Student influence is the student unions main task. Therefore it’s important that student get their voices heard in different counsels and boards at the university where education monitoring is conducted. In the university law paragraph four chapter one it is stated that “students shall have the right to exercise influence over the education at the universities. The universities shall act to make the students take an active part in the work to further develop the education” (SFS 1992:1434). If you are a member of the student union we can also help you with specific cases when it comes to your education.
There are two organizing forms of student influence at Mälardalen university. One is course evaluation and the other is student representation.
The most common way for you as a student to affect the education in your university is through course evaluations. In the course evaluations you can formally present your views about the courses you have taken and in that matter make proposals for improvement. In this way you can affect the content in the courses. The course evaluations are to be compiled and are supposed to be available at the academy in charge so that every one can read them. As a student you have the right to be anonomys.
Student representation means that one student represents all students at their field of education, at their academy or at the universitys decision-making bodies. Students have the right to be represented in the bodies that treat errands that has to do with education or that has something to do with the students situation. Mälardalens student union, that is recognized at the university, is the organization that is responsible to chose the student representants and to ensure this form of student influence. You can read more about student representation here!
When you’re a student, it can be hard keeping up with your rights. For this reason, Mälardalen Student Union has collected information you can take part of on our website. Your rights are regulated in laws and regulations, but also in local bylaws at Mälardalen University.
According to paragraph 4a in the first chapter of the Higher Education Act, students have a right to have influence over the education given at all universities. The universities are by law forced to act to make sure students are an active part of development of the education (SFS 1992:144). In other words, you as a student have a right to be represented when decisions are prepared or made regarding your education or students’ overall situation at the university. At every academy, there should be a program counsel, where you as a student can get involved and pursue important issues for your specific program. If you’re interested in what student influence means, you can read more about it here.
Course plan and course literature
In the 14th and 15th paragraph of the Higher Education regulations, it says that there has to be a course plan for every course given. The plan must include information about the course’s level, points given, goals, special eligibility, the forms used for assessment and other prescripts needed (SFS 1993:100). The prescripts in the course plans are legally bound, just like laws and regulations. In Mälardalen University’s regulations of course plans, it’s stated that the course literature has to be selected and documented in Selma at least three weeks before the course starts. The head of the academy makes the formal decision about course literature, but can delegate the task to others. Delegation must be noted in the academy’s delegation order. If you want to read more about course plans regulations at Mälardalen University, you can follow the button to the right.
The sixth chapter of the Higher Education Ordinance mentions in paragraph 21 that if a higher education institution limits the number of occasions a student can complete a test in order to obtain an approved grade on a course or a module of a course, then there must be five occasions to complete the test (SFS 1993:100). The same paragraph mentions that if a course or part of a course requires that the student has completed an internship or equivalent training, there must be at least two internshipor equivalent training periods (SFS 1993:100). As regards the change of examiner, a student is entitled, in accordance with the 22-paragraph of chapter six of the Higher Education Ordinance, to have another examiner, unless special reasons contradict it, after completing two tests for a course or in part of a course. You can also read more about the examination rules that apply at Mälardalen University by following the button that is in the toolbar to the right.
After completing the course, you should have the opportunity to comment on the course, which is mentioned in the 14th paragraph of the Higher Education Ordinance. The University will in turn compile these course evaluations and inform about the results and possible decisions regarding measures for what has been expressed in the course evaluations. The results should be easily accessible to students (SFS 1993:100). At Mälardalen University, the design and follow-up of course evaluations takes place in consultation with student representatives. If you are a student, you should have the right to carry out course assessments anonymously.
Since Mälardalen University is a university, there is a responsibility that all students are given equal opportunities to participate in the teaching. In other words, in order to enable the students to participate in the teaching, the University must carry out a work in order for it to be more equal. Through preventive work, where, for example, premises are adapted to accessibility and staff are trained in issues related to discrimination, the university can become more equal.
Equality, discrimination and harassment
Discrimination is when the university treats a student, or someone who has applied for an education at Mälardalen University, on unjustified grounds, worse than others and when this disadvantage is related to gender, ethnicity, religion or other belief, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age or disability. Harassment refers to conduct that violates a person’s dignity and where the processing is related to one of the above grounds of discrimination.
Mälardalen University has established a list for those who feel that you or someone else has been discriminated against or harassed:
- Speak up! You have the right to speak up about things that you consider offensive or unpleasant.
- Tell someone you trust about the event.
- Write down! Make a note of the time, the place and what happened. This can be important documentation if you want to pass it on.
If you are a student or doctoral student at Mälardalen University, you can get help in the form of counceling and guidance from the Student Ombudsman of the University, or Doctoral Student Ombudsman, and mälardalens Student Union’s vice chairman with influence responsibility. You choose whether you want to file a report. It is carried out in writing to the Rector of the University.