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Decisions of the University Board, 4 September 2018

Complaint of Professor Tapio Puolimatka

On 7 August 2018, Professor Tapio Puolimatka submitted an administrative complaint, addressed to the University Board, on Rector Keijo Hämäläinen’s course of action. The complaint concerns the Rector’s public announcement related to the plea for equal and safe studying environment presented by the management of the Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä on social media on 1 August 2018.    

The complaint and other documents related to the matter are visible at

The Board processed the complaint and related responses to the extent they concern the appropriateness of the Rector’s course of action.

The Board considered the Rector to have acted appropriately and within his jurisdiction when participating in the public discussion.  The Rector’s comment on 1 August 2018 did not include any administrative actions, for which Puolimatka should have been heard before submitting the comment. The Rector’s actions have not infringed Puolimatka’s constitutional rights.

The Board does not see it necessary to launch any further actions due to the complaint.

Further information:

Chair of the University Board Krista Varantola, tel. +358 405 812 970,