Examinations, appeals, disputes

Examinations

The main way to evaluate learning outcomes is through an exam. The first part of the continuing subject (module) may be assessed by giving credit (lith. – įskaita). Examinations and credits are only in written, combined written and oral form or done by computer (equivalent to a written exam).

The learning outcomes are evaluated by the professor, the lecturer who led the studies or the commission of specialists in the respective field.

Students' competences are evaluated from 1 to 10 points, during the tests – by giving or not giving credit. Other evaluation principles are possible as well. More about the evaluation system at the University.

Main and extended exam period

Examinations and credits shall be taken at the time specified in the examination schedule.

If you are unable to attend the exam due to illness or any other relevant reason, you can file a request to the head of unit / dean to take the exam at another time during the main examination period or to extend the examination period. The examination period is extended by the period specified in the certificate of incapacity for work issued by the medical institution, but not longer than one month from the beginning of the new semester.

The reason for not taking the exam (receiving credit) must be notified to the administration of the unit within 3 working days from the scheduled date of the examination (ECTS credit) and set the date to submit the supporting documents proving the illness or any other valid reason.

Debts, academic debts and their liquidation

Unsuccessful exams (credits) may be retaken once within the first 2 weeks of the new semester and, if the exam period has been extended, within 2 weeks of the expiration of the extended term. Failure to pass the exam (ECTS credit) is a debt.

Debt can be liquidated using one of the following options:

Important: The procedures for repeating a subject, fast track study agreement and replacing a subject may vary between core academic units, so it is important to refer to the current procedure in your faculty.

Academic debt – when brink level of achievement is not reached after having chosen the method to liquidate the debt.

Students whose cumulative amounts of debt or academic debt exceeds 15 ECTS credits, as well as students who have not been allowed to repeat the courses, are expelled from the University.

Appeals

Appeals may be made for violations of the final assessment of subject achievement (except for final examinations and defense of theses) and procedure (colloquium, examination, defense of final thesis) violations.

Appeals are handled by the Core Academic Unit’s Dispute Settlement Board (lith. acronym – GNK) consisting of 6 members, 3 of whom are appointed by Students’ Representation.

To file an appeal, you must apply in written form to the Dispute Settlement Board of the Core Academic Unit. The appeal must contain:

An appeal against the final grade may be filed within 7 calendar days of the date of publication of the assessment. If the exam is held at the end of the exam period, the appeal must be filed within 7 calendar days of the last day of the Examination Schedule, i. e. if the exam is taken on the last day of the schedule, after the assessment is published within 5 days, the student has 2 days to appeal.

Appeals for procedural violations may be filed no later than 3 business days after the date of Colloquium, exam (credit), or defense of the final thesis.

Appeals must be motivated, which means that you should list all the reasons why you disagree with the assessment of the credit or exam or justify the procedural irregularities (remember: "I think" is not an argument) in the appeal. Otherwise, the appeal is to be dismissed.

The decision of the Dispute Settlement Board of the Core Academic Unit regarding the assessment of the examination (credit) is final. Other decisions of the Board may be appealed to the Central Dispute Settlement Board no later than seven calendar days after the decision publishing date.

Until the Board of Core Academic Unit (or Central, if the decision is appealed) delivers its decision, no decisions of the Administration concerning the student achievement assessment and examination or final thesis procedure shall be taken with respect to the student.

Core Academic Unit Dispute Settlement Board Regulation, Appeal Form, Example of the Appeal.

Disputes

The Academic Core Unit Dispute Settlement Board also settles disputes related to research and study activities between University students and other community members working in that institution.

Applications may be made to the Board by any University student who deems their rights to be violated. The Board will only consider statements regarding members of the University community working in that Unit.

The application may be made no later than one month after the date on which the infringement was committed or discovered.

To apply, you must do so in writing to the Dispute Settlement Board of the Core Academic Unit. The application must include:

The Commission must examine the application received and make a decision within a maximum of 30 calendar days of its registration in the Core Academic Unit. The decision of the Core Academic Unit Board on the dispute may be appealed to the Central Dispute Settlement Board no later than 7 calendar days after the date of decision publishing.

The Academic Dispute Settlement Board of the Core Academic Unit is composed of 6 members: 3 members of the Board are appointed from the teaching staff and scientific (artistic) staff of the Unit, and the other 3 are appointed from people authorized by the Students’ Representation. The commission operates under regulations approved by the Senate.

You can get acquainted with the structure of the Academic Core Unit Dispute Settlement Board here.