1 CHAPTER I OBJECTIVES Art. 1 - The Graduate Program in Social and Institutional Psychology, linked to the UFRGS Psychology Institute, aims to: a) Produce knowledge in specific fields of Social and Institutional Psychology and its articulation with related sciences. b) Train teachers and researchers in the focus area of the program. c) Implement theoretical and methodological proposals in line with Brazilian society's contemporary problems considering its ethical and political implications. d) Promote national and international academic exchanges around themes which constitute the field of Social and Institutional Psychology. Art. 2 - The Graduate program shall provide academic level of Master and PhD. CHAPTER II ADMINISTRATION Art. 3 - The program shall be coordinated by a Council of Graduate Studies, a Commission of Graduate Studies, a Coordinator and a Deputy Coordinator, according to the powers set out in these Rules. Art. 4 - The Council of Graduate Studies consists of all permanent professors of the program and the student representatives elected by law. Art. 5 - The Council of Graduate Studies shall meet whenever called by the Coordinator or at the request of a third of its members and decide by simple majority in the presence of the absolute majority of its members. Art. 6 - The Council of Graduate Studies has the following attributions: a) Establish general guidelines for the Program; b) Assess the performance and propose measures for improvement of the program; c) Elect the Coordinator and the Deputy Coordinator among faculty members under the legislation in force; d) Decide on matters pertaining to the Program; e) Consider and approve the Program budget; f) Propose and approve changes of these Rules and forward them to the relevant bodies in a meeting convened at least five days in advance for subsequent approval of the Council of Unity and the Board of Graduate Studies;
2 g) Judge appeals against decisions of the Coordinator and the Committee of Graduate Studies; h) Decide the disaccreditation of teachers; i) Demand the remotion of the Coordinator and the Coordinator substitute, according to law, with at least 2/3 (two thirds) of Council approval in a meeting especially convened for this purpose. Sole Paragraph - The deliberations of the Councilof Graduate Studies, except for the removal of both Coordinators and other situations provided by the Rules, will occur by simple majority of its members, disregarding the aforementioned teachers if applicable. Art. 7 - Ordinary general meetings of the Council of Graduate Studies take precedence over any other activity of the Program. Art. 8 - The Council of Graduate Studies is composed of the Coordinator, his Deputy and a teacher from each of the Program Research Areas, duly accredited as permanent teachers, in addition to elected representatives of the students. Art. 9 - The Committee of Graduate Studies has the following attributions: a) Assist the Coordinator in all which is necessary for the proper functioning of the program from the educational, scientific and administrative perspective; b) Approve the Program budget based on the University guidelines and standards, submitting it to the deliberation and approval of the Council of Graduate Studies; c) Propose amendments to these Rules to the Council of Graduate Studies; d) Approve the students' plans for study and research, according to these Rules; e) Approve forwarding of Thesis to the Examination Boards; f) Designate the composition of Examination Boards to the Thesis Projects and Dissertations, after hearing the Master's advisor. g) Approve the syllabus activities and their respective notes and working hours; h) Endorse the choice and possible replacement of the Master's advisors; i) Ratify opinions on Master's projects and Dissertations; j) Ratify the minutes of the Master's presentation and documentation of students for sending diplomas; k) Periodically establish the number of vacancies for the program; l) Designate the Selection Committee and its presidency for admission of new students; m) Appoint the Scholarship Committee and its presidency;
3 n) Evaluate the Program periodically and sistematically, in line with the Council of Graduate Studies; o) Propose the profile of the program's teachers, with minimum production requirements, guidance and teaching activities; p) Propose the accreditation of teachers for the Council approval; q) Propose the disaccreditation of a teacher, when there is concurrence, for the Council of Graduate Studies approval; r) Propose the disaccreditation of teachers to the Council of Graduate Studies; s) Resolve on transfer processes, selection of students, recovery and reinstatement of credits obtained in other graduate program stricto sensu, exemptions, leaves of absence, termination and re-entry of students, as well as related issues; t) Establish distribution of the Program's educational activities, in line with the involved Department; u) Allocate credits for activities related to research, research output and teaching stages; v) Propose actions related to graduate studies to the Council of Unity. Art The Commission of Graduate Studies shall have a Coordinator with executive functions and also acting as Chair of the Council of Graduate Studies, as well as a casting vote, in addition to the regular vote; Art The Coordinator, Deputy Coordinator and Graduate Committee members shall be elected through secret ballot. 