Miscellaneos Regulations

13 § Drug testing

VAMK, University of Applied Sciences can, by the Dean’s order, obligate the student to produce a certificate concerning a drug testing within a reasonable time limit if there is a justified reason to suspect that the student is performing tasks belonging to the studies under the influence of drugs or in work placement or the student is addicted to drugs.  A justified suspicion can base on e.g. on a teacher’s, work placement supervisor’s observations on the student’s behaviour or other feedback received that can be considered reliable.  The prerequisite is that testing is necessary to determine the student’s ability to function and that the student performs tasks that require special attention, reliability, independent judgment or good reaction ability and in which working under the influence of drugs 

1)       Seriously endangers the student him/herself or another’s life and health or

2)       Is a serious risk to traffic safety or

3)       Seriously endangers the protection or integrity of information protected by secrecy order 

4)       Significantly increases illegal trade or distribution of substances defined as drugs in drug legislation that are in possession of VAMK, or its maintainer or provider of work placement. 

The resolution on the request for the certificate of a drug test is taken by the Director of Unit.  The student has to take the drug test immediately, during the day following the request at the latest. The drug tests required by VAMK, University of Applied Sciences are done by The City of Vaasa Student Health Care. VAMK will be responsible for any costs caused by the testing. 

14 § Disciplinary measures

Reproducing texts, other materials and work is forbidden. The person, who presents in one’s own name work made by another, is guilty of plagiarism. The student, who has while in Degree programme education, been guilty of fraud, falsification of document, or in some other way broken the order of VAMK, can be punished through disciplinary measures depending on the graveness of the breach, by a warning, or by expulsion for a fixed period of time, not more than a year.

Depending on the graveness of the breach, the student is issued 1) a written warning by the Dean, 2) the Rector’s warning 3) a decision made by the Board of VAMK, University of Applied Sciences for expulsion of the student for fixed period. The other sanctions include (one or several): 1) refusing study performance (examination/viva voce, written task or assignment, etc.), 2) obligation to submit the written assignment drawn up on a new theme as individual work or 3) qualifying period for the study period. Before deciding the case, the student must be reserved an opportunity to be heard in the issue to be resolved (932/2014, 39§).

A refusal to produce a certificate concerning drug testing or a positive test result can lead to disciplinary measures, for example, a written warning or temporary expulsion.

15 § Impediments for admission as a student and revocation of the right of study due to unsuitability for the field or safety reasons  in case of Social Studies and Health Care, Polytechnic degrees. (The Act on Polytechnic Education Polytechnic 932/2014 the Degree on Polytechnic Studies 1129/2014)

A person whose illness or injury is apparently an impediment to the participation in the education cannot be admitted as a student into degree programmes in social studies and health care. However, such circumstances related to the applicant’s health or ability to function must not be a disincentive for admission as a student if the impediment can be removed by reasonable measures. The revocation of right of study can also be an impediment for the admission as a student if the protection of other people’s health and safety so requires. Both items call for careful consideration.

VAMK informs the applicants of the requirements concerning the health and other requirements related to studies. The applicants can thus assess themselves if they are suitable for the education in relation to their health and ability to function and what sort of information they are obligated to submit to VAMK.  

VAMK has a right to receive necessary information from another university of applied sciences, disregarding secrecy regulations, on pending revocation of right of study if the student has applied for student transfer.

In case the studies include demands related to the safety of minors or patient and client safety, VAMK can revoke the right of study if: 

1)       The student has proved out to be, by repeatedly or seriously endangering another person’s health or safety, decidedly unsuitable to act in practical tasks or practical training related to the studies.

2)       It is obvious that the student does not, due to the state of health or ability to function, meet the requirements of the admission as a student.

3)       The student has in the application withheld such information of the resolution of the revocation of right of study that could have been a disincentive to the admission as a student. 

VAMK, University of Applied Sciences has a right to receive the essential information needed for assessing the right of study on the resolution concerning the revocation of right of study and its justification from another institute. At VAMK, University of Applied Sciences such information is requested from another institute and given to another institute by the Director of Unit.

4)       The student has been sentenced for an act of indecency, sex crime, and felonious act directed against another or a drug offence more grievous than a minor offence and if the revocation is necessary to protect the minors.

VAMK, University of Applied Sciences can request an extract from the criminal record to see when the studies include assignments that materially involve working with minors and if work is long-term, the student works independently and without guidance. The extract of the criminal records is requested by the Head of Degree Programme.

Items 2), 3) and 4) are applied only to students who have started their studies after 31. 12. 2011.

Before the revocation of the right of study VAMK, University of Applied Sciences has to discuss the student’s possibility to seek to another education with the student. The student can be transferred, with the student’s consent, to another degree programme in VAMK, the requirements for admission as a student of which the student meets. If need be, a separate entrance examination can be arranged for the student. The resolution on the admission as a student is taken by the Director of Unit. The resolution also states the waiving of the current right of study.

The resolution on the revocation of the right of study is taken by the Board of VAMK, University of Applied Sciences.  Before taking the resolution to revoke the right of study a necessary account on matter has to be made and an opportunity for the student to be heard arranged.  At the same time with the resolution on the revocation of the right of study, the resolution on the enforcement of the resolution as without legal force and on the starting date of the enforcement also has to be taken.

If the right of study of a student studying in the degree programme in Social Services and Health Care has been revoked due to state of health or ability to function, the student can apply for the restoration of the right of study. The applicant must prove that there are no longer reasons for the revocation. The student must submit medical certificates concerning his/her state of health. The application is written in free-form and there is no time limit for the application for restoration.  The resolution on the restoration of the right of study is taken by the Board of the VAMK, University of Applied Sciences.

16 § Transitional provisions and entry into force

The Degree Regulation enters into force after the acceptance of the Board, and is effective onwards from the 1 August 2017 to the 31 July 2018.