Cheating on exams

Cheating on exams can result in serious consequences for the student who cheats. If you are caught cheating, you may be banned from the university for a year, you may be denied the right to take the exam at other universities and university colleges, and your exam from the course in which you cheated will be annulled. Norsk versjon - Fusk på eksamen

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Examples of cheating

The list below is not exhaustive.

  • Presenting someone else’s work entirely or partially as the student’s own, i.e. plagiarism, including lack of reference to sources and/or clear marking of quotations from sources on the web, other people’s theses or assignments, textbooks, articles, etc.
  • Taking an answer paper from the Internet, etc. and submitting all or part of it as one’s own work
  • Presenting one’s own previous work without reference (self-plagiarism)
  • Submitting work of a practical or artistic nature created by someone other than the student
  • Unauthorized cooperation or communication between candidates or groups
  • Changing an answer paper after submitting it
  • Using or having access to illegal aids during the relevant examination, for example:
    • a calculator or PC with content/programmability beyond the limits of what is allowed
    • software installed in connection with an examination that makes it possible to access illegal exam support material
    • a mobile phone or other digital aid (this must be kept in the designated place during the exam)
    • loose sheets, notes, a memory stick with curriculum-relevant content
    • text relevant to the subject that is written or pasted into permitted exam support material such as dictionaries or collections of formulae
    • students’ own sheets of rough paper with a “draft text” that has been written beforehand, textbooks from the curriculum or other relevant academic books
    • illegal exam support material available in areas outside the examination room, for example, in toilets
    • illegal exam support material discovered in checks before the exam
  • Unauthorized use of permissible aids
  • Improperly got access to the exam
  • The student gets someone else to attend the exam in their place or gets another person to write their answer paper
  • The student gets someone else to sign for them in connection with compulsory attendance
  • Through dishonest behavior before the examination, the student obtains access to the exam question paper
  • The student aids or abets another student to cheat
  • Otherwise acting in a way that could provide wrongful advantages in connection with assessment or compulsory activities

Cheating on other assignments

Obligatory assignments or reports that must be approved in order for the student to take the exam also fall under the same rules as for cheating on exams.

Especially about short-term individual home exam/assignment

The exam is an individual, independent work. Examination aids are permitted, but make sure you follow any instructions regarding citations. If it is not specified in the examination set which rules apply to the use of sources, it is the ordinary rules for source reference, marking of quotation and bibliography that apply. See the following website

For home exam that have a duration up to and including 6 hours, it is not permitted to communicate with others about the exam questions or to distribute drafts for solutions. Such communication is regarded as cheating. It is also considered cheating for both students if one of the students helps the other during the same exam. This is due to the fact that such communication can give both an unfair advantage.

Your responsiblity

It is your responsibility to become familiar with the rules that apply to your work in terms of use of sources and references, as well as what kinds of aids are allowed in examinations or in the production of written or technical work. Reed more about how to use and cite sources, use of reference management tools and current courses:

If you are uncertain about which rules apply, you should contact the responsible individuals in your academic discipline.

Checks for plagiarism

NTNU has a system that enables documents and exams to be checked for plagiarism. Assignments submitted in courses at NTNU are checked for plagiarism against both sources on the internet, text databases and other assignments.

NTNU's Central Appeals Board decides what kinds of sanctions will be levied in the case of plagiarism or cheating.


Cases regarding suspicion of cheating must be sent to one of the following units:

  • Education Quality Division (cases at campus Trondheim)
  • Section for Education Gjøvik (cases at campus Gjøvik)
  • Section for Education Ålesund (cases at campus Ålesund)

See guidelines on dealing with cheating or attempted cheating in examinations at NTNU (pdf). Cheating on exams can result in you being banned from university and having your examination results annulled.

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