Cheating and plagiarism

Last changed: 17 April 2015

Definitions of cheating and plagiarism

According to Chapter 10, Section 1 of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, cheating occurs where a person

...uses prohibited aids or other methods to attempt to deceive during examinations or other forms of assessment of study performance.
(SFS 1993:100)

The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education divides cheating (deceiving during assessment of study performance) into the following categories:

  • cheat sheets and other unauthorised aids
  • unauthorised collaboration
  • plagiarism and fabricated data
  • changing examination credits

What should you do if you suspect cheating?
According to Chapter 10, Section 9 of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, suspected cheating must be reported to the vice-chancellor promptly.

NB: If you are in any doubt, you should talk to your head of department or any faculty programme director at your faculty before proceeding with a report.

What can happen to the student?
According to Section 2 of the Higher Education Ordinance, the disciplinary measures are warning and suspension. Suspension means that the student is not permitted to participate in teaching, examinations or other activities within the context of university education. The decision may relate to one or more periods, but must be no more than six months in total. Suspension may also be limited to access to specific premises at the university.

Governing document related to cheating and plagiarism
Procedures for handling suspected cheating within education at SLU

Support material
The SLU library's Guide on searching and writing.

The contact at UPC for work to combat cheating and plagiarism is Peter Aspengren.

Read about the Urkund text matching tool.