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’.

As of the academic year 2017/2018, 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. 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'.

DTU requires that students at DTU demonstrate independence in their work, and that the exam always reflects the students’ own work.

Cheating at exams and plagiarism
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 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.

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

The Office for Study Programmes and Student Affairs can cancel an exam and request the student to resit the exam. This only occurs if there are reasonable grounds for suspicion of irregularities in connection with the student’s exam paper which strongly indicate that the student’s achievement of the current learning objectives cannot be assessed of the basis of the exam. The exam form in connection with the new exam may differ from the exam form at the ordinary exam. Exams which are cancelled due to suspicion of irregularities are not considered an exam attempt. 

If the new exam confirms suspicions of cheating, a decision is taken in accordance with DTU’s rules regarding disciplinary measures for students.

If the new exam does not confirm the suspicions of cheating, the decision is taken the student cannot be deemed to have violated the exam rules. The student is assessed based on the performance at the new exam.