Plagiarism and cheating

The Department of Biology has a common policy for how to prevent and handle cheating, and at the same time encourage independent and academic thinking among the students. It is important for you as a student to understand not only that cheating is ’’formally’’ wrong and may have grave consequences, but also that it prevents your own development in thinking and working in an academic way.

To ensure that you have understood the common rules you will at the start of some courses sign a statement that you have read and understood the rules. If you are in any way unsure about which rules that apply within a specific course you must discuss this with the course leader (for example regarding cooperation with fellow students during projects, what material you are allowed to bring to the examination, and plagiarism).

You can read more about plagiarism at Lund University Libraries.

During written exams, the following rules apply

  • You may be told where to sit in the locality.
  • You are not allowed to leave the locality during the first 30/60 minutes and not arrive after the first 30/60 minutes. The course leader will decide whether the limit is 30 or 60 minutes (depending on how extensive the exam is).
  • You are not allowed to have a jacket or bag at your desk.
  • You are not allowed to have a mobile phone, iPad or any other electronic devices available (should be left in jacket/bag away from your desk). It is thus not allowed to have a mobile phone in your pocket, even if the phone is turned off.
  • Visits to the restroom are only allowed for one student at the time.
  • If you are allowed to use a hand calculator this may be examined.
  • Be prepared to show an ID.

For home exams, the following rules apply

The course leader will explain to you what is and is not allowed, for example regarding cooperation, how to cite and use text from other sources. If you are not sure about the rules ask the course leader. All exams will be handed in through Urkund, a database system designed to detect copied text and plagiarism

Rules for written projects, like courses or degree projects

All written projects larger than one week of work will be handed in through Urkund. Urkund automatically compares your work against other texts from the Internet, published material and Urkund’s own archives of student papers. You can read more about Urkund both in this pdf ( 274 kB; new window) and at the Lund University websiteIf you are not sure of that you have used citations and/or text from other sources in a correct way, ask the course leader before you hand in your project.

Your responsibility as a student

As a student, you must inform yourself about the rules that apply during projects, exams and such. at the department where you study. Please note that the rules may differ between departments, as well as between courses within the same department.

This is what happens if cheating is suspected

All cases of suspected cheating are reported by the Director of Studies to the Vice-Chancellor at Lund University. The Director of Studies at the department informs the student that a report has been handed in.

The Vice-Chancellor initiates an investigation, and finally, a disciplinary committee makes a decision. If a student has been considered to cheat he/she either receives a warning or is banned from all teaching activities at the university for up to six months.

Study advisor

Christina Ledje
Study advisor

Telephone: +46 46 222 73 16
Email: Christina [dot] Ledje [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Study advisor

Lotta Persmark
Study advisor

Telephone+46 46 222 37 28
EmailLotta [dot] Persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se