FAQs about suspension of students

Last changed: 11 October 2021

Occasionally, SLU can suspend students from their studies. Here, you will find answers to questions related to the suspension period.

Why are students suspended?

Disciplinary measures such as suspension can be taken against students who: 

  • use prohibited aids or other means to attempt to cheat on an examination or any other assessment of their academic performance;
  • disrupt or obstruct teaching, examinations or other activities related to studies at the university;
  • disrupt activities at the university library or any other institution at the university, or
  • subject another student or member of staff at the university to harassment or sexual harassment as described in Chapter 1, Section 4 of the Discrimination Act (2008:567).

What can students do during a suspension period?

Students can conduct independent study. Students will be denied access to Canvas. Students may make sure they have the materials needed for independent study during their suspension period and to prepare tasks for future submission. The course components students miss during their suspension can be taken again during the resit period. Alternatively, the examiner will determine when the next examination session will take place for laboratory exercises, written assignments, etc.

During their suspension, can a student contact their teachers for help and advice regarding their studies?

No, they are not allowed to contact their teachers about anything related to their studies.

Can a student attend classes/lectures while they are suspended?

No, they are not allowed to attend classes/lectures during this period.

Can a suspended student submit laboratory and practical assignments, or receive supervision etc.?

No, they cannot. If a student submits any work during their suspension, teachers must not assess or correct it, nor may teachers provide any supervision during this period. Furthermore, students will be unable to submit any examination tasks so they can be assessed once their suspension is over.

Are suspended students allowed to participate in an examination?

No, they must not take part in any form of examination, i.e., anything that will be used to assess their academic performance. This means that students are not allowed to participate in examinations, laboratory sessions, take-home examinations, written assignments, seminars, etc. However, students may register for examinations and courses scheduled for once their suspension is over. During their suspension, students will be unable to submit an examination task for assessment once their suspension is over.

Do degree/course certificates or information obtained from the register contain information that a student has been suspended?

The Ladok student registry will be locked during the suspension period, meaning it will not be possible to update results and registrations. The suspension will be visible in Ladok, however it will not be stated on transcripts and certificates or certificates downloaded from the Student Portal. Degree or course certificates will never include information about a student’s suspension.

What happens after the suspension period?

Study counsellors can provide support for students who need help with planning their studies after their suspension. Study counsellors are always notified about decisions to suspend students.

Who can find out if a student has been suspended?

The university is bound by the principle of public access to official documents, meaning anyone is entitled to access to almost all the documents held by the university’s registrar – including those from the disciplinary board. The registrar will have copies of the meeting minutes and other documents from the disciplinary board. The Higher Education Ordinance stipulates that the university bodies affected by the suspension and CSN must be notified when a decision to suspend a student is taken.

What will happen to student financing during the suspension period?

Once the decision has been taken to suspend a student, CSN will be notified. It is a good idea for the suspended student to contact CSN to avoid receiving incorrect payments.

Is a suspended student allowed access to the university’s premises?

Access cards and user accounts will still work, and students are allowed to be on university premises during their suspension.

Is it possible to register for an exam during the suspension period?

Yes, you can register for examinations that will be held after the suspension period. A student is unable to register for and participate in an examination being held during the suspension period.

Is it possible to register for courses during the suspension period?

It is possible to apply for courses that will start after the suspension period. It is not possible to apply for or register on new courses taking place during the suspension period.

Where can students go for support if they have been reported to the disciplinary board?

Students can contact the person on the board investigating/conducting the matter for more information about what happens in the event of a report and any suspension. Study guidance counsellors can help students with their planning going forward.

SLU also has student mediators who can provide help and support, and students can also contact the student unions and/or the Student Health Services.