The safety goal of Vaasa University of Applied Sciences (Vamk) is to be one of the safest working and studying environments in our country. Through continuous security development, we strive to improve real security and the sense of security. Security thinking covers the areas of personal, property, work and information security. The aim is to make safety a systematic entity that covers all activities in Vamk.
Accessibility in Studies and Diverse Learners
Accessibility refers to the realization of the physical, mental and social environment so that everyone, regardless of their characteristics, can function on an equal footing with others.
Accessibility affects all students and all staff. It is particularly important for those members of the university community who have a disability who are aging or belong to cultural or linguistic minorities. Accessibility work is based on the Equality Act.
Accessibility work has a multifaceted effect on removing barriers to learning. In addition to the usability of the premises, attention is paid to the so-called removing invisible barriers. These include e.g. various specific issues related to learning problems and mental health barriers. Accessible learning is supported by students’ personal guidance.
Equality and Non-discrimination Plans 2022
For your own safety, familiarize yourself with the emergency plans for our properties:
(Action guides also in English)
- Wolffintie 30: pelsu.fi/vamk/
- Technobothnia: pelsu.fi/palosaarenlaboratoriot/
- Alere: pelsu.fi/dokumentti/39166-kiinteisto-oy-palosaaren-kampus-alere/
Rules And Regulations
1 § Purview
These rules and regulations are in effect within the area of Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu, VAMK University of Applied Sciences and where applicable in any other areas where education, visits, excursions or other education related activities provided by VAMK University of Applied Sciences take place. Unless otherwise stated, these rules and regulations apply to all students and members of the staff and persons staying in the area. The area of VAMK University of Applied Sciences refers to the premises of the University and the immediate grounds.
The purpose of the rules and regulations is to maintain and improve the general security, pleasant working and studying environment, and equal treatment of people.
Along with these rules and regulations other instructions and rules concerning the operations of VAMK University of Applied Sciences apply. These instructions and rules can be found from the intranet and the study portal.
2 § General order and security
Everyone is responsible for maintaining order, internal security, and pleasant working and studying environment within the area of VAMK University of Applied Sciences.
The possession of objects or substances that can be used to harm others is forbidden within the area of VAMK University of Applied Sciences. Factors threatening safety must immediately be reported to the janitors and to the head of security or the security planner.
Regarding the domestic animals brought into the area, the statutes of national Public Order Act are complied with.
Everyone is to comply with the instructions concerning the general order and security issued by the Security Manager.
3§ Parking and rescue passages
Motor vehicles are to be parked on the areas assigned for parking. The rescue passages must be kept clear and unobstructed at all times. Any vehicles parked on the rescue passage can be moved immediately by the decision of the Police and the expenses caused are to be paid by the owner or the holder of the vehicle. Parking violations can be subject to a fine in accordance with the Road Traffic Act 28§.
4 § Käyttäytyminen
Jokaisen tulee noudattaa hyviä käytöstapoja sekä esiintyä kohteliaasti ja asiallisesti henkilökuntaa, opiskelijoita sekä vierailijoita kohtaan.
Kiellettynä käyttäytymisenä voidaan pitää esimerkiksi yleistä järjestystä häiritsevä tai väkivaltaisuuteen viittaava toiminta, epäasiallinen kielenkäyttö, syrjintä tai kiusaaminen, toisen fyysinen tai sanallinen uhkailu sekä toisen työn esittäminen omanaan ja muu opiskeluvilppi. Lisäksi poliittinen, uskonnollinen ja muu julistava toiminta on kielletty lukuun ottamatta opiskelijakunnan vaaleja tai opiskelijakunnan toimintaan liittyvien opiskelijajärjestöjen tai ammattiyhdistysten toimintaa. Jokaisen on noudatettava turvallisuuspäällikön antamia yleistä järjestystä ja turvallisuutta koskevia välttämättömiä ohjeita ja määräyksiä.
5 § Intoxicants and intoxication
Appearance under the influence of intoxicants is not allowed within the area of VAMK University of Applied Sciences. The staff or employees of the security services company has the right to remove an intoxicated person or a person acting disturbingly from the area. The use of intoxicants is however allowed in events if special permission is given. The use of intoxicants in the situations mentioned above must not, however, cause disturbance.
Whenever a student is suspected of being intoxicated, the student can be prohibited from participating in instruction or if necessary removed from the class room. Concerning the staff, the labour legislation will be complied with.
Using tobacco products (also snuff and electronic cigarettes) is allowed only outside in the places assigned for smoking. Smoking is forbidden in the vicinity of entrances.
Concerning the students’ drug testing, the Universities of Applied Sciences Act is applied.
6 § Access control
Technical access control and camera control is performed in the general areas at VAMK University of Applied Sciences to maintain security and to prove misdemeanor afterwards. VAMK University of Applied Sciences can turn over any recorded material in its possession to preliminary investigation authorities to prevent or investigate crimes. The file description of camera control is available by request.
7 § Use of educational facilities during leisure time
The use of the facilities of VAMK University of Applied Sciences for self-directed studying and leisure time activities after school hours is permitted, when following the instructions given concerning the use of the facilities and the area, timetables, reservation lists and security regulations. The person who reserves the teaching facility is responsible for tidying the facility after use.
The Rector of VAMK University of Applied Sciences, Head of Facility Services and Security Manager can forbid the use of the above-mentioned facilities and areas from single persons or groups if order or security of VAMK University of Applied Sciences so requires.
8 § Information security
On part of information security, the practices of the separate instructions by the data administration are complied with.
9§ Taking photographs
Photographing or other audiovisual recording of teaching is allowed only by permission given by the teacher and the study group in question and only for personal use for studying.
10 § Discipline and sanctions
If a student breaches these rules and regulations, s/he can be cautioned by the Rector of VAMK University of Applied Sciences in accordance with Polytechnic Act. In case the caution is not regarded as a sufficient sanction, or if the student’s activity severely endangers the safety of others, the student can be suspended by the decision of the Board of the University of Applied Sciences, as enacted in the Law. The suspended student must be given an opportunity to give his/her view on the matter before the enforcement of the suspension.
A student who disturbes teaching, acts violently or threateningly, or who endangers the life or health of others’ can be ordered to leave the teaching premises or an event arranged by the VAMK University of Applied Sciences.
The student’s right to participate in teaching can be forbidden for three working days at the most if there exists a danger concerning the safety of other student or someone working in the premises of the University of Applied Sciences caused by the student’s violent or threatening behavior or if teaching or other activities related to teaching are disturbed to excess because of student’s disruptive behavior.
On part of the staff in concerning disciplinary actions, the regulations stated in the contract of employment are complied with. If the rules and regulations are breached separately specified sanctions will follow.
The area of VAMK University of Applied Sciences is protected by non-disturbance of public premises in a way described in the Criminal Code of Finland (39/1889). A violation of the non-disturbance of public premises can lead to consequences mentioned in the Criminal Code of Finland.
11 § Effective date
These rules and regulations replace the previous rules and regulations (5.4.2013 and 27.4.2016), and will come into effect on 5.6.2017 and are in effect until further notice.
Smoking at Palosaari campus
Smoking is allowed only on designated smoking area.