MKFC Stockholm Folk High School Student Rights Standard

The Folk High School Student Rights Council (FSR) is run by Folkbildningsrådet. Students attending folk high school courses of at least 15 days, may contact FSR when disputing matters described below. MKFC has agreed to work in accordance to the principles defined by FSR. To create, to follow and to annually update a Students Rights Standard is one of these principles.

• Information to the Students before Application
This information is also available at www.mkfc.se

Follow the link Studentinformation -> MKFC Stockholm Folk High School Student Rights Standard.

Course objectives
Look at our webpage, our courses and follow the link Kurser & ansökan -> Skolans kurser.

The profile of the school
MKFC Stockholm Folk High School is run by Mångkulturellt Folkbildningscentrum, (MKFC). The profile of the school is e-learning with an ethnical diversity. MKFC Stockholm Folk High School works each term with a common theme for all the courses in the school. The theme is connected to the school’s profile and to the UN declarations of Human Rights, Women’s Rights and Children’s Rights.

The aims of folkbildning (liberal adult education)
The Swedish Parliament has established overall objectives for the activities. They can be summarised such that the activities of folkbildning shall:
1. strengthen and develop democracy,
2. make it possible for people to influence their living situation and create participative involvement in societal development,
3. bridge educational gaps and raise the level of education and cultural awareness in society,
4. broaden the interest for and increase participation in cultural life.

Activities in the following areas constitute motives for government support to a particularly high degree:
1. the common set of fundamental values; the equal value of all people and equality between the sexes,
2. the challenges of a multicultural society,
3. the demographic challenge,
4. life-long learning,
5. culture,
6. access and opportunities for the disabled, and
7. public health, sustainable development and global justice.

Where can you find our Student Rights Standard?
This standard is open to the public at the folk high school’s homepage and to the students also in the learning platform OPIT.

Fees and study costs during the study period
The cost for each course is given in the course descriptions at www.mkfc.se – no other additional costs are demanded.

The application procedure
MKFC works specially with education for excluded people, immigrants and the unemployed persons, to create social changes. The goal is also to have a gender equality and wide age distribution.

The courses are published at www.mkfc.se and www.folkhogskola.nu more than two months before the ordinary course starts in January and August. All the applications must be submitted online at the school’s homepage. The date when the online application period opens is informed at the school’s homepage at least one week in advance.

The admission
The admission is continuous and lasts as long as there are vacant places. This means that applications are assessed in the order we receive them, and admission is done successively from the date online application is active until there are no course places left. In assessing the applications the school’s profile is also taken in consideration. The number of students varies in different courses. When courses are totally subscribed we announce it on the school website.

The application procedure
The application is made online on the school’s website and the following information is needed: personal information and information about educational and employment background. One can apply to maximum two courses on the same application. The first applied course is the first hand choice and the other is the second hand choice. 

The applicant will get confirmation from the school, via SMS, that the application has been received.

If the applicant is not offered a place in the first hand chosen course, the enrolment procedure goes further to the second hand choice .
The school contacts the applicant via email. In the email the applicant gets a short pre-course questionnaire relevant to each course. For some courses the applicants are asked to submit work samples. A new SMS informs that the email has been sent. If the applicant doesn’t respond to the first email a second email, a reminder, will be sent. 

Applicants must answer the questions via email.

The school responds by email to the and confirms whether the applicant has been admitted to the course or not. A new text message is sent informing that an email has been sent. If the applicant is admitted, the email contains information about the course name, date of start, course fees and options for payment. If the applicant is not admitted, the email contains information about the course name and reasons for not being admitted.

When the school has received payment for the course fees, the student gets an email with login information to the schools learning platform Opit, and date when the login is opened. An SMS is sent informing that an email is sent. 

When the student is admitted to the course a report is sent from the school to CSN.

Certificate, eligibility for higher education and study assessment
Certificate, confirming that the student is studying or have studied, the course name and the duration, extent and level of the studies, can be provided throughout the course time as well as after the course.
Specific Course certificate, which describes the course and study results, is sent usually within two weeks after the course has ended.
Basic Eligibility for Higher Education; this certificate can be given to a student who has achieved results corresponding to the general requirements of studies at the Folk High School and to Pass in the core subject courses at upper secondary school. During the first study week the student has to make a study plan marking the subject/subjects for which the student wants to obtain a certificate of basic and special eligibility.
Study assessment, an overall assessment of the aptitude for studies, may be given to the students on a general course that is at least 30 weeks full time full-time studies.

