Internal governing documents

Last changed: 29 April 2020

Internal governing documents are documents adopted by the SLU Board, the vice-chancellor, the head of university administration, a faculty board or a dean.

All valid governing documents must be published here.  

Only a selection of governing documents are available in English. The Swedish version is always the official version.

Agreements, decisions to recruit and appointments of members to boards and committees are not published as governing documents.

Governing documents by subject field

All governing documents are classified by subject field. A document can belong to more than one subject field, but is only published on the page corresponding to the subject field listed first in the document header.

Click on a subject in the list below to show all related documents.

  1. Visions and strategies 
  2. Research and doctoral education 
  3. First-cycle and second-cycle programmes and courses 
  4. Environmental monitoring and assessment
  5. Organisation and decision structure  
  6. Budgets, appropriations and assignments  
  7. Working environment
  8. Archives and registry 
  9. Financial administration, procurement, foundations and companies
  10. IT and telecomms 
  11. Communication and media 
  12. Equal opportunities/equal treatment
  13. Real estate and facilities 
  14. Environment
  15. Human resources
  16. External collaboration and commissioned work/internationalisation 
  17. Security and information security

Types of governing documents

Within each subject field, documents are classified by type. There are six types. Below is a summary description of each type.

1. Objectives and strategy

Visions and overall operational objectives, as well as measures needed to achieve the objectives.  

2. Policy

A declaration of intent from a faculty or the university as a whole. Policies, together with objectives and strategies, are used to guide decisions and actions in the desired direction.  

3. Delegation of authority/organisational decision

Delegations of authority describe the responsibilities and powers delegated to different bodies and officials. They are binding documents.

4. Guidelines

Guidelines are often based on laws and regulations, more detailed and adapted to SLU. They can also be a more detailed clarification of a policy. They are binding documents.

5. Annual planning and governing document

Annual planning and governing documents are budget instructions, operational plans with financial allocations, budgets and operational assignments. They are sometimes binding documents.

6. Instructions

An instruction describes how to perform a task or action. They are often used to specify further details for guidelines.


A governing document can be binding or indicative.

  • Indicative document: A declaration of intent and less detailed than a binding document.
  • Binding document: Often based on laws and regulations and serves as a local adaptation of such documents.