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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 2022-2023
    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

    Within the FGB faculty, we have several examination boards: Examination Board FGB (EC FGB), Examination Board University Teacher Training Programme (EC ULO) and the Examination Board Educational Master Primary Education (EC EMPO).
    The Examination Board FGB/FBMS consists of the Central Examination Board FGB and the three cluster-specific Examination Sub-boards for Movement Sciences (EC BW), Pedagogical Sciences (EC PEDA) and Psychology (EC PSY).

    All committees are supported by the official secretariat.

    Rules and Guidelines 

    Rules and Guidelines EC FGB

    In the Rules and Guidelines (R&R) of the examination Board, 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 Human Movement Sciences (EC BW)

    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)


    Meeting dates academic year 2022-2023 (conditionally)

    • 18-10-2022
    • 15-11-2022
    • 13-12-2022
    • 17-01-2023
    • 14-02-2023
    • 14-03-2023
    • 11-04-2023
    • 16-05-2023
    • 13-06-2023
    • 11-07-2023

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


    Examination Sub-board Educational Sciences (EC PEDA)

    Members of the board

    • dr. M.L. Verhage (chair)
    • dr. M. Dobber (vice-chair)
    • dr. A. Schinkel (secretary)
    • B. Pleiter (official secretary)


    Meeting dates academic year 2022-2023 (conditionally)

    • 11-10-2022
    • 08-11-2022
    • 06-12-2022
    • 10-01-2023
    • 07-02-2023
    • 07-03-2023
    • 04-04-2023
    • 09-05-2023
    • 06-06-2023
    • 04-07-2023

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

    Examination Sub-board Psychology (EC PSY)

    Members of the board

    • dr. M.V. Milders (voorzitter)
    • dr. D. van ’t Ent (vice-voorzitter)
    • dr. S. Feenstra
    • prof. dr. S. Koole
    • dr. B. Armenta Gutierrez
    • B. Pleiter (ambtelijk secretaris) 


    Meeting dates academic year 2022-2023 (conditionally)

    • 06-10-2022
    • 03-11-2022
    • 08-12-2022
    • 12-01-2023
    • 09-02-2023
    • 09-03-2023
    • 06-04-2023
    • 11-05-2023
    • 08-06-2023
    • 06-07-2023

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

  • FRT

    Rules and Regulations of the Examination Board

    Examenination Board Bachelor Theologie [in Dutch]: 

    • prof. dr. H. van den Belt (voorzitter) 
    • prof. dr. H.S. Benjamins (secretaris)
    • Dr. C.A.M. van den Berg
    • Dr. F. Stark
    • drs. E. Groen (extern lid) 
    • Justus Noordzij (ambtelijk secretaris)

    Examenination Board Bachelor Theology & Religious Studies: 

    • prof. dr. H.A. Bakker (voorzitter)
    • prof. dr. W. Janse
    • dr. D.T. Phillips-Koning 
    • dr. P. Coppens (secretaris)
    • G.J. Beunk (extern lid) 
    • Justus Noordzij (ambtelijk secretaris)
  • FSS

  • HUM

    Rules and Guidelines HUM

    In the Rules and Guidelines (R&R) of the Examination Board FGW, 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 (Chair DB and chair BA Chamber) 
    • Reinier Munk (Interim-Chair MA Chamber)
    • René van Woudenberg (Chair PPE Chamber) 
    • Jacqueline Bel (Secretary DB and chair Examination Chamber) 
    • Jan Gooijer (external member)
    • Susanna Wolfert- de Vries (Official secretary)
    • Justus Noordzij (Official secretary)

    BA Chamber EB: 

    • Chiel van den Akker (History, chair) 
    • Kenza Lamot (CIW, member)
    • Klazina Staat (Antiquities, member) 
    • Joana Ozorio de Almeida Meroz (MCDA, member) 
    • Babs Boter (L&S, secretary/member) 
    • Christian Krijnen (Philosophy, member) 
    • Susanna Wolfert- de Vries (Official secretary)
    • Justus Noordzij (Official secretary)

    MA Chamber EB: 