1 - The Coordinator and the Deputy Coordinator are elected by any eligible members of the faculty and the Council of Graduate Studies through secret ballot; 2 - The Graduate Commission representatives are elected by any eligible members of the faculty and the Council of Graduate Studies through secret ballot; 3. The mandate of the Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator shall be of two years, coinciding with other members of the Committee of Graduate Studies, with the exception of one year term for student representation, being allowed a sequential renewal on both cases. Art The Coordinator and the Committee of Graduate Studies are responsible for the program to the Council of Graduate Studies and other relevant university bodies. Art The Coordinator's duties are: a) Direct and coordinate the Program activities under their responsibility; b) Execute decisions adopted by the Council of Graduate Studies;
4 c) Call and preside over the meetings of the Committee of Graduate Studies and the Council of Graduate Studies; d) Represent the Program indoors and away of the University in situations related to their competencies; e) Prepare the annual activity report and submit it for consideration of the Council of Graduate Studies and later forwarding; f ) Manage the Program's agreements with other institutions with co-participation of the Council of Graduate Studies ; g) Supervise academic and administrative activities; h) Prepare the budget proposal of the Program according to guidelines and rules of the University's governing bodies; i) Authorize expenditures in keeping with the budget approved by the Council of Graduate Studies; j) Delegate tasks within their jurisdiction to other Program teachers; k) Summon the faculty, students and administrative bodies; l) Participate in the representation election to the Council of Graduate Studies; m) Coordinate with the offices Deans of Graduate Studies for their monitoring, implementation and evaluation of the Program's activities; n) Submit annual report of activities to the Council of Unity. Art The Deputy Coordinator is responsible for replacing the Coordinator in their impediments and fulfill the duties conferred by delegation. Art The Deputy Coordinator is responsible for replacing the Coordinator in their impediments and fulfill the duties conferred by delegation. CHAPTER III SECRETARIAT Art In the Secretariat, the executive body of administrative services, led by a Secretary, shall: a) Provide administrative support to the Program, including meetings of the Committee of Graduate Studies and the Council of Graduate Studies, keep track of their discussion, decisions and opinions; b) Keep updated the settlements of teaching staff and students; c) Inform and process the requirements made by enrolled students and candidates for enrollment;
5 d ) Keep records on attendances, grades and credits granted to students for the purpose of licenses, certificates and diplomas; e) Receive and record the inscriptions of candidates for selection and students for enrollment ; f) Distribute and file documents related to educational and administrative activities of the Program; g) Provide and keep updated the legislation regulating the graduate courses; h) Provide administrative support to agreements and arrange the Program's accountability; i) Collect necessary information to reports requested by the Program. Art The Program's staff consist of teachers with powers to conduct researches, guide students and teach disciplines. Art Teachers should have a PhD or equivalent title, dedicate themselves to research, sustain a continued and relevant scientific production, as well as be appointed by the Committee of Graduate Studies for posterior authentication and approved by the Council of Graduate Studies. Sole Paragraph - Noteworthy knowledge recognized by any university with a graduate program in the area may supply the PhD requirement for accreditation purposes as a teacher, according to current regulations of UFRGS. Art Teachers will be classified as Permanent Teachers, Guest Teachers and Collaborating Teachers, as defined in the following paragraphs. 1 - The Permanent Teachers category integrates lecturers framed in this manner by the Program and meeting all of the following prerequisites: I - Develop educational activities regularly in Undergraduate and Graduate courses; II - Participate with the Program on research activities with qualified regular production; III - Regularly guide Master's and / or PhD students of the Program; IV - Have a functional link with UFRGS or exceptionally signed a term of commitment to participate as a professor of the Graduate program, in accordance with the legislation in force, therefore, free of compulsory Undergraduate teaching, provided for in section I; V - Keep a regime of full dedication to UFRGS - characterized by the provision of forty hours a week. 2 - The Guest Teachers category integrates lecturers and researchers with functional link to other institutions released from its activities, for a continuous period of time and on full-time basis, in a research project and / or teaching activities in the program, allowed to act as mentors.
