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Certificate of good conduct

A certificate of good conduct is required for studies where the students are in contact with patients, pupils, children or similar during teaching practice. A certificate of good conduct may also be required during teaching or project work where the students are in contact with minors or other persons in a vulnerable situation. Students may also be required to submit a certificate of good conduct during the course of studies.


The certificate must not be older than three months.

If special rules regarding certificate of good conduct are given for certain practices of occupation, these rules will also apply for students during clinical studies, teaching practice or other forms of teaching where the students are in contact with patients, pupils, children, clients or other similar.

The requirement for certificate of good conduct is founded in the Act regarding universities and university colleges section 4-9 and forskrift om opptak til høyere utdanning (regulations regarding admission to higher education) section 6-1 to 6-10.

The certificate shall indicate if the student is accused, prosecuted or sentenced for certain criminal conducts (sexual abuse, crude violence or other criminal conducts regarding narcotics and medicaments).

Certificate of good conduct without remarks
Students that have a certificate without remarks shall submit the certificate to the faculty no later than at the start of the studies.

Certificate of good conduct with remarks
Students that have a certificate of good conduct with remarks shall submit the certificate to the faculty within the deadline for accepting the place on the study programme.

The certificate shall be sent to the pro-rector/legal adviser by the faculty as soon as possible, and no later than ten days after the certificate is received. The legal adviser shall prepare the case, summon the student for a meeting and ensure that all necessary documentation regarding the case is obtained. The legal adviser shall then prepare the case for the Appeals Committee at the University College of Southeast Norway. The Appeals Committe shall consider the case as soon as possible, and no later than four weeks after the case is received by the vice-rector/legal adviser. If the University College institutes legal proceedings regarding suspension, the student shall be informed about the right to seek legal advice. The University College will then cover any legal expenses, cf. Act Regarding Universities and University Colleges section 4-9 seventh subsection.

How long is the certificate valid?
The certificate is valid during the entire period of studies but the University College is allowed to request new information from the police if there is reason to suspect that the student has been involved in any new criminal conducts, cf. politiregisterloven (the act regarding criminal records) section 43.

If the University College institutes proceedings regarding suitability assessment for the Suitability Committee at the University College of Southeast Norway, a certificate of conduct shall also be obtained, cf. Regulations regarding admission, studies and examinations at the University College of Southeast Norway section 12-2.

Consequences when the student fail to submit a certificate of good conduct
Students who fail to submit a certificate will not be allowed to participate in clinical teaching/teaching practice. The student will not obtain a diploma for a completed degree or studies.

Application for a certificate of good conduct

  • You apply by completing a form that you will find at the nearest police station or that can be downloaded from the police’s website.
  • The application must be submitted at the police station.
  • The police requires information about the purpose of the certificate. The letter of admission should therefore be presented for the police.
  • As the processing time may vary, it is important that you apply for the certificate as soon as you receive the letter of admission from the University College of Southeast Norway.