Academics

International Academic Collaborations

Siam University has signed many ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ and academic contracts with some of the world’s foremost institutions of higher education. The purpose of these collaboration efforts with a variety of universities in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia is to exchange help and support in academic and technological pursuits. Close relationships with such universities and institutions have shaped and encouraged projects for exchanging teachers, students, academic documents and journals, as well as the development of educational formats, curriculum, and teaching methodologies.

Siam University maintains regular relationships with the following institutions in these regions

Academics Policy

The general principle governing student conduct standards and rules at Siam University is that students are expected to conduct themselves as mature and responsible individuals.

Academic Rules & Standards of Conduct

The following acts of academic misconduct are facing academic sanctions, including but not limited to a grade reduction, failing grade (F), suspension or dismissal from the program or the University:

  • Plagiarism, falsification of information rendered and/or academic cheating
  • Signing an attendance sheet in behalf of a fellow student who is absent
  • Harassing teachers in order to obtain University privileges or grades to which the student is not entitled

It is a violation of the code of conduct for a student to witness another student’s violation of the code of conduct and withhold that information from the appropriate authority. All violations must be immediately reported to the course instructor or Program Director. All students will be held to the highest standards of conduct.

Non-Academic Rules & Standards of Conduct

All students are expected to have a considerate and respectful demeanor towards their teachers and fellow students. Here are some examples of situations in which you are requested to act with consideration:

  • Arrive in time to class in order to avoid disturbing the teaching session in process.
  • Ask both the teacher’s approval and your fellow classmate’s before audio taping the content of a class.
  • Avoid disrupting a lecture by answering phone calls in class. Turn off your mobile ring tone. If you expect a very important call, please leave class when taking the call.
  • When the instructor is lecturing, refrain from taking part in any other activities than those related to the subject being taught, such as reading or preparing another course’s material or assignments, etc.

The international nature of the program offers both an enriching but also challenging experience. All students should understand and accept the cultural differences that exist among the international community and should be keen to accommodate each other’s differences in beliefs, culture, status and race.

In order to promote personal development, protect the University community, and maintain order and stability on campus, students who engage in any of the following acts of misconduct may be subject to disciplinary sanctions, including but not limited to a grade reduction, failing grade (F), suspension or dismissal from the program or the University :

  • Physical or sexual assault, hazing, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion or any other behavior which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any member of the University community or any person on University premises or at University activities.
  • Attempted or actual theft, damage or misuse of University property or resources.
  • Unauthorized or improper use of any University property, equipment, facilities, or resources including unauthorized entry into any University room, building or premises.
  • Use, possession or distribution of any narcotic or other controlled substances on University premises or at University activities except as expressly permitted by law and University regulations.
  • Smoking in prohibited areas including but not limited to classrooms, toilets, hallways, elevators and restaurants.
  • Eating and drinking (including chewing gum) in certain rooms where it is forbidden, unless explicitly permitted for special reasons.
  • Misuse of the fire alarm.
  • Violation of Thailand Criminal Law on University premises or while participating in University activities.

Complaint Procedures

If your behavior creates a disturbance in class, your teacher will speak to you about the problem. If your behavior does not change, a meeting will be scheduled with the Program Director. If the problem still continues, you will not be permitted to attend the class, and you will be marked absent.

Grading Description

LETTERMEANINGVALUE
AExcellent4.00
B+Very Good3.50
BGood3.00
C+Fair2.50
CSatisfactory2.00
D+Poor1.50
DPass1.00
FFailure0.00
SSatisfactory (noncredit)
UUnsatisfactory (noncredit)
WWithdrawal 
AUAudit (non-credit)
IIncomplete 
PWork in progress 
NRNo Report 

Letter Grades are used to show the academic standing of a student. The following are the grades, meanings of the grades and the values of the grades issued by this University:

The student’s grades are computed at the end of each semester. The student is graded for his/her work during the semester. This includes quizzes, term papers, book reports, assignments, recitation, class participation, attendance, midterm examinations, and final examinations.

Grades are accessible online with the use of the student’s ID (www.siam.edu).

Withdrawal (W) grade: assigned by the instructor upon official withdrawal from class (see Course Add/Withdrawal). Non-failure.

Incomplete (I) grade: indicates that the semester’s work is incomplete. “I” grades are granted at the instructor’s discretion. “I” grades revert to “F” if change is not made within the following term.

Two or more tests, including mid-term and final examinations, are given each semester. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.00 for a bachelor’s degree completion and 3.00 for a master’s and doctoral degree.

Students can check their grades online by logging on the Registrar Department web site: http://home.sis.siam.edu/registrar/home.asp?lang=2.

