TAMK Disciplinary Regulations have been approved by the board of Tampere University of Applied Sciences Ltd on 16 January 2015.
1 § Purpose
The purpose of the disciplinary regulations of Tampere University of Applied Sciences (hereafter TAMK) is to protect peaceful and pleasant studying and working environment, good atmosphere, as well as equal treatment of people.
2 § Scope of application
The regulations apply to staff and students in the whole TAMK and to visitors as applicable. The regulations apply for example in offices, classrooms, laboratories, practical training, study and work trips, company visits, web-based studies, and social media.
TAMK's other regulations and guidelines available in the quality manual and study guide are followed alongside the disciplinary regulations.
3 § Behaviour
Responsibility for good behaviour belongs to all at TAMK. Disturbing, insulting or threatening behaviour is forbidden in all activities. More detailed guidelines are available on inappropriate behaviour or conduct.
4 § Intoxicants, intoxication and smoking
Possession and use of intoxicants and drugs, and intoxication are forbidden on TAMK premises. If a person is suspected to be intoxicated, (s)he can be asked to leave TAMK premises. TAMK may oblige a student to present a drug test certificate if there is a justified reason to suspect that the student is under the influence of drugs in study-related duties or practical training or the student is addicted to drugs. The bases for testing are defined in TAMK's substance abuse programme.
The principle of early intervention is followed at TAMK. In practice, broaching and referral to treatment take place in accordance with separately agreed procedures.
Use of intoxicants is however permitted in events for which a related permission has been granted. It may not cause disturbance at the events.
TAMK aims at becoming a non-smoking higher education institution. Smoking is permitted only in places assigned for smoking by the property owner.
5 § Property, comings and goings
TAMK's property is to be handled carefully. Caretakers are to be immediately notified of faults and deficiencies noticed in machines, other devices, and learning environments, as well as of safety threatening factors or activity.
Possession of items and substances that can be used for injuring other people is forbidden on TAMK premises. However, this does not apply to learning environments which have their own guidelines as regards items and substances classified dangerous.
Technical access control and camera monitoring are used in TAMK's public areas to maintain safety and verify malpractices afterwards. TAMK may hand over the material to authorities to prevent or solve crimes.
6 § Information dissemination and information systems
TAMK uses electronic communication channels, such as email and intranet and other agreed platforms in information dissemination to staff and students. Staff and students have the obligation to follow the above-mentioned communication channels throughout their study and employment time.
All users are responsible for appropriate use of information systems and information security for their own part. TAMK's information systems or networks may not be used to practise any activity that weakens or aims at weakening the general morality, private or societal safety, or obedience to the law. Commercial use or use for associations' activities is only allowed if it has been approved by TAMK.
User identifications have to be stored carefully and they may not be given to others. Every user has the obligation to follow the instructions given by Information Management and the instructions on responsible use of TAMK's information network.
7 § Parking and escape ways
Vehicles have to be parked on the assigned parking spaces. Escape ways have to be kept free and clear.
8 § Alarm situations
In case of an alarm, everyone must follow the guidelines. In case of a fire alarm, everyone must leave the building and immediately go to the meeting places when requested.
9 § Violation of disciplinary regulations and disciplinary procedures
The head of degree programme can issue a warning to a student breaching the disciplinary regulations.
The president may give a written warning to a student if the student
1) disturbs teaching
2) behaves violently or in a threatening manner
3) makes himself/herself guilty of a fraud or otherwise violates TAMK's disciplinary regulations
4) refuses to present a drug test certificate requested by TAMK
5) has used drugs for other than medical purposes based on a drug test report.
In serious violations or if the violation continues after a written warning, the student may be expelled for a year at the most. After investigation and before decision-making, the student is given the opportunity to be heard. The board of TAMK decides on fixed-term expelling. In disciplinary issues, the student has the right to appeal to Hämeenlinna Administrative Court in 30 days after being informed of the decision.
As regards staff, the regulations of collective labour agreements and the higher education institution's guidelines are followed in disciplinary procedures concerning violation of the disciplinary regulations.
10 § Effective date
These disciplinary regulations come into force on 1 January 2014 and supersede the previous disciplinary regulations which took effect on 1 August 2012.