Important supervisory decisions 2008-2009
This is a summary in English. The report is available only in Swedish.
The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education exercises its supervisory functions in various way and bases its actions to a great extent on complaints submitted to the agency, mainly by students and student unions. This report is divided into sections that cover several of the issues that have been raised mainly through complaints. It presents important decisions that have been based on the whole on complaints of this kind and are of general interest. These decisions have been made within the framework of the National Agency´s supervisory activities during 2008 and 2009. They have been abridged and the main focus is on the agency´s assessment. The decisions can be found in their entirety on the agency´s web site.
The sections included are admission, examination, higher education in general, third cycle courses and programmes, general legislation on administrative procedures, fees in higher education, third stream activities and miscellaneous.
A selection of decisions:
Disposition of programme syllabusesThe Swedish National Agency for Higher Education has criticised one higher education institution for the disposition of its programme syllabuses.
Restriction of the number of examination opportunities during placement studies The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education found that the course syllabus then in force entitled the complainant to an additional examination opportunity.
Lack of clarity about admission The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education has criticised the use by a university college of an admission procedure that did not comply with the statutes on higher education.
Requirement of preliminary doctoral studies before admission to a third-cycle programme The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education has criticised a university for a professor´s requirement that an individual had to pursue “preliminary doctoral studies" for two years before she could be admitted to a programme.
What happens when the period of study a doctoral student is allowed is not extended The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education has determined that a doctoral student´s entitlement to supervision does not terminate automatically.
Failure to supply an examination paperThe Swedish National Agency for Higher Education has criticised a university for failing to fulfil its obligations pursuant to the principle of public access to supply public documents. Nor has the student been provided with the service and the right to insight into the treatment of his own case laid down by the Administrative Procedure Act.
Procedural delay by a university colleges disciplinary board The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education has criticised a university college for undue procedural delay in disciplinary cases concerning students.
Cost of a student´s own therapy The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education has concluded that there is support in statements made in the Riksdag for allowing students on programmes in psychology to pay some of the cost of their own therapy themselves.