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Student Regulations


Conditions for Study

Students who do not pass the lowest level language classes in the summer will not be permitted to continue in the Preparatory Program in the autumn semester.  Note that the student's final grade in the Summer Ulpan compromises 25% of his/her Hebrew language grade for the autumn semester.

Continuation of Studies in the spring semester for students who study in the lowest level language courses taught in the autumn semester (i.e., level Beth Hebrew and level 5 English) is dependent upon a passing grade in both the Hebrew and English language courses in the autumn semester.  The passing grade for Hebrew and English calculated for the two semesters is 70 at all levels, while a minimum general grade average of 65 is required to successfully complete the program.  Students in the Mathematics and Exact Sciences trend who do not pass mathematics with a score of 60 in the autumn semester are required to transfer to the Humanities and Social Sciences trend.


Students applying for degree studies at the Hebrew University who successfully complete both "Calculus" and "Calculus for the Sciences" will be awarded a bonus.  This bonus will not appear on the student's transcript, but will be calculated into the student's weighted grade average.  Students entitled to the bonus who apply for degree studies at other universities will receive a note with their transcript explaining the bonus practice at the Hebrew University.

Course and Class Regulations

Students must take all required courses, and may not drop any without permission.  All changes in the student's program of study must be approved by the academic advisor. 

Teacher may suspend or expel any student from class for disciplinary reasons.  (e.g.,  excessive absences without good cause, disturbances in the classroom) 

A student who has been expelled from a Hebrew course has the right to take the final examination; however s/he forfeits the classroom grade, which is 50% of the final grade.

Program Changes

Students may add courses or make other changes in their program up to one week into the semester.  After one week, a fine will be charged for adding classes.  With their academic advisors permission, students may drop courses.  No fines are charged for dropping courses.  Changes in language (i.e., Hebrew and English) and Mathematics courses must be approved by the appropriate coordinator.


Final examinations are given during two exam periods: Moed Aleph and Moed Beth.  The grade received for an examination taken during Moed Beth is the final grade, even if it is lower than the grade achieved in Moed Aleph.


Student Conduct

All students are expected to abide by the laws of the State of Israel and to follow the rules and regulations of the Hebrew University while they are on campus and while they are living in or visiting any of the university-operated dormitory accommodations. Israeli law prohibits the importation, possession, traffic in and/or use of any type of illegal drugs or narcotics. Infraction of this law will result in immediate expulsion from the University and notification of the Israeli legal authorities.

Student Ombudsman

The Student Ombudsman examines petitions of students lodging legitimate complaints against academic or administrative staff members. Any student may appeal to the ombudsman. All cases are treated in strict confidence.

The Disciplinary Regulations Governing Students at the HU (Excerpts)
The binding version is the complete Hebrew version



Authority of the Disciplinary Commissioner The Disciplinary Commissioner is authorized to deal with students and potential students as follows:




In relation to persons who are registered to study at the Hebrew University and have been accepted as students, from the time of registration and as long as they remain registered as students, including vacation periods.



In relation to persons who registered as students but whose candidacy was not accepted, from the time of registration until the time of receipt of notice of non-acceptance.


Persons who completed their studies but have not yet received their certificates.


Persons who were accepted as students in a certain year will be considered students for the purpose of these Regulations until the end of the academic year, even if they terminated their studies prior to the end of the year.


Persons who were students at the University or who registered for the University will remain subject to the disciplinary authority of the judicial bodies of the University even after they have completed or terminated their studies or after rejection of their candidacy, in connection with actions performed at the time that they were students or potential students.


Doctoral students are considered students within the meaning of the above sections.


A disciplinary offence is one of the following offences committed by the student:



Non-compliance with instructions of University authorities, teachers or administrative staff, issued by them in performance of their duties.


Transmission of false information to the University, its authorities, teachers or administrative staff, or performance of an act of fraud or deliberate concealment of information, for the purpose of obtaining rights at the University or in connection with studies at the University.


Perjury in proceedings before the disciplinary authorities.


Cheating on exams, assignments, seminar papers, extended research work, doctoral theses or other assignments required of the student in connection with his/her studies. Cheating on entrance examinations to an institution of higher education, whether with the aim of being accepted oneself as a student or with the aim of helping another person to gain acceptance as a student in an institution of higher education.


Non-compliance with instructions relating to an examination, homework, seminar paper, extended research work, doctoral thesis or other assignment in connection with a student's studies, including non-compliance with instructions relating to conduct in the course of a written or oral examination.


Violation of regulations or instructions or agreements relating to use of University premises, including libraries, halls, laboratories, dormitories, club rooms, offices, open spaces, sports installations and parking lots.


Causing disturbance to teaching, research or work at the University, or to any other activity authorized by University authorities.


Causing damage deliberately or through negligence to University property or to other property being used for University purposes, careless conduct or violation of safety instructions in laboratories or other premises.


