Cheating at exams and other forms of assessment

DTU has ratified the Danish code of conduct for research integrity and, based on this, has formulated DTU's own code of good scientific and ethical practice/conduct (DTU Code of Integrity in Research). This code, which includes everyone at DTU, means that students, and PhD students, through their projects and conduct during courses must demonstrate that they have understood the principles of good scientific practice. DTU’s principles for good scientific conduct can be found at DTU Inside under ‘Research’ and ‘Principles for good scientific conduct’.

DTU has introduced an Honour Code for students at the BEng, BSc and MSc programmes. At the beginning of their studies, students must actively express their acceptance of the code in order to continue their studies at DTU. With the student's acceptance of the code of honour, DTU expects the student to exhibit independence and fairness in his/her work and his/her exams, and that he/she does not violate the rules on exam cheating. Acceptance of the Honour Code is a part of the commencement of studies exam for newly admitted BEng and BSc students. Admitted MSc students must express their acceptance of the code in connection with registration for courses in the 1st semester. More information on DTU's code of honour can be found at DTU Inside under 'Structure and Rules'.

Cheating at exams and plagiarism
DTU requires that students at DTU demonstrate independence in their work, and that the exam always reflects the students’ own work.
DTU considers it cheating if students at an exam:

  • hand in work which they have not independently produced at the exam in question.
  • use prohibited aids and materials at an exam.
  • gain unauthorized access to information during the exam through other students or by using the Internet.
  • demonstrate academic dishonesty, for example by manipulating or falsifying data.

DTU also considers it exam cheating if a student deliberately helps another student violate the exam rules.

Written assignments may only be submitted for assessment once. Written assignments previously assessed at DTU or another educational institution may not be reassessed, regardless of the grade earned and whether the assignment is the result of the student’s own previously submitted work.

At DTU Inside under ‘DTU’s code of honour’ under ‘Structure and rules’, examples are provided of violations of exam rules as well as guidance on the basic rules for quotes and source references in written assignments.

Procedure in case of cheating at exams
In accordance with section 9 of the Examination Order, DTU has laid down rules on disciplinary measures in cases of cheating and disruptive behaviour at exams (see DTU Inside under ‘Structure and rules’ / ‘Disciplinary measures’.). Violation of the exam rules will thus result in disciplinary sanctions against the student.

If there is any suspicion of violation of the exam rules, the lecturer must notify the Office for Study Programmes and Student Affairs via

As long as a case of exam cheating is pending, the reported student(s) have the right to participate in teaching and, depending on the extent of the alleged plagiarism/cheating, also in the exam.

The teacher must report the assessment EM ('Not met') for the student(s) who are suspected of exam fraud. If the teacher has already reported a grade for the course/project, the Office for Study Programmes and Student Affairs may, depending on which decision is made, cancel the grade subsequently.

A notifying report should contain the following information:

Background specification: A short description covering how exam behavior or the examination paper differs from the expected or correct answer. The background specification should clearly mark what is not considered to reflect the student’s independent performance. Within the context of plagiarism, it should be stated how the student could have quoted correctly.  

Flag exam cheating: In the student’s exam paper or an independent document, developed by the lecturer, the plagiarised parts of the assignment should be marked clearly: Text, graphs, equations, document creation etc. The plagiarised parts should be marked clearly, e.g. by highlighting. When the system identifies plagiarism, the Urkund report should always be enclosed.

Evaluation form: What type of evaluation does the course have and how much does the part that contains supposed plagiarism/exam cheating weigh.

The teacher must be aware that the report is transmitted in original form to the student(s).

Following consultation of the student suspected of violating the rules, the Office for Study Programmes and Student Affairs makes a decision on the matter according to DTU's disciplinary measures against students.

The student can appeal the decision to the dean within two weeks of receiving the decision. The appeal must be sent from the student mail to

Cancellation of exam in case of reasonable suspicion of irregularities
The Office for Study Programmes and Student Affairs may in special cases cancel an exam

  • if there is a reasonable suspicion that irregularities have taken place in connection with the student's exam answer, which means that the exam cannot form the basis for assessing the student's fulfillment of the learning objectives, and
  • if the office, due to the information in the case, does not find it possible to decide on a disciplinary sanction against the student.

The student must then register for a new exam in the course. Registration and deregistration deadlines for the exam can be viewed at DTU Inside under 'Exam'/'Registration deadlines for courses and examination'. An exam that is canceled due to suspicion of irregularities, that has not been fully proven, are not considered an exam attempt.
25 NOVEMBER 2020