I. Change of major

  1. Changing of the major:
    A student may request, at any time, from the School concerned, to change his (her) major. The Admissions’ conditions, and/or his/her academic performance at UMT, will be taken into consideration. Acceptance in the new major is also conditional on availability of places.

  2. English Requirements:
    Entering Freshmen and Sophomores, with a score between 500 and 549 on the EEE, or its equivalent in TOEFL, must take ENG 100 Remedial English, (zero credit)

III. Classification of students

Students are classified as Full-Time when they enroll in 12 credits and above, and they are considered Part-Time when they enroll in less than 12 credits per semester.

A. Degree Students:

Degree students are classified as follows:

Classification Credit hours completed
Freshman 0-29
Sophomore) 30-59
Junior 60-89
Senior 90-119

B. Special Students:

Students taking courses for credit but not working towards a Degree are classified as Special Students.

V. Classroom scheduling and class size

Classrooms are assigned by the Registrar’s Office. Instructors wishing to make classroom changes must first clear such changes with the Division Chairperson, and the Registrar’s Office.

When determining class size, the following guidelines will be followed:

Lecture courses: 40 students
Language and Seminar courses: 25 students
Studio, Lab, Internship, and Physical Education courses: 20 students

Normally, an addition of no more than 10% will be used to account for possible attrition.

VII. Scholastic standing

A. Grading System:

The University Grading System uses a series of letters to which grade quality points are assigned. The Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated according to a procedure outlined in the following section.

Grade Quality Points
A 4
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2
C- 1.67
D+ 1.33
D 1
F 0
P No quality points
NP No quality points
U No quality points
I No quality points
WI No quality points
WP No quality points
WF No quality points
  • Grade A indicates work of excellent quality. It is valued at four quality points for each credit hour.
  • Grade B indicates work of good quality. It is valued at three quality points for each credit hour.
  • Grade C indicates a satisfactory achievement. It is valued at two quality points for each credit.
  • Grade D indicates the minimum passing grade, and is indicative of poor performance. It is valued at one quality point for each credit hour.
  • Grade F indicates an unsatisfactory performance in the course. It has zero quality points. No credit will be added to the student’s record.
  • Grade P indicates a passing performance in a course taken on a Pass/No Pass basis. The credits if any, will be added to the number of credits passed, but will not be included in the average. It has no quality points.
  • Grade NP indicates a failing performance in courses taken on a Pass/No Pass basis. No credits will be added to the student’s record, nor will the average be affected. It has no quality points.
  • Grade U indicates a course taken on an auditing basis. It has no quality points, and the credits will not be added to the passed credits.
  • Grade I indicates incomplete work. This grade is exceptionally given by the Instructor when a student, with a valid excuse, did not sit for the final exam, and/or did not present the final project. Students will not be entitled to an “I” grade, unless they have a passing grade of the completed material, throughout the course, and so long as they have not exceeded the allowed number of absences.
  • The “I” grade does not count in the average, and it adds no credits to the student’s record.
  • Section VIII. A-3 of this document explains how to have the grade of “I” changed to a different grade.
  • WI (Early Withdrawal) indicates withdrawal from the course, after the Late Registration Period and until the end of the 5th week of the Fall and Spring semesters, and until the 10th day of the Summer modules. It has no quality points. It does not count in the GPA, and no credits will be added to the student’s record.
  • WP (Withdrawal Pass) indicates withdrawal from the course, after the 5th week and until the end of the 10th week of the Fall and Spring semesters, and from the 11th day of classes until 18th day of the Summer modules. It has no quality points. It does not count in the GPA, and no credits will be added to the student’s record.
  • WF (Withdrawal Fail) indicates withdrawal from the course, after the 5th week and until the end of the 10th week of the Fall and Spring semesters, and from the 11th day of classes until 18th day of the Summer modules. It has no quality points. It does not count in the GPA, and no credits will be added to the student’s record, but is counted as repeat.

A Withdrawal Form must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

B. Grade Point Average (GPA):

All courses taken by a student at ABST will be included in the computation of the cumulative Grade Point Average. The Grade Point Average is the ratio of the number of points gained, to the number of credit hours attempted.

Course Grade Credits x Points = Total
ARA201 Arabic D 3 1 3
BIO101 Biology A 4 4 16
ENG102 English C+ 3 2.33 6.99
CST201 Cultural Studies B- 3 2.67 8.01
HLT201 Basic Health F 1 0 0
14 34

The semester GPA = Total semester quality points/Total semester credit hours attempted.
The semester GPA for the five courses stated above would be: 34/14 = 2.42
Courses in which grades P, NP, U, and I have been given are not counted in com- puting the GPA. Similarly, WI, WP, WF are not counted in computing the GPA.

