Cheating is a violation of the regulations and the University and University Colleges Act. The consequence of cheating may result in you being expelled from NHH or all Norwegian universities and university colleges for up to two semesters, in addition to having your grade annulled.
What is considered as cheating?
It is your responsibility as a student to familiarise yourself with the regulations regarding cheating.
Examples of what is considered as cheating can be found in section 5-1 of the Regulations for full-time study programmes at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH):
- Using or being in the possession of non-permitted support material during assessment
- Presenting other students' work as your own
- presenting one’s own previous work as something new (self-plagiarism)
- quoting sources or in other ways using sources in written work without properly stating the source
- unlawful cooperation between candidates or groups of candidates
According to section 4-7 and 4-8 of the University and University Colleges Act, cheating may be sanctioned with expulsion from NHH or all Norwegian universities and university colleges for up to two semesters, in addition to having the exam grade annulled.
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.
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. The rules 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.
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 email@example.com.
how do we detect cheating?
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.
what happens if you are suspected for cheating?
Suspicion of cheating may occur both during the exam, and in the grading of the exam answer.
If you are suspected of cheating, you will be given the opportunity to offer an explanation of what may have happened. You will be provided with all regulations and relevant excerpts of the law that describe your rights. You will in addition be encouraged to prepare your own statement that will be enclosed with your case.
After this, the Office of student and academic affairs will present the case for the Appeals committee at NHH. All relevant information will be included, such as the graders account for why cheating is suspected and your explanation or statement. The Appeals committee will assess the case and decide the correct sanctions if they find that cheating has occurred.
You will receive copies of all information sent by the Office of student and academic affairs to the Appeals committee. You will also be provided with a contact person. After the case has been sent to the Appeals committee, the committee's secretary will take over the role as your contact person. The Appeals committee's secretary will inform you of the outcome in your case when the committee have reached a decision.
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.
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)