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Examination Board

Last updated on 21 February 2022

The Examination Board is responsible for safeguarding the quality of the interim and final examinations and must determine in an independent and expert manner whether a student meets the conditions set by the Teaching and Examination Regulations to obtain the degree. With this, the Examination Board plays a crucial role in monitoring the quality of the diploma award. 

Place within the organization

The division of tasks between the programme director, the Education Board and the Examination Board is as follows:

  • The study programme director is responsible for the design and implementation of the study programme, as described in the OER, and ensures that the education and training meet the quality standard.
  • The study Education Board advises the study programme director and the faculty board on the (manner of implementation of the) OER.
  • The Examination Board assesses the results of the education per individual student within the framework of the OER of a study programme. After all, the Examination Board is “the body that determines in an objective and expert manner whether a student meets the conditions set by the Teaching and Examination Regulations with regard to the knowledge, insight and skills required to obtain a degree”. 

Requests to the Examination Board

If there is a serious study delay, it is advisable to discuss this with your academic advisor before submitting a request. They can discuss the options with you and advise you when writing your request. 

You can contact the Examination Board for the following requests: 

The processing time for all requests is 30 working days from the moment the request is received by the Examination Board.

Information about the Examination Board

  • Tasks, authorizations and responsibilities

    • Guaranteeing the quality of the exams and exams. 
    • Appointing examiners. 
    • Authorized to take decisions on applications for admission, exemption, approval of the elective space, approval of deviations from the program. 
    • Authorized to handle fraud cases. 
    • Determining in an independent and expert manner for each student whether he / she meets the requirements set by the study program to obtain the degree.
  • Fraud and Plagiarism

    Fraud is understood to mean: the acts or omissions of a student as a result of which a correct assessment of his knowledge, insight and skills is wholly or partly impossible. 

    Plagiarism is further understood to mean: intentionally or unintentionally copying the work or ideas of others without proper acknowledgment of the source or clearly stating which part is own work and which part is not own work. 

    • If a teacher finds fraud in a student, he will report this to the Examination Board. 
    • The Examination Board may decide to take measures in accordance with the rules as set out in the Rules and Guidelines of the Examination Board. 
    • A student can be excluded from education, exams and exams for up to one year.
  • TER, Rules and Guidelines

    For every degree program within the faculty, there are Teaching and Examination Regulations (TER) in which the examination program and the regulations for teaching and examinations are formally laid down. There may be a transitional arrangement in the event of changes to the study program. You will find these in the study guide for the relevant course, and also in the TER of the relevant study program. 

    The TER is binding. Every student is expected to be aware of the content of the TER. If there are any differences between the TER and the study guide, the regulations as described in the TER will apply. 

    In the Rules and Guidelines (R&R) of the Examination Board, the rules with regard to the administration of interim and other examinations are further detailed. It also describes what is considered a violation, fraud and plagiarism and the possible sanctions. You can also find the cum laude regulation in the Rules and Guidelines. The Rules and Guidelines are also binding.

    Education and Exam arrangements Bachelor's programmes

    Education and Exam arrangements Master's programmes

Examination Boards per faculty

The Rules and Guidelines of the Examination Board may differ per faculty.

  • ACTA

    Students of the Faculty of Dentistry (ACTA) can find more information on ACTA.nl [in Dutch].

  • AUC

    Students of Amsterdam University College (AUC) can find more information on AUC.nl.

  • BETA

    Rules and Guidelines of the Examination Board (faculty of Science)

    In the Rules and Guidelines (R&R) of the Examination Board of the faculty of Science, the rules with regard to the administration of interim and other examinations are further detailed. It also describes what is considered a violation, fraud and plagiarism and the possible sanctions. You can also find the cum laude regulation in the Rules and Regulations. The Rules and Guidelines are also binding.

    Download here the Rules and Guidelines of 2021-2022
    Download here the Rules and Guidelines of 2020-2021
    Download here the Rules and Guidelines of 2019-2020
    Download here the Rules and Guidelines of 2018-2019

    Meeting dates

    Meeting dates of Graduate school Earth, Ecological and Environmental Sciences & Health and Life Sciences

    Meeting dates of graduate School Natural Science and Mathematics and Information Science

    N.B. The availability of the Examination Board is limited during the summer holidays (July - August). The Examination Board will try to take care of your request, however, it may take longer than 30 working days.

    Fraud letter for students 

    Here you will find the Fraud Letter with information about Fraud and Plagiarism for students of the Faculty of Science.

    Online proctoring

    More information on Online proctoring.

  • FBMS

    Examination Committee 

    One of the tasks of the Examination Board is to assess student requests, such as requests regarding exams, substitute courses, additional exam opportunities, filling elective space, and so on.

    In general, you have to submit a request to the Examination Board at the moment that you deviate from the regular study program for any reason.

    To submit individual requests and questions, we refer you to the text above under the heading 'Requests to the Examination Board'.

