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Academic misconduct

Published: 24 August 2011

Disciplinary action may be taken against students who use unauthorised aids or otherwise attempt to mislead in an exam or when a study assignment is being appraised by other means. (SFS 1993:100, Chap. 10, Section 1)

In other words, as a student, you should not use cheat sheets, unauthorized aids and unauthorized cooperation during exams or for an achievement. Study achievement can be a laboratory report, exam, project assignment, quiz, essay or degree project. You will be informed by the teacher about what is allowed and what is not. Using an image, statistic or text in one's own name that someone else has done, and making it appear as one's own, is plagiarism and is seen as cheating.

What happens if you cheat?

Your teachers know their subject and the sources that exist, so plagiarism and cheating are usually detected already when they read submitted texts. The university uses a plagiarism control tool that protects your essays from being plagiarized and that can also detect plagiarism. Teachers are obliged to report any suspicion of cheating and plagiarism to the university's rector for further investigation.

When you as a student cheat, you skip your own learning, the very reason for academic studies, but you also suffer from disciplinary action. Warning or suspension are the most common disciplinary measures. The Disciplinary Board investigates the report and decides on such a measure. Being suspended from studies is counted as a study interruption and the right to study grants ceases during the suspension.

How do you avoid cheating and plagiarism?

Cheating can be due to ignorance about how to write academic texts and what requirements are placed on a scientific approach. Advice for you as a student:

  • Always follow the teacher's instructions and ask if you are unsure about what applies.
  • Be critical in your interpretation of sources so you do not get misled.
  • Learn the formal rules that apply to academic texts.
  • If you literally retrieve texts or copy images from others, you must quote and state the source. When rewriting or summarizing a source text, always use your own words or expressions and then always state the source. Thus, always write references on everything that you have not thought out yourself.
  • If you are referring to a text that you have previously written, select it with a reference. If you want to reuse parts of, for example, a home writing, essay or degree project that you yourself have written and submitted to the university, you must clearly state that it is a question of reuse. If you reuse formulations verbatim from your own material, you must mark the quotation with quotation marks and references. A good rule of thumb is to handle your own texts in the same way as others.
  • Indicate the sources in the reference list.
  • Read "Guidelines for independent work / degree project" with a scientific approach.
  • Feel free to get help from librarians, IT educators and the LANGUAGE WORKSHOP.
  • Learn Word, spelling software and reference management, for example through the Refworks program.
  • Learn even more about reference management and plagiarism via the anti-plagiarism guide REFERO.

More help

The heads of departments are responsible for providing you with information regarding the use of text material. At the University Library, there are both courses in information retrieval, a language workshop and experienced educators to contact. If you believe another student has cheated, contact your teacher or student union.

Good luck with your future academic texts!