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Board of Examiners

The role of the Board of Examiners is to ensure that study programmes adhere to their Course and Examination Regulations. The Board of Examiners oversees all tests and examinations within the institute and determines whether students have acquired the knowledge and skills required for the awarding of their degree.

Each institute has a Board of Examiners, the members of which are appointed by the Faculty Board. The Board of Examiners is responsible for the effective organisation and quality assurance of all tests and examinations within the institute. If you would like to request a change to your academic requirements, for example an exemption or extension, it is the Board of Examiners who will make the final decision on your request.

Board of Examiners Public Administration

The Board of Examiners of the Institute of Public Administration is under Article 7.12 of the Law on Higher Education (WHW), responsible for examination and monitors the level of exams and elective courses/ packages. Key tasks and responsibilities include: promulgating rules and regulations on exams; granting exemptions; taking measures with regard to order, fraud, plagiarism, etc., decisions on appeals of students and the decisions on the BSA. The Board of Examiners is also charged with granting individual retakes, issuing certificates and assessing requests concerning individual adjustments to the program and the implementation of the electives/ elective programs.  
The scope of the authority and responsibilities of the Board of Examiners is laid down in both the faculty’s Course and Examination Regulations (OER) and in the Rules and Regulations (R&R) that are drawn up by the Board of Examiners itself.

In these two documents students can find everything they need about teaching-related issues such as:

- Registration procedures for and gaining admittance to exams and resits;
- The validity of completed exams and practical exercises (such as term papers);
- Policy for resits and requesting an extra exam;
- Evaluation, partial marks, the rounding of scores and determining the final mark;
- Fraud and plagiarism;
- Regulations pertaining to special circumstances 

Composition of The Public Administration Board of Examiners

The Public Administration Board of Examiners is made up of various members, each with different tasks:  

  • Dr A. Afonso (chair)
  • Dr T.S. Ashikali
  • Dr P.E.A. van den Bekerom
  • Dr. M. van Lent
  • Prof. P. Nieuwenburg (external member)
  • L. Erades (official secretary)

Note: Queries in the form of letters and/or e-mail messages addressed to individual members of the Board of Examiners will not be acted upon. All correspondence should be in writing and go through the Offical secretary. 

Individual requests to the Board of Examiners

The Board of Examiners in its capacity also processes individual requests from students regarding their studies (questions regarding the RTE and R&R).
Students contact the Board of Examiners, via the page: Exemptions and petitions. 

For individual questions to the Board of Examiners the following rules and procedures are applicable. All questions and any supporting evidence are only considered if sent through the web form (not by e-mail).

Fraud and Plagiarism

Cases of fraud and plagiarism are taken very seriously by the Institute of Public Administration. When the Board of Examiners is informed of possible fraude or plagiarism, the student will be invited to a hearing with the board. When the board establishes fraud or plagiarism, penalties may be applied.

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