Rules and regulations

The Open University of the University of Jyväskylä applies the regulations and guidelines for degree students of the University of Jyväskylä to students of the Open University insofar as this is possible.

Rules and regulations of the Open University

Commitment

Students commit to complying with the rules and regulations of the Open University when registering for their studies.

Legal protection of students of the Open University regarding studies

The provisions of the Universities Act on the assessment of study performance (sections 44 and 82 of the Universities Act) apply to students of the Open University. These provisions concern the rights of students to obtain information about assessment criteria, to examine any study performance assessed and to request an assessment to be rectified, first from the teacher, then the Appeals Board of the University of Jyväskylä.

Students of the Open University have the right to reasonable accommodations, i.e. special arrangements due to a long-term illness or disability, in accordance with guidelines and procedures concerning the University of Jyväskylä’s degree students. To obtain these special arrangements, it is required that the student in question has not repeatedly refused special arrangements provided without justified cause.

Students of the Open University must contact the course teacher in the first instance if they experience problems with teaching or interaction with other course students, such as during group work. Students of the Open University may also report any inappropriate conduct during teaching or any problems with the fulfilment of their legal protection to the staff of the Open University.

Right to a safe learning environment and requirement of proper conduct

All students (including degree students, exchange students, students of the Open University and other students) have the right to a safe learning environment and to be treated properly. Students must be treated equally. In addition, every student is responsible, on their part, for ensuring that the learning environment is enjoyable and safe. Students must behave appropriately in physical and online learning environments. No one may harass other students, teachers or members of staff, or treat anyone else inappropriately. Students must comply with the study regulations and guidelines issued by the Open University, individual teachers and members of the management. Cheating, plagiarism and other fraudulent activities are prohibited.

Consequences of a student’s inappropriate conduct

A student of the Open University who causes disturbance during courses, is violent or threatening or endangers the health or life of others may be asked to exit the area where teaching is provided or from an event organised by the University of Jyväskylä. A student’s right to participate in teaching may be revoked for at most three working days if there is a risk that the safety of another student or person working at the University of Jyväskylä or in a teaching facility is diminished by the student’s violent or threatening behaviour, or that teaching or related activities become unreasonably more difficult due to the student’s inappropriate conduct. The teacher may ask the student to exit the area. The director of the Open University may revoke a student’s right to participate in all types of teaching provided at the Open University for at most three working days.

If a student uses the Open University’s user credentials in breach of these rules and regulations, for example, by behaving inappropriately in an electronic learning platform, measures may be taken against the student in accordance with these rules and regulations.

If a student of the Open University has been in serious breach of these rules and regulations by causing a disturbance, behaving violently or threateningly, or being repeatedly guilty of deceitful activities, their right to participate in teaching provided at the Open University may be revoked for a specific time; however, no longer than for one year. In urgent cases, the student’s right to participate in a course in progress may be revoked. The payment of a course fee will not be returned if the right to participate was revoked due to the student’s inappropriate conduct.

Any violent behaviour or threats of violence will be reported to the person responsible for safety and security at the University of Jyväskylä. Such cases may also be reported to the police.