Things you should know before entering the exam venue

22 May 2017 09:58

(updated: 22 May 2017 12:24)

Things you should know before entering the exam venue

Every year, students at NHH are caught cheating on compulsory assignments, home exams and school exams. Sanctions against cheating are regulated by the Universities and University Colleges Act. Section 4-8 of this Act states that a student who has attempted to cheat or who wilfully or through gross negligence has cheated may have his/her exam annulled and be excluded from attending courses for up to one year.

The sanction against cheating or attempted cheating shall be subject to a concrete assessment. As a rule, the exam in question will be annulled. One or two semesters’ exclusion is also a frequently used sanction.

About the blogger:

Sigbjørn Råsberg is NHH’s student ombudsman. The aim of the student ombudsman is to secure students who are in a conflict with NHH the best possible administrative procedures, legal protection and guidance. The  ombudsman can counsel regarding  procedural steps, what documents to attach and how to promote your case or file your complaint. However, the student ombudsman does not promote the case for you.

As a student at NHH, you have confirmed that you have familiarised yourself with the rules that apply to exams at NHH. In addition to the provisions of the Universities and University Colleges Act, this mainly concerns NHH's examination regulations and the supplementary regulations thereto. Among other things, these regulations contain provisions on the type of calculators permitted, where backpacks, coats/jackets, mobile phones, wallets etc. shall be stored during exams, how to cite sources in home exams etc.

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As explained above, the consequences of breaking the rules set out in the regulations that apply to NHH can be severe. I therefore encourage everyone to read Sections 8 to 10 of the examination regulations extra carefully, in addition to the supplementary regulations.

Many of you probably read about a case from 2012 in which a law student at the University of Bergen (UiB) was caught with notes on his desk in the exam venue. The student said that he had forgotten about the notes and never intended to use an illegal aid during the exam. UiB nevertheless excluded the student for one semester, and his exam was annulled. The case eventually ended up in the Supreme Court, cf. Supreme Court Reports Rt. 2015 p. 995, which accepted the student’s explanation that the notes were on his desk because he had forgotten about them. The Supreme Court nevertheless found that this constituted cheating and that the student had acted with gross negligence. The decision regarding annulment and exclusion for one semester was therefore upheld.

A key element of the Supreme Court judgment was the fact that the preparatory works to the Act repeatedly emphasise that stringent requirements apply to students’ due care in exam situations. In short, this means that a student's most important task when entering the exam venue is to make sure that he/she does not have any illegal aids with him/her or in other ways acts in a manner that is in violation of the examination regulations.

As a student, you are subject to very strict requirements, and the sanctions for acting in violation of the regulations are equally strict. Therefore, take an extra look at the regulations the night before your next exam and check your pockets before entering the exam venue. Also ensure that you do not have anything on your desk or nearby that should not be there.