    • Reinier Munk (interim-chair)
    • Daantje Meuwissen (Art History, member) 
    • Fred van Lieburg (History, member)  
    • Emilie van Opstall (Antiquities, member) 
    • Roel van den Oever (L&C, member)
    • Jan Willem Wieland (Philosophy, member) 
    • Laura Rupp (CIW, member)
    • Susanna Wolfert- de Vries (Official secretary)
    • Justus Noordzij (Official secretary)

    EB Chamber PPE: 

    • René van Woudenberg (Philosophy, chair) 
    • Patrick Overeem (FSW, member) 
    • Paul Koster (SBE, secretary/member) 
    • Susanna Wolfert- de Vries (Official secretary)
    • Justus Noordzij (Official secretary)

    Assessment Chamber:

    • Jacqueline Bel (Literature) (chair)
    • Chiel van den Akker (History)
    • Joris Aarts (Antiquities)
    • Jane Tynan (Arts and Culture)
    • Jan Willem Wieland (Philosophy)
    • Diederik Oostdijk (Literature)
    • Loes Wijnen (Official secretary)

    FGW Admissions Committee: 

    • Angela Roothaan (Chair) 
    • Annemiek Hammer (Secretary) 
    • Roxanne Denkers (Official secretary)

    PPE Admissions Committee: 

    • Lieven DeCock (PPE, chair)
    • Lisa Bastian (member)
    • Bastiaan van Apeldoorn (member)
    • Ines Lindner (member)
  • 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

    Rules and guidelines 2022-2023 Examination Board Faculty of Law

    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 and when prior permission is required. The current TER is available in the Study guide. More information is available under Electives and Minors.

    If you wish to persue an extra course which is part of a different programme of the VU, you need prior permission from the Examination Board if you wish to include the subject in the curriculum of your study programme. The result will always appear extracurricular in your results overview in your VU Dashboard. For more information see the procedure mentioned under Register for an extracurricular course on the Register/deregister page.

    If you do not include the subject in your curriculum, permission from the Examination Board is not required. Consult the Electives page under Pursuing extracurricular subjects to learn what you do need to make arrangements for.

    Curricular requirements

    The curricular requirements of your programme can be found in the TER. The Examination Board checks before issuing the degree certificate if you have met the requirements. Amongst others the validity of the results obtained is assessed.

    When combining two specializations, modified requirements may apply.

    It is also possible to create a self-determined study programme.

    Self-determined study programme in the Master

    It is possible to compose a programme of your own choice which deviates from the study programme prescribed by the degree programme. This programme requires prior approval of the Examination Board. Ensure that you submit a request well before you wish to start.

    With the self-determined study programme you must be able to meet the Master’s programme objectives and exit qualifications. This means, for example, that if your Master gives access to the Dutch ‘civiel effect’ as part of the programme objectives, your self-determined programme must also meet the requirements for masters as specified in the Dutch ‘civiel effect’ covenant.  You will have to include an integration subject in your programme in that case, for example. This also applies if you are not eligible for the Dutch ‘civiel effect’ based on your Bachelor’s degree.  

    When you decide to pursue a self-determined programme, your degree certificate will state that you have completed the Master’s in Law programme with a free specialization.

    Dutch Effectus civilis (‘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), or an applied sciences degree in Dutch law plus a premaster programme for the effectus civilis, plus a Dutch academic Master’s in Law degree (LLM) which meet the requirements of the Civiel Effect covenant. Read more on the Effectus civilis page.

    Academic misconduct

    The Examination Board is responsible a.o. for ensuring that measures are taken in cases of academic misconduct.

    When a suspicion of academic misconduct arises, the examiner files a report with the Examination Board. The Examination Board offers the student(s) involved an opportunity to respond to the report in writing and organizes a hearing for which both examiner and student(s) are invited. On the basis of the report, the written reaction and the hearing the Examination Board decides on the sanction.

    In articles 21 and 22 of the Rules and Guidelines you can read what constitutes Academic misconduct, in particular fraud and plagiarism, and the procedures and penalties for breaches of the rules.

  • MED

    Examination Board Science Masters (Oncology, Personalized Medicine (CVR) and Epidemiology) 

    The Faculty of Medicine VU has two examination boards: one for the Bachelor- and Masterprogramme Medicine and one the Science Masters: Oncology, Personalized Medicine (CVR) and Epidemiology.

