The Higher Education Appeals Board is the public authority responsible for hearing appeals against decisions made in the higher education sector and in the sector for post-secondary vocational education and training The Higher Education Appeals Board is the final appeal body and its decisions may not be challenged.
Making an appealIf an individual wants to appeal against a decision to the Higher Education Appeals Board, the individual must do so in writing. This letter must state which decision the individual is appealing against and how, in his or her view, the decision should be changed. The reason why the decision should be changed must be clearly stated. The letter should include the individual´s address, telephone number, and email address, and must be signed. An appeal may only be made by an individual who has been affected negatively by a decision.
Where to send an appealThe letter should be sent to the public authority that made the decision and not to the Higher Education Appeals Board.
The time limit to appealAny appeal must reach the public authority that made the decision within three weeks of the date that the individual received notification of the decision.
Note: If an employment decision is posted on a public authority´s notice board, the time allowed for making an appeal is calculated from the date the employment decision was posted on the notice board.
It is important that the time limit is adhered to. If an individual does not appeal within the time limit, the public authority responsible for the decision is entitled to dismiss the appeal.
The appeal processWhen an appeal reaches the public authority responsible for making a decision, a check is made to ensure the appeal has been made within the stated time limit. In certain cases, the public authority may revise its original decision. If this does not happen, the appeal and all the records about the matter are forwarded to the Higher Education Appeals Board.
If the basic prerequisites are in place, the Higher Education Appeals Board decides whether the appeal should be upheld or dismissed. If an appeal is upheld it means an individual´s request for a change of decision is granted, for example a student is considered to meet the entry requirements for the study programme applied for, a student is entitled to have prior learning accredited, or an individual has the right to be employed in a particular position at a higher education institution.
Right of appealIt is not possible to appeal against all decisions made by higher education institutions. The right of appeal exists in the areas stated below.
Right of appeal in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance 1993:100Decisions by higher education institutions, in accordance with chapter 12, section 2 of the Higher Education Ordinance, may be appealed against to the Higher Education Appeals Board. They are:
- Employment decisions at higher education institutions accountable to the Government (there are some exceptions, for example doctoral studentships)
- Rejection of applications for promotion to the rank of senior lecturer or professor
- Rejection of requests for employment as a professor
- Students not meeting entry requirements or not being exempted from entry requirements for study programmes at first (undergraduate) and second (Master´s) cycle
- Accreditation of prior learning being denied
- Students being denied exemption from compulsory study components
- Funding for a doctoral student´s doctoral programme being withdrawn or refusal to restore funding
- Refusal to issue a degree, diploma or course certificate
- Refusal to allow students admitted to a programme at first (undergraduate) or second (Master´s) cycle to defer their studies or to continue their studies following a study break.
Right of appeal in accordance with Ordinance 1995:938 regarding doctoral grantsDecisions regarding demands to repay doctoral grants may be appealed against.
Right of appeal in accordance with the Discrimination Act (2008:567)Some decisions by higher education institutions may be appealed against on the ground that the decision is in conflict with the Discrimination Act.
Right of appeal in accordance with Ordinance 1983:18 regarding the students´ union and other student associationsDecisions by the board of governors at higher education institutions with regard to the students´ union, and other student associations may be appealed against.
Right of appeal in accordance with Ordinance 2001:1131 regarding post-secondary education and training Decisions by higher education institutions accountable to the Government regarding the refusal of a student´s request for the issue of a degree, diploma or course certificate may be appealed against. The following decisions may also be appealed against:
- a decision that a student does not meet the entry requirements to be admitted to a course or study
- a decision not to accredit prior learning.
Contact details Överklagandenämnden för högskolan (Higher Education Appeals Board) Box 7249 SE—103 89 STOCKHOLM Sweden
Tel: + 46 (0)8 563 087 00
Fax: + 46 (0)8 563 087 10