The Disciplinary Committee
The Disciplinary Committee at Chalmers consists of:
- Two legally qualified members, one of whom is a judge. Appointed by the University Board for a period of three years.
- Vice President of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Education.
- Two faculty members, appointed by the University Board for a period of three years.
Every member has a substitute. The President substitutes the Vice President. The Committee may, in cases which can be appealed under the Rules of Procedures Governing Undergraduate Education, make a decision without holding a formal meeting.
- Two students, appointed by Chalmers' Student Union for a period of one year.
Reporting and procedure for cases
Students, faculty members and employees have a responsibility for ensuring a reasonable suspicion of infringement or misconduct is reported to the President. The student shall have the opportunity to provide information verbally to the Committee and be able to be represented by another person. The student representative should receive a copy of the report and the investigation material and ought to contact the student to inform them about the procedure and the support the student can receive.
The Disciplinary Statute for students states which behaviour and actions could lead to disciplinary action at Chalmers. A report is submitted if a student is suspected of infringement or if other misconduct has arisen.
Disciplinary action may be taken against students who:
- Mislead (cheating, plagiarism, illicit collaboration, etc.).
- Disrupt activities at Chalmers (e.g. lectures or examinations).
- Harass other Chalmers' students or employees.
- Violate the statutes or other rules for the students.
The consequence of the violations above is a warning or a suspension for a set period of time. The Disciplinary Committee makes the decision on disciplinary action at Chalmers.
At Chalmers, disciplinary cases are administered by lawyers. The lawyers investigate the report and present the case to the Disciplinary Committee, which consists of the Vice President of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Education, two legally qualified external members, two faculty representatives and two student representatives elected by the Student Union. The Committee meets once per month during term time.
If the case is being dealt with by the Disciplinary Committee, you, as a student, always have the opportunity to participate in the Disciplinary Committee's meeting. A student who has been reported always has the opportunity to present their case during the investigation. The student is offered support during the entire process from the student ombud.
What does a suspension mean?
If a student is found guilty of breaching the Disciplinary Statute and is suspended, the student may not continue with their studies during the suspension period. This means, for example, that the teachers may not make adjustments due to the suspension, e.g. by assigning a lab group before the start of the course or handing out course material before the start of the course. Neither may examiners set up an individually adapted examination due to the suspension.
Furthermore the student does not have access to system support such as their Student-Ladok. However they may study individually outside Chalmers' premises and activities. The effect of the suspension should not impact on studies after the suspension period, which means that a student has the opportunity to, for example, register for exams that occur after the suspension period or make planned course selections. The student may in this case contact the Student Centre.
Before and after the suspension, the student has the same rights and obligations as other students.
Appealing decisions about disciplinary action
The student may appeal a decision for disciplinary action to Chalmers' Board. Appeals should be made in writing to the President and submitted to the university at the latest three weeks after the date on which the decision was communicated. The Board determines in each individual case how the case should be dealt with.