University given go ahead to expel convicted murderer

A decision by the county administrative court in Stockholm means that Uppsala University can expel a convicted murderer enrolled in medical studies at the school, according to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

Whether the university has began the expulsion process is unclear since the student’s identity is protected and those responsible can only discuss the principles involved, according to the Upsala Nya Tidning (UNT) newspaper.

The ruling referenced by the welfare board concerns a medical student in Lund who was convicted of child rape.

The Stockholm county administrative court heard the case after a higher education disciplinary board (Högskolans avskiljandenämnd) denied a request to expel the Lund student.

The welfare board holds that Uppsala University can request a similar hearing for the student convicted of murder who is currently studying to become a doctor.

University lawyer Magnus Hallberg said that “for the present time” no request to expel anyone has been sent to the disciplinary board, which is the first body to hear such requests, according to UNT.

“I don’t know what the result will be. The judgment in the Stockholm county administrative court concerns someone who committed a crime recently. How the court would view an older crime is something else,” said Hallberg.