Class Enrollment and Attendance

Undergraduate students are required to enroll in at least 12 credits/hour but no more than 21 credits/hour per semester. Graduate students are required to take between 9 to 15 credits hour. The process of registration must be completed before the class starts.

Candidates for the bachelor’s degree must complete the minimum of 120-150 credits. Undergraduate candidates must maintain their grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00 or better on a sale of four points in order to achieve their degree. Candidates for master’s degree must complete a minimum of 36 credits with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 on the scale of four points. The doctoral degree program requires candidates with a bachelor’s degree to complete a minimum of 72 credits hour while master’s degree holders must complete the program with a minimum of 48 credits. In Thailand, 80% class attendance is required in order to be eligible to sit for final exams.

Appeals of Grades

A student who believes that a faculty member arbitrarily set his/her grades and that these do not represent his/her actual performance in that subject should…

Honor’s System

The University, in wishing to provide recognition to exceptional students, has an honor system. Students are given awards for hard work measurable in grades, beginning with semester grades and ending with cumulative grades until graduation.

Students maintaining a high scholastic average are eligible for graduation with honors.

  • First Class Honor GPA 3.60-4.00
  • Second Class Honor GPA 3.25-3.59

Requirements For Honors

Students must:

  • Have fulfilled all the requirements for graduation within 4 years
  • Not have been placed on probation in any categories
  • Not have received a grade of ‘F’ for any course

Transfer students must have taken all the third and fourth year courses (or 72 credits) at the University.

Academic Action

Academic action taken on a student can be both favorable and disciplinary. When a student is performing well, all actions on him/her in the academic area are said to be favorable to the student. For example, when a student obtains a high GPA he/she is put on the Academic List of Honors; when he/she consistently achieves very high marks, he/she is given higher honors. However, if his/her achievement is below standards, disciplinary action is taken against him/her.

Disciplinary Action against the student is two kinds depending upon the severity of the poor performance measured in time; Probation or Dismissal.

Probation

Students who obtain a cumulative GPA of less than 2.00 (1.99-1.50) but above the limits set for dismissal from the University will be put on probation, except the first semester of the freshman year.

Dismissal

Students will be dismissed from the University upon the following Categories:

  • A student who obtains a cumulative GPA of less than 1.50 at the end of any semester except the first semester of the freshman year
  • A student who obtains a cumulative GPA of less than 1.75 for two consecutive semesters except the first semester of the freshman year
  • A student who obtains a cumulative GPA of less than 2.00 for four consecutive semesters except the first semester of the freshman year

Students are required to understand the Academic Performance Policy at Siam University to maintain professional and courteous conduct throughout their academic studies at Siam University. Respect for students, faculty and administrative staff is required at all times. Siam University’s moral and ethical code will be strictly enforced.

Since this is an international program, you are expected to speak only English while studying. Active participation in your classes is required.

Normal Course Load

Student’s course load may vary with student’s individual circumstances. To maintain full-time status a student must enroll in at least 4 courses (12 credit hours) per semester. The maximum number of courses is (21 credit hours) per semester.

Special permission must be obtained in order to enroll in 8 or more courses:

  • Written permission from the Program Director concerned if they are senior graduating students or junior and senior students with a cumulative GPA of more than 3.25 and a valid reason.
  • In all other cases, written permission of the Program Director is required.

Attendance

Students are expected to attend all classes. A minimum of 80% attendance is mandatory. There are no authorized cuts from classes. Irregular attendance may result in you losing the right to sit for the final examination of the respective subjects for which you were excessively absent (e.g. absent more than 20% of the classes).

In case of unavoidable absences, such as illness or accident or serious illness or death of a family member, all work missed due to the student’s absence must be satisfactorily made up. The responsibility for completing the outstanding work rests with the student. Unavoidable absences must be properly documented with an attending physician’s certificate from a duly registered hospital. Failure to provide proper documentation may result in a non-excused absence.

Examinations

There are two examination periods per semester: the mid-term and final examinations. It may happen that some teachers choose not to have a mid-term examination.

All registered students will automatically be listed for the exam for the classes they have enrolled for. The lists are displayed on the announcement boards in front of building 3. Should the name of a student not appear on the exam schedule for a class he/she has enrolled for, one should contact the registration office at the earliest in order to solve the problem.

Students are required to present their student ID for proper identification when taking an exam. The use of mobile phones is not allowed during the time a student sits for an exam.

All registered students must take the exam on the date and time the exam is scheduled. Should you not be able to take the exam at the time it is scheduled because of an important matter, please inform the Program Director.

