Law professors find the regulations of Tampere3 university in violation of the Constitution. University community has filed a complaint to the Parliamentary Ombudsman.
The new regulations for the University of Tampere, instituted in the Tampere3 process, include provisions which are clearly against the law and violate the Finnish Constitution by limiting the constitutionally-guaranteed self-government of the universities. Representatives of professors, researchers and students have filed a complaint to the Parliamentary Ombudsman on March 6th, 2018.
The illegalities are explicitly pointed out in the statements which the university community has requested from Juha Lavapuro, the Professor of Public Law in the University of Turku, and Olli Mäenpää, the Professor of Administrative Law in the University of Helsinki. According to Professor Mäenpää, "in order to ensure good governance and legal security, and to avoid legal problems in the application of these regulations, it is absolutely necessary that the Board of the University of Tampere should rectify these illegal measures in accordance to the law." At the moment, illegalities can be found in the provisions regulating the nomination of the University Board and the chairman of the representative administrative body (the consistory).
“Filing a complaint to the parliamentary ombudsman was the only choice that was left in this situation", comments Sanni Lehtinen, the President of the Tampere University Student Body. "The university community has demanded the removal of these illegalities from the relevant documents ever since 2016, when the first drafts were published by the Tampere University Foundation. Even still, these same illegalities were included also in the regulations confirmed in February".
The New University of Tampere should be established by January 1st, 2019. The new university regulations resulted in public protest and walk-out in the early February.