    The Examination Board Science Masters executes its tasks according to the “Wet op het Hoger onderwijs en Wetenschappelijk onderzoek (WHW)”. and is the body 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 Examination Board Science Masters also treats requests regarding examination filed by students of the aforementioned Masterprogrammes and supervises the quality of the examinations set by the educational programmes. The EB Science Masters is also the body to handle individual requests of students regarding the study program (curriculum) of Masters for which it is responsible.

    Members of the Examination Board Science Masters

    • Chair: Dr. I.V. Bijnsdorp
    • Vice-chair: Dr. P.A.J. Krijnen
    • Member: Dr. S.R. Baglio
    • Member: Dr. I. van Maurik
    • Member: Dr. J.F. Stins (external)
    • Secretary: Mr. P.J. Wytzes 

    This page provides (some) information for students of the master programmes Personalized Medicine (Cardiovascular Research) and Oncology. Students of Epidemiology are kindly referred to the information in Dutch on the website (and that of the master Epidemiology itself).

    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 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 Examination Board;
    • The student receives the decision on his/her request of the 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 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 Examination Board in time the exemption is not granted.
    • A request for exemption needs to be sent to the Examination Board at least six weeks 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 (thesis or final assignment) 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 Examination Board only when exceptional personal circumstances affected your educational program.

    Personal circumstances that are considered by the 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 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 Examination Board. The Shared Examination Board has installed examiners to approve these. Use the form to request approval.

    Rules for filing a request

    • Ask yourself the question; does my request fall within the competence of the Examination Board or should I apply my question elsewhere?
    • First check the “Academic and Examination Regulations (OER)”  
    • and Rules and guidelines Examination Board Science Masters 
    • and Rules and guidelines Examination (Regels en richtlijnen) EpidM
    • and the Protocol concerning fraud
    • Requests to the Examination Board have to be filed using one of the digital request forms unless otherwise indicated.
    • Requests, questions or letters that are not filed using the digital forms will not be answered or dealt with.
    • The mark list has to be attached.

    The 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..


    Meeting dates 2022-2023 (with reservation) 

  • 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. J.K. Verduijn
    • Prof. dr. J. Rouwendal
    • Dr. K. van Bommel
    • Prof. dr. H. van Herk 
    • Prof. dr. P.W.C. Koning
    • Prof. dr. J.L. Wielhouwer 
    • Drs. T. Lampe

    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 2022-2023
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

Within the FGB faculty, we have several examination boards: Examination Board FGB (EC FGB), Examination Board University Teacher Training Programme (EC ULO) and the Examination Board Educational Master Primary Education (EC EMPO).
The Examination Board FGB/FBMS consists of the Central Examination Board FGB and the three cluster-specific Examination Sub-boards for Movement Sciences (EC BW), Pedagogical Sciences (EC PEDA) and Psychology (EC PSY).

All committees are supported by the official secretariat.

Rules and Guidelines 

Rules and Guidelines EC FGB

In the Rules and Guidelines (R&R) of the examination Board, 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 Human Movement Sciences (EC BW)

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)


Meeting dates academic year 2022-2023 (conditionally)

  • 18-10-2022
  • 15-11-2022
  • 13-12-2022
  • 17-01-2023
  • 14-02-2023
  • 14-03-2023
  • 11-04-2023
  • 16-05-2023
  • 13-06-2023
  • 11-07-2023

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


Examination Sub-board Educational Sciences (EC PEDA)

Members of the board

  • dr. M.L. Verhage (chair)
  • dr. M. Dobber (vice-chair)
  • dr. A. Schinkel (secretary)
  • B. Pleiter (official secretary)


Meeting dates academic year 2022-2023 (conditionally)

  • 11-10-2022
  • 08-11-2022
  • 06-12-2022
  • 10-01-2023
  • 07-02-2023
  • 07-03-2023
  • 04-04-2023
  • 09-05-2023
  • 06-06-2023
  • 04-07-2023

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

Examination Sub-board Psychology (EC PSY)

Members of the board

  • dr. M.V. Milders (voorzitter)
  • dr. D. van ’t Ent (vice-voorzitter)
  • dr. S. Feenstra
  • prof. dr. S. Koole
  • dr. B. Armenta Gutierrez
  • B. Pleiter (ambtelijk secretaris) 


Meeting dates academic year 2022-2023 (conditionally)