    Important to know:

    • You submit a request to the Examination Board using a form on VU.nl. Requests submitted in any other way will not be processed.
    • Specify your request and explain why you are submitting it in detail. Think carefully before you send in a form. A request should consist of (much) more than just a one-line question.
    • In addition, mind your language. You are addressing the Examination Board, not a friend.
    • For complex requests or in case of special circumstances, first consult with an academic advisor and only then submit a request to the Examination Board.
    • Submit your request in time. The processing time can be long, for example if further inquiries are necessary or if your request arrives too late for the next meeting. A request must be submitted no later than five working days before a meeting. All requests regarding examinations must be submitted at least three weeks before the start of the exam week.

    The Examination Board consists of the Central Examination Board FGB and the three cluster-specific examination sub-boards; Educational Sciences, Psychology and Human Movement Sciences.

    Rules and Guidelines FGB

    In the Rules and Guidelines (R&R) of the Examination Board FGB, the rules with regard to the taking of examinations and exams are elaborated. The Rules and Guidelines also describe what is considered fraud and plagiarism and the possible sanctions. The cum laude regulation can also be found in the Rules and Guidelines. The Rules and Guidelines are binding.

    Examination sub-board Educational Sciences

    Members of the board

    • dr. M. van der Schoot (chair)
    • dr. J. Exalto
    • dr. M.L. Verhage (vice-chair)
    • B. Pleiter (official secretary)


    Meetings dates academic year 2022

    • 11-01-2022
    • 08-02-2022
    • 08-03-2022
    • 05-04-2022
    • 10-05-2022
    • 07-06-2022
    • 05-07-2022
    • 02-08-2022

    Please note: A request or complaint must be received no later than five working days before the meeting of the board.

    Examination sub-board Psychology

    Members of the board

    • dr. M.V. Milders (chair)
    • dr. D. van ’t Ent (vice-chair)
    • dr. K. Mortier
    • dr. N.C. Lee
    • prof. dr. S. Koole
    • dr. S. Feenstra
    • B. Pleiter (official secretary) 

    Meeting dates academic year 2022

    • 13-01-2022
    • 10-02-2022
    • 10-03-2022
    • 07-04-2022
    • 12-05-2022
    • 09-06-2022
    • 07-07-2022
    • 04-08-2022

    Please note: A request or complaint must be received no later than five working days before the meeting of the board.

    Examination sub-board Human Movement Sciences

    Members of the board

    • prof. dr. J.B.J. Smeets (chair)
    • B.M.A. van Berlo, MSc (secretary)
    • dr. G.J. van der Kamp
    • drs. T. de Haan
    • dr. G.G.M. Scholten-Peeters
    • B. Pleiter (official secretary)

    Meetings dates academic year 2022

    • 18-01-2022
    • 15-02-2022
    • 15-03-2022
    • 12-04-2022
    • 17-05-2022
    • 14-06-2022
    • 12-07-2022
    • 09-08-2022

    Please note: A request or complaint must be received no later than five working days before the meeting of the board.

  • FRT

    Examenination Board Bachelor Theologie [in Dutch]: 

    • prof. dr. H. van den Belt (chair) 
    • prof. dr. H.S. Benjamins (secretary) 
    • dr. M.C.M. Klomp 
    • dr. M. Klaver 
    • drs. E. Groen (external member) 
    • Susanna Wolfert-de Vries (secretary)

    Examenination Board Bachelor Theology & Religious Studies: 

    • prof. dr. W. Janse (chair) 
    • dr. H.C.M. Schroeder 
    • dr. D.T. Phillips-Koning 
    • dr. P. Coppens 
    • G.J. Beunk (external member) 
    • Susanna Wolfert-de Vries (secretary)
  • FSS

  • HUM

    Rules and Guidelines HUM

    In the Rules and Guidelines (R&R) of the Examination Board FGB, the rules with regard to the taking of examinations and exams are elaborated. The Rules and Guidelines also describe what is considered fraud and plagiarism and the possible sanctions. The cum laude regulation can also be found in the Rules and Guidelines. The Rules and Guidelines are binding.

    Members of the Examination Board

    Executive Board: 

    • Chiel van den Akker (Chairperson ad interim DB and chairperson ad interim BA Chamber) 
    • Daantje Meuwissen (Chairperson MA Chamber)
    • René van Woudenberg (Chairperson, PPE Chamber) 
    • Jacqueline Bel (Secretary DB and Chairperson Examination Chamber) 
    • Susanna Wolfert- de Vries (Official secretary)

    BA Chamber EB: 

    • Chiel van den Akker (History, Chairperson ad interim) 
    • Tim Groot Kormelink (CIW, member)
    • Klazina Staat (Antiquities, member) 
    • Joana Ozorio de Almeida Meroz (MADA, member) 
    • Babs Boter (L&S, secretary/member) 
    • Christian Krijnen (Philosophy, member) 
    • Susanna Wolfert- de Vries (Official secretary)

