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  • Rules and Regulations

    OUAS board 14/04/2015, section 9

    SECTION 1 SCOPE OF APPLICATION

    These Rules and Regulations shall apply at Oulu University of Applied Sciences (OUAS) site and facilities where exercises, excursions, study trips, or other activities related to education provided by said institution of higher education are organised or held. The Rules and Regulations apply to all students, staff, and visitors also during the evening on weekends. The term ‘Oulu University of Applied Sciences' (OUAS) refers to all premises of the University of Applied Sciences and courtyards immediately adjoining them.

    Following the Rules and Regulations ensures general safety and occupational and educational well-being, and it promotes equal treatment.

    SECTION 2 GENERAL ORDERLINESS AND SAFETY

    Everyone is for their part responsible for maintaining orderliness and safety as well as a jovial work and study atmosphere. Possession of objects and substances suitable for hurting others is prohibited within the OUAS area. Everyone must follow the guidelines provided on the safety of OUAS.

    SECTION 3 BEHAVIOUR

    Everyone is responsible for displaying good behaviour at OUAS. Disturbing, offending, or threatening behaviour is prohibited in all activities.

    Inappropriate behaviour includes activities indicative of disturbance of general orderliness or of violence, discrimination, or bullying; physical or verbal threatening of others; and presenting the work of someone else as one’s own or other forms of cheating related to studies. Cheating in one’s studies is defined in more detail in the evaluation-procedure guidelines.

    SECTION 4 INTOXICANTS AND SMOKING

    It is prohibited to appear under the influence of intoxicants in the OUAS area. A person appearing under the influence of intoxicants or exhibiting disturbing behaviour may be removed from the OUAS area. However, consumption of alcohol is allowed in events for which it has been approved in advance. Nevertheless, consumption of alcohol at these events shall not cause disturbances even at said events.

    A student suspected of being drunk or under the influence of an intoxicant other than alcohol may be prevented from participating in instruction, or that participation may be interrupted, if this is necessary. With regard to the staff, the OUAS' Intoxicant Programme (for early intervention in use of harmful intoxicants) (in line with Rector's Decision 9/3/2015, Section 18) shall be applied.

    Smoking is allowed only in designated areas.

    SECTION 5 COMMUNICATIONS AND DATA SECURITY

    OUAS uses electronic communications channels for disseminating information to its students and staff, such as e-mail and the Intranet, along with other agreed work platforms, which the students are obliged to follow throughout their studies and the staff throughout their employment.

    With regard to data security, the guidelines provided by the data-administration personnel of OUAS shall be followed.

    SECTION 6 ACCESS CONTROL

    The OUAS area and common facilities are monitored with access-control and CCTV-based surveillance mechanisms to maintain safety and verify any possible wrongdoing after the fact. To prevent or resolve cases of criminal activity, OUAS may hand over pictorial materials at its disposal to investigating authorities. Surveillance by CCTV is in place only in locations where legislation so allows.

    SECTION 7 DISCIPLINARY MEASURES AND SANCTIONS

    Under the Polytechnics Act (Ammattikorkeakoululaki), 351/2003, if a student breaches the Rules and Regulations, the rector of OUAS may caution him or her in writing. If such written warning is deemed to be insufficient or if the actions of the individual severely endanger the safety of others, the person in question may be suspended from OUAS by decision of the OUAS Board in line with what is set forth in the Polytechnics Act.

    SECTION 8 PARKING AND RESCUE ROUTES

    All vehicles must be parked on indicated parking spots. Rescue routes must be kept absolutely free and clear of any obstacles. A penalty based on the Road Traffic Act (Tieliikennelaki 267/1981) may be imposed for improper parking.

    SECTION 10 ENTRY INTO FORCE

    These Rules and Regulations shall enter into force on 15 April 2015 and remain valid until further notice.

  • Regulations of the Board of Examiners

    Board of the University of Applied Sciences, 9 February 2015, § 13

    § 1 The Board of Examiners and its tasks

    According to the Act (932/20140 § 15, 19), the University of Applied Sciences must have at least one Board of Examiners or a corresponding body to handle requests for rectification related to study attainments. Oulu University of Applied Sciences has one Board of Examiners for handling requests for rectification related to study attainments.

