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Funds disbursed by the Department of Education (DOE) of the United States as part of a Financial Aid package may be returned to the DOE upon an appropriate request. There are many reasons as to why such funds may be returned to the grantor, and they are usually related to student illegibility or withdrawal from the academic program during the semester. These illegibility criteria have been defined.

  1. Disbursed funds will be returned to the DOE when students do not meet the requirements established in the Eligibility Criteria for Loan Disbursement.  
  2. Students may wish to not receive their disbursement after requesting it. In this case, students must deposit a letter requesting the return at the Financial Aid Office.
  3. When a student requests that their financial aid is returned to the grantor, he or she must be aware of the following:
    a) When a student requests a return of funds (subsidized or unsubsidized), the totality of the amount must be returned.
    b) If there is an additional loan, a return of those funds, must be for the entire amount disbursed as well.

4. If a student is a no show (i.e. does not attend classes for which he or she has registered and has requested financial aid), the funds will be returned. This request must be made in writing.

5. A student has a right to withdraw from a semester even when financial aid has been requested and granted. Students must be aware of withdrawal dates in the academic calendar and must request the withdrawal in writing at the Office of Financial Aid so that the request can be properly forwarded to Accounting.

If a student has attended 60% or more of the scheduled classes for a given semester, he or she is not eligible for withdrawal. 

UNIBE is approved by  the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, and Technology (Ministerio de Educación Superior, Ciencia, y Tecnología - MESCYT); this institution is responsible for regulating higher education institutions and assessing compliance with quality standards in the Dominican Republic.  

A mandatory evaluation takes place every five years, which we have successfully completed each time.

The UNIBE School of Medicine is listed in the FAIMER International Medical Education Directory (IMED), within the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

UNIBE School of Medicine is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education since 2009. Further information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-0400, toll-free (888) 224-6684.

The Civil Engineering and Industrial Engineering programs are accredited by the Greater Caribbean Engineering Accreditation System (GCREAS).

UNIBE has long been committed to its international impact. The Office of International Affairs strengths the leadership and innovation through the international dimension of our mission by promoting, coordinating, and supporting the university’s international education, exchange, and service activities. In the following links you will find detailed information:

For information regarding quality standards, policies and procedures for evaluation and accreditation please refer to the Planning and Institutional Evaluation Department. Email: pdi@unibe.edu.do.

 

Policies

UNIBE promotes respect for the rights and dignity of people with disabilities and special education needs. To that end, UNIBE:

  • Makes available services for students with disabilities, and makes such information readily available.
  • Ensures that architectural barriers to accessibility are removed from campus.
  • Promotes technological innovation as well as innovative pedagogical strategies that provide additional learning resources for students with disabilities and special education needs.
  • Promotes a program of professional development for academic staff where professors gain continuous training that allows them to incorporate the needs of students with disabilities in teaching plans and strategies.
  • Prioritizes research related to disability issues.

Admissions Criteria

  1. Students with disabilities and special education needs who wish to study at UNIBE must meet all entrance requirements.
  2. They must also pass the UNIBE admissions exam.
  3. Students may request accommodations during the admissions exam, to ensure the student can perform optimally.

Services for Students with Disabilities and Special Education Needs

This unit within the Department of Student Services ensures that students with disabilities and special education needs receive the accommodations required to facilitate the student´s academic development.

Information regarding disability and special education needs is kept confidential.

Services for Students with Disabilities Include:

  • Personalized follow up by specialized staff.
  • Academic counselling
  • Procurement of adequate accommodations that enable students to perform optimally.

Procedures

  1. Upon admission, the student with a disability or special educational need must make an appointment at the Unit for Services for Students with Disabilities. This Unit is located at the Department of Student Services.
  2. The student must submit the diagnostic documents pertaining to his or her disability or special educational need.
  3. The Unit staff will evaluate the accommodations or other adaptations that the student may need.
  4. Unit staff will emit a report to the pertinent department chair, requesting the accommodations that the student needs.
  5. The academic department that manages the student’s academic program will ensure that its professors follow the students´ individualized accommodations plan.
  6. Students are responsible for assisting every semester to the unit for Services for Students with Disabilities and Special Education Needs in order to assess required accommodations for the following semester.

Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities and Special Education Needs

  1. Students must comply with the norms and procedures of the current Student Handbook.
  2. Actively collaborate with the university in the accommodation process.
  3. Inform the University of his/her disability and or special needs, as well as any changes in diagnosis so that proper adjustments to accommodations can be made.
  4. Always communicate with the aforementioned departments any issues he or she may be facing.
  5. Students are responsible for communicating with their professor regarding feedback and questions regarding class assignments, academic performance, grades, and any other regular classroom activity.
  6. According to Art 28 of the Law 42-01 ¨National Health Law, Regarding Patient Rights and Health Information¨: All information pertaining to a patient´s medical records at public and private health care facilities is confidential. Said confidentiality may be waived under the following circumstances: when the patient provides consent to share information; in the case of public safety in a manner that guarantees the dignity and other rights of the patient; by a judge´s order or a special law.