    MA Chamber EB: 

    • Daantje Meuwissen (Art History, chair) 
    • Dienke Hondius (History, member)  
    • Emilie van Opstall (Antiquities, member) 
    • Roel van den Oever (L&C, member)
    • Angela Roothaan (Philosophy, member) 
    • Susanna Wolfert- de Vries (Official secretary)

    EB Chamber PPE: 

    • René van Woudenberg (Philosophy, President) 
    • Wolfgang Wagner (FSW, member) 
    • Paul Koster (SBE, secretary/member) 
    • Susanna Wolfert- de Vries (Official secretary)

    FGW Admissions Committee: 

    • Gerben Mulder (Chair) 
    • Angela Roothaan (Secretary) 
    • Roxanne Denkers MSc (Official secretary)
  • LAW

    Members of the Board

    • prof. dr. A.R. Neerhof (chair) 
    • mr. dr. D.M.A. Bij de Vaate (secretary) 
    • mr. dr. J. Gooijer
    • prof. mr. J. Struiksma
    • dr. C.J.W. van den Berg
    • drs. S. Voogd (external member)

    Official secretaries

    • A.M. de Laaf
    • drs. C.M. Brandt 
    • mr. O.M.L. Heldring

    Contact :
    examboard.law@vu.nl

    Rules and Guidelines

    Law Rules and guidelines

    Minors, Electives and Extra (curricular) courses

    The Teaching and Examination Regulations (TER) of your degree programme lists which minors (Bachelor’s degree) and electives (Master’s degree) you can take without permission from the Examination Board. The current TER is available in the Study guide. More information is available under Minor and Electives.

    You only need prior permission from the Examination Board to take courses not listed in the TER as part of your programme, if you wish to include the course(s) in the curriculum for your diploma. If the course will not be part of the curriculum for your diploma, i.e. it will be extracurricular, permission is not required.
    You do need permission in either case from the faculty or university where you wish to take the extra (curricular) course(s). Contact the relevant faculty or university to learn how you can obtain permission.
    Please note that only extracurricular courses of the correct level which were completed during your registration for the programme can be listed under extracurricular on the diploma supplement.

    If you wish to take a course which is part of a different programme of the VU Faculty of Law, you use the procedure mentioned under Register for an extracurricular course on the Register/deregister page.
    Bachelor of Law students need no prior permission to take the minor Forensische Criminologie (in Dutch). You can register using the standard procedure.

    After receiving permission to take an extra(curricular) course you must register for the course. If you cannot find the course in the registration module, please contact the faculty education office (oa.law@vu.nl).  

    If you wish to take a course at a different university, in most cases you must register as a subsidiary student. You will be asked to submit proof of payment (a BBC), the VU Student Desk can provide this for you. Be sure to inquire about the application procedure at the university of your choice.  

    Dutch ‘Civiel effect’

    To work as a lawyer, public prosecutor or judge in the Netherlands, you need ‘Civiel Effect’ to be admitted to the Netherlands Bar. To obtain Civiel Effect you must have completed a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) plus a Dutch academic Master’s degree in Law (LLM) which meet the requirements of the Civiel Effect covenant.

    The VU master programmes Law (all specializations) and International Business Law meet the requirements. For Law and Politics of International Security, additional courses must be completed (see art. 10.4 TER). You cannot obtain Civiel effect on the basis of an International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology degree, as this is an MSc and not an LLM.

    If you obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Law but not in the Netherlands, you will have to complete a Dutch Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB). You can submit a request to the Examination Board to be granted exemptions for courses in the programme, but please note that, generally speaking, you will have to complete (at least) the courses of the second and third year of the bachelor, minus the minor.
    To be admitted to the VU Bachelor’s in Law programme, you must have a command of the Dutch language at C1 level and you must be able to substantiate this with an appropriate certificate (eg. CNaTV EDUP) or degree.

    To learn what alternatives are available to you if you completed your Bacherlor’s degree in Law in the EU, you can contact the Netherlands Bar.  

  • MED

    Examination Board master Cardiovascular Research and master Oncology 

    The Faculty of Medicine VU has one Central Examination Board and two Shared Examination Boards; one for the Medical bachelor and master programmes and one for the three medical sciences master programmes: Epidemiology, Cardiovascular Research and Oncology.

    Central Examination Board

    The Central Examination Board, which mandates the Shared Examination Boards, executes its tasks according to the “Wet op het Hoger onderwijs en Wetenschappelijk onderzoek (WHW)”. and is the establishment, which objectively and professionally assesses whether or not a student fulfills the criteria, the education and exam regulations have set with regard to knowledge, insight and skills, necessary to obtain the degree. The Central examination board operates at Faculty level.

