Your rights and responsibilities
Here we’ve collected information on some of the most important rights and responsibilities that you have as a student.
Your rights as a student come in part from laws and regulations and in part from local precepts at Stockholm University.
University’s rule book, guidelines and course plans
Regulatory document – the rule book is a collection of pronouncements made by the central governing body at Stockholm University: the University Board, President and administrative heads. It contains much of the information that the university has a responsibility to provide. The regulatory document is divided into subject areas on the left-hand side, e.g. “Education”.
Other important documents to know about are your educational and course plans. These contain the regulations that shall be followed in a course or a programme. The plans shall be applied in a predictable and effective manner and cannot be circumvented.
Student ombudsmen who work at Stockholm University Student Union can answer your questions on student rights. Student ombudsmen can also support or represent you if you feel your rights have not been respected.
One of the student union’s main purposes is to represent students’ collective interests and work to guarantee that you and all students have the right to impact your education. An important part of this is to support the student and doctoral councils as well as student representatives at Stockholm University.
DISK is a student union for those studying computer and systems sciences (DSV) at Stockholm University. DISK has a study safety officer to help students at DSV with various problems that can occur in the study environment.
Contact details for student union workers are on their respective websites
Swedish Higher Education Authority
The Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) is a governmental agency that reviews the quality of higher education, analyses the development, is responsible for the official statistics and makes sure that universities follow the laws and regulations.
Equal treatment of students
All students at Stockholm University are entitled to equal treatment and respect irrespective of sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation or age.
Plagiarism and Regulations for Disciplinary Matters
As a student you must be conscientious about clearly accounting for the material used in the texts that are submitted for examination.
To use another person’s expressions or ideas without stating the source is plagiarism. To translate and/or change some words in someone else’s text and present it as your own is also a form of plagiarism.
Plagiarism is considered cheating and if discovered in an exam or paper, the exam or paper will be failed immediately and disciplinary measures may be taken.
Any student who is caught cheating or disrupting academic activities may be suspended from lectures and exams for a period of up to six months. The Vice Chancellor or the Disciplinary Council decide whether the student is to be subject to any disciplinary measures.
Work and study environment
The work and study environment are important issues at Stockholm University, not least for students. They cover places to study, modes of teaching, and even unwritten rules of behaviour, among many other issues. Here you can read about the study environment ombudsman and how the university creates and supports a good work environment.
Study environment ombudsman
The ombudsman represents students in study environment issues. Their most important role is to catch problems early and work together with the student union and the departments to ensure that students have a good physical and psychosocial study environment.
You yourself can become a study environment ombudsman by being elected by the student council at your department. Read more about the ombudsman’s role at the Stockholm University Student Union’s website:
Work environment at the university
The university’s work environment policy says that the university should continuously strive to improve the physical and psychosocial environment for everyone. You can read about the specifics here:
The dean at each department has the ultimate responsibility for issues surrounding study and workplace environments.
Last updated: November 1, 2019