Cheating categories

Unauthorized use of examination support materials, unauthorized communication with fellow students and plagiarism / using sources without reference are the most common forms of cheating. 

Unauthorized use of examination support materials

This includes sheets, mobile phones, unauthorized notes in books permitted in the examination, calculators, etc.

Permitted examination support materials are specified in the course descriptions and on the front page of the question paper.

You can find an extensive description of authorized support materials for written examinations here. 

If a student unlawfully acquires the right of “special arrangements at the examination” on the basis of a missing or false medical certificate, this is also regarded as an attempt at cheating.

A suspicion of cheating is also to be reported if the examinee does not stop writing on his/her answer paper when the time is up.

Copying (plagiarism) of text from other sources without reference

If a student tries to present a text prepared by someone else as his/her own, this will be regarded as cheating. This, for instance, applies to texts from textbooks, lecture notes, previously handed in answer papers, text from the Internet.  

This also applies if illegal copies of other students’ answer papers that have not been made publicly available are discovered.

Consequently, you should take a great care to provide references and bibliographies.

Further information about the use of sources is available at www.bi.no/library. See also information about our control schemes ​below.

Unauthorised co-operation between individual students or groups of students, as well as third parties in connection with the examination

Communication between students during examinations at school (both inside and outside the examination room) is regarded as cheating.

Cooperation across groups resulting in identical text in different group answer papers is considered as cheating unless otherwise specified in the question paper.

Cooperation between individuals during examinations at home, in connection with term papers, etc. that results in identical text in answer papers, or that gives one or both examinees unjustified advantages in connection with the examination is regarded as cheating.

These provisions also apply to continuous assessment (process evaluation), hand-ins made electronically through itslearning etc.

Last Modified: 07/05/2013 09:40