    Members of the Central Examination Board

    Chair: Ms. dr. I.E. van der Horst - Bruinsma 
    Vice Chair: Ms.dr. I. Bijnsdorp
    Member: Prof.dr. A.J.L.M. van Balkom
    Member: Dr. M. Wondergem
    External member: Drs. K.H. Visser
    Secretary: Mr. P.J. Wytzes 

    Shared Examination 

    The Shared Examination Board Epidemiology, Cardiovascular Research and Oncology processes requests of students concerning examination and supervises the quality of the exams of the education programmes it is responsible for. The Shared Examination Board is also the establishment that handles the study program of the individual students.

    This page provides information for students of the master programmes Cardiovascular Research and Oncology.

    Plan of action

    The application and handling of students’ requests pursue the following plan of action:

    • The request is submitted by the student;
    • The student receives an automatic confirmation of receipt;
    • The official secretary assesses whether or not a request meets the regulations for application. If not, the request is not handled by the Shared Examination Board. The student will receive a message to notify him/her;
    • The student will receive a message to notify him/her;
    • The official secretary asks for additional information to be given by the student when necessary;
    • The request will be dealt with by the Shared Examination Board;
    • The student receives the decision on his/her request of the Shared Examination Board within 30 days after the receipt of the request via a digital letter (via e-mail) and a hardcopy via regular mail.

    Requests

    The following requests can be submitted to the Shared Examination Board.

    1. Exemptions, personal requests and complaints: request form
    2. Approval of optional courses: approval form
    3. Approval of Internships: approval form
    4. Approval of Literature Studies : approval form

    Exemptions, personal requests and complaints

    AD. 1 Exemptions

    Exemptions are granted on the basis of acquired knowledge, insight and skills. The provided evidence for the exemption consists of previous obtained exams.

    Rules regarding exemptions:

    • Exemption is only granted if the acquired knowledge, insight and skills match those of the module for which exemption is requested. This means that learning objects must be comparable and the assessment needs to be at the same level.
    • Exemption is only granted for modules, internships or courses part of the academic year in which the student takes part for the first time. If the student fails to inform the Shared Examination Board in time the exemption is not granted.
    • A request for exemption needs to be sent to the Shared Examination Board at least 3 months before the start of the module and should be provided with documentation. The electronic form for requests needs to be used.
    • A request for exemption after completion of the module will not be granted.
    • For particular educational modules as stated in the OER exemption is not granted.

    AD. 2 Personal requests concerning (interim) examinations

    Personal circumstances might lead to exceptions on the rules concerning examination, for example a request for an additional retake elongation of the validity of examinations or another type of examination that is described in the OER. A personal request can be submitted to the Shared Examination Board only when exceptional personal circumstances affected your educational program.

    Personal circumstances that are considered by the Shared Examination Board are:

    • Illness of the student;
    • Physical or Physiological conditions;
    • Pregnancy of the student;
    • Personal circumstances related to family;
    • Membership of an accreditation committee (chapter 5a WHW);
    • Exceptional behavior (status provided by the board of directors needs to be accompanied).

    AD. 3 Complaints regarding examinations 

    The Shared Examination Board can be informed about complaints regarding examination. For example the procedures during the examination, cases of fraud or when a student does not agree with a procedure of assessment. Note that is not possible to object against a grade in terms of content. In the latter matter the student first needs to contact the examiner responsible for the module.

    AD. 4,5,6 Approval of optional courses, internships, extensions and literature study 

    Optional courses, internships, extensions and literature-study have to be approved by the Shared Examination Board. The Shared Examination Board has installed examiners to approve these. Use the form to request approval.

    Rules for filing a request

    Members of the Shared Examination Board

    Chair: Ms. dr. I. Bijnsdorp  
    Vice Chair: Ms. dr. M.J.Greuter 
    Member: Dr. S.R. Baglio
    Member: Dr. P.A.J. Krijnen
    Official secretary: Mr. P.J. Wytzes 

    Meetings

    The Shared Examination Board will inform the student of the decision within 30 days after filing the request. The applicant receives an e-mail message about the decision or the progress of the request.

    Meetings 2020-2021

    Patient-related skills & patient contacts

    During your Doctor of Medicine studies you will learn skills such as performing physical examinations. These are skills you will practice throughout your study. Before you work on real patients, you will practise your skills on fellow students, simulation patients and, for a number of examinations, a specially trained practical instructor. This means that you yourself will also regularly function as a test subject for your fellow students. This training will help you to learn the necessary patient-related skills.

    VUmc has rules and regulations for patient-related skills and patient contact that apply to all students.

    It goes without saying that the statutory regulations regarding patient-related activities and patient contact also apply. These regulations are described in the Individual Healthcare Professions Act (BIG) and the Medical Treatment Agreements Act (WGBO).

