Course Evaluation and Student Voice
As a student, you have a say about your education at Dalarna University. You have the right to be represented in all decisions that are significant for both you and your education. Student representatives are selected by the Student Union and pursue issues related to education and student life.
You can also have your opinions heard with regards to your experiences with a course by completing a course evaluation. The completion of these is important for quality and development at the university. Evaluations, which are anonymous, are then collected and the results are made accessible to students. Contact your teacher if you want more information.
There are two types of non-completion (termination) of studies: early non-completion and late non-completion, both of which you can find information about below. In each case, you must inform the university in writing.
Course Syllabi and Programme Curricula
Syllabi and curricula describe the content and structure as well as the objectives of courses and programmes.
The course syllabi also list prerequisites, course literature, grading scales and examination forms. Course syllabi are also used for credit transfer purposes.
Programme curricula are more general in content but still outline the prerequisites and learning objectives. The curricula describe the programme and the courses that are included in the programme. The degree you will be awarded upon successful completion is also stated as well as career possibilities.
Read detailed information on this subject (cheating, plagiarism) on our Disciplinary Matters webpage.
Equality and Equal Treatment
Questions of equality and equal treatment are about our everyday actions and behaviour. Regardless of gender, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief system, disability, sexual preference or age, everyone shall be met with respect.
If you feel that you have been the victim of discrimination, bullying or harassment, you can contact a teacher, subject representation, programme director, student counsellor or the university's diversity coordinator. You can also contact a student representative from the Student Union.
Examinations are used for grading purposes and exist in various forms, such as written examinations in a formal setting, submission of a report and participation in a lab.
• You must always present ID (identification) at an examination.
• How you will be graded is clearly described in your course syllabus.
• Teachers have 15 working days to mark the examinations and submit the results unless special circumstances arise.
• You have a right to discuss your grade with your teacher.
• You normally have the chance to a resit examination at the earliest two weeks after and at the latest four weeks after the first examination.
• If you fail the same examination twice, you have the right to request another examiner unless there are reasons that would prevent this.
See Rules for Examinations (pdf) that are specific for Dalarna University.
Freedom of Information
Being a government organisation, Dalarna University must work in accordance with the principle of public access to official records (offentlighetsprincipen). This means, for example, that information about students from external sources can be given out upon request.
However, student information can in certain situations be protected in accordance with the law (Offentlighets- och sekretesslag). This protection can be for all or certain personal information - name, personnummer, address and telephone number. You must contact LADOK in the Department for Student Services to put this protection in place. Be prepared to provide documentation as to why you need to protect your personal information - for example, a decision from Skatteverket.
Non-Completion of Studies
If you do not complete a course you are registered in, you must send written notification to an administrative officer.
There are two types of non-completion:
1. Early non-completion - within the first three weeks of the course start
2. Late non-completion - later than three weeks after the course start
With early non-completion, you may reapply to the same course at a later stage. With late non-completion, you must contact the department. If a place is available, you may re-register in the same course.
If you need to end your programme studies before graduation, you must inform the programme's student administrator in writing.
Please see the General Administrative Regulations for Students at Dalarna University (pdf), section 16, for more detailed information.
Quality of Education, Disagreements and Issues with Collaboration
If you are a student and feel there are issues with the quality of education that you are receiving, or if disagreements, conflicts and issues with collaboration arise within your student group or between you and your teacher, you should first contact your Programme Director.
You can also contact the Student Union to get advice and support. A representative from the Student Union can help you if you wish to pursue the matter further.
Study Environment for Students
In Sweden, there is a law regarding the work environment that also covers universities as a place of work for students. There is also a university policy describing how a good working environment can serve as a good example that you can take with you to your future professional life. The good working environment at the university should contribute towards efficiency and serve to attract both students and future staff to study and work here. This requires an inspirational working environment where students and staff feel safe and secure, both physically and mentally. A good working environment is democratic and accepting, and allows you to influence your studies and work situation.
The psychosocial environment is a further component of the work environment - that is to say, relationships among those sharing the university as a place of study and work. If you feel there are problems in this area, contact the Student Union.
The person with the utmost responsibility for the work and study environment at the University is the Vice-Chancellor; however, everyone is responsible for contributing to a positive workplace.
If you are registered in a course, you have the right to teaching and/or supervision during the time stated for the course. After that time, your right to teaching and/or supervision ends. Contact your teacher if you have questions about this.
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