What happens with the assessment?
The student is found guilty
The examiner is not obliged to mark the exam or academic paper if the student is guilty of any form of cheating.
In exceptional cases, it may be justified to assess the work despite the student being found guilty of a disciplinary offence. This could be in cases such as when a student has been found to have access to prohibited aids at such an early stage that they clearly did not have the opportunity to use them.
However, even in such cases, the examiner has the right to refuse to mark the exam, which can be regarded as invalid because the student violated an important regulation. See Nils Jareborg’s paper Disciplinary responsibility for students found cheating or disrupting, (PDF, 70 kB, new window) (in Swedish)
In cases where an exam or academic paper has received the grade Pass before the Disciplinary Board reaches its decision that the student is guilty of cheating and it is clear that the act of cheating misled the examiner regarding the decision about the grade, the examiner can change the grade to a Fail due to the student having cheated. (See 37 § the Administrative Procedure Act (2017:900)). Please note that prior to the examiner doing so, the student must be given an opportunity to respond.
The student is cleared
If cheating cannot be proven, the work should generally be assessed. In exceptional cases, there may be reasons to refuse to mark an exam, despite the student being cleared of cheating, such as if a student has used prohibited aids without being aware that they were prohibited.
In such cases, the requirements of Chapter 10 Section 1 of the Higher Education Ordinance have not been met, and the student shall not be found guilty of a disciplinary offence, and it might still be reasonable that no assessment takes place.
For questions about the process in disciplinary matters, contact:
johanna [dot] alhem [at] legal [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 09 85
maria [dot] hamberg [at] legal [dot] lu [dot] se
Nicolina Levander (leave of absence)
nicolina [dot] levander [at] legal [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 08 90
Note! Send your reports to:
disciplin [at] lu [dot] se