Student’s Rights and Responsibilities

This page contains information on the student’s rights and responsibilities.

More information on the university’s principles and obligations is available on the university’s Intranet (only in Finnish).

Student’s rights

Information on the student’s rights related to livelihood, financial assistance and health care can be found in the Services and Contacts section of the Study Guide.

The Tamy website contains information on students’ rights and responsibilities, explained from the student’s perspective.

Students have the right to:

Student’s responsibilities

Students have the responsibility to:

  • provide feedback on instruction and guidance
  • prepare a personal study plan (HOPS) in accordance with the instructions and guidance and further their studies in accordance with it
  • not discriminate against or harass anyone and study in a manner that takes others into account
  • register for general exams seven days in advance
  • register for courses with a limited number of seats
  • cancel their registration for courses they will be unable to attend well in advance
  • hand in their coursework on time
  • find out what progress has been made on their courses during any possible absences
  • enrol at the university within the specified time frame
  • apply for an extension if they will not be graduating within the designated time
  • observe good scientific practices
  • observe the university’s data security rules

Rights and responsibilities of doctoral students and supervisors

Doctoral students undertake to:

  • maintain the supervisor-supervisee relationship with their supervisors
  • maintain active contact
  • be the key player in their own research work
  • be aware of the relevant curricula and keep their personal study and supervision plan up to date
  • obtain the knowledge and skills required to make progress in the research
  • keep to the agreed work pace and immediately notify the supervisor of any matters that may significantly affect work progress
  • send to the supervisor the agreed parts of the thesis to be commented well in advance before a supervision meeting
  • present questions and possible concerns related to the research for the agenda of the guidance meeting
  • give due consideration to the supervisor’s comments on the doctoral thesis
  • observe good scientific practice in the guidance relationship and research efforts, and discuss them with the supervisors, as necessary
  • discuss various research funding and career opportunities with the supervisors
  • agree upon the principles of joint publications with the supervisor beforehand. The 2017 statement of the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity (TENK) on authorship is recommended reading.

The supervisors undertake to:

  • supervise the doctoral student’s dissertation research in the long term at all stages and to keep to the agreed schedules
  • provide feedback regularly and within a reasonable time
  • familiarise the supervisee with practical matters relating to academic work practices and other scientific activities (such as publications, conferences, international mobility, ethical principles) in the agreed upon manner
  • keep the supervisee informed of any important changes that may affect the ability of the supervisors to carry out their supervision duties. Supervisors who are unable to perform their supervisory duties must make every effort to find a new supervisor for the supervisee in question.
  • observe good scientific practice in the supervisory relationship and discuss it with the student
  • discuss various research funding and career opportunities with the student
  • if necessary, assist the doctoral student in obtaining funding: provide information on funding opportunities and recommendations as necessary
  • agree upon the principles of joint publications with the student beforehand The 2017 statement of the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity (TENK) on authorship is recommended reading.