About Cheating and Plagiarism

The university takes cheating and plagiarism very seriously. According to chapter 10, section 1 of The Higher Education Ordinance (The Swedish Code of Statutes 2009), “disciplinary measures may be invoked against students who use prohibited aids or other methods to attempt to deceive during examinations or other forms of assessment of study performance”.

Examples of attempts to deceive include:

  • To use prohibited aids in the examination room (books, notes, mobile phones, etc).
  • To cooperate with another student/person on individual assignments, e.g. a take-home examination, if cooperation is not permitted.
  • To change/complete a corrected, returned examination.
  • To copy other students’ assignments, essays etc.
  • To reuse your own, previously examined work without any references.
  • To copy from sources without properly acknowledging these sources (plagiarism).
  • To “cut and paste” from the internet without correctly stating the references (plagiarism).

As part of the department’s work to prevent plagiarism we use the system Urkund. This means that all home assignments (take-home examinations and essays) that are submitted via the Student Portal will go through a plagiarism check. You will receive more information about this from your teachers.

Urkund also has a very useful Plagiarism Handbook with information for students regarding plagiarism.

If there are well-grounded suspicions of cheating or plagiarism, the examination/essay will be declared invalid and the matter will be passed on to the disciplinary board at Uppsala University. Conviction there leads to either a warning or suspension from studies for up to 6 months.

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