The Department of Biology has a common policy for how to prevent and handle cheating, and at the same time encourage independent and academic thinking among the students.
It is important for you as a student to understand not only that cheating is formally wrong and may have grave consequences, but also that it prevents your own development in thinking and working in an academic way.
To ensure that you have understood the common rules you will at the start of some courses sign a statement that you have read and understood the rules. If you are in any way unsure about which rules that apply within a specific course you must discuss this with the course leader (e.g. regarding cooperation with fellow students during projects, what material you are allowed to bring to the examination plagiarism etc.).
The course leader will explain to you what is and is not allowed, e.g. regarding cooperation, how to cite and use text from other sources etc. If you are not sure about the rules ask the course leader. All exams will be handed in through Urkund, a database system designed to detect copied texts and plagiarism.
All projects larger than one week of work will be handed in through Urkund (see above). If you are not sure of that you have used citations and/or text from other sources in a correct way ask the course leader before you hand in your project.
As a student you must inform yourself about the rules that apply during projects, exams etc. at the Department where you study. Please note that the rules may differ between Departments, as well as between courses within the same department.
All cases of suspected cheating are reported by the Director of Studies to the Vice-Chancellor at Lund University. The Director of Studies at the Department informs the student that a report has been handed in.
The Vice-Chancellor initiates an investigation, and finally a disciplinary committee makes a decision. If a student has been considered to cheat he/she either receives a warning or is banned from all teaching activities at the University for up to six months.
Jep Agrell, Director of Studies, Department of Biology