C. Repeating Courses:

  1. An Undergraduate student may repeat a course, up to two times, and will receive credit once for the course. It should be noted that a WF in a course counts as a repeat. Students are not allowed to repeat a course in which they have earned a grade above « C+ », or an Incomplete. When a course is repeated, only the highest grade earned in the course will be included when calculating the student’s cumulative, and major, GPA.
  2. Once a student registers in a course that was transferred from another institution, this transferred course will be deleted from the transcript, and replaced by the course, and grade, taken at ABST.
  3. Courses taken at ABST cannot be repeated at another institution, and transferred to ABST. In cases where agreements between ABST and other institutions of higher learning exist, transfers may be authorized, provided that prior approval of the courses taken has been secured.
  4. Students are not allowed to register in any course more than three times, not including withdrawal types WI and WP. Students unable to get a passing grade after repeating the course two times will be dropped from the university, or the program, depending on whether the course is part of the Liberal Arts Curriculum or the program requirements. Dismissal from the university and being dropped from a program will apply only if the repeated course is required in the major, specifically named in the LAC requirements, or required as a remedial course.

D. Grades and Progress Reports:

  1. All semester grades must be turned in to the Registrar’s Office no later than 72 hours after the particular final examination is given.
  2. Course grades will not be changed, except in the case of an Instructor’s mistake. A change of grade will not be allowed after the lapse of one semester. The corrected grade should be processed using the Change of Grade Form.
  3. Progress reports on weak students are to be submitted by the Instructor to the Guidance Office, no later than the eighth week of a regular semester, and the third week of a Summer module.

E. Requirements for Degrees:

Degrees are awarded three times a year, namely: at the end of the Fall semester (February 28), at the end of the Spring semester (June 30), and at the end of the Summer modules (September 30).

Students expecting to graduate must apply for graduation at the Registrar’s Office by the deadlines specified by the office.

1. Requirements for the Bachelor degrees:

  • Holders of the Lebanese Baccalaureate, or any official certificate equivalent to the Lebanese Baccalaureate, who are admitted to the Sophomore class, are required to complete a minimum of 92 credits, excluding Freshman-level and remedial courses.
  • Students entering as Freshmen: A minimum of 122 credits are required of all students entering as Freshmen. Non-Lebanese students entering as Freshmen need to complete the freshman requirements before switching to a BA/BS program. Lebanese students entering as Freshmen need to get the equivalence of the Baccalaureate, after completing the freshman requirements and before switching to a BA/BS program. Students cannot register in Sophomore level courses before completing the freshman requirements. After completing the freshman requirements, students will be considered as Sophomore students, and will be required to complete a minimum of 92 credits, excluding Freshman level and remedial courses.
  • Credits for Baccalaureate II Equivalence: Credits taken in a semester at the end of which the Baccalaureate II equivalence is granted, and which are in excess of the 30 credits used for the equivalence, will be counted within the credits required for the major. These extra credits should not be of Freshman level. Freshman courses taken after the Baccalaureate II Equivalence will not be counted towards graduation.
  • Transfer students who can obtain the Baccalaureate II Equivalence but are missing some ABST Freshman requirements will have to make up for the missing credits.
  • A residency of a minimum of six regular semesters at an institution of higher education, provided that the last two regular semesters, and the last 30 credits, are done at ABST.
  • An ABST student with a Bachelor’s Degree may work for another Bachelor’s Degree, provided he/she completes a minimum of 30 additional credits, including all the requirements for the new Degree. No two B.A. or two B.S. Degrees may be received from the same School. A graduate from outside of ABST may work towards attaining another Bachelor’s Degree, provided he/she completes all the requirements of the new major, a residency of at least two regular semesters, and at least 30 credits. Students holding a BA/BS degree who are transferring to ABST from institutions of higher learning that require a Liberal Arts core will have their Liberal Arts courses waived, except for the English requirements where ABST regulations shall apply. The School of Arts & Sciences will decide with regard to the Liberal Arts courses of BA/BS students transferring from other institutions whose curriculum does not include a Liberal Arts core.
  • A minimum of 36 credits in a major, plus any additional courses required by the major.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required in all the courses taken at the University. Transfer students will be given credit for all the transferable courses. Only courses taken at ABST will be counted in the students’ GPA.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in the major courses is required.
  • For transfer students, 50% of the credits corresponding to the required major must be completed at ABST.
  • Students expecting to graduate are required to submit an application for graduation one semester prior to the graduation date, according to the deadlines set by the Registrar’s Office.
  • Students who completed their course requirements for graduation, but who have not acquired a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00, and/or a minimum average of 2.00 in their Major courses, are allowed to enroll for a maximum of 21 credit hours, to be completed in no more than one calendar year, starting immediately following the completion of the required credits. Of these 21 credits, only courses numbered 300 and above will be considered in the cumulative GPA, or GPA, computation. If taken for the first time, courses numbered 200 and above will count. Any such student who fails to graduate, at the end of that year, will be dismissed from ABST.
  • Special rules pertaining to specific programs may apply and are listed under the program requirements in the Academic Catalog.