    The Board of Examiners consists of a Chairman and other members, who all have personal deputy members. The Board of Oulu University of Applied Sciences appoints the Chairman, the members of the Board of Examiners and their personal deputy members. The Chairman of the Board of Examiners and his/her deputy member must be a Principal or Senior Lecturer. Other members of the Board of Examiners are Lecturers of the University of Applied Sciences and at least one a degree student at Oulu University of Applied Sciences. The Board to the University of Applied Sciences appoints the Chairman of the Board of Examiners, two Lecturers and two degree students and their personal deputy members for a period of two years at a time. The nominations for the Chairman and the Lecturers as well as their personal deputy members are made by the Rector. The nominations for the student representative and his/her deputy are made by the Board of the Student Union of Oulu University of Applied Sciences. Attendance allowances are paid according to the attendance allowance practices of Oulu University of Applied Sciences.

    A student unsatisfied with the evaluation of his/her study attainment or the accreditation decision on studies completed elsewhere or with other means is entitled to demand rectification either orally or in writing to the evaluation from the evaluating Lecturer and to the accreditation from the person, who made the accreditation decision. The student is entitled to demand rectification from the Board of Examiners if he/she is unsatisfied with the decision made regarding the above-mentioned rectification demand (Act 932/2014, § 57). The student can request for rectification from the Board of Examiners to the grades of the courses arranged in connection with Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees, Vocational Teacher Education, Specialisation Studies, Open University Studies or studies arranged as separate studies and containing parts of degree.

    2 § Decision-making and meeting procedures

    Before the rectification process arrives at the Board of Examiners:

    If the process described above does not lead to a result the student feels is satisfactory, he or she may apply for rectification from the Board of Examiners. The application for rectification is submitted to the Chairman of the Board of Examiners within 14 days of the student receiving notice of the lecturer’s statement regarding the request for rectification (Act 932/2014, § 57).

    According to the Polytechnics Act (Act 932/2014, § 57) the rectification process is regulated in the Administrative Procedure Act (see Act 434/2003).

    Matters concerning the Board of Examiners are settled by the Board of Examiners in its entirety during its meetings. The Board is invited to the meeting by the Chairman of the Board of Examiners within 30 days of receiving the request for rectification, taking the Lecturers’ free periods into account. Invitations to the meetings of the Board of Examiners must be sent a minimum of five business days before the date of the meeting. For the meeting, the Chairman of the Board of Examiners requests a reply from the Lecturer or the person, who made the accreditation decision. The Chairman of the Board of Examiners also requests a description of the rectification process from the Head of the Degree Programme or the Head of the Department. The reply and description must be delivered within 14 days of receiving the request.

    The meeting has reached quorum when the Chairman, one Lecturer and one student member are present. During the meeting, the student’s written request for rectification, the written decision from the lecturer who has granted the evaluation in question or from the person, who made the accreditation decision as well as the description of the process of the rectification are discussed. The Members of the Board of Examiners have the right to familiarise themselves with all documents to be processed by the Board of Examiners. Prior to arriving at its decision, the Board of Examiners may hear statements from the parties involved as well as from experts. The Board of Examiners bases its decision on statutes, the Degree Regulation and the Regulation on the Evaluation of Study Attainments of Oulu University of Applied Sciences as well as the material related to the demand for rectification. If the Board of Examiners does not reach a unanimous consensus when making their decision, the matter is settled by majority vote or if the votes are still even, according to the decision of the Chairman.

    If the Board of Examiners deems the student’s request for rectification to be warranted, the Board returns the study attainment or the accreditation and additional information that have arisen during the rectification process to the evaluator or the person, who made the accreditation decision for re-evaluation. The re-evaluation must be registered within three weeks of the Board of Examiners’ decision, excluding the month of July. The re-evaluation is submitted to the Chairman of the Board of Examiners. If the evaluator or the person, who made the accreditation decision in question does not change his/her original evaluation, the Board of Examiners shall request the evaluation of another evaluator/other evaluators for the study attainment or accreditation, which shall then come into force. If necessary, the average of the evaluation of the other evaluators is calculated. The evaluation in question will remain in force if it is the same or higher as the original evaluation.

