Rights, obligations and safety

To make your time as a student as beneficial and enjoyable as possible, it is important that you know your rights and obligations, and what rules and regulations apply to and at the university. It is also important that you know about safety and security at the university.

Student rights and obligations

“Rights and obligations – rules for studying at first and second-cycle level at Södertörn University” is a local set of rules that include decisions about the relationship between students and the university.

The purpose of these rules is that all students at Södertörn University will be treated equally and your rights and obligations as a student are easily understandable.

Rights, obligations and rules

Discrimination, harassment and victimisation

Södertörn University should be free from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. If you are a student or are applying to Södertörn University, you are protected by the Swedish Discrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination.

Disciplinary Board

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.

Safety and security

Work on security at Södertörn University aims to create a safe and secure environment for everyone. The university works continually on preventing and managing unwanted incidents such as fire, burglary, violence and threats.

Responsibility for security at Södertörn University follows the standard order at the university. The vice-chancellor has overarching responsibility for security at the university, while each head of school has overall responsibility for the students at their academic school. The head of your academic school is responsible for your work environment as a student.

Unwanted events such as fire, burglary/theft, violence and threats can often be prevented. Risk awareness among staff and students is therefore the key to a safe and secure university. If you discover something that may affect safety at the university, you must immediately report this to your academic school, e.g. your course coordinator, study guidance counsellor or to the student safety representative. You can also talk to the students’ union or the head of security.

There are some things that you must bear in mind, for your own safety and that of others:

  • Always take fire alarms seriously.
  • Find out where the closest emergency exit is.
  • Doors that are marked “Branddörr” must always be closed.
  • Do not use the lifts in case of fire or emergency evacuation.
  • You may not allow unauthorised persons into the university.

Please report broken doors, barriers in front of fire doors, etc., to Infocenter. Tel: +46 (0)8 608 4000, e-mail:

You can also go to Infocenter to report something in person.

Safety and security

Defibrillators (AED)

In case of emergency, there are defibrillators located at various places around the university.

Fire and evacuation

Always call 112 if there is an emergency.

Locking university premises

Some areas of Södertörn University require a keycard, your SH-Card. This allows you to access the rooms for which you are authorised.


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