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The List of Rights for Lund University students

Student rights might involve student influence, the student work environment, exam implementation, degree projects and much more. You can find information about your rights and responsibilities as a student in relation to the University in the List of Rights.

The List of Rights for Lund University’s students applies to students in the first and second cycle and is to help clarify what students are entitled to – and in some cases what their responsibilities are.

There are special rules and guidelines in place for students in the third cycle.

Third-cycle courses and study programmes on the Lund University Staff Pages

Summary of the List of Rights’ eight sections 

The List of Rights is formulated to comprise the most common situations that can arise during a student’s studies, and it consists of eight different sections. In the event that a right is not covered, students can turn to the student unions for help and support.

Among other things, this section pertains to the University’s responsibility for ensuring that students have access to the resources required to complete their studies. This could include, for example, libraries and study areas. The section also addresses students with a long-term disability and their rights in relation to the accessibility of premises and learning support measures.

This section addresses the rights of students to have their courses and grades entered into Ladok, as well as the student’s obligation to inform the department in the event they are not planning to complete a course or study programme.

This section clarifies how the higher education institution may timetable teaching and exams during the course as well as how that information is to be made available to students. The section also addresses when other information about courses and study programmes such as syllabi, admission requirements, selection rules and information about course literature is to be made available.

This section addresses when information about compulsory components is to be made available as well as what happens if a student through no fault of their own is unable to complete a compulsory component.

This section addresses the overall rules for assessment at Lund University, for example the right students have to resits and anonymous examinations and what happens in the event a written exam is lost. The section also clarifies the student’s personal responsibility to be informed about the consequences of cheating in examinations.

This section clarifies the general rules in conjunction with academic papers such as degree projects and independent projects. This includes the students’ right to receive supervision and teaching on methods, and who is allowed to take on the role of supervisor in conjunction with writing academic papers.

This section addresses information on planning, implementation and follow-up of course evaluations at Lund University.

This section clarifies what students can do in the event the List of Rights is not followed, including what they can do if a solution cannot be found. The section also describes how faculties can request an exemption from specific points in the List of Rights. The permitted exemptions are found below.

The List of Rights in its entirety

You can open and download the University’s List of Rights here.

List of Rights – Lund University Students’ Rights and Responsibilities (PDF, 3.2 MB, new tab)

Special exemptions from specific points in the List of Rights

There are special exemptions from specific points in the List of Rights for some courses and study programmes. According to point 8.3 of the List of Rights, exemptions from the List of Rights may be granted by the chair of the university-wide Education Board following a request from a faculty board.

Below is an excerpt from the decisions taken for the faculties. Both the request for an exemption and the decision itself can be read under each faculty. If you would like to read a decision in its entirety, please contact Oskar Cornelius, oskar [dot] cornelius [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se, who is part of the Education Board’s secretariat.

The Board of the Faculty of Engineering (LTH) has delegated to the faculty’s dean the power, after a briefing with the management group for first and second-cycle studies and in consultation with the students’ union Teknologkåren at LTH, to take decisions regarding requests for exemptions from four points in the List of Rights.

The chair of the Education Board decides that the Faculty of Engineering (LTH) is granted an exemption from points below in the List of Rights – Lund University Students’ Rights and Responsibilities.

The decision was made on 4 February 2021.

List of Rights 2.3: When credits and grades are available, the department has an obligation to promptly – at the latest 15 working days after the exam – document the information in the student register (Ladok). Reporting is to be carried out no later than 10 working days before a re-sit. In the case of a grade review, the student concerned is to be informed about all material of importance to the decision and be given the opportunity within a set period to make a statement about the material before the decision regarding a change is taken, in accordance with section 25 of the Administrative Procedure Act (2017:900). Changes to grades are to be carried out in accordance with chapter 6, section 23–24 of the Higher Education Ordinance. If exam results are altered, the student concerned must be informed.

LTH requests an exemption from this point according to the following:

Exam results shall normally be reported within 15 days of the exam instance. For courses with more than 200 examinees, the time limit is 22 working days. If a department/division has a total of more than 700 examinees in an exam period, the reporting shall be carried out within 30 working days. These time limits apply on an ongoing basis during the year with the exception of the reporting of pass grades for the autumn semester, which shall be reported by Monday of week 3 at the latest. This is in accordance with decision Reg. no LTH 2010/1106.