    The decision of the Board of Examiners decision regarding the evaluation of study attainment or accreditation cannot be appealed (Act 932/2014, § 60).

    § 3 Signing the decisions and the right to view the documents

    During the rectification process, the associated documents are filed by the Chairman of the Board of Examiners. Minutes are recorded for the meeting and are signed by the Chairman and the Members of the Board of Examiners. The Board of Examiners submits the minutes of the decision along with the other related documents to the Director of Study Affairs. He or she notifies the student, the Lecturer or the person, who made the accreditation decision, the Head of the Department, the Head of the Degree Programme and the Head of Study Affairs of the campus in question. The documents are archived according to the archiving directives.

    § 4 Validity

    Changes to the Regulations of the Board of Examiners are approved by the Board of the University of Applied Sciences.

    These Regulations of the Board of Examiners replace the Regulations approved by the Board of the University of Applied Sciences (17 September 2003, § 75). The updated regulations shall come into force on 10 February 2015.

  • Degree Regulations

    Board of directors of the University of Applied Sciences 16 March 2015 § 11
    Rector's decision 8.4.2015 § 30

    1 Introduction

    The general legislative foundations for organising university of applied sciences studies are given in the Act (Ammattikorkeakoululaki 932/2014) and Decree (Valtioneuvoston asetus ammattikorkeakouluista 1129/2014) on Polytechnics and in subsequent amendments to the act and the decree. In order to meet the qualifications of licensed health care and social services professionals the Act (Terveydenhuollon ammattihenkilöistä annettu laki 559/1994) and Decree (Asetus terveydenhuollon ammattihenkilöistä 564/1994) on Health Care Professionals, as well as subsequent amendments to these are taken into account.

    These degree regulations clarify the duties of the Oulu University of Applied Sciences (OUAS) and education provided therein, enrolment and study rights, organisation of teaching and studies, studying, approving completed degrees and certificates as well as other regulations. The decision-making bodies regarding the issues mentioned in these regulations are the Board of Oulu University of Applied Sciences and the rector in compliance with these degree regulations.

    2 Duties and educational task

    The function of the university of applied sciences is to provide higher education founded on the requirements of working life and its development, as well as on research, artistic and cultural principles, which qualifies students for tasks requiring professional expertise, to support the professional growth of individual students and practice applied research, development and innovation activities as well as artistic activity which serves the purposes of university of applied sciences education, promoting the working life and regional development to which supports the renewal of the business structure of the region. When carrying out its functions, the University of Applied Sciences is to promote lifelong learning (Act 932/2014 section 4).

    Within the limits of the licence, the University of Applied Sciences provides education leading to a degree and vocational teacher education (Act 932/2014 section 10). The licence of the University of Applied Sciences stipulates the educational responsibility of the University of Applied Sciences, i.e. what Bachelor’s degrees and the associated qualifications must be granted (educational responsibilities). If necessary, the licence can also clarify the degree-specific educational responsibilities. In addition, the licence stipulates what Master’s degrees and the associated qualifications the University of Applied Sciences can grant. The licence further stipulates on the right of the university of applied sciences to organise teacher training required by polytechnic and vocational education teachers as well as those aiming to become said teachers (vocational teacher training) (Act 932/2014 section 8).

    According to the licence (11 December 2014 15 December 2016, record number OKM/7/533/2014 OKM/11/533/2016) the educational responsibilities of Oulu University of Applied Sciences starting from 1 January 2015 are as follows:

    Education leading to a Bachelor’s degree

    • Bachelor of Culture and Arts: Media Artist, Music Pedagogue, Musician, Dance Teacher
    • Bachelor of Business Administration with fields of specialisation business economics, information technology, library and information services
    • Bachelor of Natural Resources: Agronomist
    • Bachelor of Health Care: Biomedical Laboratory Technologist, Paramedic, Physiotherapist, Midwife, Optometrist, Radiographer, Registered Nurse, Social Worker, Dental Hygienist, Public Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist
    • Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Construction Architecture, Bachelor of Construction Management
    • Bachelor of Engineering degree is further divided in the following fields of specialisation: energy and environment, ICT, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical and automation engineering

    Education leading to a Master’s degree

    • Master of Culture and Arts: Media Artist, Music Pedagogue, Musician, Dance Teacher
    • Master of Business Administration
    • Master of Natural Resources: Agronomist
    • Master of Health Care: Biomedical Laboratory Technologist, Paramedic, Physiotherapist, Midwife, Optometrist, Radiographer, Registered Nurse, Social Worker, Dental Hygienist, Public Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist
    • Master of Engineering: Master of Engineering.