See more about the eligibility for higher education and study assessment:
http://www.folkhogskola.nu/Om-folkhogskolan/Translations/Foreign-students-at-Folk-High-School/An-introduction-to-the-Folk-High-School/

The school’s accessibility for students with disabilities and shortage in the Swedish language
MKFC Stockholm Folk High School is an e-learning school. It means full flexibility in the learning environment, and the student can adjust the study conditions to suit the individual needs. To increase access to educational materials in the learning platform OPIT, the programs ReadRunner and SpeakIt are embedded. ReadRunner facilitates the reading of the text, while SpeakIt is a speech synthesizer that reads the text. eLearning increases the opportunity for students to use time more flexible, repeat, work with assignments in an individual pace and use – in addition to learning platforms support – also the other devices and helping functions that are available, such as are provided by different word processor softwares.

Channels for the student’s influence
Each course has an own discussion, Participants´ Talk, in the OPIT learning platform. This discussion forum is open only for the students studying in the respective course. The Tutor/Tutors can not see or participate in it. In this forum the course members elect one or two Student Representatives.

Deregistration
The student may be deregistered from the course because of inactivity, if the student has not been active and logged in to the school’s learning platform and not done the assignments during a specific period (see below heading A study inactivity more than a week, and  deregistration from the course)
Deregistration may also be executed at certain violations (see below heading The ethics and Student´s responsibilities at MKFC)

• Information at the Course Start
Contact information
The name of the Tutor with contact information is placed at the course index page in the learning platform OPIT. Also the contact information of the school´s Quality Manager and the Principal are found there.

Study plan, program for the study week
The course material on the learning platform includes a study plan that shows the overview of the study program for the whole term/semester. The course index page shows the actual program at least for two study weeks.

Certificate, eligibility for higher education and study assessment
Certificate, confirming that the student is studying or have studied, the course name and the duration, extent and level of the studies, can be provided throughout the course time as well as after the course.
Specific Course certificate, which describes the course and study results, is sent usually within two weeks after the course has ended.
Basic Eligibility for Higher Education; this certificate can be given to a student who has achieved results corresponding to the general requirements of studies at the Folk High School and to Pass in the core subject courses at upper secondary school. During the first study week the student has to make a study plan marking the subject/subjects for which the student wants to obtain a certificate of basic and special eligibility.
Study assessment, an overall assessment of the aptitude for studies, may be given to the students on a general course that is at least 30 weeks full time full-time studies.

See more about the eligibility for higher education and study assessment:
http://www.folkhogskola.nu/Om-folkhogskolan/Translations/Foreign-students-at-Folk-High-School/An-introduction-to-the-Folk-High-School/
Course attendance and active studies policy

In order to be counted as active a student has to:

• login to the course in the learning platform Opit during all the scheduled study weeks

• work with the assignments, projects and other study work according to the study plan and schedule

• Read and if necessary respond to all emails in the learning platform

• Participate in the discussions
• Always inform the tutor by email if something affects the studies, such as illness or travelling.

Absence rules

Absence due to illness or care of children has to be reported to the Tutor. The student who is in the workplace based training (WBT) has to inform the contact person at that workplace about the absence. The student has to discuss with the Tutor if the absence affects the studies and if some complementary work is needed.

A study inactivity more than a week, and deregistration from the course

Absence of more than a week without approval is counted as an invalid study result. When the student has been absent for more than a week, the tutor contacts the student via email in the learning platform and also via the student´s regular e-mail address. If the student does not respond, a second e-mail is sent after another week.  If the student still does not respond, a third e-mail is sent after another week. In this third e-mail the student is informed that she/he is now deregistered from the course, and a report is sent to CSN. 

Reports to CSN 
Applicants who are admitted to the course are reported to CSN. During the course the school reports the following information electronically to CSN:
• the student has started the course (earliest the day the course starts) 
• any changes of the study extent, drop outs, change of course etc. 
• study results earliest four weeks before the course ends.

For more information see CSN: http://www.csn.se/en/2.135

Course literature and materials the student has to provide her-/himself
The student has to have an access to a computer and to the Internet. The student also need to have a valid email address. If the course requires special software, the student has to provide and pay for her-/himself. Some courses require literature in addition to the material available in the learning platform.
Certain literature is available in the learning platform. Other literature and materials, such as art supplies for our art courses, the student has to provide and pay for her-/himself.

Insurance
The school has no insurance that covers injuries and accidents that may befall the student. The school can make an exception and take out single individual insurance covering accidents and injuries during the limited time for students during the workplace-based training (WBT) in Sweden, and where the employer requires such an insurance.

