type (Fire Safety)
31. Misuse of Fire-Fighting Equipment
32. Disregard for Fire-Alarm Signals
33. Tampering with Equipment

Type (Misuse of ID Cards)
34. Misuse of ID Cards

Type (Perjury, Furnishing False Information)
35. Perjury in Disciplinary Hearing
36. Furnishing False Information

Type (Tampering with College Equipment)
37. Tampering with College Equipment

Type (Theft)
38. Theft/Petty Theft

39. Theft/Grand Theft


(denial of privileges, suspension, expulsion)
(probation, denial of privileges, suspension,
expulsion)
(probation, suspension, expulsion)


(full range of sanctions)


(formal warning, probation)
(formal warning, probation)
(deferred suspension, suspension)


(probation, deferred suspension, suspension)


(probation, deferred suspension)
(probation, suspension)


(probation, suspension)


(formal warning, deferred suspension,
suspension, restitution)
(suspension, restitution, expulsion)


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Type (Unauthorized Entry)
40. Unauthorized Entry

Type (Visitation, Guest)
41. Visitation, Guest


Type (Involvement in any other College Violat
42. Involvement in any other
College Violation


(probation, deferred suspension)


(formal warning, probation, deferred suspension,
denial of privileges)

ion)

(formal warning, probation, suspension)


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XXVIII. ADMINISTRATION CONTACT INFORMATION


The College of The Bahamas
Council Secretary Office
Location: A-Block
(Upstairs south)
Tel: 302-4304
Fax: 326-7834

The College President
Location: A-Block
(Upstairs south wing)
Tel: 302-4301/4338
Fax: 322-2054

The Executive Vice President
Location: A-Block
(COB main foyer)
Tel: 302-4306
Fax: 325-6303

Vice President-Financial Affairs
Location: Portia M. Smith Building
(2nd floor)
Tel: 302-4516
Fax: 302-4599

Vice President Academic Affairs
Location: A-Block
(COB main foyer)
Tel: 302-4309/4310
Fax: 322-3207

Dean-Faculty of Liberal &
Fine Arts
Location: A-Block (upstairs)
Tel: 302-4313/4314
Fax:

SCHOOLS, DEPARTMENTS
& INSTITUTE
School of Business
Location: B-Block
(Ground floor west)
Tel: 302-4417/4334
Fax: 326-9682


Vice President Research,
Planning & Dev.
Location: A-Block
(Upstairs, south wing)
Tel: 302-4308
Fax: 323-7804

Vice President- Student Affairs
Location: Portia M. Smith Building
Tel: 302-4342
Fax: 302-4599

Estate Administrator
Location: Portia M. Smith Building
(2nd floor)
Tel: 302-4458/9
Fax: 302-4599

Dean-Faculty of Social &
Educational Studies
Location: Michael H Eldon Complex -
Thompson Blvd.
Tel: 397-2610

Dean- Faculty Pure &
Applied Sciences
Location: T- Block
Tel: 302-4413/4414
Fax: 326-7834


School of Communication
& Creative Arts
Location: G-Block
(Ground floor north)
Tel: 302-4484/4485/4488
Fax: 326-7834

School of Education
Location: A-Block
(Upstairs, COB main foyer)
Tel: 397-2604
Fax: 326-7834


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School of English Studies
Location: A-Block
(Upstairs COB main foyer)
Tel: 302-4381
Fax: 302-4384

Culinary & Hospitality
Management Institute
Location: BTTC-Thompson
Boulevard
Tel: 323-6804
Fax: 325-8175

School of Sciences &
Technology
Location: G-Block
Tel: 302-4436/4438
Fax: 302-4539

School of Nursing &
Allied Health Profs.
Location: GCC Campus, Shirley St.
Tel: 325-5551/2
Fax: 328-0284




Business Office
Location: Portia M. Smith Bldg
(1st & 2nd floor)
Tel: 302-4519/4520
Fax: 326-7835

Records Department
Location: Portia M. Smith Bldg.
(1st floor)
Tel: 302-4312/4397
Fax: 302-4395


School of Social Sciences
Location: Boulevard Building
Tel: 397-2608
Fax: 302-4539