    Vocational teacher training

    The university of applied sciences has the right to organise teacher training required by polytechnic and vocational education teachers as well as those aiming to become said teachers.

    In addition, the University of Applied Sciences may organise professional specialisation studies, education including parts of the degree as Open University studies or as otherwise separate studies as well as extension studies (Act 932/2014 section 10). When needed, also education for immigrants is organised with the purpose to provide them linguistic and other skills needed for studying at the University of Applied Sciences (Act 932/2014 section 10).

    3 Student selection

    The Ministry of Education and Culture and the University of Applied Sciences agree for a set amount of years in advance the key quantitative and qualitative educational, research, development and innovation objectives set for the operations of the University of Applied Sciences as well as the monitoring and evaluation of their attainment. If the quantitative objectives of the University of Applied Sciences cannot be harmonised nationally or regionally, the Ministry of Education and Culture may decide on the quantitative and qualitative objectives for an individual university of applied sciences after hearing the University of Applied Sciences in question. (Act 932/2014, section 42). The number of study places at the University of Applied Sciences is decided by the board of the University of Applied Sciences (Act 932/2014 section 16). The number of study places to education leading to a degree in degree programmes and for professional specialisation studies is confirmed by the rector.

    Selection of students to education leading to a Bachelor's or Master's degree will be organised in conjunction with the joint application procedure of higher education institutions. However, the joint application procedure will not be used when admitting students to education funded from sources outside the purview of this act or when admitting exchange students. Moreover, the University of Applied Sciences may leave outside the joint application procedure education taking place in foreign languages and education steered at a limited target group, which the University of Applied Sciences had specified separately. (Act 932/2014, section 28). When admitting students for education starting in autumn term 2016 and after, separate selection may be used instead of the joint application procedure when selecting 1) students for education aimed at a limited target group, the eligibility of whom the university of applied sciences has determined separately and the application to which cannot be arranged in conjunction with the joint application procedure 2) students for education taking place in a foreign language 3) students to Master's degree education taking place in Finnish or Swedish, the application for which is organised simultaneously with the application procedure for education in foreign languages 4) transfer students 5) students admitted based on studies completed at open higher education (Act 932/2014 section 28a).

    The University of Applied Sciences will decide on the student selection criteria. The applicants may be divided on different groups based on their different educational backgrounds in the selection process. Equal selection criteria must be applied to applicants in the same group. (Act 257/2015, section 28). Some of the available study places may be reserved to those, who have not before completed a higher education degree complying with the Finnish education system and have not received a study place to education leading to a higher education degree (Act 932/2014 section 28). When admitting students to education starting in the autumn term 2016 and after, the university of applied sciences is obligated to reserve some of the study places leading to a Bachelor's degree to those who have not before completed a higher education degree complying with the Finnish educational system and have not received a study place leading to a higher education degree or have accepted a study place in education starting in the spring term 2014 or before but have not completed the higher education degree. However, study places do not have to be reserved in the manner referred to in paragraph 1 when selecting students to education in foreign languages or to education aimed at a limited target group the eligibility of which the university of applied sciences has determined separately, or to education to which the university of applied sciences selects such a small group of students are admitted that reserving places would place the applicants in unreasonably unequal position. The University of Applied Sciences may reserve some of the study places to applicants referred to in paragraph 1 also in separate selection process. The University of Applied Sciences must ensure appropriate access to education also to those with a higher education degree and those who have accepted a study place. The University of Applied Sciences must ensure that the opportunities of individuals in various applicant groups to receive a study place do not become unreasonably unequal to applicants (Act 257/2015 section 28b). The entrance examinations related to student selection are free to students. The Finnish National Board of Education will charge a term-specific application processing fee from those applying for education starting in the autumn term 2016 and after from based on a education system outside the European Economic Area or Switzerland. Payment of the fee is a mandatory requirement of the processing of the application. Completion of fee-based international tests may be required from those applying for education in other languages than Finnish or Swedish. (Act 257/2015, section 12). Student selection principles and other implementation of student selection will be confirmed by the rector.

