Action plan against Academic Dishonesty
What is plagiarism?
When you copy (parts of) a friend's paper, a book or material on the Internet without mentioning it in your text, you are plagiarizing. In order not to plagiarize, you must learn how to reference correctly. Plagiarism is considered cheating and is dealt with in accordance with Hanken's Action Plan against Academic Dishonesty.
Electronic programmes as help aids when detecting plagiarism
All Master's Theses handed in after 1 January 2010 are be plagiarism controlled with the help of programmes for plagiarism detection (Urkund or Turnitin). It is also recommended that all other written assignments handed in by students should be tested in a programme for plagiarism detection. Programmes for plagiarism detection can never independently perform a plagiarism control but are to be seen as help aids for the teachers when it comes to plagiarism detection. More information on the plagiarism control can be found under IT-Services.
In order to avoid plagiarizing you should master a reference technique. Information about reference techniques can be found in this writing guide.
Cheating during exams
During the exam, the following is forbidden:
- sharing materials
- using help aids other than those mentioned on the exam
If a student is caught cheating or is intentionally creating a disturbance, the supervisor may immediately end that student's exam. If cheating is discovered or proved later, the student will be failed by the examiner.
Afterwards, Hanken's Action Plan against Academic Dishonesty will be followed.
Action Plan against Academic Dishonesty
Cheating is defined as:
- plagiarism; use of information without correct references, including copying fellow students' work when tasks should be completed individually.
- copying from fellow examinees or using unauthorised assisting materials
- other dishonesty, prohibited actions or the use of prohibited means in association to study performance.
When a student is caught cheating the examiner/s should:
- Question parties concerned, inform him/her/them about the possible repercussions, listen to any possible witnesses and inform the responsible teacher.
- Prepare a report in writing.
- Forward the report to the Office of Study Affairs, from where the matter will be brought forward if necessary
- Inform the administrative director of the university if the case is regarded as serious, and if there is reason to consider a warning or suspension according to the University Act.
- When a student is caught copying from somebody else at the exam, the supervisor should end the examinee's exam and/or make a note to the examiner about the event. Examiner/s will treat the matter as plagiarism stated above.
Cheating will result in a failed study performance. Cheating in one part of a course will most likely lead to the student failing the whole course.
The need to resort to a warning or suspension according to the Universities Act is judged by the administrative director of the university. The student will receive a warning in writing. The degree of cheating can vary depending on the circumstances. In specific cases the examiner may not grade the students' performance as failed. Suspicion of cheating alone does not lead to other repercussions.
If an exchange student is found guilty of cheating, the home university will be informed through a letter addressed to the Dean or equivalent and to the international partner coordinator. If a student who studies at Hanken through the JOO Agreement is guilty of cheating the home university will be notified through a letter addressed to the student's faculty or equivalent. The Office of Study Affairs is responsible for informing the home university.
The student has the right to request rectification of the decision regarding failing also when the reason for failing a course is due to cheating. The request should be addressed to the examination committee.