JAMKO's New Student's Guide

information for new students starting in JAMK UAS

Safe study environment and unsuitability legislation

Everyone has the right to feel safe at school

A safe, equal study environment is everyone’s right and to ensure that JAMK UAS has the Degree Regulation,  JAMK’s Ethical Principles and The University of Applied Sciences Law (Finnish) to regulate the conduct of students and staff. This is supported by JAMK UAS’ security policy, ethical and pedagogical principles. Read more. 

Academic integrity in Finland

Student’s ethical guide made by students for students to clarify JAMK´s academic standards and it familiarizes new students to a Finnish academic institute. The guide goes through Finnish culture and four categories of challenge areas to academic integrity: cheating, plagiarism and academic writing, classroom and campus behaviors and group-work conflicts. Read the guide.

Unsuitability legislation

Finnish government passed a legislation to find solutions for cases where a student is unsuitable for a certain field of study. This legislation was necessary to give educational institutions a possibility of intervening in lack of safety in the study and work community and serious problems caused by unsuitability. The number of these cases is low, but gaps in earlier legislation made them difficult to manage. At JAMK, some of the changes only concern Bachelor’s Degree students in the social and health care field and vocational teacher education, while others – drug testing and changes in disciplinary procedures – apply to all students.

The student union was involved in drawing up the common rules in the Ethical Committee and JAMK Board. The Board will also be the decision-making body in matters of unsuitability. The students are represented in the Board by a student member appointed by Student Union JAMKO.

Specifications in disciplinary action apply to all students

Violent or threatening behaviour may lead to the following disciplinary action: a written caution, an order to leave the classroom, or banning a student from taking part in studies for three days. Suspension for a fixed period can be resorted to when the acts or negligence are serious, and the student continues to behave inappropriately despite having been given a written caution. In certain situations and when specific requirements are met, the student may be asked to take a drug test. If the student does not provide the requested test results, this may lead to disciplinary action. Read more about safety at campuses (id required)

For more information, see the Degree regulations and Counselling of students in intoxicant-related matters, which can both be found in the Study Guide.

Issues concerning Social and Health Care field

State of health and functional ability: In the application and selection phases of student admission, the applicants may be asked about their state of health and functional ability. Health-related conditions may be set when the studies involve requirements concerning the safety of minors, patient or customer safety or traffic safety. A student selected for the field must be able to cope with practical assignments or training that are part of the studies. Intoxicant addiction, for example, may prevent a student from being admitted. However, accessibility continues to be the main principle in student admissions and arrangement of the studies.

Revocation of study entitlement: A study entitlement already granted may be revoked if it turns out that the student would not have met the health requirements of the field to start off with. If the student’s study entitlement has been revoked and he/she fails to disclose this when applying for a place in other education and training, this may also be a reason for revoking the study entitlement. If the student has repeatedly or seriously endangered another person’s health or safety in the studies, the student is unsuitable for the field, and this is a reason for revoking the study entitlement.

If studies essentially entail working with children, in the interest of the requirement to protect minors, the study entitlement may be revoked on grounds of a conviction for certain offences. Educational institutions can request a student to provide an extract of his/her criminal record. If the student fails to produce the requested extract, his/her right to study may be withheld until the extract of criminal record has been provided.

Before making a decision, the higher education institution must hear the student (the so-called hearing procedure) and guide the student to health care services. The student must also be given study guidance, and the possibilities of transferring to some other type of education must be discussed with him/her.

Guidance and legal protection: Revoking the study entitlement is not an automatic measure, but discretionary in all cases. The primary means are study guidance and referring the student to health care services. The study entitlement may be restored if it was revoked based on the student’s state of health and functional ability, and the student can, by presenting new medical reports, show that he or she is fit.

Decisions on revoking and restoring study entitlements are made by the JAMK board. For appeals, a national students’ legal protection board has been set up. This is an independent body in which appeals will be heard urgently.

Processing sensitive information and disclosure of data

Operational guidelines specify the persons who can process state of health information. They have the duty of confidentiality. Sensitive information will be kept separately and destroyed immediately once statutory grounds for keeping it no longer exist. Necessary information on study entitlements that have been revoked or restored may be disclosed to other education providers and the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira). In certain situations, a higher education institution has the right to obtain information from health care services and the Legal Register Centre.

Where to find further information?

See the Degree regulations for more information on unsuitability issues. The operational guidelines contain more detailed information for students and personnel.