What really counts as cheating?

There are a lot of students who cheat but who actually are not aware of it. Cheating can result in suspension so as a student it is a good idea to know what counts as cheating.


Deception in examinations (”cheating”) means that the student tries to claim to have done an assignment or part of an assignment without having done so him-/herself. This can be about using unauthorised aids in a written examination, such as a crib sheet or a mobile phone. Another example is collaboration between students in mandatory individual assignments and changing/adding to a text in marked and returned written work. Cheating can also be about plagiarising. 

It is important to remember that you, the student, must not have cheated for a report to the Disciplinary Board to be made. It is enough that you have tried to cheat. 


Plagiarism means that as a student you use someone else’s ideas in your work while describing them as your own. Re-using your own previously marked work in an unauthorised way for a particular assignment can also mean plagiarism, self-plagiarism as it is known. Examples of plagiarism are ”borrowing” texts from the internet, course literature, other students’ work or by translating a texts from a source without referring to that source.  

One word of advice is that you should never use a former student’s or a present fellow student’s work as a model or inspiration when you are writing your work, since there is a great risk that you could be plagiarising. Even if you re-word the parts you use from the original when you are writing your work, it is highly probable that you will be judged to have plagiarised. 

The boundary between what is and is not allowed may vary between different courses and course modules. Therefore it is important that you find out what rules apply for the course or assignment in question. You will find information about these rules in the study guide or similar and it is important that you read through this information carefully before each course. As a student it is your responsibility to inform yourself of what is allowed and not allowed in tests. 

To avoid the risk of being accused of plagiarism you must always state your sources and put quotation marks round texts you take from someone else or that you take from your own previous work.