Law On Student Organizations (Student Union Law)

Original Language Title: Lov om studentsamskipnader (studentsamskipnadsloven)

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Law on student organizations (student union law).

Date LOV-2007-12-14-116

Affairs Ministry


Published in 2007 Booklet 12

Commencement 01/08/2008



Short Title
Studentsamskipnad Act

Act title amended by Act No. 7 September 2012. 65 - short title added (ikr. January 1, 2013 acc. Res. 7 September 2012 no. 874). - Cf. Previous Act 28 June 1996 no. 54 relating to student welfare.

§ 1 Scope This Act applies to student organizations, students and institutions covered by the higher education law.
Ministry may issue regulations for student union for Norwegian students abroad. To the extent that regulation is not determined, so studentsamskipnad choose to waive the provisions of this Act.

§ 2. Business Form One student union is a separate legal entity. Only the student organization is to creditors accountable for their commitments.
The board is obliged to notify the student organization to the Register before it becomes operational. Act § 2-20, first and second paragraphs shall apply correspondingly.
Ministry decides whether student organizations should be created, closed down or merged. Merging of student organizations can be implemented by one or more student organizations assign their assets, rights and liabilities as a whole to another student with continuity of rights and obligations positions. Act, §§ 13-13 to 13-16 apply correspondingly insofar as appropriate for such a merger.
When a student Foundation assets, rights and liabilities are transferred in their entirety by inclusion in a student union, carried this with continuity of rights and obligations positions. Foundations Act Chapter 6 applies to the extent appropriate for such inclusion. With student Foundation means a foundation, cf. Act on foundations § 2, which essentially has the management of student housing purposes. The first sentence applies equally to the incorporation by a student union owned corporation in the student organization. Act § 13-23 applies to the extent appropriate for such inclusion.

§ 3. Student Life tasks and organization A student association tasked to take care of students' welfare needs at the individual institution.
A student union shall provide services to students. In a limited extent, a student union also offer services to other than students. This activity will be profitable and get student welfare benefit, and held accounting separate from Student Life's other activities. Income from this activity shall cover additional costs activity entails, including a proportionate share of joint costs. Ministry may issue further rules in regulations.
The student shall in this Act persons with right to study at university or college, who pay tuition. Student Groups Ministry in regulations under § 10 may provide exemption from the payment of the semester are also considered students.
To carry out its activities, a student union stapler or participate in a company. Own a student union as many stocks or shares in a company that they represent the majority of votes in this, considered the student organization as the parent company and the company as a subsidiary. Parent company and subsidiaries together constitute a group, see. Partnerships Act § 1-2.

§ 4. Education Institution obligation association with studentsamskipnad All institutions covered by the higher education law to be linked to a student union. Ministry decides on the student union each institution will be attached.
For institutions that are covered by the higher education law before 1 August 2008, the Ministry may grant exemption from the requirement of affiliation to a student, when the institution have other satisfactory welfare and concern for student welfare structure dictate.

§ 5. Education Institution responsibility for students 'welfare The educational institution has the overall responsibility for students' learning. Education Institution management shall, in cooperation with the student organization, paving the way for a good studying environment and to improve the overall learning environment at the educational institution.
Samskipnadsstyrets manager or the board authorized, may meet with speech and proposal rights under the educational institution's treatment of issues that affect Student Life work.
The educational institution has a duty to prepare suitable premises available to the student organization ( "resection").

The educational institution can also set suitable premises available to student-oriented initiatives being run by someone other than the student organization, if it will get the student organization and student welfare at the place of good.
Ministry will establish regulations with further rules regarding the educational responsibility for student welfare, the "free drive" and the cooperation with the student organization.

§ 6. Student Life Management - Board A student association's Board of Directors, who is the Student Life supreme authority. The board represents the student organization externally and is responsible for the student organization is being managed satisfactorily. The Board shall establish rules of procedure, cf. Act § 6-23.
Students should be represented on the board. If they wish, students can choose to have a majority of votes on the board.
The educational institution shall be represented on the board. If several educational institutions associated with the same student union selects one or more joint representatives from educational institutions. Administration Act § 6, first paragraph e does not apply to educational institution's representatives in Student Life board when education institution bodies deal with matters concerning the student organization.
Companies Act § 6-4 regarding employee representation on the board, with the exception of the third paragraph, shall apply correspondingly to student organizations.
General Manager of the student organization's board secretary and make suggestions and comments to the Board. The CEO may not be a board member.
For the Board and CEO in a student union, the provisions of the Companies Act §§ 6-1 to 6-34 as appropriate. If the ordinary rules on directors 'liability, bankruptcy etc. Would indicate that bankruptcy should be sought, this is the board and directors' liability, cf. Act § 6-18.
It should to the greatest possible degree of transparency surrounding its work.
Ministry issues specific rules concerning board members and the bylaws of the student organization in regulations.

§ 7. Accounting etc. Student Association have accounting obligations under the Accounting.
Annual report content may be limited to the information mentioned in Accounting Act § 3-3 second paragraph and fifth to seventh paragraphs.
The annual accounts and the annual report shall be sent to the agencies who choose or appoint board members as well as OAG and Ministry.

§ 8. Auditing etc. Studentsamskipnader under the auditing Auditors Act. The auditor is elected by the board. Election of auditor requires approval by the Ministry. Auditors must be registered or state.
Ministry may provide the auditor with orders and instructions with regard to the audit, but these must not lead to restriction of their rights or obligations under the Act or regulations.

§ 9. Liability for directors etc. Directors who willfully or negligently causes the student organization loss, answers one for all and all for one for the damage, re. §§ 5-3 and 2-3 no. 3, ref. No. 1 in the Damages Act. The same applies to others who have positions in the student organization and general manager.
Directors, affiliated educational institutions, student body and staff in student organization is obliged to notify the Ministry if they believe the Board or a director is trying to bring the Student Life business in jeopardy.

§ 10. Semester All students must pay tuition for the student organization. A student can not is ordered to pay the semester to more than one student union for the same period.
Whoever does not pay online, do not get access to the examination by the educational institution.
Board determines how large the semester fee should be. All decisions concerning the establishment and growth of the semester fee shall be approved by the Ministry.
Along with the semester fee may be required in contributions to student based international relief efforts. Contributions to Student based international aid groups must be voluntary.
Competent educational institution is responsible for collecting tuition and contributions to student based international relief efforts by regulations issued by the Ministry. If students are not given the right to refuse payment of contributions to international relief efforts in connection with the payment, they will be able to claim reimbursement later.
Ministry issues specific rules concerning the payment and collection as well as exemption from the payment of the semester in regulations.

§ 11. Relationship to other legislation Public Administration, Archives Act and the target user in the public service does not apply to student organizations. The Ministry may issue regulations providing that parts of the student union 'activity shall be covered by the Public Administration.

§ 12. Ministry of Supervision Student Association and companies that are covered by this Act § 3 subsection under supervision by the Ministry.

Auditor confidentiality does not apply to the ministry.
Ministry issues specific rules on supervision regulations.

§ 13. OAG control OAG supervises the management of the state's interests and can conduct investigations etc. in student organizations and wholly owned subsidiaries by the Auditor General Act and instructions issued by the Parliament.

§ 14. Final Provisions Act applies when the King bestemmer.1
the same time the law 28 June 1996 no. 54 relating to student welfare.
King may issue further transitional rules.