List of Rights 3.9: The University is responsible for ensuring that teaching is not timetabled on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays in the Swedish calendar or after 18:00 unless the course was advertised during the application period as an online or evening course. Teaching may be timetabled on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays in the Swedish calendar, or after 18:00, if the teaching is conducted at places that are only accessible on these days or after 18:00, such as at museums and on excursions.

and 

List of Rights 3.10: The University is responsible for ensuring that exams are not to be timetabled to end later than 19:00 on weekdays, with the exception of online or evening courses. Regular exam instances are not to be timetabled on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays in the Swedish calendar.

and 

List of Rights 5.1: The University is responsible for ensuring that for every course/module the following are organised in addition to the regular exam: 

  • re-sit five to seven weeks after the regular exam and
  • one further exam session for courses completed in the past academic year (catch-up exam).

However, for certain forms of examination, such as placements, the number of examination sessions may be limited to two.

LTH requests an exemption from these points according to the following:

To enable a functioning timetable including study periods, teaching may sometimes need to be conducted after 18:00 on weekdays. LTH schedules regular exam instances on weekdays as far as possible, but when this is not possible Saturdays may also be utilised. The scheduling of exam and re-sit periods determines the length of the period between exam instances. The division of the academic year is decided annually and includes these parts.

The faculty management and the students’ union at the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts have decided to request exemptions from three points in the List of Rights.

The chair of the Education Board has decided to grant the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts an exemption from the points below in the List of Rights – Lund University Students’ Rights and Responsibilities.

The decision was made on 24 January 2022.

List of Rights 3.5: The University is responsible for ensuring that course timetables and dates and times of exams and re-sits are available on the course or programme website and student portal where applicable at least one month before the start of the course.

The Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts requests an exemption from this point based on the following:

The Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts requests an exemption regarding course timetables for the secondary school subject teacher training programme as these schedules are individually adapted according to specialisation/subject choice/ensemble combinations. Admission to the programme is only fully completed at the end of July/beginning of August. Even in the case of admission to standalone courses, individual scheduling takes place to a certain extent, which means it cannot be guaranteed that the schedule can be made available at least one month before the start of the course.

List of Rights 3.9: The University is responsible for ensuring that teaching is not timetabled on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays in the Swedish calendar or after 18:00 unless the course was advertised during the application period as an online or evening course. Teaching may be timetabled on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays in the Swedish calendar, or after 18:00, if the teaching is conducted at places that are only accessible on these days or after 18:00, such as at museums and on excursions.

The Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts requests an exemption from this point based on the following:

For course components that take the form of public artistic sessions, there may be a need to allow these sessions to be scheduled after 18:00 and on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. This includes the preparation and execution of theatrical performances, concerts and exhibitions. Placements may also need to be scheduled after 18:00 in some cases, for example for students doing placements at a community school of art and music or students on the Church Music programme.

List of Rights 3.10: The University is responsible for ensuring that exams are not to be timetabled to end later than 19:00 on weekdays, with the exception of online or evening courses. Regular exam instances are not to be timetabled on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays in the Swedish calendar.

The Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts requests an exemption from this point based on the following:

For examinations that take the form of public artistic sessions, there may be a need to allow these sessions to be scheduled after 19:00 and on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. This includes theatrical performances, examination concerts, examination exhibitions and for students on the Church Music programme.

The Faculty Board for the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology (HT faculties) has decided to request an exemption from five points in the List of Rights. A two-year exemption has been requested for all points except point 5.4, with a planned evaluation in the autumn of 2023. Regarding point 5.4, an exemption has been requested for the academic year 2021-2022. 

If you believe the List of Rights is not being followed

If you as a student believe the guidelines in the List of Rights are not being followed, you can turn to the lecturer in charge, and thereafter to the director of studies, head of department or equivalent. The contacted staff member is to look for a solution to the situation in consultation with the reporting student.

As a student you can request that the case be reviewed in accordance with the Guidelines on handling complaints from students concerning first, second and third-cycle studies at Lund University if you deem that the issue has not been managed in accordance with applicable rules.

Guidelines on handling complaints from students concerning first, second and third-cycle studies at Lund University (PDF 41 kB, new tab)

Assistance in the event of issues or problem

You can turn to the Student Ombudsman for advice and support in the event of issues or problems related to your rights as a student. You can also contact the relevant student union.

Student Ombudsman’s website

Contact information

Lund University Student Ombudsman
Email: studentombud [at] lus [dot] lu [dot] se

Student ombudsman website

Student Affairs
Oskar Cornelius
Email: oskar [dot] cornelius [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se