Inappropriate conduct towards patients or other people to whom the student should be attending, or revelation of a medical or professional confidence or conduct contrary to professional ethics.


Conduct which involves injury to the dignity, body or property of teachers, staff or students of the University, if done in the course of or in connection with their position as teacher, staff or students, or if done within University premises.


Sexual harassment, as defined in the Sexual Harassment Law 1998.


Conduct inappropriate for a student of the University, provided that it does not fall within the definition of any of the above-listed offences. m. Failure to appear to testify before University authorities.


A student who has been found guilty of a disciplinary offence is liable to one or more of the following punishments:



A caution, a reprimand or a severe reprimand.


Cancellation of a reduction in tuition fees or of a scholastic prize or scholarship or cancellation of the right to receive them for a specified period.


Withdrawal of the right to use University premises, including laboratories, libraries, student dormitories, sports facilities and parking lots, for a specified period.


Disqualification of an examination taken by the student, disqualification of an assignment, a seminar paper, an extended research paper, a doctoral thesis or any other piece of work required of the student in connection with his/her studies (disqualification of an examination is equivalent to receiving a grade of 0).


Prevention from sitting an examination at a certain session or sessions.


Cancellation of participation in a course/courses.


Withholding for a specified period of a certificate or certification attesting to the student's studies or completion of studies.


Monetary fine in an amount not to exceed half the full tuition fees for a regular student.


Retroactive withdrawal of recognition of a semester of studies.


Retroactive withdrawal of recognition of studies of a year or more.


Expulsion from the University for a period of a year or more.


Permanent expulsion from the University.


Cancellation of rights or achievements in studies, including cancellation of the right to receive a certificate or certification attesting to such studies.


Imposing a requirement of public service, to be determined by the Commissioner.


Registering the conviction and the punishment in the Record of Studies.


The disciplinary authorities are competent to order that the punishment under secs. 16(c), (i) and (l) above, in part or in their entirety, will be suspended, on condition that the student does not commit another offence or offences, to be specified by the disciplinary authorities, within a defined period.

Students who have received a suspended sentence will not serve their sentence except where, during the specified period, they commit [at least] one of the offences specified and are convicted for such an offence during the period of the condition or thereafter. The period of the suspension will commence from the day of the decision, unless specified otherwise.


A student who is convicted of an offence under section 15(d) of the Regulations in respect of one of the actions specified below, will be expelled from the University for a minimum of one year, in addition to any other punishment imposed upon him/her:



Conscious possession of prohibited material in such a manner as to make use thereof possible, or conscious use thereof in the course of an examination.


Conscious receiving or passing on of prohibited material, or use thereof, in the course of an examination.


The making of any addition, erasure or change, with intent to cheat, to an examination or an assignment, other than in the normal course of the writing thereof.


Delegating another person to sit an examination instead of oneself, or participating in an examination in the place of another student.


Any other act of severe cheating in an examination or an assignment.

In this Regulation, "prohibited material" is any form of information on the subject of the examination the possession, receipt, passing on or use of which are prohibited.



Notwithstanding the aforesaid in sec. 17A, the Commissioner is authorized, in exceptional cases and for reasons which shall be recorded, to impose upon the defendant who has been convicted of only one of the offences specified in that section, another punishment (hereinafter: "special punishment"). The provisions of this section will not be invoked more than once with respect to the same student.


Students who have committed any of the offences under sec. 15(b) or sec. 15(d), after having been sentenced to the special punishment, will be expelled from the University for a period of at least three years, and their expulsion and the circumstances thereof will be registered in the student's record of studies.


Where a student has been found guilty of a disciplinary offence, and as a result of the act constituting the offence, material damage has been caused to the University, the Commissioner is authorized to obligate him/her, in addition to or instead of any punishment that has been imposed, to pay the University monetary compensation in an amount that will not exceed the damage that has been caused as a result of the offence.


A fine or compensation that was imposed as a punishment on the student and was not paid will be deemed to be a debt of the student to the University.


A complaint concerning a disciplinary offence will be filed by a member of academic staff directly to the Academic Secretary or through the Dean of the Faculty in which the student against whom the complaint is filed is registered. The Dean of Students, as well as the Director of the National and University Library and the Director of the Central Library for the Humanities and Social Sciences, may also file complaints directly with the Academic Secretary, and will send a copy to the Dean of the Faculty in which the student is registered. A student's complaint will be filed by the Dean of Students.

The Disciplinary Regulations also relate to a series of offences which fall into the category of "Optional Fine Offences;" when charged with a disciplinary offence under one of the categories below, the student will be offered the option of paying a fine without undergoing disciplinary proceedings. These offences include: o Smoking in violation of the provisions of the Restriction of Smoking in Public Places Law, or in violation of regulations issued by the University.  Use of cellular phones in libraries, classrooms or other places in which such use has been prohibited under University regulations.  Posting of notices in prohibited places.

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