Students

Student rights and responsibilities

As a student at Linneaus University you have certain rights and at this web page you'll find important information concerning your rights, responsibilities and student environment. We are actively working against discrimination and sexual harassment and below you'll find information about our actions towards it.

Equal opportunity for students 

Linnaeus University, as all providers of education, has investigative responsibility, i.e., a liability to promptly investigate suspicions of negative special treatment or discrimination. As a first step, the issue should be dealt with internally at the faculty, department, or unit in question, in accordance with the manager's responsibility for the working environment.

What should I do if I experience negative special treatment or discrimination?

Get in touch with someone you have confidence in, either by word of mouth or in writing. For instance, you can get into contact with your teacher/lecturer, programme coordinator, head of department, safety representative, or any other employee that you have confidence in. Linnéstudenterna (the student union) also have student and doctoral student representatives that you can get in touch with.

You can also choose to go directly to the Equality Ombudsman or the Anti-discrimination bureau in Kalmar for support.

What should I do if I notice that soemone is being exposed to negative special treatment or discrimination?

Ask the person to get into contact with someone according to the recommendations stated here. Linnaeus University, as all providers of education, has investigative responsibility, i.e., a liability to promptly investigate suspicions of negative special treatment or discrimination. As a first step, the issue should be dealt with internally at the faculty, department or unit in question, in accordance with the manager's responsibility for the working environment. You can get into contact with any employee that you have confidence in; all employees have a responsibility to report such issues to their managers. Not until the manager is aware of an issue, he or she is able to deal with and act on the issue.

Incident report

One way to highlight something that may result in negative special treatment or discrimination is to report it as an incident report (so far only available in Swedish).

Disciplinary measures and the disciplinary board

The disciplinary board is, according to the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100, chapter 10), the organ that decides about disciplinary measures against students that has been reported for one of the below situations:

1. use prohibited aids or other methods to attempt to deceive during examinations or other forms of assessment of study performance

2. disrupt or obstruct teaching, tests or other activities within the framework of courses and study programmes at the higher education institution

3. disrupt activities in the library of the higher education institution or other separate establishments at the institution, or

4. subject another student or member of the staff of the higher education institution to harassment or sexual harassment of the kind laid down in Section 4 of Chapter 1 of the Discrimination Act (2008:567).

If there are grounds for suspecting that an offence of the kind laid down above has been committed, the vice-chancellor shall be notified promptly through a report. The report is registered as a public document. The Vice-Chancellor let the matter to be investigated. During the investigation, the student have the opportunity to make a statement on the issue. Thereafter, the Vice-Chancellor has a consultation with the legally qualified member and decide whether the circumstances are such that the matter shall be dismissed without further action, call for a warning from the vice-chancellor, or be referred for a hearing by the disciplinary board.

If the last option applies, both the notifying member of staff and the reported student, as well as possible witnesses are called to the meeting. Both the member of staff and the student have the possibility to give their statements in front of the board, as well as respond possible questions. The board then deliberate in private and makes their decision.

The board can decide if the matter shall be dismissed without further action, call for a warning, or if the student should be suspended during a period of time, maximum 6 months.

The disciplinary board meet once per month.

The decision of suspensions and warnings can be appealed to the Administrative Court (but shall be sent to Linnaeus University) within three weeks from the date the decision is received. Instructions on how to appeal are always included in the decision protocol.

Plans and policies

Here you will find the plans and policy at Linnaeus University that concern students.

Local rules

At Linnaeus University are local rules for first and second level .