If you become ill during an exam, and are unable to continue, you should inform the instructor proctoring the exam before leaving the classroom. The proctor will inform the relevant instructor who may decide to assign you an incomplete grade (I), so that you may write the exam later. You should be aware that an instructor will not automatically grant an incomplete grade. The decision may be affected by whether you have made good progress with the course material during the term.

  • Student Conduct
  • Grading System
  • Honors System
  • Performance Policy

The general principle governing student conduct standards and rules at Siam University is that students are expected to conduct themselves as mature and responsible individuals.

Academic Rules & Standards of Conduct

The following acts of academic misconduct are facing academic sanctions, including but not limited to a grade reduction, failing grade (F), suspension or dismissal from the program or the University:

  • Plagiarism, falsification of information rendered and/or academic cheating
  • Signing an attendance sheet in behalf of a fellow student who is absent
  • Harassing teachers in order to obtain University privileges or grades to which the student is not entitled

It is a violation of the code of conduct for a student to witness another student’s violation of the code of conduct and withhold that information from the appropriate authority. All violations must be immediately reported to the course instructor or Program Director. All students will be held to the highest standards of conduct.

Non-Academic Rules & Standards of Conduct

All students are expected to have a considerate and respectful demeanor towards their teachers and fellow students. Here are some examples of situations in which you are requested to act with consideration:

  • Arrive in time to class in order to avoid disturbing the teaching session in process.
  • Ask both the teacher’s approval and your fellow classmate’s before audio taping the content of a class.
  • Avoid disrupting a lecture by answering phone calls in class. Turn off your mobile ring tone. If you expect a very important call, please leave class when taking the call.
  • When the instructor is lecturing, refrain from taking part in any other activities than those related to the subject being taught, such as reading or preparing another course’s material or assignments, etc.

The international nature of the program offers both an enriching but also challenging experience. All students should understand and accept the cultural differences that exist among the international community and should be keen to accommodate each other’s differences in beliefs, culture, status and race.

In order to promote personal development, protect the University community, and maintain order and stability on campus, students who engage in any of the following acts of misconduct may be subject to disciplinary sanctions, including but not limited to a grade reduction, failing grade (F), suspension or dismissal from the program or the University :

  • Physical or sexual assault, hazing, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion or any other behavior which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any member of the University community or any person on University premises or at University activities.
  • Attempted or actual theft, damage or misuse of University property or resources.
  • Unauthorized or improper use of any University property, equipment, facilities, or resources including unauthorized entry into any University room, building or premises.
  • Use, possession or distribution of any narcotic or other controlled substances on University premises or at University activities except as expressly permitted by law and University regulations.
  • Smoking in prohibited areas including but not limited to classrooms, toilets, hallways, elevators and restaurants.
  • Eating and drinking (including chewing gum) in certain rooms where it is forbidden, unless explicitly permitted for special reasons.
  • Misuse of the fire alarm.
  • Violation of Thailand Criminal Law on University premises or while participating in University activities.

Complaint Procedures

If your behavior creates a disturbance in class, your teacher will speak to you about the problem. If your behavior does not change, a meeting will be scheduled with the Program Director. If the problem still continues, you will not be permitted to attend the class, and you will be marked absent.

Grading Description

LETTERMEANINGVALUE
AExcellent4.00
B+Very Good3.50
BGood3.00
C+Fair2.50
CSatisfactory2.00
D+Poor1.50
DPass1.00
FFailure0.00
SSatisfactory (noncredit)
UUnsatisfactory (noncredit)
WWithdrawal 
AUAudit (non-credit)
IIncomplete 
PWork in progress 
NRNo Report 

Letter Grades are used to show the academic standing of a student. The following are the grades, meanings of the grades and the values of the grades issued by this University:

The student’s grades are computed at the end of each semester. The student is graded for his/her work during the semester. This includes quizzes, term papers, book reports, assignments, recitation, class participation, attendance, midterm examinations, and final examinations.

Grades are accessible online with the use of the student’s ID (www.siam.edu).

Withdrawal (W) grade: assigned by the instructor upon official withdrawal from class (see Course Add/Withdrawal). Non-failure.

Incomplete (I) grade: indicates that the semester’s work is incomplete. “I” grades are granted at the instructor’s discretion. “I” grades revert to “F” if change is not made within the following term.

Two or more tests, including mid-term and final examinations, are given each semester. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.00 for a bachelor’s degree completion and 3.00 for a master’s and doctoral degree.

Students can check their grades online by logging on the Registrar Department web site: http://home.sis.siam.edu/registrar/home.asp?lang=2.

Class Enrollment and Attendance

Undergraduate students are required to enroll in at least 12 credits/hour but no more than 21 credits/hour per semester. Graduate students are required to take between 9 to 15 credits hour. The process of registration must be completed before the class starts.

