Acting Within the University Community

The university community comprises teaching and research staff, other staff and students (Universities Act, Section 4).

These pages feature information on areas such as the university organisation and decision-making as well as the students’ opportunities for influencing decisions and becoming involved in the activities of the university community.

The University of Tampere is openly and actively involved in society and keenly aware of this tradition. The university is a socially influential educational and scientific community which produces professionals who understand the world around us and may someday change it. By providing critical information and education, the university helps people and society to improve educational, social, financial and health-related well-being. The university is committed to promoting fairness, equality, national and global well-being, cultural interaction and sustainable development.

The university community comprises teaching and research staff, other staff and students (Universities Act, Section 4). Members of the university community are subject to the applicable acts, decrees and other regulations as well as to the university’s core values: academic freedom, creativity, social responsibility and equal opportunities to learn, know, participate and make a difference.

Members of the university community are responsible for their own values and attitudes, and for acting accordingly, and they are entitled to expect others, too, to act in an ethically sustainable manner.

All members are obliged to ensure that any planned procedures are appropriate and ethically sound. The key legal norms that regulate education and studies are laid down in the Universities Act and the Government Decree on University Degrees as well as the University of Tampere’s Regulations, Regulations on Human Resources, Regulations on Degrees and Regulations on the Assessment of Studies.

Members of the university community act in roles that entail certain rights and obligations. They must conduct themselves in an honest, fair and responsible manner and respect other community members.

Teachers are obliged to inspire, support and further the students’ efforts of studying, learning and growing into experts in their fields by arranging diverse teaching methods that take the proclivities of various learners into account and by providing feedback that encourages them to learn new things. Every teacher provides guidance and counselling as part of the studies. Students must be treated in a fair, equal, encouraging and respectful manner. Teachers must also take part in the development of their own competence and that of their work community.

Students study to learn information, skills and attitudes required in life and future work tasks in order to make progress towards completing their degrees. The essential goal of university studies is to grow into a good learner who can resolve challenging problems through scientific methods.

Students are tasked with planning and completing the studies to which they are entitled by virtue of their right to study. At the university, it is the students themselves who ultimately decide the pace and nature of their studies. As a counterbalance to their freedom, students bear a great deal of responsibility for planning and completing their studies and assessing their own activities. They provide feedback in order to develop education, guidance and assessment.

The coursework comprises scientific research or obtaining the skills required for it and must adhere to good scientific practices along with the ethical principles of studies and research. Students may not complete studies by fraudulent means, support the fraudulent activities of others or entice others to such conduct.

Students must actively participate in education. Supporting the studies and learning of other students increases the cooperation skills that are so important in working life. It shows consideration to reserve the use of computers, workspaces and literature only for the time you will actually need them.

Good study practices involve valuing and respecting the work of the university staff. As a student, you are responsible for acquiring the information you need. If you are unable to participate in the education or are late for class, you are obliged to obtain the information you have missed without burdening others. You must plan the use of your time in such a way that you keep to the agreed upon schedule and can submit the tasks assigned for evaluating your competence on time.