Cheating and Disciplinary Action
If any student is discovered cheating or if the examination invigilator suspects a student of cheating, the invigilator will collect all evidence of the incident and report it to the Vice-Chancellor of the University. A student who is suspected of cheating may finish the examination, but may be required to move to a different table in the examination room. A student who behaves in a disruptive fashion or refuses to follow the instructions of the examination invigilator will be required to leave the examination room. The examination invigilator has no authorization to search students. However, if a student refuses to empty his/her pockets and bags, this may have a negative impact on their case if it is brought before the Disciplinary Board.
The Vice-Chancellor deals with suspected cases of cheating in accordance with the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance and has the authority to issue a warning, dismiss the incident without further action or bring the case before the Disciplinary Board. The Disciplinary Board will then decide to issue a warning or suspend the student for up to six months. All students have the right to present their own case before the matter is dealt with by the Vice-Chancellor and the Disciplinary Board.
Suspension is reported to the Swedish National Board of Student Aid (CSN) and concerned parties within the University, which means that the student loses his/her login to the University network, access card to University buildings and study allowance during the suspension period.
A warning is a clear statement that the student has behaved in an inappropriate manner and can be a heavy burden to bear later on. The student can, however, return to her/his studies without further interruption.
In cases where the Vice-Chancellor or Disciplinary Board decide on any measure, the examination results can be rendered invalid.
An appeal against the decision of the Vice-Chancellor can be filed with the Disciplinary Board, whose decision can be appealed at the County Administrative Court. Cases related to cheating normally have a two-year statute of limitation.
The Vice-Chancellor's and the Disciplinary Board's decisions are public records, so anyone who wishes may read them. Newspapers commonly write articles about such incidents and job applicants have been rejected because the applicant is on record as having cheated during their time at University.