    A person who has applied for admission can submit to a body of the University of Applied Sciences a written rectification request concerning the decision on student admission within 14 days of the publication of the results of student selection (Act257/2015, section 57). The student should address the written rectification request to the rector (Rules of OUAS 16 March 2015).

    Students are admitted by the University of Applied Sciences (Act 257/2015, section 28). The decision to admit students is made by the rector.

    A decree (Act 257/2015, section 28) will provide for transfer studies from 1 August 2015 on. The University of Applied Sciences admits transfer students. The term “transfer student” refers to a student who has been admitted to education leading to a higher education degree, whose study right is transferred from one higher education institution to another or inside the higher education institution from one degree programme to another so that the degree title related to the objective degree changes.

    In education starting in the autumn term 2016 or after it, applicants may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in education starting during the same term. This provision does not apply to acceptance of a transfer study place. (Act 257/2015, section 28c).

    If a ranking procedure is required for the purposeful implementation of the options of a degree programme, Open University studies, separate studies containing parts of the degree, granting of a separate right to study or transfer student selection, selection extension studies or education aimed at immigrants, the decision to apply said procedure is made by the rector.

    4 Enrolment and eligibility to study

    Students who have been admitted to the University of Applied Sciences and who have accepted the study place must enrol to the University of Applied Sciences in a way determined by the University of Applied Sciences, after which they are registered as students. Students must enrol as either attending or non-attending each academic year in a way determined by the University of Applied Sciences. (Act 257/2015, section 29). After having accepted the study place, students may enrol as non-attending, if during the first year of studies: 1) they are performing a service in accordance with the Conscription Act (Asevelvollisuuslaki 1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (Siviilipalveluslaki 1446/2007) or the Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995) ; 2) they are on maternity, paternity or family leave or 3) due to their own illness or injury, they are incapable of starting their studies. (Act 325/2015 section 29). Students who have commenced their studies prior to 1 August 2015, may be absent for a total of two academic years based on their notification of non-attendance to the university of applied sciences (Act 932/2014, section 30, Act 325/2015) . The non-attendance period of students who have started on 1 August 2015 or later, will not include absence due to a service in accordance with the Conscription Act, Non-Military Service Act or the Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service, or maternity, paternity or family leave. Nor will the study time include other at most two terms' absence, which the student has announced in accordance with the section 29. (Act 325/2015 section 30). The code of practice about the enrolment is decided by the rector. Students who have enrolled as attending are eligible to study.

    Full-time students must complete their studies leading to a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree within a period that exceeds the extent of the degree programme by no more than a year (Act 932/2014, section 30, Act 325/2015, section 30). For a specific reason, the university of applied sciences may grant an extension period to a student for the completion of the studies (Act 932/2014, section 32). The above procedure will be confirmed by the rector. The grounds of maximum study eligibility of other than full-time students are provided in the degree regulations of the University of Applied Sciences (act 932/2014, section 30, Act 325/2015, section 30). The period of eligibility to study for other than full-time students is determined in an approved personal study plan.

    Studies at the School of Vocational Teacher Education must be completed within a period that exceeds the extent of the studies by no more than a year unless the University of Applied Sciences grants the student an exception for a specific reason. Vocational teacher studies meant to be studies part-time must be completed within three years (Act 932/2014, section 30, Act 325/2015, section 30). Instructions on the code of practice which allows a student to be granted an exception to the period of the right to study are given by the rector. The students of the School of Vocational Teacher Education do not have non-attendance right, as do the students of degree programmes.

