Cheating can have serious consequences for your right to study at Nord University.

Cheating or attempted cheating is serious. It shows disloyalty to fellow students and is considered to be a gross breach of trust in relation to the educational institution and society.

Nord University takes cheating very seriously, and there are strict sanctions associated with it.

Nord University conducts plagiarism checks on a large number of exams, either based on suspicion or as random checks. Plagiarism checks are performed on all candidate, bachelor, and master theses in accordance with the guidelines for plagiarism control.

Familiarise yourself with the rules

Students are obligated to familiarise themselves with the regulations that apply to taking examinations at Nord University, including permitted examination aids and the rules for the use of sources and citations.

If the rules are violated, the student may come under suspicion for cheating or attempted cheating.

Lack of knowledge concerning the use of sources, permitted aids and the regulations for taking examinations does not relieve students of their liability.

Cheating is adressed in Section 9 of the Regulations relating to​ studies and examinations at Nord University: Cheating, annulment, suspension and expulsion.

The Guidelines for managing instances of cheating are supplementary provisions to the regulations.

What constitutes cheating?

It is important that all types of papers are your own work, and that it is clearly stated what are your own thoughts and ideas, and what is borrowed from others.

The following constitutes an act of cheating or attempted cheating:

  • Generating an answer using ChatGPT or similar artificial intelligence and submitting it wholly or partially as one's own answer is considered cheating unless otherwise stated for the specific exam.
  • Presenting the published or unpublished works of others as one's own.
  • Presenting one's own earlier work, including work used in an examination or other assessment, without proper source reference.
  • Quoting sources or otherwise using sources in written work without proper source reference.
  • Any non-regulation collaboration with other examination candidates or groups.​
  • Having non-permitted aids available during an examination. If the examination includes an inspection of examination aids prior to the commencement of the examination, this applies correspondingly if non-permitted aids are discovered during the inspection.
  • Unlawful fabrication of data in connection with student work.
  • Acting in violation of specific guidelines for an individual examination.

​​In the case of a home exam, all aids are in principle permitted.

However, it is not permitted to collaborate on an individual home exam. The exam candidates must therefore be careful with collaboration and discussion about assignments that may result in similarities in content, structure, language, interpretation and assessments. The answer must be designed by the individual candidate alone, and similarity can be an expression of impermissible collaboration which can be considered cheating.​​

Cheating is also adressed in Section 9 of the Regulations relating to​ studies and examinations at Nord University: Cheating, annulment, suspension and expulsion.

Consequences of cheating

The consequences of cheating or attempted cheating may be the ​​annulment of the examination and suspension from Nord University, as well as the loss of the right to take examinations at other universities and university colleges in Norway for up to one year.