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Norwegian government proposes changes to university legislation

Lecturers’ union welcomes move to simplify reporting of sexual harassment and protect academic freedom

A proposed change to Norway’s university governance law could improve how sexual harassment is reported, how exams are monitored and how academic freedom is protected.

In late March, the government released proposals for how to revise the Universities and University Colleges Act, which has been in place since 2005 and governs university administration. As part of the overhaul, ministers want to improve procedures for reporting sexual harassment, make it mandatory to have at least two examiners per exam and launch a committee to examine the future of academic freedom.

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