Disciplinary Board

The purpose of the Disciplinary Board is to make evaluations and take action when rules are broken. The Swedish Higher Education Ordinance has rules about when a university may take disciplinary action against a student. Disciplinary action means either a warning or suspension.

The Disciplinary Board is chaired by the vice-chancellor and includes one representative of the teaching staff, two student representatives and a member with legal training who is, or has been, a permanent judge.

Circumstances that may lead to disciplinary action are:

  • If a student attempts to deceive during a test or exam, or in other forms of assessing study performance (e.g. plagiarism, unauthorised aids in an examination, unauthorised cooperation, etc.).
  • If a student disrupts or prevents teaching, examination or other activities that are within the remit of education at the university.
  • If a student disrupts activities at the university library or other part of the university.
  • If a student subjects another student or an employee at the university to the types of harassment or sexual harassment described in Chapter 1, Section 4 of the Discrimination Act.

The university may not take disciplinary action against a student more than two years after the offence was committed. See the Higher Education Ordinance, chapter 10, about disciplinary measures.

How are disciplinary cases dealt with?

Reports to the Disciplinary Board should be done as soon as possible. They are thoroughly investigated, which takes three to five months. The vice-chancellor then decides upon one of the following options:

  • there will be no further action in the case
  • to issue a warning
  • to transfer the case to the Disciplinary Board for review.

If a case is sent to the Disciplinary Board, one of the following decisions will be made:

  • there will be no further action in the case
  • to issue a warning
  • suspension from the university for a maximum of six months.

What happens if I receive a warning or am suspended?

If you are suspended, you may not participate in any form of teaching or examination at Södertörn University. You also lose the right to student finance for studies at Södertörn University while are suspended. The Disciplinary Board always informs CSN and the relevant lecturers and administrative staff of a suspension. Nor may you register for any courses at Södertörn University or have any exams marked. The only credits that can be registered during a suspension are ones completed before it started.

If you receive a warning, you can continue studying as normal. If you are reported to the Disciplinary Board again, this warning may be taken into account when the vice-chancellor or the board make a decision.

If you have been reported and need support: Being reported can be difficult, so you may have many questions. There are various places at the university that students can go to for support. You can contact the Student Health Service, a careers and study guidance adviser, the students’ union (SöderS) or the university chaplaincy.