Cheating and Plagiarism

In order to protect the reputation of the degrees that you – as students – receive, instances of cheating or plagiarism are treated extremely seriously.

Fraud, including plagiarism, is understood as a student’s act or failure to act that makes it partially or fully impossible to correctly assess his/her knowledge, insight and skills.

Plagiarism is understood as presenting someone else’s work, words or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into your work without adequate reference to the source, whether or not intentional. All (un)published material, in any form or style is taken into consideration.

Any assignment is an individual piece of work, which means that plagiarism is strictly forbidden.

Equally, the use of mobile phones, communication devices or any other information carrier (whether the phone or other device is turned on or off, used or not used, etc. is irrelevant) or a watch during an examination is also forbidden.

If the Board of Examiners concludes that anything has occurred in an examination that makes it partially or fully impossible to correctly assess his/her knowledge, insight and skills, they may impose a sanction in accordance with SBE’s policy on fraud, including plagiarism.

In addition if the Board of Examiners concludes that a student did not adhere to the rules and regulations (e.g. mobile phones, watches), they may impose a sanction.

The Board of Examiners can apply various sanctions including:

  • Reprimand/official warning;
  • Grading the concerning educational unit or partial examination with a zero grade or a fail;
  • Excluding the student from participation or further participation in one or more examinations in the programme, with a maximum of one year.

Unsuitability (Iudicium Abeundi)

  1. In exceptional circumstances and after carefully weighing the interests at stake, the Board of Examiners may, stating reasons, ask the Dean to request that the Executive Board terminate or deny a student’s registration for a programme if, through his/her conduct or statements, the student shows that he/she is unsuitable to practice one or more professions for which the programme enrolled in is training him/her or is unsuitable for the practical preparation for the profession.
  2. If the Dean of the faculty is asked by the Executive Board for a recommendation on a proposed termination or denial of registration based on the reasons stated in paragraph 1, the Dean will in turn ask for a recommendation from the Board of Examiners. The recommendation to the Dean will be supported by reasons.

Please bear in mind that in case of fraud/plagiarism your letter will be kept in your student file. In case of another infringement the sanction will be more severe.

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