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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)

As a student you may not use "crib sheets", unauthorized aids and unauthorized help during exams or  in the performance of an assignment. Assignments include laboratory report, exam, project assignment, work, essay or thesis project. Your teacher can inform you of what is and is not allowed. Submitting texts, statistics or images created by someone else and passing them off as your own is plagiarism and is regarded as cheating

What if you cheat?

Your teachers are familiar with their topic and the sources that are available, so plagiarism and cheating are often discovered when reading texts submitted. At the university, a plagiarism control tool is used that protects your papers from being plagiarized and which can also track plagiarism. Teachers are required to report any suspicion of cheating and plagiarism to the university's Vice-Chancellor for further investigation.

When you cheat, you are missing out on your own learning, the very reason for academic studies.  At the same time, you will also be submitted to disciplinary action. Warning or suspension is the most common disciplinary action. The Disciplinary Committee will investigate all notices of cheating and decides on disciplinary action. Being suspended from studies is considered as an official withdrawal from studies and the right to receive financial study aid ceases during the suspension.

How to avoid cheating and plagiarism

Cheating can be due to ignorance about how to write academic texts and what demands are placed on a scientific approach. Advice for students:

  • Always follow the teacher's instructions and ask if you are unsure of what applies.
  • Be critical of your interpretation of sources so you will not be misled.
  • Learn the formal rules that apply to academic texts.
  • If you get verbatim texts or copy pictures from others, you have to put quotes around the text and enter the source. When you rewrite or summarize a source text, always use your own words or expressions and always state the source as well. In other words, always write references to everything that you have not thought of yourself.
  • Enter the sources in the reference list.
  • Read “Guidelines for independent work/thesis work” with a scientific approach.
  • Get help from the librarians, IT educators and the Swedish Language Council.
  • Learn how to use Word, spelling software and reference management, for example through the program Refworks.
  • Learn even more about reference management and plagiarism through the antiplagerism guide, REFERO.

More help

The Heads of Departments are responsible for ensuring that you receive information regarding the use of text material. At the University Library there are both courses in information search, a language workshop and experienced educators to contact. If you suspect another student of cheating, contact your teacher or student union. 

Good luck with your future academic texts!