  • 06-10-2022
  • 03-11-2022
  • 08-12-2022
  • 12-01-2023
  • 09-02-2023
  • 09-03-2023
  • 06-04-2023
  • 11-05-2023
  • 08-06-2023
  • 06-07-2023

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

Rules and Regulations of the Examination Board

Examenination Board Bachelor Theologie [in Dutch]: 

  • prof. dr. H. van den Belt (voorzitter) 
  • prof. dr. H.S. Benjamins (secretaris)
  • Dr. C.A.M. van den Berg
  • Dr. F. Stark
  • drs. E. Groen (extern lid) 
  • Justus Noordzij (ambtelijk secretaris)

Examenination Board Bachelor Theology & Religious Studies: 

  • prof. dr. H.A. Bakker (voorzitter)
  • prof. dr. W. Janse
  • dr. D.T. Phillips-Koning 
  • dr. P. Coppens (secretaris)
  • G.J. Beunk (extern lid) 
  • Justus Noordzij (ambtelijk secretaris)

Rules and Guidelines HUM

In the Rules and Guidelines (R&R) of the Examination Board FGW, 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 (Chair DB and chair BA Chamber) 
  • Reinier Munk (Interim-Chair MA Chamber)
  • René van Woudenberg (Chair PPE Chamber) 
  • Jacqueline Bel (Secretary DB and chair Examination Chamber) 
  • Jan Gooijer (external member)
  • Susanna Wolfert- de Vries (Official secretary)
  • Justus Noordzij (Official secretary)

BA Chamber EB: 

  • Chiel van den Akker (History, chair) 
  • Kenza Lamot (CIW, member)
  • Klazina Staat (Antiquities, member) 
  • Joana Ozorio de Almeida Meroz (MCDA, member) 
  • Babs Boter (L&S, secretary/member) 
  • Christian Krijnen (Philosophy, member) 
  • Susanna Wolfert- de Vries (Official secretary)
  • Justus Noordzij (Official secretary)

MA Chamber EB: 

  • Reinier Munk (interim-chair)
  • Daantje Meuwissen (Art History, member) 
  • Fred van Lieburg (History, member)  
  • Emilie van Opstall (Antiquities, member) 
  • Roel van den Oever (L&C, member)
  • Jan Willem Wieland (Philosophy, member) 
  • Laura Rupp (CIW, member)
  • Susanna Wolfert- de Vries (Official secretary)
  • Justus Noordzij (Official secretary)

EB Chamber PPE: 

  • René van Woudenberg (Philosophy, chair) 
  • Patrick Overeem (FSW, member) 
  • Paul Koster (SBE, secretary/member) 
  • Susanna Wolfert- de Vries (Official secretary)
  • Justus Noordzij (Official secretary)

Assessment Chamber:

  • Jacqueline Bel (Literature) (chair)
  • Chiel van den Akker (History)
  • Joris Aarts (Antiquities)
  • Jane Tynan (Arts and Culture)
  • Jan Willem Wieland (Philosophy)
  • Diederik Oostdijk (Literature)
  • Loes Wijnen (Official secretary)

FGW Admissions Committee: 

  • Angela Roothaan (Chair) 
  • Annemiek Hammer (Secretary) 
  • Roxanne Denkers (Official secretary)

PPE Admissions Committee: 

  • Lieven DeCock (PPE, chair)
  • Lisa Bastian (member)
  • Bastiaan van Apeldoorn (member)
  • Ines Lindner (member)

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

Rules and guidelines 2022-2023 Examination Board Faculty of Law

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 and when prior permission is required. The current TER is available in the Study guide. More information is available under Electives and Minors.

If you wish to persue an extra course which is part of a different programme of the VU, you need prior permission from the Examination Board if you wish to include the subject in the curriculum of your study programme. The result will always appear extracurricular in your results overview in your VU Dashboard. For more information see the procedure mentioned under Register for an extracurricular course on the Register/deregister page.

If you do not include the subject in your curriculum, permission from the Examination Board is not required. Consult the Electives page under Pursuing extracurricular subjects to learn what you do need to make arrangements for.

Curricular requirements

The curricular requirements of your programme can be found in the TER. The Examination Board checks before issuing the degree certificate if you have met the requirements. Amongst others the validity of the results obtained is assessed.

When combining two specializations, modified requirements may apply.

It is also possible to create a self-determined study programme.