  • SBE

    Teaching and Examination Regulations, rules and guidelines

    The Teaching and Examination regulations (OER) can be found on the studyguide website (find your programme with the search bar en then look left, under info)

    Requirements cum laude

    Exception to the Cum Laude regulation due to the corona crisis (Article 19 Regulations and Guidelines regarding examinations SBE 2019-2020) 

    As a result of the corona crisis, we understand that it is difficult to perform optimally during this phase of your studies. Therefore, the Board of Examiners is willing to make an exception to the Cum Laude regulation. Students can choose one of the following two exceptions to the regulation:

    Students do not need to have passed the course at the first exam opportunity for courses of which the first exam opportunity and resit are offered within the period 15-03-2020 to 31-08-2020. This means that students are still eligible for Cum Laude if they have used both the first exam opportunity and resit between 15-03-2019 and 31-08-2020. For all courses for which one or both exams is/are offered before or after this period, students have to pass the course at the first exam opportunity.

    OR

    Students that started their Bachelor's programme as of 01-09-2017, 01-09-2018 or 01-09-2019, and students that started their Master's programme as of 01-09-2019 or 01-02-2020, do not have to finish their study programme within 42 respectively 14 months in order to be eligible for Cum Laude. These students will be eligible for Cum Laude if they finish the study programme within maximum 48 respectively 20 months.

    You do not have to indicate which of the two rules you opt for; it will be checked by our administration once you apply for your degree certificate.

    Examination Board

    Members of the SBE Examination Board

    • Dr. A. Estevez Fernandez 
    • Prof. dr. H. van Herk 
    • Dr. H.S. Heusinkveld 
    • Dr. J.K. Verduijn
    • Drs. T. Lampe
    • Prof. dr. J. Rouwendal
    • Prof. dr. J.L. Wielhouwer 

    Secretaries

    • S.P. van Raat MA 
    • Drs. S. van Vugt 
    • Mr. drs. J.J.M. Welling

    Examination Board members of the VU-UvA Joint Degree programmes

    Examination Board Business in Society, and Entrepreneurship 

    • Dr. W. van der Aa
    • D. Drittij MSc 
    • Dr. A.E. Kourula 
    • Prof. dr. W. Stam

Students of the Faculty of Dentistry (ACTA) can find more information on ACTA.nl [in Dutch].

Students of Amsterdam University College (AUC) can find more information on AUC.nl.

Rules and Guidelines of the Examination Board (faculty of Science)

In the Rules and Guidelines (R&R) of the Examination Board of the faculty of Science, the rules with regard to the administration of interim and other examinations are further detailed. It also describes what is considered a violation, fraud and plagiarism and the possible sanctions. You can also find the cum laude regulation in the Rules and Regulations. The Rules and Guidelines are also binding.

Download here the Rules and Guidelines of 2021-2022
Download here the Rules and Guidelines of 2020-2021
Download here the Rules and Guidelines of 2019-2020
Download here the Rules and Guidelines of 2018-2019

Meeting dates

Meeting dates of Graduate school Earth, Ecological and Environmental Sciences & Health and Life Sciences

Meeting dates of graduate School Natural Science and Mathematics and Information Science

N.B. The availability of the Examination Board is limited during the summer holidays (July - August). The Examination Board will try to take care of your request, however, it may take longer than 30 working days.

Fraud letter for students 

Here you will find the Fraud Letter with information about Fraud and Plagiarism for students of the Faculty of Science.

Online proctoring

More information on Online proctoring.

Examination Committee 

One of the tasks of the Examination Board is to assess student requests, such as requests regarding exams, substitute courses, additional exam opportunities, filling elective space, and so on.

In general, you have to submit a request to the Examination Board at the moment that you deviate from the regular study program for any reason.

To submit individual requests and questions, we refer you to the text above under the heading 'Requests to the Examination Board'.

Important to know:

  • You submit a request to the Examination Board using a form on VU.nl. Requests submitted in any other way will not be processed.
  • Specify your request and explain why you are submitting it in detail. Think carefully before you send in a form. A request should consist of (much) more than just a one-line question.
  • In addition, mind your language. You are addressing the Examination Board, not a friend.
  • For complex requests or in case of special circumstances, first consult with an academic advisor and only then submit a request to the Examination Board.
  • Submit your request in time. The processing time can be long, for example if further inquiries are necessary or if your request arrives too late for the next meeting. A request must be submitted no later than five working days before a meeting. All requests regarding examinations must be submitted at least three weeks before the start of the exam week.

The Examination Board consists of the Central Examination Board FGB and the three cluster-specific examination sub-boards; Educational Sciences, Psychology and Human Movement Sciences.

Rules and Guidelines FGB

In the Rules and Guidelines (R&R) of the Examination Board FGB, the rules with regard to the taking of examinations and exams are elaborated. The Rules and Guidelines also describe what is considered fraud and plagiarism and the possible sanctions. The cum laude regulation can also be found in the Rules and Guidelines. The Rules and Guidelines are binding.

Examination sub-board Educational Sciences

Members of the board

  • dr. M. van der Schoot (chair)
  • dr. J. Exalto
  • dr. M.L. Verhage (vice-chair)
  • B. Pleiter (official secretary)


Meetings dates academic year 2022

  • 11-01-2022
  • 08-02-2022
  • 08-03-2022
  • 05-04-2022
  • 10-05-2022
  • 07-06-2022
  • 05-07-2022
  • 02-08-2022

Please note: A request or complaint must be received no later than five working days before the meeting of the board.