6 I - Including as guests are teachers who comply with the rules of this article and have their performance in the program allowed by a fixed term contract or a scholarship provided for this purpose through the aforementioned university or a sponsoring agency. 3 - The Collaborating Teachers category integrates other members of the Program's faculty who do not meet all the requirements to become permanent teachers or guests, however, still systematically participate in the development of research projects or educational activities and / or orientation of students, whatever the nature of their relationship with UFRGS. I - Performance of sporadic activities as a lecturer, in examination board or co-authoring does not feature a teacher as a faculty member of the program and can not therefore be classified as the same as collaborating. II - Scientific production of collaborating teachers can be included in the program only when relating to the activity they actually develop. 4 - The teaching staff framing in the categories of Permanent Teacher; Guest Teacher and Collaborating Teacher shall be submitted by the Graduate Program for consideration of the Council of Graduate Studies. Art The accreditation of permanent teacher, collaborator teacher or guest teacher shall be valid for five (5) years and may be renewed upon proposal of the Committee of Graduate Studies, approved by the Council of Graduate Studies. Art Every student of the Program shall have an advisor chosen from its faculty, which in turn, consist of an annually organized list by the Committee of Graduate Studies. 1 - The indicated advisor should previously and formally manifest their agreement. 2 - At the discretion of the Commission of Graduate Studies and according to the specificity of the project, a co-advisor may be appointed for the same student. 3 - In exceptional cases the student may request a change of advisor, upon a written justification addressed to the Committee of Graduate Studies. Art The advisor teacher has the following duties: a) Advise the Master's degree student in organizing their study plan and research and continuously assist in their Graduate training; b) Propose composition of the Examination Boards to the Committee of Graduate Studies. Art In exceptional cases the advisor teacher may request disconnection from the orientation work, presenting to the Commission of Graduate Studies a letter with the reason for their removal. Sole Paragraph - In case of temporary absence by a period exceeding twelve months, the Committee of Graduate Studies, after hearing the concerned parties, shall appoint a replacement advisor.
7 CHAPTER V SELECTION, ADMISSION AND REGISTRATION Art Art Only college degree Holders can apply for admission selection. Sole Paragraph: Selection process shall be made public in a edict previously approved by the Commission of Graduate Studies and released on hypertext in UFRGS domain, at least thirty (30) days before registration deadline. Art The number of vacancies shall be attached to each selection by the Commission of Graduate Studies according to the Program's advising capacity. Art The selection process shall be made by a Selection Committee consisting of at least three permanent faculty members and chaired by one, designated by the Committee of Graduate Studies, which shall establish the criteria after the Program's Council opinion. Art The selected students shall conduct enrollment in a period defined by the Program's academic calendar. CHAPTER VI EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM Art The payment of the studies required for Master's and PhD degree shall be expressed in units of credit. 1 - Each credit shall correspond to fifteen hours of class. 2 - There shall be no allocation of credits to the activities developed in the preparation of the Thesis and Dissertation. 3 - The credits shall be valid for sixty months. Art The Master's Degree program shall last at least twelve months and a twenty-four months maximum, as for the PhD course, a minimum of twenty-four months and a forty-eight months maximum To obtain Master's Degree the students must have completed the minimum number of 24 (twenty-four credits); approval of a thesis; pass the foreign language proficiency examination and also meet other requirements of the Commission of Graduate Studies. 2 - To obtain PhD Degree the students must have completed the minimum number of 42 (forty-two credits); passed the dissertation project qualifying examinations evidencing the candidate's breadth and depth of knowledge, as well as an original thesis resulting of research activity; passed the proficiency examinations in two foreign languages and also meet other norms of the Committee of Graduate Studies. 3 - Under exceptional circumstances the deadline for obtaining a Master and / or PhD degree, at the discretion of the Committee of Graduate Studies, may be extended after consultation with the advisor and a written justification by the student.