2. Requirements for a Minor

Students can work for a Minor by completing, with a minimum GPA of 2.00, the Minor requirements. These requirements should be completed before a student earns his/her Bachelor’s Degree. No more than nine credits of transferable courses may be counted towards a Minor.

A student should declare at the Registrar’s Office the minor he/she is pursuing as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline for the Application for Graduation (Clearance). The courses required for the minor at the time a student declares it shall apply. All the special cases will be handled by the School where the minor is offered.

3. Requirements for the Teaching Diploma

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 must be achieved in the courses required for the Teaching Diploma. The Teaching Diploma is granted upon completion of 21 required credits beyond a BS or a BA Degree. No more than six credits of transferable courses may be counted towards the Teaching Diploma.

F. Academic Recognition:

  1. Students who complete at least 12 credit hours in a semester (not including Summer), with a GPA in the range of 3.20 and 3.49, are placed on the Honor List. If the GPA is in the range of 3.50 and 4.00, they are placed on the Distinguished List. The above applies, provided the students have no incomplete grades, nor is their cumulative GPA below 2.00. Courses taken on a Pass/No Pass basis are not considered among the 12 credit hours.
  2. Degrees are awarded with Honors, Distinction, and High Distinction, with a cumulative GPA in the range of 3.20-3.49, 3.50-3.79, and 3.80-4.00, respectively.

G. Academic Probation:

Students are placed on Probation when their work has dropped below satisfactory levels, at any time, irrespective of Incomplete grades, or Withdrawals.

Students taking Intensive English courses are not subject to the normal probation rules. Students may not stay in Intensive English courses more than a total of two semesters and one Summer, after which they leave the University. They can come back only after passing the EEE or TOEFL.

A student on Probation is advised to repeat courses in which he/she received a grade of “F” or “D”, as soon as possible, and may not carry more than 13 credits in a semester.

A student is placed on Probation under one or more of the following conditions:

  1. Students will not be placed on Probation until they have 20, or more, credits counted in the cumulative GPA.
  2. If, at the end of any academic term, a student does not achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all the work done at the University, he/she will be placed on Probation.

If, after completing 12 credits in his/her major, a student’s average in the major courses is less than 2.00, he/she will be placed on Divisional/ Departmental Probation, and will be advised to change their major

IX. Readmission after suspension

A student suspended for academic deficiencies must petition the Admissions Council for readmission. The petition is submitted at the Registrar’s Office. Readmission is not automatic. Each case will be studied on its own merit. If during the student’s absence from ABST, he/she attended another college or university, he/she has to submit a transcript of grades from that college or university.

Students readmitted, after suspension, will be placed on probation, and be given two semesters, excluding Summers, to remove the probation. If they fail to remove the probation they will be dismissed.

Suspended ABST students may not receive credit for any academic work done during the absence period, if such work has not been declared prior to re-enrollment.

Students suspended for academic deficiencies may petition the University Admissions Council for readmission if at least one of the following conditions is met:

  • The student has spent at least one semester at another institution of higher learning recognized by ABST, and completed a minimum of 12 credits, with an average of C, or higher. Students are urged to seek advice from the Registrar’s Office about institutions whose credits may be transferred to ABST.
  • The student has spent one full calendar year outside ABST engaged in activities that may improve his/her chances of academic success.
  • The student who passes the Special Program of remedial courses, at the Continuing Education Program.

Students reaching suspension with a cumulative GPA of less than 1.20 will not be readmitted, and are dismissed.

