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Are you familiar with the rules on cheating at exams?

The definition of cheating at exams has just been tightened up. Do you understand the rules? And do you know what the consequences of cheating at exams are if you cheat unintentionally because you’re not familiar with the rules? Take the new quiz and find out!

2015.09.29 | Signe Opstrup

If you’re not familiar with the rules on cheating at exams, you risk unintentionally doing something while writing an exam that will be considered cheating. At the beginning of the 2015 autumn semester, Aarhus University introduced a number of amendments to the rules regarding cheating at exams and plagiarism at the university. Among other things, the changes mean that the failure to clearly indicate citations in an exam paper is now considered cheating at exams.

The Vice-Dean for education at the Faculty of Health explains: 

"The number of cases of cheating at exams has been on the increase over the last few years, and it appears that this trend will continue. This is why it’s vitally important that we as a university provide our students with sufficient information on what is permitted so that they don’t unintentionally end up involved in a case about cheating.”

If you have the least doubt about the rules, you are always welcome to ask your lecturer, your supervisor or your examiner. You can also get help from the leaflet Avoid pitfalls at exams. This leaflet explains how cheating at exams is defined, and it contains information about your rights during and after consideration of a case on suspected cheating at exams.

Test your knowledge about cheating at exams - and win! 

As a preventive measure, the university has decided to make cheating at exams and plagiarism a special focus this autumn. A short video about cheating has been produced, and posters about exam cheating will be put up at different locations on campus.

You can also  test your knowledge about the rules on cheating at exams at AU by taking a quiz. You may be one of ten lucky winners of a DKK 200 gift certificate to Stakladen.

Procedures and consequences

It is important that you familiarise yourself with the traditions and codes of ethics that apply to your subject so that you can be certain that you follow them.

If you are suspected of cheating at exams, your exam paper will be reported to Educational Law, which will consider the case on behalf of Aarhus University. You will be informed of this by your teacher or a department secretary, and a copy of the report will be sent to you. 

The consequences of cheating at exams are specified in the Rules regarding disciplinary measures for students at Aarhus University. 

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