General and special section
The Student Charter records the most important rights and duties of (future) participants of education followed at the college. The Charter consists of a general section applicable to all students and a special section linked to the course or to a group of courses. The special section of the Student Charter contains the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER). Although the Teaching and Examination Regulations are geared to the teaching of a course or group of courses, there are nevertheless certain sections which are arranged uniformly and the course may not deviate from this. This concerns in particular those subjects which are considered by the Executive Board to be the same for all students participating in the teaching. The examples of such are the binding negative study advice (BSA) and the period in which appeal may be made to the Examination Appeals Board.
Agreement of the Representative Advisory Board
The general section of the Student Charter is determined by the Executive Board subject to the approval of the Representative Advisory Board. Depending on the subject the Teaching and Examination Regulations, determined partly by the Executive Board and partly by the Board of Management of the Institute, require in part the approval of the Representative Advisory Council and partly the approval of the Representative Council of the Institute offering the course or the group of courses concerned. This is a guarantee of the influence of the students and staff on the contents of both documents.
Different legal positions
Those following the course of study at the college are registered as student, extraneous or observer of a course of study. The legal position of these participants differs. The legal position of students and extraneous students is derived primarily from the Higher Education and Research Act of The Netherlands (WHW) and that of observers of a course is also derived from the contract law of The Netherlands. The students may also derive more rights from the WHW regarding the study than can extraneous students. There may also be a difference in legal position within the category of "student". Demands may thus be made of part-time students with regard to the matter that are not made of full-time students and there may be a difference in the amount of tuition fees payable by the student. Any difference in the legal position is not at all arbitrary but always has a legal basis.
Finally the fees of students may or may not be paid for by the central government authorities. This does not however affect the legal position of the student.