Institute of Commercial Diplomacy and Arbitration
General principles and provisions
Art. 1 The provisions of this Statute apply for all students within 'Regina Maria' Commercial Diplomacy and International Affairs Institute (CDI), regardless of the form of training and professional qualification.
Art. 2 The affiliation as student is granted by admission.
Art.3 (1) The CDI considers its students to be strategic and equal partners of the Institute, within all fields of activity and interest, the members of the Institute community having rights and obligations arising from the principles stipulated in the educational agreement, as amended and supplemented. Any decision or ruling relating directly to students shall involve mandatory consultation with student representatives.
(2) The principles governing student activities within the Institute community are:
a) the principle of non-discrimination – under which all students receive equal treatment from the Institute; any direct or indirect discrimination against the student is prohibited;
b) the principle to receive medical and complementary services, free of charge – expressed by: teachers advising and informing the student outside the classroom, workshop or laboratory; professional advice for student orientation; psychological counselling; access to major scientific journals and specialized publications; access to personal data on the academic record;
c) the principle to participative decision-making – under which decisions are taken at the Institute with the participation of students;
d) the freedom of expression principle – under which students have the right to freely express their scientific opinions, within the Institute where they are registered;
e) the principle of transparency and access to information – under which students receive non-restricted and free access to information concerning their educational course and the community life of the institute where they are registered, in accordance with legal provisions.
Art. 4 (1) The rights stipulated under this Statute are acknowledged to all CDI students, without discrimination based on age, ethnicity, gender, social origin, political or religious affiliation, sexual orientation or other types of discrimination, except for the affirmative measures except as provided by law.
(2) Political propaganda within the Institute is prohibited.
Art. 5 The CDI promotes an environment characterized by the quality of educational services and expertise in the relation with its students.
Art. 6 Student representation shall be according to the principle of maximum representativeness, thus respecting the multicultural character of the Institute.
Art. 7 Student representatives, regardless of their level of representation, cannot be sanctioned professionally or administratively for the opinions expressed in representing student interests.
Student rights and obligations
Art. 8 (1) The right to quality training and specialization;
(2) The pecuniary obligations of students on tuition are provided in the agreement they enter into with the Institute upon admission and shall remain unaffected during the study cycle;
(3) The right to be issued study certificates and papers certifying student status (including school records/ transcript), free of charge;
(4) The right according to which no additional charge shall be applied, unless stipulated by law or a decision of the Board of Directors of the Institute;
(5) Students have the right to be informed on the number, type and amount of each fee charged by the Institute;
(6) The right to receive, optionally, particular services of the Institute, for an additional cost;
(7) The right to benefit of a student-centred educational process for personal development, integration into society and the development of employability, job retention and mobility on the labour market;
(8) The right to be consulted in planning for the course. The Institute encourages students to express their views on the process of professional training and considers it in preparing its policy;
(9) The right to be encouraged, supported and promoted by the Institute in the activity of scientific research. The Institute supports the students in organizing scientific and cultural events on economic or international affairs;
(10) Freedom of expression and conscience of students;
(11) The right to information of students in matters of personal and general interest cannot be restricted;
(12) The right to pause and resume studies under the Charter Institute and legislation in force;
(13) The right to refuse to participate for more than 8 hours per day in the educational process, accounting courses, workshops, seminars, except practical training;
(14) In the event of violation of a fundamental right of a student by the Institute staff, causing damages, a disciplinary sanction shall be applied by the competent authority under the law and the equivalent of the damage caused shall be paid by the staff member.
Art. 9 (1) The right to an objective and non-discriminatory evaluation of skills acquired after completing a course, in compliance with the syllabus and the right to be informed on the scale used for evaluation;
(2)The prohibition to attend an examination, for the student, as disciplinary sanction is forbidden.
(3) The right to receive free course materials, in hard copy or electronic format, and to be given access to all the necessary teaching materials, free of charge;
(4) The right to be informed, in the first two weeks of the semester, on the syllabus, structure and objectives of the course, the competences obtained, as well as on the methods of evaluation and examination. Any subsequent amendment thereto may be made only with the consent of students;
(5) The right to practical training, in accordance with the objectives of the professional training program and the right to material support;
(6) The right to receive acknowledgement for the practical training carried out individually, after being evaluated on the completion degree of practical objectives, in accordance with the educational programme.
Art. 10 (1) The right to protection of personal data;
(2) Copyright and intellectual property rights for the results obtained from research and development, artistic creation and innovation activities, as required by law and the Institute Charter, as well as any agreements entered into by and between the parties;
Art. 11 (1) The right to receive, from the beginning of the first year of study, of a 'Student Guide', in hard copy or electronic format, with information on: student rights and obligations, disciplines from the professional qualification and training plan, services provided by the Institute, evaluation procedures, fees, material support of the Institute, information on national and international recognition.
(2) The right to receive a class/department/group advisor, depending on the size of these structures, from among the teachers of the Institute where the student takes courses;
(3) Right of access to regulations, rulings, decisions, minutes and other documents of the institution where the student takes courses, under the legislation in force. The Institute undertakes to timely inform students, by posting in specially-designed spaces and on the websites, any decisions that affect them directly; otherwise, sanctions shall be applied or the decisions will enter into force only after their publication, within a reasonable time frame as to allow acknowledgement by students.
