When a student at KTH violates the rules, the President must be notified – which gives rise to a so-called disciplinary matter. Disciplinary matters often deal with students who are suspected of cheating, plagiarism or being misleading during an examination, but they may also relate to unacceptable behaviour or harassment.
The ways in which disciplinary matters are dealt with are governed by the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 10.
Disciplinary action may be taken against students who:
1. try to mislead
− by using impermissible aids during an examination
− by plagiarising someone else’s essay/homework
− by letting someone else add their name to an attendance list, despite not being present
2. act in a disruptive manner during a lesson, exam, test or other activity during a course of education at the university (e.g. during a sandwich placement (internship/traineeship)
3. subject another student or employee at the university to harassment or sexual harassment, as described in Chapter 1, 4 § diskrimineringslagen (2008:567).section 4, of the Discrimination Act (2008:567).
Disciplinary action may not be taken later than two years after the misconduct was committed. The disciplinary matter will be handled by a lawyer and a decision will be made by the university’s Disciplinary Board or, in some cases, by the President.