Self-determined study programme in the Master

It is possible to compose a programme of your own choice which deviates from the study programme prescribed by the degree programme. This programme requires prior approval of the Examination Board. Ensure that you submit a request well before you wish to start.

With the self-determined study programme you must be able to meet the Master’s programme objectives and exit qualifications. This means, for example, that if your Master gives access to the Dutch ‘civiel effect’ as part of the programme objectives, your self-determined programme must also meet the requirements for masters as specified in the Dutch ‘civiel effect’ covenant.  You will have to include an integration subject in your programme in that case, for example. This also applies if you are not eligible for the Dutch ‘civiel effect’ based on your Bachelor’s degree.  

When you decide to pursue a self-determined programme, your degree certificate will state that you have completed the Master’s in Law programme with a free specialization.

Dutch Effectus civilis (‘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), or an applied sciences degree in Dutch law plus a premaster programme for the effectus civilis, plus a Dutch academic Master’s in Law degree (LLM) which meet the requirements of the Civiel Effect covenant. Read more on the Effectus civilis page.

Academic misconduct

The Examination Board is responsible a.o. for ensuring that measures are taken in cases of academic misconduct.

When a suspicion of academic misconduct arises, the examiner files a report with the Examination Board. The Examination Board offers the student(s) involved an opportunity to respond to the report in writing and organizes a hearing for which both examiner and student(s) are invited. On the basis of the report, the written reaction and the hearing the Examination Board decides on the sanction.

In articles 21 and 22 of the Rules and Guidelines you can read what constitutes Academic misconduct, in particular fraud and plagiarism, and the procedures and penalties for breaches of the rules.

Examination Board Science Masters (Oncology, Personalized Medicine (CVR) and Epidemiology) 

The Faculty of Medicine VU has two examination boards: one for the Bachelor- and Masterprogramme Medicine and one the Science Masters: Oncology, Personalized Medicine (CVR) and Epidemiology.

The Examination Board Science Masters executes its tasks according to the “Wet op het Hoger onderwijs en Wetenschappelijk onderzoek (WHW)”. and is the body 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 Examination Board Science Masters also treats requests regarding examination filed by students of the aforementioned Masterprogrammes and supervises the quality of the examinations set by the educational programmes. The EB Science Masters is also the body to handle individual requests of students regarding the study program (curriculum) of Masters for which it is responsible.

Members of the Examination Board Science Masters

  • Chair: Dr. I.V. Bijnsdorp
  • Vice-chair: Dr. P.A.J. Krijnen
  • Member: Dr. S.R. Baglio
  • Member: Dr. I. van Maurik
  • Member: Dr. J.F. Stins (external)
  • Secretary: Mr. P.J. Wytzes 

This page provides (some) information for students of the master programmes Personalized Medicine (Cardiovascular Research) and Oncology. Students of Epidemiology are kindly referred to the information in Dutch on the website (and that of the master Epidemiology itself).

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 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 Examination Board;
  • The student receives the decision on his/her request of the 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 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 Examination Board in time the exemption is not granted.
  • A request for exemption needs to be sent to the Examination Board at least six weeks 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 (thesis or final assignment) 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 Examination Board only when exceptional personal circumstances affected your educational program.

Personal circumstances that are considered by the 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 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 Examination Board. The Shared Examination Board has installed examiners to approve these. Use the form to request approval.

Rules for filing a request

  • Ask yourself the question; does my request fall within the competence of the Examination Board or should I apply my question elsewhere?
  • First check the “Academic and Examination Regulations (OER)”  
  • and Rules and guidelines Examination Board Science Masters 
  • and Rules and guidelines Examination (Regels en richtlijnen) EpidM
  • and the Protocol concerning fraud
  • Requests to the Examination Board have to be filed using one of the digital request forms unless otherwise indicated.
  • Requests, questions or letters that are not filed using the digital forms will not be answered or dealt with.
  • The mark list has to be attached.

The 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..


Meeting dates 2022-2023 (with reservation) 

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. J.K. Verduijn
  • Prof. dr. J. Rouwendal
  • Dr. K. van Bommel
  • Prof. dr. H. van Herk 
  • Prof. dr. P.W.C. Koning
  • Prof. dr. J.L. Wielhouwer 
  • Drs. T. Lampe

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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