(4) The right to address requests and petitions to the Institute;
(5) The right for all requests written and signed or sent as a signed and scanned document enclosed to the official email addresses of the Institute to be registered and to receive a written or electronic response to said requests;
(6) The right to submit complaints on abuse and irregularities;
(7) The right to receive, free of charge, institutional, professional, psychological and social information and counselling services, related to the educational activity, as provided by the Institute under the Charter of the Institute;
(8) The right to have unrestricted access to auditoriums, course and seminar halls, laboratories, computer rooms, lecture rooms, libraries, sports centres, clubs and all other means provided by the Institute for the professional, scientific, cultural and sports training, as well as for other activities related to institutional life, according to the Institute regulations and to the legislation in force;
(9) Students are encouraged to participate in volunteering activities, for which they are eligible to receive a number of credits and the benefits conferred by law.
Art. 12 (1) Right to examination by an alternative method when suffering from a temporary or permanent disability, as proven by medical certificates, which makes it impossible to demonstrate knowledge acquired as set forth by the current owner, so the alternative method indicated do not limit compliance with examination standards;
(2) The right to challenge the scores obtained in the written examinations, according to the internal regulations of the Institute. The appeal will be solved by a committee appointed by the Director, to which the teachers conducting the initial evaluation will not be included, after hearing each party;
(3) The right to receive, upon request, during the archiving interval, a copy made by the Institute of the dissertation thesis and to be informed on the score awarded.
Art. 13 (1) The right to vote and to be elected to the management structure of the Institute, under the Institute Charter;
(2) The right to be represented on the CDI Board of Directors, under the Institute Charter;
(3) The right to be informed and consulted by student representatives with regards to decisions voted in the management structures of the institution to which they are part of.
While performing their duties, student representatives have access to any information on the Institute, under the law.
Art. 14 The students shall fulfil all their corresponding duties, according to the professional training curricula and to the course syllabi, and they shall meet the quality standards required by the Institute.
Art. 15 Students are required to comply with the legislative acts regulating their activity.
Art. 16 Students shall comply with third-party copyright and shall indicate the sources of the information presented in the works written.
Art. 17 (1) Students must demonstrate appropriate institutional behaviour, within the Institute, in accordance with the Institute's Code of Ethics adopted by the CDI Board of Directors;
(2) Students undertake to preserve the integrity and proper functioning of the material resources available by the institute;
(3) Students undertake the pay compensation for the damages caused to the Institute by the destruction of material goods used.
Art. 18 Students are required to inform the competent authorities on the existence of any circumstances that may influence the effective exercise of individual and general study activities.
Art. 19 Students are required to notify the competent authorities on any irregularities in the process of training and its related activities.
Art. 20 Students are required to participate in institutional activities without being under the influence of alcohol or prohibited substances.
Art. 21 Students are required to meet the financial commitments imposed by the Institute, under the conditions established in the educational agreement.
Art. 22 (1) The breach of obligations under the regulations in force shall be subject to sanction of culpable parties depending on the severity level.
(2) The hearing of the student in question is mandatory in any situation.
Art. 23 The penalties applicable to Institute students are:
(1) reprimand, applied by the Director of the Institute;
(2) warning, applied by the Director of the Institute;
(3) exclusion established by the Board of Directors of the Institute.
Art. 24 (1) The sanctions provided under art. 23 paragraphs (1) - (3) shall be justified in writing by the authority applying that sanction and communicated to said student;
(2) Any sanction decision can be appealed, within 2 working days of communication, before the superior body ordering the sanction, its decisions being final.
Art. 25 No other sanctions may be imposed on students, unless they are specified in the documents issued by the CDI Board of Directors.
Art. 26 (1) Attendance of students to the courses is optional;
(2) Student attendance in seminars is mandatory for 50%. The course coordinator can opt for the optional nature of the seminars;
(3) Student attendance to practical or festive courses is mandatory for 90%.
(4) Student acceptance in exams is subject to compliance obligations under paragraphs (2) and (3) of this article;
Art. 27 (1) The educational agreement entered into by and between the student and the Institute, after admission, to a professional training program shall not be subject to any change throughout the year;
(2) The records of disciplines included in the curricula will be made known to students by publication on their website, prior to interval for filling in educational agreements.
Art. 28 (1) The educational agreement shall be completed within 4 (four) weeks after commencing the 1st year of the cycle of studies;
(2) The educational agreement shall remain unaffected throughout the cycle of studies.
(3) The academic duration is 18 months (3 semesters).
Teaching activity and exams
Art. 29 (1) The CDI applies, in the evaluation of student activity, the specializations provided for the profession and qualification of commercial diplomat.
(2) The professional activity is regulated by the Rules of Operation of the teacher activity adopted by the CDI Board of Directors.
Art. 30 (1) Students have the right to receive an objective examination, allowing the accurate assessment of their knowledge;
(2) Discrimination of any kind in the assessment of students is prohibited.
Art. 31 The examination dates will be agreed by the course coordinator and the student class representative, at least one week before the first day of the session.
Art.32 After posting the results obtained by students in written examinations, the course coordination will agree meeting with students, to inform them both on the correction method and on the scale used for evaluation.
Provisions concerning relations between teachers (trainers) and students
Art.33 (1) The relations between teachers and students of the Institute shall be carried out under mutual respect, collaboration and cooperation.
(2) The teachers (trainers) shall agree upon a weekly schedule of consultations for students, which they will display on the notice boards and on the Institute website.
Art.34 The CDI encourages the professional activity evaluation carried out by students.
Art. 35 Students are represented in consultative, decision-making and executive structures of the Institute under the Charter of the Institute.
Art. 36 Student representatives in the CDI Board of Directors are elected by direct, secret and universal vote under the Regulation for elections.
Art. 37 (1) The elected representatives of the students are required to attend meetings of the Institute management bodies and to inform the students of the Institute.
Final and transitory provisions
Art. 38 This Statute was adopted at the meeting of the Board of Directors of the 'Regina Maria' Commercial Diplomacy and International Affairs Institute, as of March 17th, 2015, when it enters into force.