8 4 - In special cases, the advisor teacher can ask the Commission of Graduate Studies to change Master's degree students for a PhD, leaving the Commission of Graduate Studies to mount a specific examination board composed by one of the Program's permanent teachers and two PhDs from abroad to discuss the request. Art The Master's Degree program shall have the following syllabus in relation to the types of activity : a) Mandatory or optional subjects to be developed on a semiannual basis, with 45 hours of classes, three credits; b) Seminars constituting a theoretical study of specific topics related to the Program's research lines, with thirty hours of class and two credits, in which the teacher is responsible for suggesting enrollment limits; c) Special topics for deepening themes relevant to the Program's orientation, with fifteen hours of classes, one credit; d) Guided readings forming a oriented study, individually or in small groups, authorized by the Committee of Graduate Studies for reviewing and / or deepening of a specific theme, with fifteen hours of classes, one credit; e) Teaching practices constituting in student participation on Graduate teaching activities, corresponding to thirty (30) hours of classes and two credits, under guidance and responsibility of the advisor and the teacher responsible for the course, which is mandatory for scholarship students; f) Orientation seminars constituting in the activities developed by the student and his advisor for preparation of the Master Degree thesis. Article 32 - The PhD Program must have the following syllabus: a) Advanced Seminars, mandatory or optional, to be developed on a semiannual basis, with sixty hours of classes, four credits; b) Supervised Teaching Practice in Psychology, mandatory, corresponding to sixty-hours of classes, four credits, c) Optional subjects with forty-five hours of classes, three credits. d) Guided Readings forming a oriented study, individually or in small groups, authorized by the Committee of Graduate Studies for reviewing and / or deepening of a specific theme, with fifteen hours of classes, one credit; e) Orientation seminars constituting in the activities developed by the student and his advisor for preparation of the thesis. Sole Paragraph - The student may validate, at the discretion of the Commission of Graduate Studies, up to 24 (twenty-four) credits corresponding to their Master's Degree program, while for the PhD, (18) credits are required.
9 Art Credits obtained in other Graduate Degree programs may be accepted under current legislation when the Commission of Graduate Studies believes there be relevance and / or correspondence in the program, subject to a limit of one-third of credits required by the Rules. Art Credits obtained before formal entry in the program may be accepted in accordance with the rules of the Committee of Graduate Studies.. Art The teachers responsible should present the courses evaluation using the following grades: A - Great; B - Good; C - Regular; D - Fail; FF - Failed for lack of frequency. 1 - The student who obtained at least C as final grade shall be entitled the number of credits assigned to a course. 2 - The student who obtains two failures (D or FF) in the same semester or four failures during the program is dismissed. Art The student may request grade review upon request to the Coordinator within a period of fifteen days from the publication date of the aforementioned grade. Art The readmission of a student in case of registration loss, characterizing neglect, is subject to the pronouncement of the Committee of Graduate Studies. Sole Paragraph - The abandonment of two academic periods results in permanent removal from the program. Art The program removal can be made at the request of the student himself or by assessment of the student's advisor in the event of poor performance, with the appreciation of the Committee of Graduate Studies, in both cases. Sole Paragraph - Readmission in the event of removal is subject to assessment of the courses attended, a statement from the advisor teacher and public presentation of the Master's project, as well as pronouncement of the Committee of Graduate Studies. Art Students must demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language for the Master's Degree and two foreign languages for the PhD. Eligible languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian or German. Sole Paragraph - The student must have passed the proficiency exam in a foreign language for approval of the request to the Thesis presentation.