As an academic institution, UNIBE fosters respect for the intellectual production of faculty, students, scholars, and members of society in general. Students are expected to produce original work in all assignments related to their course of study. References are to be included in the style of citation appropriate to the student´s major every time a student makes reference to the work or ideas of third parties. Students are expected to follow institutional policy against plagiarism (which is highlighted in the Student Handbook) and are expected to familiarize themselves with anti-plagiarism resources available on the student intranet and the Research Department´s website. Students may go to the Research Department for additional guidance in avoiding plagiarism.

Appropriate citations that credit original authors for their ideas are only part of the institutional requirement regarding respect for intellectual property. Students and other members of the academic community must also avoid copyright infringement and other misuses of intellectual property belonging to third parties. Copyright infringement refers to violating the exclusive rights a third party has over intellectual property. Copyright laws usually prohibit the display, reproduction, and distribution of protected material (usually identified with ©) (Copyright.gov, 2014). Copyrighted material includes books, software, photographs, maps, and music files. Availability on the internet or social media of a book or other item should not be interpreted as that work being open access or unprotected by copyright laws. Members of the academic community should make reasonable efforts to determine if the material they wish to use is protected by copyright laws and should make all efforts necessary to attain the material legally.

Students and others must search their materials such as textbooks, recorded works, statistical software, DVD´s, digital files, and other sources in order to identify if such material is protected by copyright laws prior to obtaining or sharing such materials through electronic or other means. Research articles, scales, psychological tests, and surveys that are available in journals are usually protected by copyright and mass distribution and reproduction of such articles may not be permitted without purchasing a license or copy of the article. There are some exceptions to copyright laws if the materials are to be used for educational purposes and students must ensure that this is the case in materials they wish to share or reproduce.  In other cases, students who write directly to the copyright owner may receive permission from the owner to use the material for educational purposes. Students and other members of the academic community should avail themselves of all these lawful means as well as assistance from University officials in obtaining copyrighted material correctly.

There are laws in the Dominican Republic and in the United States that impose civil and criminal penalties for violations of the laws that protect intellectual property. Penalties include fines and imprisonment. Students, staff, and administrators may not use university resources to download or in any way avail themselves illegally of copyrighted material. Persons who violate copyright laws will be liable to the legal penalties that are due for such violations.

In order to make high quality academic materials available to students, UNIBE has a fully equipped library as well as a digital library with access to full articles. In the case of library databases, UNIBE has purchased the license necessary to access the materials and they are therefore available to students legally and at no individual student cost. Students may use the materials on the library´s database for educational purposes only. Students should be aware that while access to the journal article has been purchased by the University, items in the articles such as tests may have additional copyright protections.

In order to ensure adequate legal access to educational materials, UNIBE periodically reviews database use and asks researchers and other key stakeholders to ascertain that the academic community has sufficient and adequate access to academic materials. UNIBE´s information technology staff regularly monitors web use to ensure appropriate use by all members of the academic community. UNIBE also includes issues of copyright and intellectual property information in faculty development courses and contemplates copyright and intellectual property issues in researcher´s contracts and book publishing deals.

UNIBE also encourages students, faculty, and staff to avail themselves of high quality open access academic and technical materials. To that end, UNIBE has participated in UNESCO sponsored Open Access Forums and makes available faculty developed materials to students both online and in classrooms. Students and members of the academic community are encouraged to consult the following list of institutions that regularly make available, through adequate legal means, high quality academic and scientific materials:

  • arXiv, operated by The Cornell University Library
  • CogPrints
  • The Directory of Open Access Repositories
  • The National Academies Press
  • The National Institutes of Health
  • RePEc (Research Papers in Economics)

For more information about copyright, licensing, and open access, interested persons may visit:

Members of the academic community should be aware that violations to copyright laws will be treated as a disciplinary infraction subject to the Disciplinary Committee and other pertinent administrative authorities of the University.

Transfer credits are credits earned for a course taken at one higher education institution that are accepted toward a student’s degree requirements.

Courses must meet the following requirements to be eligible for transferability:

  • Program content equivalency to at least 80%.
  • Transferred courses must have the same number of credits as the course offered at UNIBE. In cases where there is a difference in course credit, UNIBE may not accept transfer credit for courses in which there is more than a 1 credit difference.
  • Courses must be approved with a grade of at least 70 points.

A complete set of policies and procedures regarding transfer of credits are described in Title XII of the Academic Regulations.

Articulation agreements

The University has established articulation agreements for dual degrees in Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Business Administration with Florida International University. For information regarding these agreements contact the Office International Affairs: Internacionales@unibe.edu.do 

Written Arrangements with Non-Degree Granting Organizations

UNIBE is required to disclose information to prospective and enrolled students on any blanket written arrangements the school has entered into with non-degree/certificate granting institutions. Currently, UNIBE has not entered into any such agreements.

This process is required by the federal government and is used to verify certain information on the FAFSA in order to assure is accurate. Students are selected by the U.S. Department of Education or by the university and notified in your Student Aid Report.

Students are selected randomly, if FAFSA application has incomplete data, if FAFSA application appears to contradict itself or has estimated information on it.

Once you have been selected for verification you should contact Finantial Aid Department if you have any question. Collect as soon as possible only the documents requested of you and present them to Finantial Aid. Additional information submitted is used in calculating need.

All required documents will be compared with your Student Aid Report, if errors are found, corrections will be made and if these are significant you will be notified of the changes in the financial aid that you were awarded.

Once documents are submitted process takes no more than three weeks. You may be asked to provide additional information.