According to Chapter 10 in the Higher Education Ordinance, disciplinary measures can be used against a student who:
1. Uses prohibited aids and equipment, or in any other way, purposely acts inappropriately during the examination or the assessment of a study assignment.
2. Causes disturbance, prevents teaching, examinations or other university related activities from taking place.
Examples of what the Disciplinary Board has judged as cheating:
- text written onto a formula sheet
- loose sheets of paper containing the student's own writing during a test
- plagiarising an essay
- copying program code during a lab exercise
- working with another group during individual projects when doing so was not allowed
Suspicion of attempt to cheat
If there is suspicion of cheating/irregularities the examiner/supervisor/teacher or lab assistant (sometimes after a report from the invigilator) hands in a written report to the Disciplinary Board. The examination supervisor also leaves a report with the Examination Service Unit (Tentamensservice). The examiner contacts the student as soon as possible after the examination date to inform of the progress of the report. While waiting for the decision, a student may continue his/her studies.
The chair of the Disciplinary Board is the vice-chancellor. Furthermore, there is a legal expert from the district court, a teacher representative and two student representatives from the student unions LinTek and StuFF. Each of them has a deputy member in case of absence. There are also three persons working with investigating and presenting the case to the Disciplinary Board, and a secretary.
An-e-mail is sent to the student who is suspected of cheating, informing him/her that he/she has the possibility of submitting a written statement regarding what has happened at the time of the examination and that he/she has the opportunity of being present at the Disciplinary Board meeting to present his/her case and answer questions.
A date is set for the meeting of the Disciplinary Board, most often within a month of the examiner’s report. All documents relevant to the case are sent to the members of the Disciplinary Board. The student suspected of cheating is called to the meeting as is also the examiner and other persons who may be important to the case. They are called so that the Disciplinary Board may hear them and, if needed, ask questions. If cheating cannot be established, no disciplinary measures will be taken.
Possible disciplinary measures imposed as a consequence of attempt to cheat are: formal warning and suspension from participation in classes and examinations for for a period of up to six months. The most common suspension period is one or two months. As a rule, suspension occurs during term time, which means that the student is not allowed to participate in classes, lectures, labs, and any kind of examination where study achievement is assessed. During the suspension period, a student is not allowed to participate in any study related activities, e.g. asking the teacher for guidance or tutoring. No results or registration can be reported during the suspension period. A suspension is reported to the departments concerned. The decision normally takes effect on the day of the meeting. It may be appealed against to the administrative court (“Förvaltningsrätten”).
The suspension is reported to the departments at Linköping University, others concerned within the university and The Swedish National Board of Student Aid (CSN). Suspension normally begins on the day that the decision is made.
Linköping University takes cheating during laboratory work, written exercises, essays and oral examinations equally seriously.
For further questions, you are welcome to contact:
Tel +46 (0)13 285802
Tove Henriksson Jarl
Tel +46 (0)11 363692
Malin Gröndahl Maass
Tel +46 (0)13 281507
(Secretary to the Board)
Tel +46 (0)13 281649
(Secretary to the Board)
Tel +46 (0)13 281801
Last updated: 2020-09-01