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Study environment inspections help to promote physical, mental and social well-being in your study community. In practice, the inspections may check to see if students have time to eat between lectures, whether the ergonomic aspects of study premises are appropriate, and whether students face harassment in their study communities.

Study environment inspections are carried out at all universities every three years, and annual checks are made to ensure that proposals for improvements are implemented. Inspections are carried out by student representatives (such as members of the students’ union), university representatives (such as persons responsible for the premises and teaching development), FSHS representatives (usually a general practitioner, psychologist and public health nurse), and a municipal health officer.

Study environment inspections required by law began in the early 2010s and are an integral part of the study community work carried out by the FSHS.

Study community action models provide support for students

A thriving community benefits the life of all students. Inspections provide information about how students are doing in their study communities and how the study environment could improve students’ well-being even more.

As a result of the inspections, universities have compiled instructions and action models for study communities; these include an early intervention model, a programme on substance abuse prevention, and an action model for intervening in cases of harassment and inappropriate conduct.

The instructions and action models for your study community can be found on your university’s website. The website also contains instructions on who to contact about harassment, bullying or indoor air problems, or other problems in the study community. Your university’s students’ union representatives can provide you with more information.