10 Art The Master's Degree student must submit its Thesis Project to an Examination Board composed of at least two PhDs, one of which must be from outside the program, at the end of the first academic year, Article 41 - The PhD student must present its Thesis project, as a Qualifying Examination, to an Examination Board composed of at least three PhDs, one of which must be off program and another who must not be member of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, at the end of the program's second year. Sole Paragraph - In exceptional cases this date may be extended by the Committee of Graduate Studies with the concurrence of the advisor teacher, who must present justification and propose a new date. Art The Master's Thesis consists of research activity individually produced by the student with the assistance of an advisor teacher accredited for this purpose. Art The presentation of the Thesis shall be held in public act; exceptionally, at the discretion of the Committee of Graduate Studies, mandatory presence of the Examination Board during the presentation shall be dismissed. 1 - The Examination Board of the Thesis shall consist of four members designated by the Committee of Graduate Studies, being the advisor teacher disallowed to vote for Chairing the presentation. 2 - Other members of the Examining Board are three PhDs, one of which a program member and the remaining two, not. 3 - In case the advisor is unable to attend, the Commission of Graduate Studies shall appoint a faculty member to Chair the Examination Board. Art The Thesis shall receive one of the following evaluations: Approved; Approved with corrections; Disapproved, according to the assessment of most members of the Examination Board. 1 - A vote of praise may be granted to the Thesis which constitutes an exceptional work, at the unanimous judgment of the Examination Board. 2 - In case the Thesis is Approved with corrections, the advisor teacher shall be responsible for following and assessing the changes made. Article The PhD Dissertation consists of research activity individually produced by the student with the assistance of an advisor teacher accredited for this purpose. 1 - The Examination Board of the Dissertation shall consist of at least five members designated by the Committee of Graduate Studies, being the advisor teacher disallowed to vote for Chairing the presentation. 2 - Other members of the Examining Board are four PhDs, one of which a program member and the remaining three, not.
11 3 - In case the advisor is unable to attend, the Commission of Graduate Studies shall appoint a faculty member to Chair the Examination Board. Art The Dissertation shall receive one of the following evaluations: Approved; Approved with corrections; Disapproved, according to the assessment of most members of the Examination Board. 1 - A vote of praise may be granted to the Dissertation which constitutes an exceptional work, at the unanimous judgment of the Examination Board. 2 - In case the Dissertation is Approved with corrections, the advisor teacher shall be responsible for following and assessing the changes made. Art In exceptional cases, the PhD Degree by personal presentation of the dissertation may be granted to a highly qualified candidate, if the proposal is submitted by the Graduate Program Council to the Graduate Chamber, which shall provide the examination of titles and work previous to the presentation, according with the regulations in force at UFRGS. CHAPTER VII TITLES AND CERTIFICATES Art Shall be awarded a Master's Degree in Social and Institutional Psychology the student which: a) Complete with approval the minimum number of credits required by the Program; b) Obtain approval in the Proficiency Examination of a foreign language; c) Provide a Thesis with approval d) Conform to other norms of the Committee of Graduate Studies. Article 50 - Shall be awarded a PhD Degree in Social and Institutional Psychology the student which: a) Complete the minimum number of credits required; b) Obtain approval in proficiency examination of two foreign languages; c) Provide a Thesis with approval d) Conform to other norms of the Committee of Graduate Studies. Art The Graduate Program shall forward the process of approval of Thesis or Dissertation with request for issuance of Diploma only after the student has fulfilled all the legal requirements for the completion of the Program. Sole Paragraph - The date of completion of the Master's and PhD is the same of the presentation, being forbidden to issue any document certifying successful completion of the
12 program without proper approval of Master's or PhD degree from the Committee of Graduate Studies. CHAPTER VIII GENERAL PROVISIONS Art.52 - These Rules are subject to other existing standards in UFRGS Graduate Program or those which may come to be established through higher courts. Art Any omissions in these Rules shall be assessed and determined by the Committee of Graduate Studies, after hearing the Council of Graduate Studies and, if necessary, by a higher court, the Board of Graduate Studies especially. Article These Rules shall enter into force on the date of approval by the Board of Graduate Studies, revoked all provisions in contrary.