When you are a student, it can be difficult to keep track of your rights. For this reason, we at Mälardalens Student Union have compiled information that you can access here on our website. Your rights are regulated partly by laws and regulations, but also by local regulations at Mälardalens University.
According to section 4a of the first chapter of the Higher Education Act, students shall have the right to exert influence over the education at higher education institutions, which in turn shall work to ensure that students take an active part in the further development of the programs (SFS 1992:1434). In other words, you as a student have the right to be represented when decisions are made or when there is some form of preparation that may have an impact on your education or students’ situation at the university. At each academy there should be program advice where you as a student can get involved and pursue the issues that are relevant to your education. If you are interested in what student influence means, you can read more about this here.
Syllabus and course literature
The 14th and 15th paragraphs of the Higher Education Ordinance state that there should be a syllabus for each course. The syllabus must contain information about the level of the course, the number of credits, objectives, requirements for special eligibility, the forms for assessing the students’ performance and the other regulations needed (SFS 1993:100). The provisions of the syllabuses are thus legally binding, just like laws and regulations. Mälardalens University’s rules for syllabuses state that the course literature must be completed and documented in Selma no later than three weeks before the start of the course. It is the academy manager who makes decisions about course literature, but they can delegate the assignment further. Further delegation shall be indicated in the Academy’s delegation order. If you want to read more about the rules that apply to syllabuses at Mälardalens University, you can follow the button on the toolbar on the right.
The sixth chapter of the Higher Education Ordinance states in paragraph 21 that if a college limits the number of opportunities that a student may take a test to get a pass grade on a course or part of a course, there must be five opportunities to complete the test (SFS 1993:100). In the same paragraph it is mentioned that if a course or part of a course requires that the student has completed an internship or equivalent education, there must be at least two internship or equivalent periods of education (SFS 1993:100). As regards the change of examiner, a student is entitled, according to the 22 paragraph of Chapter Six of the Higher Education Ordinance, to have another examiner, unless there are special reasons against it, after having completed two tests for a course or in a part of a course. You can also read more about the examination rules that apply at Mälardalens University by following the button on the toolbar on 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 shall in turn compile these course evaluations and inform about the results and any decisions on measures for what has been expressed in the course evaluations. The results should be easily accessible to the students (SFS 1993:100). At Mälardalens University, the design and follow-up of course evaluations takes place in consultation with student representatives. If you are a student, you must have the right to conduct course evaluations anonymously.
Since Mälardalen University is a higher education institution, 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 work to make it more equal. Through preventive work, where, for example, premises are adapted for accessibility and staff are trained on 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 Mälardalens University, worse than others and when this disadvantage is related to gender, ethnicity, religion or other beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, or disability. Harassment refers to conduct that violates a person’s dignity and where the treatment is related to one of the above grounds of discrimination.
Mälardalens University has drawn up a bulleted list for those who feel that you or someone else has been subjected to discrimination or harassment:
- Speak up! You have the right to speak out about things that you consider offensive or unpleasant.
- Tell someone you trust about the event.
- Write it down! Make a note of time, place and what happened. This can be important documentation if you want to take the matter forward.
If you are a student or doctoral student at Mälardalens University, you can get help in the form of talks and guidance from the University’s Student Ombudsman, or Doctoral Student Ombudsman, and the Mälardalens Student Union. You choose whether you want to make a report. It is carried out in writing to the principal of the University.
You can get counceling at the student health care at the university.
At the student health care you as a student can get advice and support during your study time by curators and wellness educators. All visits are free. They have obligation to observe silence and there are no journals.
No matter faith, background or identity you are welcome to the university church which is located at the Kårhuset in Västerås.
Open for counceling: Drop-in Thursdays at 12.30-14.30, otherwise booked appointments by e-mail or phone.
Read more about the university church and their activities here.