Cheating and plagiarism

When writing a degree project, academic paper, exam or other form of summative assessment, you are required as a student to know the guidelines that apply.

What constitutes cheating?

Cheating is to dishonestly acquire benefits, attempt to mislead or break rules. It is, for example, when someone uses unauthorised aids, unauthorised collaboration, plagiarism or during tests, or when a study performance is to be assessed.

Using aids during summative assessment is sometimes allowed. In this case, course coordinating teachers should inform the students in advance.

Measures in the event of cheating

According to the Higher Education Ordinance, the university has the right to take action against students who with unauthorised aids, or use other methods to cheat in a summative assessment.

Disciplinary measures that may be applied are a warning or suspension. You can read more about this in our Guidelines for disciplinary cases and expulsion from studiesPDF.

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is using someone else's work and making it seem like your own.

To directly copy an academic or other copyright work without specifying the model or source is plagiarism, whether it is the work in its entirety or smaller parts that are copied. This also applies if you use your own words to rewrite copied texts.

Source references

To avoid plagiarism, it is important that you give correct source references when writing academic texts in your studies. You will find tips on how to do this in our pages on academic writing.

Appeal decision

If you have been warned or suspended as a result of cheating or plagiarism and consider that the decision is incorrect, you have the opportunity to appeal.