Candidates for the bachelor’s degree must complete the minimum of 120-150 credits. Undergraduate candidates must maintain their grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00 or better on a sale of four points in order to achieve their degree. Candidates for master’s degree must complete a minimum of 36 credits with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 on the scale of four points. The doctoral degree program requires candidates with a bachelor’s degree to complete a minimum of 72 credits hour while master’s degree holders must complete the program with a minimum of 48 credits. In Thailand, 80% class attendance is required in order to be eligible to sit for final exams.

Appeals of Grades

A student who believes that a faculty member arbitrarily set his/her grades and that these do not represent his/her actual performance in that subject should…

Honor’s System

The University, in wishing to provide recognition to exceptional students, has an honor system. Students are given awards for hard work measurable in grades, beginning with semester grades and ending with cumulative grades until graduation.

Students maintaining a high scholastic average are eligible for graduation with honors.

  • First Class Honor GPA 3.60-4.00
  • Second Class Honor GPA 3.25-3.59

Requirements For Honors

Students must:

  • Have fulfilled all the requirements for graduation within 4 years
  • Not have been placed on probation in any categories
  • Not have received a grade of ‘F’ for any course

Transfer students must have taken all the third and fourth year courses (or 72 credits) at the University.

Academic Action

Academic action taken on a student can be both favorable and disciplinary. When a student is performing well, all actions on him/her in the academic area are said to be favorable to the student. For example, when a student obtains a high GPA he/she is put on the Academic List of Honors; when he/she consistently achieves very high marks, he/she is given higher honors. However, if his/her achievement is below standards, disciplinary action is taken against him/her.

Disciplinary Action against the student is two kinds depending upon the severity of the poor performance measured in time; Probation or Dismissal.

Probation

Students who obtain a cumulative GPA of less than 2.00 (1.99-1.50) but above the limits set for dismissal from the University will be put on probation, except the first semester of the freshman year.

Dismissal

Students will be dismissed from the University upon the following Categories:

  • A student who obtains a cumulative GPA of less than 1.50 at the end of any semester except the first semester of the freshman year
  • A student who obtains a cumulative GPA of less than 1.75 for two consecutive semesters except the first semester of the freshman year
  • A student who obtains a cumulative GPA of less than 2.00 for four consecutive semesters except the first semester of the freshman year

Students are required to understand the Academic Performance Policy at Siam University to maintain professional and courteous conduct throughout their academic studies at Siam University. Respect for students, faculty and administrative staff is required at all times. Siam University’s moral and ethical code will be strictly enforced.

Since this is an international program, you are expected to speak only English while studying. Active participation in your classes is required.

Normal Course Load

Student’s course load may vary with student’s individual circumstances. To maintain full-time status a student must enroll in at least 4 courses (12 credit hours) per semester. The maximum number of courses is (21 credit hours) per semester.

Special permission must be obtained in order to enroll in 8 or more courses:

  • Written permission from the Program Director concerned if they are senior graduating students or junior and senior students with a cumulative GPA of more than 3.25 and a valid reason.
  • In all other cases, written permission of the Program Director is required.

Attendance

Students are expected to attend all classes. A minimum of 80% attendance is mandatory. There are no authorized cuts from classes. Irregular attendance may result in you losing the right to sit for the final examination of the respective subjects for which you were excessively absent (e.g. absent more than 20% of the classes).

In case of unavoidable absences, such as illness or accident or serious illness or death of a family member, all work missed due to the student’s absence must be satisfactorily made up. The responsibility for completing the outstanding work rests with the student. Unavoidable absences must be properly documented with an attending physician’s certificate from a duly registered hospital. Failure to provide proper documentation may result in a non-excused absence.

Examinations

There are two examination periods per semester: the mid-term and final examinations. It may happen that some teachers choose not to have a mid-term examination.

All registered students will automatically be listed for the exam for the classes they have enrolled for. The lists are displayed on the announcement boards in front of building 3. Should the name of a student not appear on the exam schedule for a class he/she has enrolled for, one should contact the registration office at the earliest in order to solve the problem.

Students are required to present their student ID for proper identification when taking an exam. The use of mobile phones is not allowed during the time a student sits for an exam.

All registered students must take the exam on the date and time the exam is scheduled. Should you not be able to take the exam at the time it is scheduled because of an important matter, please inform the Program Director.

If you become ill during an exam, and are unable to continue, you should inform the instructor proctoring the exam before leaving the classroom. The proctor will inform the relevant instructor who may decide to assign you an incomplete grade (I), so that you may write the exam later. You should be aware that an instructor will not automatically grant an incomplete grade. The decision may be affected by whether you have made good progress with the course material during the term.