Examination sub-board Psychology

Members of the board

  • dr. M.V. Milders (chair)
  • dr. D. van ’t Ent (vice-chair)
  • dr. K. Mortier
  • dr. N.C. Lee
  • prof. dr. S. Koole
  • dr. S. Feenstra
  • B. Pleiter (official secretary) 

Meeting dates academic year 2022

  • 13-01-2022
  • 10-02-2022
  • 10-03-2022
  • 07-04-2022
  • 12-05-2022
  • 09-06-2022
  • 07-07-2022
  • 04-08-2022

Please note: A request or complaint must be received no later than five working days before the meeting of the board.

Examination sub-board Human Movement Sciences

Members of the board

  • prof. dr. J.B.J. Smeets (chair)
  • B.M.A. van Berlo, MSc (secretary)
  • dr. G.J. van der Kamp
  • drs. T. de Haan
  • dr. G.G.M. Scholten-Peeters
  • B. Pleiter (official secretary)

Meetings dates academic year 2022

  • 18-01-2022
  • 15-02-2022
  • 15-03-2022
  • 12-04-2022
  • 17-05-2022
  • 14-06-2022
  • 12-07-2022
  • 09-08-2022

Please note: A request or complaint must be received no later than five working days before the meeting of the board.

Examenination Board Bachelor Theologie [in Dutch]: 

  • prof. dr. H. van den Belt (chair) 
  • prof. dr. H.S. Benjamins (secretary) 
  • dr. M.C.M. Klomp 
  • dr. M. Klaver 
  • drs. E. Groen (external member) 
  • Susanna Wolfert-de Vries (secretary)

Examenination Board Bachelor Theology & Religious Studies: 

  • prof. dr. W. Janse (chair) 
  • dr. H.C.M. Schroeder 
  • dr. D.T. Phillips-Koning 
  • dr. P. Coppens 
  • G.J. Beunk (external member) 
  • Susanna Wolfert-de Vries (secretary)

Rules and Guidelines HUM

In the Rules and Guidelines (R&R) of the Examination Board FGB, the rules with regard to the taking of examinations and exams are elaborated. The Rules and Guidelines also describe what is considered fraud and plagiarism and the possible sanctions. The cum laude regulation can also be found in the Rules and Guidelines. The Rules and Guidelines are binding.

Members of the Examination Board

Executive Board: 

  • Chiel van den Akker (Chairperson ad interim DB and chairperson ad interim BA Chamber) 
  • Daantje Meuwissen (Chairperson MA Chamber)
  • René van Woudenberg (Chairperson, PPE Chamber) 
  • Jacqueline Bel (Secretary DB and Chairperson Examination Chamber) 
  • Susanna Wolfert- de Vries (Official secretary)

BA Chamber EB: 

  • Chiel van den Akker (History, Chairperson ad interim) 
  • Tim Groot Kormelink (CIW, member)
  • Klazina Staat (Antiquities, member) 
  • Joana Ozorio de Almeida Meroz (MADA, member) 
  • Babs Boter (L&S, secretary/member) 
  • Christian Krijnen (Philosophy, member) 
  • Susanna Wolfert- de Vries (Official secretary)

MA Chamber EB: 

  • Daantje Meuwissen (Art History, chair) 
  • Dienke Hondius (History, member)  
  • Emilie van Opstall (Antiquities, member) 
  • Roel van den Oever (L&C, member)
  • Angela Roothaan (Philosophy, member) 
  • Susanna Wolfert- de Vries (Official secretary)

EB Chamber PPE: 

  • René van Woudenberg (Philosophy, President) 
  • Wolfgang Wagner (FSW, member) 
  • Paul Koster (SBE, secretary/member) 
  • Susanna Wolfert- de Vries (Official secretary)

FGW Admissions Committee: 

  • Gerben Mulder (Chair) 
  • Angela Roothaan (Secretary) 
  • Roxanne Denkers MSc (Official secretary)

Members of the Board

  • prof. dr. A.R. Neerhof (chair) 
  • mr. dr. D.M.A. Bij de Vaate (secretary) 
  • mr. dr. J. Gooijer
  • prof. mr. J. Struiksma
  • dr. C.J.W. van den Berg
  • drs. S. Voogd (external member)

Official secretaries

  • A.M. de Laaf
  • drs. C.M. Brandt 
  • mr. O.M.L. Heldring

Contact :
examboard.law@vu.nl

Rules and Guidelines

Law Rules and guidelines

Minors, Electives and Extra (curricular) courses

The Teaching and Examination Regulations (TER) of your degree programme lists which minors (Bachelor’s degree) and electives (Master’s degree) you can take without permission from the Examination Board. The current TER is available in the Study guide. More information is available under Minor and Electives.