Student Affairs Office
Location: Portia M. Smith Building
(2nd floor)
Tel: 302-4342
Fax: 302-4586

Student Activities Department
Location: Student Union Bldg.
(upstairs)
Tel: 302-4525/4591
Fax:


Admissions Office
Location: Portia M.
(2nd floor)
Tel: 302-4319
Fax: 302-4586


Smith Building


COBUS Office
Location: Student Union Bldg.
(Upstairs)
Tel: 302-4562
Fax: 302-458
Location: Chapter One Bookstore
Tel: 397-2651

The College Bookstore
Location: Boulevard Bldg.
Tel: 397-2650/2649

Public Relations
Location: A-Block
(Upstairs south)
Tel: 302 4355
Fax: 326-7834


Alumni Affairs
Location: A-Block
(Upstairs south)
Tel: 302-4365/4366/4356
Fax: 326-7834
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Counselling & Health Services
Department
Location: Portia M. Smith Building
(1st / 3rd floor)
Tel: 302-4439/4380
Nurse: 302-4556
Fax: 302-4448

Financial Aid & Housing
Location: Portia M. Smith Building
(2nd floor)
Tel: 302-4371
Fax: 302-4448/4586

Human Resources Department
Location: A-Block (downstairs)
Tel: 302-4464/4472/4467
Fax: 302-4539




Abaco Centre
Location: Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Tel: 1-242-367-3477
Fax: 1-242-367-3477

Northern Bahamas Campus
Location: Freeport, Grand Bahama
Tel: 1-242-352-9761/2896
Fax: 1-242-352-6167

Institutional Advancement
Location: A block (upstairs)
Tel: 302-4304/4354
Fax: 326-7834

Research Unit Office
Location: Moss Road,
Oakes Field
Tel: 326-4501/2
Fax: 326-4502


Libraries & Instructional
Media Services
Location: A-Block (downstairs)
Tel: 302-4552/4460/4517
Fax: 326-7834

Management Information Services
Location: A-Block (downstairs)
Tel: 302-4548/4531
Fax: 326-7834

Physical Plant Department
Location: Physical Plant Office Bldg.
Tel: 302-4502/4507
Fax: 326-7834

The Purchasing/Receiving
Department
Location: Physical Plant Office Bldg.
Tel: 302-4519/4565
Fax: 326-7834

Centre for Continuing Education
& Extension Services
Location: Moss Road,
Oakes Field
Tel: 325-5714/328-0093
Fax: 328-1938/328-2712

Andros Centre
Location: North Andros
Tel: 1-242-368-2676
Fax: 1-242-369-1560

Bahamas Environmental
Research Centre
Location: Staniard Creek,
North Andros
Tel: 1-242-368-6262


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UWI/COB LLB
Programme Office
Location: BHTTC,
Thompson Blvd.
Tel: 325-7939, 328-6343/1198,
302-4345
Fax: 328-3644

Exuma Resource Centre
Location: Georgetown,
Exuma
Tel: 1-242-336-2790/2
Fax: 1-242-336-2793


Eleuthera Centre
Location: Governor's Harbour,
Eleuthera
Tel: 1-242-332-2325
Fax: 1-242-332-2325

Andros Centre
Location: South Andros
Tel: 1-242-369-1755
Fax: 1-242-369-1560

Bahamas Field Station
Location: San Salvador
Tel: 1-242-331-2520


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XXIX. COB ALMA MATER

Where the blue skies greet the palm trees all around
COB our alma mater proud you stand.
We will come from every isle far and wide.
Knowledge, truth, integrity will be our guide.

Though apart we'll be together always friends
Working hard for love of country 'til the end.
We will live to praise your name filled with pride
Knowledge, truth, integrity will be our guide.
Christian Justilien

In case of emergency, call:

COB SECURITY
302-4502

POLICE/FIRE DEPTS.
911/322-4444
HOSPITAL
322-2861

AMBULANCE
322-2221

MED-EVAC 322-2881

MED TECH
394-3388

FINANCIAL AID & HOUSING OFFICE
302-4370 / 302-4371

RESIDENT DORM DIRECTOR
328-2898














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