MKFC recommends all the students to review their own insurance coverage, both accident and home insurance, and see the terms used in various types of accidents and injuries.

Ethics and student responsibilities at MKFC
MKFC respects the human rights and the student is expected to show the same respect. No student or employee should feel that they are being treated differently, discriminated against or insulted. Insultments and harassments can never be tolerated. We do not accept that someone in the learning platform Opit or at the course blogs publishes material that could violate someone else’s rights or give some incitement to a defamation.
If such material is published MKFC requires that it is immediately removed. Violation of this rule may result in that the student is deregistrated from the course.

The student is responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of passwords that are used to access the school’s services. This means that the student is personally responsible for all the activities done through the personal user account.

The student must immediately inform MKFC via info@mkfc.se if any unauthorized use of the personal user account or password is known.

• The participant’s Rights and Channels for Influence
Each course has an its own discussion, Participants´ Talk, in the OPIT learning platform. This discussion forum is open only for students studying in respective course. Tutor/-s can not see or participate in it. In this forum the course members choose one or two Student Representatives.

The Student Representative brings up suggestions of ideas, changes, criticism and so on from the group to the Tutor, Quality Leader and/or to the Principal. The contact information needed can be found on the course index page.

The school performs two quality measurements during each term/semester. The first measurement is done a few weeks after the course start and the other a few weeks before the end of the course. The same measurement is repeated at both times. Comments, suggestions and complaints described in the first survey are processed in the systematic quality management work during the term. By the second Quality Measurement at the end of the course, we all, also the participants, get indications whether the improvement work has been successful or not.

• Tuition is free-of-charge
All tuition at the school is free. Literature that is not available via the learning platform is payed by the student. Certain course literature and digital materials are available for all our courses in Opit. The cost required to be paid for a course when the student is admitted to the course is a general cost including all the digital course materials in the learning platform, partly materials produced by MKFC, certain web materials and partly free access literature from Elib digital library. The cost is informed about in each course description at the school website. A student that during the first study week of the course regrets and will not participate, gets the cost refunded if he/she has not activated the studies and logged in to the learning platform.

• Certificate
Certificate, confirming that the student is studying or have studied, the course name and the duration, extent and level of the studies, can be provided throughout the course time as well as after the course.
Specific Course certificate, which describes the course and study results, is sent usually within two weeks after the course has ended.
Basic Eligibility for Higher Education; this certificate can be given to a student who has achieved results corresponding to the general requirements of studies at the Folk High School and to Pass in the core subject courses at upper secondary school. During the first study week the student has to make a study plan marking the subject/subjects for which the student wants to obtain a certificate of basic and special eligibility.
Study assessment, an overall assessment of the aptitude for studies, may be given to the students on a general course that is at least 30 weeks full time full-time studies.

See more about the eligibility for higher education and study assessment:
http://www.folkhogskola.nu/Om-folkhogskolan/Translations/Foreign-students-at-Folk-High-School/An-introduction-to-the-Folk-High-School/

• If the Course is cancelled
If the school considers that a course, despite of that it was advertised and opened for applications, for some reasons will be cancelled, the applicants are informed directly via e-mail and also on the school website. The information in such a case is found under the current course name. If an ongoing course is cancelled, the students are offered to shift to another course at the school.

• Evaluations, Assessments
MKFC always keep the customer in focus. The customer is both a collaborator and student in the school. With help of the customer’s needs and desires in the focus and through external training – partly through membership in the SQI (Swedish Quality Institute) and via ISIS – MKFC has created its own quality management system. 
For MKFC quality work is a daily activity and a necessary tool to improve all the functions and activities in the school according to the needs and desires of the students, the collaborators, staff and the surrounding society. Your comments and ideas, as a student, are important to us. We also consider your participation in the quality work during your time at school as part of your education. With a critical and constructive approach to the course, the tutor and the school, the student helps to develop her/his own skills and gets a competency in quality management.
Each course has an introduction week as the first study week. One of the assignments is to study the quality management system MKFC is working with and to evaluate this structure. 
During the term the students make two quality measurements, the first after eight weeks of the course start and the second three weeks before the term ends. It is compulsory for all to participate in the measurement. Each measurement is published and is available for the course. The tutor shall go through the results together with the course.

• Principles for Archiving and Transparency
Personal data submitted in connection with the application and admission are archived on the school register program. Each course tutor has access to this information and is required to manage them according to the requirements of the privacy law.
Certificates and other written assessments issued by MKFC are archived on the school’s server for at least ten years.

MKFC March 2011