Fraudulent documents

Fraudulent documents

Applicants and students are liable for all documents submitted during an application process.

The use of fraudulent documents is covered by § 361 of the Norwegian Penal Code and any attempt to obtain admission or recognition by the use of fraudulent documents will be reported to the police.

What is a fraudulent document?

A document, whether digital or printed, is considered fraudulent when it has been created or altered in such a manner that the information conveyed is misleading or wrongful.

Examples of fraudulent documents:

  1. Certificates/other documents that have been examined by acknowledged verification offices with the conclusion that there is a strong suspicion of fraud.
  2. Certificates/other documents that have been confirmed fraudulent by the issuing institution or office.
  3. Certificates/other documents that have been confirmed fraudulent by NOKUT or other universities or university colleges.
  4. Certificates/other documents from non-accredited, fake institutions (“diploma mills”).

Process in cases with suspicion of fraudulent documents

  1. Notification of suspicion
    You will be notified if a document you have submitted during an application process is suspected fraudulent. In normal circumstances, you have three weeks to respond.
  2. Rejection of application
    If your response does not eliminate the suspicion that fraudulent documents have been submitted, you will receive a rejection to your application. At the same time, you will be informed about your right to appeal this decision. The deadline to appeal is three weeks from the date you received the rejection.
  3. Police report and notifying of other educational institutions
    All cases of suspicion of or confirmed fraud will be reported to the police. In addition, NOKUT and all other universities and university colleges in Norway will be notified of the case.

Consequences of submitting fraudulent documents

  • You may lose your right to apply for higher studies in Norway for up to one year.
  • You may be expelled from NHH for up to one year.
  • You may lose your right to take exams at NHH and all other Norwegian universities and university colleges for up to one year.
  • You may lose your admission and/or right to study.
  • Taken exams and credits may be annulled.