Academic Policies for Students of the Center for American Law Studies at the Faculty of Law and Administration at University of Warsaw

October 2016

The Center for American Law Studies at the Faculty of Law and Administration of University of Warsaw has established the policies set forth and explained below.

To obtain a certificate jointly issued by the Emory University, Georgia State University and University of Warsaw students must:

- fulfill attendance standards;

- participate in all courses offered during the particular academic year of the student’s enrollment;

- prepare for classes; and

- pass satisfactorily all exams given at the end of each course within the time period specified and according to honor code standards.

1. Regular and punctual attendance is required.

Consequently, class attendance is a primary responsibility of each student, and the right to continue enrollment in a course offered by the Center and the right to take the examination in that course is conditioned upon a record of attendance satisfactory to the professor.

The Center’s standard of attendance policy is that a student may have no more than two absences (2 x 1,5 h) in each two week course and no more than one (1 x 1,5 h) absence in a one week course. If a student’s absences exceed the permitted number and “good cause” is shown for the absences, then the student in order to satisfactorily complete the course has to complete an “additional” work assignment given by the professor teaching the course (such as a paper to be written on a subject relevant to the course). Upon turning in the paper and fulfilling all other necessary requirements the student will satisfactory complete the course.

“Good cause” shall be understood to mean serious sickness or injury evidenced by a certificate issued by a medical doctor or vis major. The medical doctor’s certificate shall be presented to the Director of the Center within two weeks after the reason for the absence stopped to exist. Under no circumstances may lack of time or work commitments be considered as “good cause”.

Particularly justified cases connected to the course of study at the University, the events such as conferences, moot court competitions and training may be treated as a “good cause”. The student shall notify the Director about those events before the time of the events and shall seek the permission of the Director to be absent during two-weeks course more than two classes because of those events.

If a student violates the attendance standards, his/her right to continue participation in the Center’s courses shall be determined by the Director of the Center for American Law Studies after consulting with the professor teaching the course in question.

The decision of the Director may be appealed to the Dean of the Faculty of Law and Administration at University of Warsaw.



2. Students must be aware that study at the Center requires a substantial time commitment and preparation for each class meeting.

Materials for each course will be provided in an electronic version (or paper copy) to each student prior to the commencement of the course. Active participation in class discussions is highly encouraged.


3. In order to receive a Certificate, a student must pass all examinations.

An exam is given at the end of each course. All examinations are written. The format of the written exam (in class, closed book, open book, take home, essay, multiple choice) is determined by the professor teaching each course. The format will be announced to students at least a couple of days before the last class.

When “take home” exams are given, students will be given the due date by the professor. If the paper is turned in after that date but within one week thereof, the professor may lower the student’s grade by one letter. Exams submitted more than one week after the due date will not be accepted and the student will receive a failing grade in the course.

At the beginning of the academic year each student will obtain a confidential exam ID number for use on his or her final exams throughout the academic year. The professor teaching the course in question shall initially evaluate the exam without knowing the identity of the test-taker. Later, the professor may match exam numbers with students names and adjust final grades to reflect class participation and other relevant factors.


The exam grading scale for the Center is as follows:

A  very good

A - very good minus

B + good plus

B    good

B – good minus

C+  satisfactory plus

C    satisfactory

C-   satisfactory minus

D, F failing grade

“C- “ is the lowest passing grade.

In case of an unsatisfactory grade, the professor teaching the course may permit the student to retake the exam only one time. The student shall contact the Director of the Center to set a date to retake the exam as soon as possible but not later than two weeks after the announcement of the grades. If the student will contact the Director after the mentioned two weeks period a retake of an exam will not be granted unless the student presents a good cause for the delay. If the student fails to fulfill his obligation to retake the exam in a timely manner she/he will receive a failing grade. The student may fail and retake an exam only twice during the whole course of studies at the Center.

The students who receive a third failing grade during the course of studies in the Center will not receive a certificate. At the end of the year such students will receive a statement concerning their satisfactory grades only.

Students may receive an exam delay only under exceptional circumstances such as serious illness or injury attested to by a medical doctor, vis major or special events connected to the course of study at the University such as participation in a conference, training or moot court competition. Students seeking an exam delay must contact the Director of the Center for American Law Studies at the earliest possible time and before the exam is given and if the request is granted the Director will set a make-up date.

At the end of the year students who satisfactorily pass all mandatory courses will receive a Certificate issued jointly by the Emory University, Georgia State University and the University of Warsaw. The Certificate includes a statement in Polish and English about completion of the course and the student’s grade average. The grade averages which appear on the certificate are the following: excellent (celujący), very good (bardzo dobry), good (dobry), satisfactory (dostateczny). No pluses and minuses will be reflected on the Certificate

Except for circumstances mentioned above the Certificate of the Center may not be given in the following situations:

- Having another student sign an attendance sheet or signing an attendance sheet in violation of the attendance standards set forth above;

- Bringing unauthorized assistance into an examination room;

- Writing an assigned paper for another student;

- Handing in a paper written by another student or purchased or obtained from another source and representing it as one’s own;

- Plagiarizing or plagiarism, which means using, intentionally or not, a written document or electronic record reflecting the ideas or words of another as one’s own without proper attribution to the source of those ideas or words

- Receiving and giving unauthorized assistance while taking a delayed exam;

- Intentionally obtaining or giving information about the content of an examination, knowing that the release of that information has not been authorized; or otherwise intentionally giving or obtaining unauthorized assistance on any academic assignment or examination;

- Intentionally using, giving or obtaining unauthorized assistance on any academic assignment or examination.

- Handling the exam to the professor or administrator of the exam without any answers is not considered as taking the exam.  Such behavior is considered as unethical. The student will be not granted the second chance to take an exam under such circumstances.

All students will receive a copy of that Honor Code and must familiarize themselves with the Code.