Academic fraud

Academic dishonesty or misconduct is any type of cheating that occurs in relation to formal academic life. All the following items are considered the violation of good academic practice and contemptible behaviour:

  1. the use of aids and materials at the examination, except those explicitly allowed by the teacher;
  2. prohibited sharing of knowledge (e.g. prompting, copying other student's work, etc.) by students during the assessment;
  3. taking an examination, assessment, etc.  for another student;
  4. submission of another person’s written work under your own name (plagiarism);
  5. the use of parts of another person's work or the student's own earlier work without the appropriate academic reference (plagiarism);
  6. re-submission of the student’s own work, if credits have already been awarded for it;
  7. fabrication of data, information and citations.

In case of academic fraud, the Director of Studies, dependant on the seriousness of the fraud, and taking into account the written explanations given by the student, the teacher and/or by the examiner, may either reprimand the student or make a proposal to the Vice-Rector of Studies for the student to be deleted from the matriculation register.

For the rules of procedure with academic fraud related to the defence of final thesis or taking the final examination please see the following documents:

Requirements and Procedure for the Awarding of Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees and Diplomas of Professional Higher Education at the Estonian University of Life Sciences

Conditions and Procedure for Awarding Doctorates

Students at the University are responsible for knowing what is considered to be academic fraud.