You only need prior permission from the Examination Board to take courses not listed in the TER as part of your programme, if you wish to include the course(s) in the curriculum for your diploma. If the course will not be part of the curriculum for your diploma, i.e. it will be extracurricular, permission is not required.
You do need permission in either case from the faculty or university where you wish to take the extra (curricular) course(s). Contact the relevant faculty or university to learn how you can obtain permission.
Please note that only extracurricular courses of the correct level which were completed during your registration for the programme can be listed under extracurricular on the diploma supplement.

If you wish to take a course which is part of a different programme of the VU Faculty of Law, you use the procedure mentioned under Register for an extracurricular course on the Register/deregister page.
Bachelor of Law students need no prior permission to take the minor Forensische Criminologie (in Dutch). You can register using the standard procedure.

After receiving permission to take an extra(curricular) course you must register for the course. If you cannot find the course in the registration module, please contact the faculty education office (oa.law@vu.nl).  

If you wish to take a course at a different university, in most cases you must register as a subsidiary student. You will be asked to submit proof of payment (a BBC), the VU Student Desk can provide this for you. Be sure to inquire about the application procedure at the university of your choice.  

Dutch ‘Civiel effect’

To work as a lawyer, public prosecutor or judge in the Netherlands, you need ‘Civiel Effect’ to be admitted to the Netherlands Bar. To obtain Civiel Effect you must have completed a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) plus a Dutch academic Master’s degree in Law (LLM) which meet the requirements of the Civiel Effect covenant.

The VU master programmes Law (all specializations) and International Business Law meet the requirements. For Law and Politics of International Security, additional courses must be completed (see art. 10.4 TER). You cannot obtain Civiel effect on the basis of an International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology degree, as this is an MSc and not an LLM.

If you obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Law but not in the Netherlands, you will have to complete a Dutch Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB). You can submit a request to the Examination Board to be granted exemptions for courses in the programme, but please note that, generally speaking, you will have to complete (at least) the courses of the second and third year of the bachelor, minus the minor.
To be admitted to the VU Bachelor’s in Law programme, you must have a command of the Dutch language at C1 level and you must be able to substantiate this with an appropriate certificate (eg. CNaTV EDUP) or degree.

To learn what alternatives are available to you if you completed your Bacherlor’s degree in Law in the EU, you can contact the Netherlands Bar.  

Examination Board master Cardiovascular Research and master Oncology 

The Faculty of Medicine VU has one Central Examination Board and two Shared Examination Boards; one for the Medical bachelor and master programmes and one for the three medical sciences master programmes: Epidemiology, Cardiovascular Research and Oncology.

Central Examination Board

The Central Examination Board, which mandates the Shared Examination Boards, executes its tasks according to the “Wet op het Hoger onderwijs en Wetenschappelijk onderzoek (WHW)”. and is the establishment, which objectively and professionally assesses whether or not a student fulfills the criteria, the education and exam regulations have set with regard to knowledge, insight and skills, necessary to obtain the degree. The Central examination board operates at Faculty level.

Members of the Central Examination Board

Chair: Ms. dr. I.E. van der Horst - Bruinsma 
Vice Chair: Ms.dr. I. Bijnsdorp
Member: Prof.dr. A.J.L.M. van Balkom
Member: Dr. M. Wondergem
External member: Drs. K.H. Visser
Secretary: Mr. P.J. Wytzes 

Shared Examination 

The Shared Examination Board Epidemiology, Cardiovascular Research and Oncology processes requests of students concerning examination and supervises the quality of the exams of the education programmes it is responsible for. The Shared Examination Board is also the establishment that handles the study program of the individual students.

This page provides information for students of the master programmes Cardiovascular Research and Oncology.

Plan of action

The application and handling of students’ requests pursue the following plan of action:

  • The request is submitted by the student;
  • The student receives an automatic confirmation of receipt;
  • The official secretary assesses whether or not a request meets the regulations for application. If not, the request is not handled by the Shared Examination Board. The student will receive a message to notify him/her;
  • The student will receive a message to notify him/her;
  • The official secretary asks for additional information to be given by the student when necessary;
  • The request will be dealt with by the Shared Examination Board;
  • The student receives the decision on his/her request of the Shared Examination Board within 30 days after the receipt of the request via a digital letter (via e-mail) and a hardcopy via regular mail.

Requests

The following requests can be submitted to the Shared Examination Board.

  1. Exemptions, personal requests and complaints: request form
  2. Approval of optional courses: approval form
  3. Approval of Internships: approval form
  4. Approval of Literature Studies : approval form

Exemptions, personal requests and complaints

AD. 1 Exemptions

Exemptions are granted on the basis of acquired knowledge, insight and skills. The provided evidence for the exemption consists of previous obtained exams.

