Cheating

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences sets very high demands for academic integrity.

If you use other people's material, or your own earlier material, without proper reference, this may be considered cheating or attempting cheating. The same applies if you use unauthorized aids or participate in prohibited cooperation during an examination.

In case of cheating or attempted cheating, strict measures will be taken by INN University. It is therefore important that you, as a student, take the time to familiarize yourself with the rules for using examination aids and the rules for correct source usage and quotation. The rules regarding cheating also apply to submissions constituting the right to take examinations (work requirements/academic prerequisites).

You will find the rules regarding cheating in Chapter 8 of the Regulations for Admission, Programmes of Study and Examinations at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences:

The following are considered as cheating or attempted cheating (among others):

  • Having non-approved resources during an examination
  • Presenting the work of others as one’s own
  • Citing sources or otherwise using sources in a written work without sufficient references
  • Citing one’s own former work or otherwise using one’s own former work without sufficient references
  • Gaining admission to an examination by cheating on a test or any similar prerequisites to examination admission, or having received approval for participation on a faulty basis related to compulsory attendance or other compulsory activities
  • Participating in a non-approved cooperation between examinees or groups.

References for all used sources, including one’s own work, must be provided. Transcription or copying without source reference is considered cheating, regardless of source.

How is cheating detected?

INN University uses the URKUND and Ephorus plagiarism detection programmes to detect cheating. Submitted examinations are checked in comparison to other texts such as curriculum literature, webpages and previously submitted examinations – including your own previous examinations. Cheating is also detected, for example, by an examiner recognizing a text when evaluating an answer, or by an examination supervisor reporting suspected cheating.

What happens if you are suspected of cheating?

If you are suspected of cheating, you will be contacted by INN University and you will have the opportunity to comment on the matter if you wish. You may provide your comments either verbally or in writing, and you have the right to see any documents related to your case. It is INN University’s Appeals Committee who makes decisions in cases relating to cheating, and its decisions can be appealed to the joint National Appeals Committee. If you wish to argue in front of the committee when your case is being processed, you have grounds to do so. You are entitled to use a lawyer or another spokesperson in case of suspected cheating. In cases where the consequence may be exclusion, INN University covers the costs of an attorney at a public payroll rate.

What are the consequences of cheating?

In case of proven cheating, the consequence is usually the annulment of the examination / submitted assignment and exclusion from INN University for up to one year. In addition, you lose the right to sit examinations at all universities and university colleges in Norway. Note that attempted cheating and contributing to cheating may lead to exclusion as well.

How to avoid cheating?

Thoroughly familiarize yourself with reference techniques! Do not fall for the temptation to use someone's text without referencing this both in the body of your text and in your bibliography.

INN University expects all students to take responsibility for learning correct reference techniques. This entails that you as a student must learn the right reference techniques for your field of study, as well as actively seek help if you need it. The library's webpages provide you with more information, and the same can be done by your lecturers, student counsellors, and our librarians.

The library’s webpage about plagiarism