Cheating

Cheating

Cheating is a violation of the regulations and the University and University Colleges Act. The consequence of cheating may result in you being barred from NHH or all Norwegian universities and university colleges for up to two semesters, in addition to having your grade annulled.

Cheating is a serious breach of trust in relation to NHH, fellow students and society in general, and NHH responds strongly to all forms of cheating or attempts to achieve a better result in a fraudulent manner.

There are strict rules for carrying out assessment. An "assessment" is defined as starting with the coursework requirements that forms the basis for an examination and up to and including any appeals processing. "Coursework requirements" refers to any work that must be approved in order to sit the examination (also called course approval).

Examples of cheating may be plagiarism, lacking citation, resubmitting one's earlier work without correct citation, unlawful cooperation og having illegal materials available during the examination.

It is important to know that the rules and regulations for cheating also apply if you do not have an intention to cheat, if you have forgotten to put away your mobile phone, or any material that has the means to communicate, or if you have forgotten to remove cheat-sheets from otherwise permitted examination support material.

Accomplices can also be sanctioned, cf. section 4-8(3) ot the University and University Colleges Act. The fault requirements for accomplices is that it must have been done intentionally, e.g. when one student sends their answer paper to another student, who then uses it to prepare their own answer.

It is your responsibility as a student to familiarise yourself with the regulations regarding cheating. The rules applies even when you are not aware of them, and a lack of knowledge of the rules and regulations does not qualify for acquittal in a case about cheating.

It is important to us that you are aware of how to act within the rules and regulations. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at exams@nhh.no

Plagiarism check

All examination answer papers that are submitted and subject to grading will, to the extent possible, be run through a plagiarism detection tool. The plagiarism check is available to all lecturers using electronic submissions in their courses. The software registers correspondences between the submitted paper and the papers that were submitted previously/simultaneously, as well as websites, documents and other published literature. The plagiarism check provides a result that must then be interpreted in more detail by faculty. This means that a high degree of textual similarity does not automatically lead to a suspicion of cheating.

Suspicion of cheating

If cheating is suspected during a written exam, the Section for Exams will be contacted immediately. If access to illegal examination support materials has been uncovered, these will if possible be confiscated (cheat-sheet, mobile telephone, etc.). You will be able to complete the exam. Illegal examination support materials such as cheat-sheets, illegal notes in legal texts, etc. will be confiscated until the case is settled. If it is a mobile telephone or smartwatch, this may be returned after a review with the person in charge from the Section for Exams.

 If a suspicion arises during grading, the examiner will contact the Section for Exams, who will bring the case further for processing. You will be called in for a meeting where the case as it stands will be presented to you. During the meeting you will be given all regulations and relevant excerpts of the law that describe your rights and obligation. You will also be given the opportunity to offer an explanation of what may have happened. You will in addition be encouraged to prepare your own statement that will be enclosed with your case. This meeting is voluntary.

After the meeting has been completed, a report will be prepared in which all the relevant information is collected, with relevant appendices, such as a report from the examination room or a statement from faculty, the answer paper, your statement and any other documents that may be relevant to the case. The report will be forwarded to the appointed Appeals Committee at NHH, who determines whether this suspicion is to be considered intentional or negligent cheating, and decides on any sanction to be imposed.

As a student, you will receive copies of all information sent by the Office of Student and Academic Affairs (Section of Exams) to the Appeals Committee. After the case has been sent to the Committee, the secretary of the Committee will be your contact person. The result of the decision made will also be sent by the secretary of the Appeals Committee.

Legal assistance

You have the right to be assisted by a lawyer or other counsel, cf. section 12(1) of the Public Administration Act and section 4-8(5) of the University and University Colleges Act. When the student has told the School who he or she has taken as their counsel, all contact must go through counsel. The School is required to cover the student's costs for such counsel from the time a case about exclusion has been commenced.


The student or their counsel also has the right to related party disclosure in the case under sections 18-20 of the Public Administration Act. This does not include internal assessments made as part of the case preparation, cf. section 18(2) of the Public Administration Act. During case preparation, the student or the student's counsel will normally only have the right to access the actual basis for the case, such as the student's own tests, descriptions of the course of events, witness statements, guidelines, etc.

Read more

Regulations for full-time study programmes at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) Chapter 5 Cheating

The Act relating to Universities and University Colleges Section 4-7 (in Norwegian only)

The Act relating to Universities and University Colleges Section 4-8 (in Norwegian only)