Rules regarding exemptions:

  • Exemption is only granted if the acquired knowledge, insight and skills match those of the module for which exemption is requested. This means that learning objects must be comparable and the assessment needs to be at the same level.
  • Exemption is only granted for modules, internships or courses part of the academic year in which the student takes part for the first time. If the student fails to inform the Shared Examination Board in time the exemption is not granted.
  • A request for exemption needs to be sent to the Shared Examination Board at least 3 months before the start of the module and should be provided with documentation. The electronic form for requests needs to be used.
  • A request for exemption after completion of the module will not be granted.
  • For particular educational modules as stated in the OER exemption is not granted.

AD. 2 Personal requests concerning (interim) examinations

Personal circumstances might lead to exceptions on the rules concerning examination, for example a request for an additional retake elongation of the validity of examinations or another type of examination that is described in the OER. A personal request can be submitted to the Shared Examination Board only when exceptional personal circumstances affected your educational program.

Personal circumstances that are considered by the Shared Examination Board are:

  • Illness of the student;
  • Physical or Physiological conditions;
  • Pregnancy of the student;
  • Personal circumstances related to family;
  • Membership of an accreditation committee (chapter 5a WHW);
  • Exceptional behavior (status provided by the board of directors needs to be accompanied).

AD. 3 Complaints regarding examinations 

The Shared Examination Board can be informed about complaints regarding examination. For example the procedures during the examination, cases of fraud or when a student does not agree with a procedure of assessment. Note that is not possible to object against a grade in terms of content. In the latter matter the student first needs to contact the examiner responsible for the module.

AD. 4,5,6 Approval of optional courses, internships, extensions and literature study 

Optional courses, internships, extensions and literature-study have to be approved by the Shared Examination Board. The Shared Examination Board has installed examiners to approve these. Use the form to request approval.

Rules for filing a request

Members of the Shared Examination Board

Chair: Ms. dr. I. Bijnsdorp  
Vice Chair: Ms. dr. M.J.Greuter 
Member: Dr. S.R. Baglio
Member: Dr. P.A.J. Krijnen
Official secretary: Mr. P.J. Wytzes 

Meetings

The Shared Examination Board will inform the student of the decision within 30 days after filing the request. The applicant receives an e-mail message about the decision or the progress of the request.

Meetings 2020-2021

Patient-related skills & patient contacts

During your Doctor of Medicine studies you will learn skills such as performing physical examinations. These are skills you will practice throughout your study. Before you work on real patients, you will practise your skills on fellow students, simulation patients and, for a number of examinations, a specially trained practical instructor. This means that you yourself will also regularly function as a test subject for your fellow students. This training will help you to learn the necessary patient-related skills.

VUmc has rules and regulations for patient-related skills and patient contact that apply to all students.

It goes without saying that the statutory regulations regarding patient-related activities and patient contact also apply. These regulations are described in the Individual Healthcare Professions Act (BIG) and the Medical Treatment Agreements Act (WGBO).

Teaching and Examination Regulations, rules and guidelines

The Teaching and Examination regulations (OER) can be found on the studyguide website (find your programme with the search bar en then look left, under info)

Requirements cum laude

Exception to the Cum Laude regulation due to the corona crisis (Article 19 Regulations and Guidelines regarding examinations SBE 2019-2020) 

As a result of the corona crisis, we understand that it is difficult to perform optimally during this phase of your studies. Therefore, the Board of Examiners is willing to make an exception to the Cum Laude regulation. Students can choose one of the following two exceptions to the regulation:

Students do not need to have passed the course at the first exam opportunity for courses of which the first exam opportunity and resit are offered within the period 15-03-2020 to 31-08-2020. This means that students are still eligible for Cum Laude if they have used both the first exam opportunity and resit between 15-03-2019 and 31-08-2020. For all courses for which one or both exams is/are offered before or after this period, students have to pass the course at the first exam opportunity.

OR

Students that started their Bachelor's programme as of 01-09-2017, 01-09-2018 or 01-09-2019, and students that started their Master's programme as of 01-09-2019 or 01-02-2020, do not have to finish their study programme within 42 respectively 14 months in order to be eligible for Cum Laude. These students will be eligible for Cum Laude if they finish the study programme within maximum 48 respectively 20 months.

You do not have to indicate which of the two rules you opt for; it will be checked by our administration once you apply for your degree certificate.

Examination Board

Members of the SBE Examination Board

  • Dr. A. Estevez Fernandez 
  • Prof. dr. H. van Herk 
  • Dr. H.S. Heusinkveld 
  • Dr. J.K. Verduijn
  • Drs. T. Lampe
  • Prof. dr. J. Rouwendal
  • Prof. dr. J.L. Wielhouwer 

Secretaries

  • S.P. van Raat MA 
  • Drs. S. van Vugt 
  • Mr. drs. J.J.M. Welling

Examination Board members of the VU-UvA Joint Degree programmes

Examination Board Business in Society, and Entrepreneurship 

  • Dr. W. van der Aa
  • D. Drittij MSc 
  • Dr. A.E. Kourula 
  • Prof. dr. W. Stam

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