    Upon application, the university of applied sciences may grant students who have started their studies on 1 August 2015 or later extension for completing their studies in case they have failed to complete them in time provided in section 30. In the application, the student presents a goal-oriented and feasible plan to complete their studies. In the plan, the student must itemise the studies and their timetables required to complete the studies. The study right will be extended, if it is feasible that the student, taking into account the extent of completed and missing studies as well as earlier decisions of granting study time extensions, will be able able to complete the studies within a reasonable amount of time. When deciding on the study time extension, the university of applied sciences must take the life situation of the student into account. (Act 325/2015, section 30a).

    Transfer students must complete their degrees in accordance with the degree programme to which they have received study rights during the transfer. The attendance and non-attendance time the student has used in studies on which the transfer is based will also be calculated in the degree completion time. When a transfer student accepts a new study right, they simultaneously lose the study right on which the transfer is based. (Act 257/2015 sections 30 and 32).

    Students will lose their study rights, if they fail to enrol in the manner stipulated. If they want to start or continue their studies later, they must apply for a study right from the university of applied sciences again. Students will also lose their study rights if they fail to complete their studies in the prescribed time. (Act 932/2014 section 32). Failure to enrol will be entered in the student register. Students who have not completed their studies within the prescribed time, extended time or have not been granted an extension to finish their studies will be registered as resigned. The day following the expiry date of their eligibility to study will be entered into the register as the resignation day. The code of practice about re-admittance is given by the rector

    Students who have not enrolled in the manner stipulated in section 29, or who have failed to complete their studies within the time stipulated in section 30 or during the extension period referred to in section 30 a, as well as students who have not been granted an extension to complete their studies, will lose their study right. Should they wish to start or continue their studies later, they must apply for re-admittance from the university of applied sciences. The application may be done without participating in the student selection process referred to in section 28 (Act 325/2015, section 32). The said provision will be applied to students who have started their studies on 1 August 2015 and later.

    Pursuant to section of the Act of Polytechnics, students may submit a written rectification request to a body assigned by the University of Applied Sciences concerning a decision on losing their study right within 14 days of receiving notification of the decision (Act 257/2015, section 57). The student should address the written rectification request to the rector (Rules of OUAS 16 March 2015).

    A student is considered to have resigned from the day they has submitted a dated and signed resignation notice to Student Services of the Oulu University of Applied Sciences. The code of practice about registering a student as resigned is given by the rector. If a student who has been registered as resigned or who has resigned wishes to continue their studies at a later stage, they must reapply for a study right by taking part in the joint application procedure, or seek a separate study right in the way determined by the rector.

    Studies included in a Bachelor’s or a Master’s Degree, to which the university of applied sciences has granted the student a restricted study right both in time and in contents, can be completed as open university studies or otherwise separate studies (Act 932/2014, section 10). The duration of eligibility to complete Open University studies or separate studies containing parts of degree studies is determined by the assessment regulations. Students of professional specialisation studies are given a restricted study right both in time and in contents, the procedure related to which will be decided by the rector.

    5 Organisation of teaching and studies

    The degrees completed at the university of applied sciences, degree objectives and structure of studies as well as other grounds for studies are enacted by a government decree, when needed (Act 932/2014, section 11). The common objectives and minimum extent of professional specialisation studies is enacted by a government degree (Act 1173/2014, section 11a). The government decree on polytechnics (1129/2014 and Decree 1438/2014) stipulates the available degrees and provision of education, the structure, sizing, extent and objectives of the studies as well as accreditation, language skills, maturity test, taking into account the European Union legislation and international contracts, as well as cancellation of study rights. All degree education is organised as degree programmes.

    Studies leading to a Bachelor’s degree include 1) basic and professional studies, 2) free-choice studies, 3) practical training promoting professional skills and 4) a thesis. Studies leading to a Master’s degree include 1) advanced professional studies, 2) free-choice studies and 3) a thesis. Vocational teacher education includes 1) basics of educational science 2) vocational pedagogy 3) teaching practice and 4) other studies (Decree 1129/2014, section 2). The goals of the study modules included in the degree and vocational teacher training are confirmed by the rector.

