Organisation, laws and governance
Kungl. The Institute of Technology (KTH) is both a university and a government agency, where the core business of education and research is organized in five schools. The schools are led by school principals who are subordinate to the principal, who have joint operational support at their disposal. The Rector is head of authority and leads KTH's operations under the University Board, which is KTH's highest decision-making body.
Organisation and governance of KTH's education
Laws, rules and governing documents
As a student, it is good to know what rights and obligations you have according to Swedish law. This applies especially if you were to become involved in a dispute with your university or if you are of the opinion that you have been treated inappropriately during the course of your education.
The Swedish Higher Education Act and the Higher Education Ordinance
It is mainly the Swedish Higher Education Act and the Higher Education Ordinance that govern the operations of higher education institutions in Sweden. These regulate for example what degrees that can be awarded, that students have the right to have influence over their education, and that higher education institutions are responsible for student welfare and to provide a good study environment.
Ordinance concerning the Reporting of Higher Education Studies etc. at universities and university colleges
In accordance with the Ordinance (1993:1153) concerning the Reporting of Higher Education Studies etc. at universities and university colleges, every university shall document information on students and keep a student registry. Information that must be documented for each student includes for example that related to eligibility, selection criteria, admission, credits awarded, grades and degrees.
Additional rules and regulations that apply
In addition to the Swedish Higher Education Act and the Higher Education Ordinance, there are regulations issued by the Swedish Council For Higher Education (UHR) as well as other regulations that govern higher education institutions. The latter can be found in laws and regulations that apply to specific issues or special universities. There are also local regulations which the universities and university colleges have established themselves. For example, KTH has its own regulations, which include certain general rules and provisions that apply to universities and university colleges, and its own regulatory system in the form of a policy document, guidelines and internal regulations.
A course syllabus will be provided for all courses, which will contain provisions that are binding and must be followed by both KTH personnel and students. Other examples of local regulations include examination rules, which state what rules that apply during exams. There is also a Code of conduct or guidelines for general behaviour at KTH.
Stearing documents for KTH's education
The Administrative Procedure Act
KTH is also a government body and must comply with the Swedish Administrative Procedure Act. The Swedish Administrative Procedure Act specifies how government bodies and municipalities deal with matters. The act establishes regulations whose primary purpose is to safeguard the legal rights of citizens when they are involved with government bodies.
When a student at KTH violates the rules that apply, for example is suspected of cheating or exhibited unacceptable behaviour or harassment towards another student or staff at KTH, it may lead to a disciplinary matter.