Rights to study
After being accepted, you have the right to complete your desired degree. If you have been accepted through the main admissions process, this means both a lower (bachelor’s) and higher (master’s) degree; if through separate admissions, a master’s degree only.
Register as attending or non-attending
More on registration
To keep your right to study, you have register every year as either attending or non-attending. Only attending students are entitled to financial aid and to having credits entered on their record. Your university user ID will work only if you are registered.
Graduate on schedule
You have to complete your studies within a certain number of years. The Universities Act applies to all degree students admitted on or after 1 August 2005. The Act does not apply to those who have transferred from the old degree system to the new.
More on graduating on schedule
More on the PSP
A personal study plan (PSP) is a flexible plan drawn up with the help of your tutor for how you will complete your degree. The plan helps you to keep the big picture in focus and to manage your time. It also guides you in keeping track of how your knowledge increases.
Sources of guidance
Advice and guidance
- academic advisor
- Student Services
- Guidance for Open University students
- Your faculty’s office, teachers in your major, study secretaries, coordinators and head of academic affairs.
Other support services and faculty-specific guidelines
- ICT services
- International services
- Financial Aid Board
- Career Services.
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Art an Design
Know your rights
- You can ask for rectification of an admissions decision.
- You can ask for rectification of a course grade and decision on credit for studies completed.
- You can contribute to improving the quality of you study experience by readily providing feedback and taking part in the University’s quality assurance work.
- As a member of the student Union, you are entitled to a range of discounts.
- You may vote in the elections of faculty councils and the university board.
- Students have representation on executive boards and working groups – join and make a difference!
- You may check the information on you in the student register.
- If you experience sexual harassment, you may contact the Harassment Officer.
Know your responsibilities
- If you have begun your studies in academic year 2005–2006 or later, you have a fixed period of time in which to complete your degree.
- You have to register every year to remain in good standing.
- In order to receive financial aid, you have to complete a certain number of credits per financial aid month.
- You have to see to it that any income you receive in addition to financial aid does not exceed the limit set for annual income.
- If you violate any rules connected with studying or research, you may be expelled from the University for a period of time.
Worth taking a look at
- Guide to student’s legal rights
- Universities Act
- University Administrative Regulations
- University Degree Regulations
- Guidelines in case of emergencies
- Appeals Board.