It is not allowed to cheat!

Advice for you as a student

Advice for you as a student

  • Always read the instructions for the examination very carefully.
  • Do not present someone else's text as your own.
  • If you want to collaborate with another student during the home exam - always check how extensive collaboration is allowed.
  • If you are unsure about what applies, ask the teacher or examiner.
  • For the entrance exam: follow KI's rules when writing the exam (see below).

In particular, keep the following in mind when writing an essay:

  • do not use other people's texts without indicating the source
  • do not copy others' texts verbatim without using quotation marks
  • do not refer to sources that you yourself have not read
  • do not self-plagiarise. That is, reproducing information from previous work you have written yourself, without stating the source..

What is Cheating?

According to ch. Section 1 of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993: 100) is cheating when the student "with unauthorized aids or in another way tries to mislead during an examination or when a study achievement is otherwise to be assessed".

Examples of what KI's disciplinary committee has judged can be seen as cheating are:

  • to copy text from the Internet or other sources without citing sources
  • to collaborate with a fellow student without permission (for example, that the answers of fellow students are identical even though the task is individual)
  • to copy another student's essay or other written work
  • to bring other aids/things to the desk when writing into the room than what is allowed according to KI's rules for exam writing

Please note that you as a student have a responsibility to follow the rules that apply during the examination.

Unauthorized copying / plagiarism

Copying pieces of someone else's text and presenting it as your own is not allowed. Since it is your achievement that is to be examined, it must be you who formulated and wrote the answers to the assignment (also applies to essays). During your education, however, you must analyze and reason based on the course literature, which means that you sometimes have to refer to and also cite sources.

KI uses an automated system that checks students' examination assignments against the Internet, publishing material and student material. If something in the assignment shows similarities with the content of the sources, the teacher is informed of this.

Unauthorized cooperation

The instructions for the home examination must state whether it is permitted to cooperate with others. In this area, there is a gray area which makes it important to know where the line for illicit cooperation goes. Studying together and discussing how to solve an issue is often positive for the learning process. Most teachers therefore encourage their students to discuss issues with each other. However, if it is not clear from the instructions that you are allowed to solve the task together, the collaboration must end before you start writing your individual answer to the question.

Rules for examination in the writing room

It is the student's responsibility to take part in, understand and follow the following rules:


  • Free placement is not allowed but the students must sit in the designated place.

Permitted equipment at the desk

  • Only pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, food and drink, as well as any permitted aids and books (according to instructions from the examiner) may be on the desk.
  • Pencil case, spectacle case, containers for consumption must not be on the desk.
  • Outerwear and bags must be left in the designated place.
  • Mobile phones and other unauthorized electronic equipment must be switched off and left in the designated place.
  • Wrist watches and other watches must be left at the designated place.
  • Students may not borrow equipment and aids from other students during the exam.
  • Only paper handed out by the examiner may be used.


  • To avoid disruption and ensure that everyone receives the correct information, the following applies:
  • Students who arrive late may complete the exam if the delay is less than 30 minutes. Delayed students are given access to the writing room 30 minutes after the examination has started, after receiving instructions outside the room.
  • Students may leave the room no earlier than 30 minutes after the beginning of the examination.


  • Conversations or other communication between students may not take place during the exam.

Toilet visits

  • Conversations must not occur during toilet visits.
  • When visiting the toilet, the student writes the name and place code on the "toilet visit list" and also indicates the time when he enters and leaves the toilet according to instructions from the examiner.

Identity Check

  • The student must have his or her ID lying on the desk.
  • When submitting the examination material, the examiner must make an identity check.
  • The student must identify himself with valid identification.
  • If a student cannot present valid identification, the examiner must take a signature test and note the name and place code. The student must then present valid identification for a person appointed by the examiner before the grade decision is made.

Submission of the exam

  • Even if the student has not written anything, the examination material must be submitted because even blank writing is counted as a test opportunity.
  • Draft paper is left at the desk and must not be taken out of the room.

Suspicion of attempted cheating

  • A student who is suspected of trying to cheat may complete the exam.
  • The examination material is placed in a glued envelope and is not corrected until a decision on the case has been made.

Disruptive behavior

  • If a student clearly disturbs or impedes the completion of the examination or does not follow the instructions, the examination supervisor may ask the student to leave the room.

Report of cheating

The departments at KI are obliged to report suspected cheating to the President. A report to the President about cheating must be investigated promptly. Among other things, this is done by giving the person notified the opportunity to comment on the notification. The opinion is supplemented with additional information from, for example, the notifier. Based on what emerges, the President makes a decision.

The President may decide to either leave the matter without further action, to issue a warning or to send the matter to the Disciplinary Board - a Disciplinary Board must, according to the Higher Education Ordinance, be present at each higher education institution - for review. The disciplinary committee at KI consists of the President, a law-abiding member, a teacher representative and two student representatives. The disciplinary committee has an administrator who investigates cases that are to be tried by the disciplinary committee.

If the President decides on a warning, the registered student has the opportunity to have the decision reviewed by the disciplinary committee. The secretary of the disciplinary committee shall inform the student of this right. If the student does not want the President's decision further reviewed, the case is closed and the documents are sent to the diary. The warning does not appear in the Ladok transcript or diploma. After a warning, it is the examiner who decides whether the current examination assignment is to be assessed or declared invalid.

If the President decides to submit the matter to the disciplinary committee for review, it is important that the student tells his or her version of what has happened to the board. This can be done in writing, or orally at the board's meeting. When the disciplinary committee has heard the student and the complainant, it makes its decision. The board may decide not to take any action, to issue a warning or to suspend the student from studies at KI for up to six months.

During the suspension period, the student may not participate in teaching, examination or other activities at KI. A suspension also means that study grants are not paid for the period the student is suspended.


Decisions of a disciplinary committee on suspension or warning can be appealed in writing to the administrative court. The appeal must state which decision is being appealed and the change in the decision that he or she requests. The appeal is submitted to the Administrative Court in Stockholm but must be submitted to KI. It must have been received by KI within three weeks from the day on which the appellant received the decision.

Related pages:

Examination and Grading System

Disciplinary Matters

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