Students who have been suspended twice, will not be readmitted, and will be dismissed. However, a dismissed ABST student may apply for reentry after three years of academic work in another university whose credits may be transferred to ABST, or seven years of work experience. Each case will be studied individually.

II. Re-Registration

Students who fail to register for, at least, one regular semester (Fall or Spring) are required to reactivate their files at the Registrar’s Office, before the registration period. If they do not register for four consecutive semesters they will have to re-enroll, according to the existing curriculum upon their return.

IV. Attendance regulations

A. Attendance Regulations

Students are held responsible for all the material presented in the classroom, even during their absence. Makeup work and exams, if any, will be according to the rules spelled out in the course syllabus. In any semester, or term, students cannot miss more than the equivalent of three weeks of instruction. However, instructors have the right to impose specific attendance regulations in their courses, provided that the above-stated limit of absences is not exceeded. Such specific attendance regulations should be mentioned in the syllabi. Instructors are required to inform the Dean of the school. The number of absences in summer modules is prorated. Students who exceed the allowed number are dropped automatically from course.

In highly exceptional cases, students may be given permission by the Dean to continue in the course.

B. Class Time

If the instructor is late to class, students are required to wait 15 minutes before leaving.

VI. Tests and examinations

A. Regulations and Procedures:

  1. Final examinations are held at the end of each semester and summer module. Final examinations should not count for more than 40 percent of the course grade. At least two tests, and/or graded projects, should account for the remaining percentage of the course grade.
  2. No makeup exam is administered after the final exam. The course work and the final exam should count for the final grade.
  3. If a student absents himself/herself from a final examination, a grade of zero will be given for that examination. If, within one week, the student submits an excuse, which is acceptable to the Instructor and the Dean, then the student will be given a makeup final examination. If an excuse is presented after the lapse of a week, and within one month, the student may petition the Dean to have his/her grade changed to an incomplete “I” grade, and to be allowed to sit for an examination, and have the final grade adjusted accordingly. The grade change should be made no later than the eighth week of the following semester (fall, spring). Otherwise, the grade of “I” is changed automatically to “F” grade.
  4. Any incomplete work must be made up at a time planned with the Instructor, but no later than the eighth week of the following semester (fall or spring) in which the student is enrolled at the University. Otherwise, the grade of “I” is changed automatically  to an “F”. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the Instructor to make the arrangements for the completion of the incomplete work. In the case of Senior Study and Internship courses, as well as final year projects, the incomplete work must be completed no later than one full year after the end of the semester, or module, in which the grade of I was received. In no case may such work be made up after a lapse of one year from the end of the semester, or module, in which the grade of I was received.
  5. Final examinations will not be scheduled on dates outside the stated examination period. In case of an emergency, a student may request an early final exam. Such a request needs the approval of the Instructor of the course, and the Dean.
  6. No more than three final exams will be scheduled, per day, for any student. In case a student has more than three scheduled final exams in the same day, the student is entitled to have the final exam of the highest course number rescheduled.
  7. When there are final examination conflicts between an ABST course, and a course at another institution, the student involved must resolve the conflict with the ABST instructors in advance.
  8. When there are final examination conflicts among ABST courses, students must inform the Registrar’s Office by the deadline indicated on the examination schedule.
  9. Students are entitled to review their final examination paper in the Instructor’s office (or the Division/Department Chairperson’s office, in case of the absence of the instructor concerned). Final examination papers will be retained by the Instructor, or the Division/Department Chairperson for the following two regular semesters.

B. Code of Conduct during Examinations:

Students are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct during all the examinations. For more details on the conduct during examinations, kindly refer to the Student Code of Conduct.

VIII. Academic suspension

Students on Academic Probation will be suspended if they fail to remove the Probation in two consecutive semesters of enrollment at ABST (Summer modules excluded), regardless of any Incompletes and semester Withdrawal.

Students with two consecutive Probations, and whose cumulative GPA is below 2.00 will not be suspended at the end of the semester, only if they achieve the following: A term GPA of 2.20, in a minimum of 12 attempted credits, totaling 26.4 quality points. If the student attempts less than 12 credits, a total quality points of 26.4 or more would still be required.

Students who may petition for a one semester grace period are those who lack 12 or less credit hours to graduate, and whose GPA for graduation is within possible reach in that one semester’s grace. Such students who are given this chance and do not complete all the requirements for graduation, will be suspended.

Students who can avoid suspension upon changing the major may do so at any time.

Students with two consecutive Probations will not be allowed to register if they have an Incomplete grade.