    The decision on the curricula will be made by the university of applied sciences (Act 932/2014, section 14, Act 325/2015, section 14). Degree programmes may include parts that will be confirmed by the rector. The extent of parts of the degree programmes will be confirmed by the rector taking into account that the extent of job placement included in the Bachelor's degree is no less than 30 ECTS points (see Decree 1129/2014, section 3). The descriptions of curricula and study modules as well as the study approval procedure will be confirmed in the manner decided by the rector.

    Teaching and examination language at OUAS is Finnish. Finnish degree programmes may include study modules or programmes conducted in English, when it is expedient with regard to the field studied and supports the internationalisation of students. Likewise, English degree programmes may include Finnish study modules or programmes that support students' integration in Finnish working life.

    Education leading to a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree is tuition free. However, tuition free education will not prevent the University of Applied Sciences from organising education leading to a joint or double degree, for which an international university charges a fee. Fees may be charged in other education (Act 257/2015 section 12). Decisions on the fees related to professional specialisation education, Open University of Applied Sciences education and extension studies will be made by the rector taking into account the government decree on the fees charged for polytechnics' operations (cf. Act 932/2014, section 13 and Decree 1440/2014, section 1).

    6 Studies

    The academic year begins on 1 August and ends on 31 July. The autumn term begins on 1 August and ends on 31 December. The spring term begins on 1 January and ends on 31 July. Instruction is given during the periods specified by the university of applied sciences (Act 257/2015, section 29). The rector decides on the dates for the teaching periods for every academic year. The studies of vocational teacher education follow the nationally agreed periods.

    Students are considered to have started their degree on the day they accept a study place at the university of applied sciences (Act 325/2015, section 30). This decree will enter into force on 1 August 2015.

    The procedure for the approval of personal study plans is determined by the rector.

    The assessment regulations are confirmed by the vice rector (cf. (Act 932/2014, section 37). The university of applied sciences has one or more Degree Board of Examiners or equivalent bodies for the handling of rectification requests concerning study attainments (Act 932/2014, sections 15, 19, 69 and Act 257/2015, section 57). According to the Rules of OUAS (16 March 2015), rectification requests related study attainments are handled by the Degree Board of Examiners. The regulations governing the Degree Board of Examiners are ratified by the Board of Oulu University of Applied Sciences.

    Decisions concerning the language proficiency required of students who have received their school education in some language other than Finnish or Swedish or abroad are made by the university of applied sciences The university of applied sciences can for a special reason exempt a student from all or some of the prescribed language proficiency requirements (Decree 1129/2014, section 7). The university of applied sciences will make the decision on maturity test, when a student is exempt from the prescribed language proficiency (Decree 1129/2014, section 8). Decisions on language proficiency required from the students, exemptions from language proficiency requirements and the maturity test are made by the rector.

    7 Approval of degrees and degree certificates

    The university of applied sciences awards certificates for studies completed at the university of applied sciences. A government enacts on the certificates awarded by the university of applied sciences (Act 1173/2014, section 10). The university of applied sciences will provide individuals, who have completed a degree or studies, an appendix meant for the the degree certificate or especially for international use (Decree 1129/2014, section 10).

    The university of applied sciences awards students with a degree certificate for the degree they have completed (see Act 932/2014, section 11, Decree 1129/2014, section 1 and Decree 1438/2014, section 10) Information about the student's language proficiency is included in the degree certificate (Decree 1129/2014, section 7). The approval procedure of degrees, and the form and signing of degree certificates and its appendices are confirmed by the rector.

    A certificate will be awarded for completing professional specialisation education (decree 1438/2014, section 10). The form and signing of certificates and their appendices for professional specialisation education, open university of applied sciences studies, separate studies containing parts of degree studies and other studies are confirmed by the rector.

    8 Additional directions

    The SORA (Solutions for unsuitability for studying) legislation (Act 932/2014, sections 26–27, 31, 33–36, 38–40, 58–59) applies, for instance, to cancellation and restoration of the study right, obstacles for admission as a student as well as narcotics testing and disciplinary actions. The purpose of the so-called SORA legislation is to improve the safety of universities of applied sciences and the subsequent working life. The application instructions of the SORA legislation are confirmed by the Board of Oulu University of Applied Sciences.

    These degree regulations will enter into force on 16 March 2015.

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