Exam cheating

The rules for exam cheating continue to apply even though your exams are online.

What is exam cheating?

The exam is a test where you prove your individual qualifications within the framework and conditions set by VIA for that exam.

If you at an exam - intentionally or unintentionally – do something that gives you better terms than required, you are cheating.

When submitting a written assignment, you must confirm in WISEflow by a statement of faith and promise that the assignment has been completed without undue assistance.

Wrongful assistance could consist of:

  • That you have used unauthorized aids or provided yourself or another student with improper assistance in answering the assignment
  • That you have published the work of others as your own in the assignment
  • That you have used your own, previously assessed work without a source reference in the assignment answer

In WISEflow, all task responses are automatically checked for plagiarism. The plagiarism check compares the exam answer with all open sources available over the Internet, ie. all websites, articles and projects that are online.

It is plagiarism when, in a written assignment, you try to give the impression that you are the author of an idea, text, set-up or the like, even if the author is actually another. Therefore, to avoid suspicion of plagiarism, it is extremely important that quotes, sources and references are clearly marked in the assignment.


About plagiarism

Plagiarism is when imitating or directly copying someone else's texts, without stating the source and pointing out that this is a quote or summary re-work.


About using your own, previously handed in assignments

You can use extracts from your own assignments according to these guidelines:

  • You can quote snippets (relatively brief) in line with all other sources - and using the usual source citation criteria.
  • You can work with similar issues as in previous assignments - just seen from the new perspective that the current module requires.
  • You can include previously used theories, but the theories must be elucidated in a new context.
  • You can use empirics that you used in a previous task, but it is expected to be done in a different - and typically broader - perspective.

Helping someone gain an unfair advantage at the exam is also cheating. Therefore, always think about it if in an exam situation you hand out your own answer to a fellow student.


The penalties for exam cheating range from being expelled from the exam, losing a trial and receiving a warning to permanently being expelled from VIA. The penalty depends on an overall assessment of the seriousness of the offense.

Other examples of actions, which are all considered cheating and may ultimately result in permanent expulsion from VIA:


If the test form requires the preparation of an individual examination answer, you must prepare the answer yourself. Therefore, you must not cooperate with your fellow students or others during the exam. Of course, do not let others work out parts of your assignment.

Counterfeiting of data

If you have to collect empirical data as part of an exam answer, it will be considered cheating if you make up data or manipulate data

Prior knowledge of the assignment

If you are familiar with the exam assignment in advance and you still attend the exam, you are committing exam cheating. You should immediately contact the Study Service of your education, which will offer you a new exam as soon as possible.