A student that is found using prohibited aids or by other means attempts to deceive during examinations or when academic work is otherwise assessed can be reported for cheating/plagiarism. Reports are usually written by the course director/coordinator in consultation with the PD (programme director) or GUA (responsible for undergraduate education) and are thereafter sent to the vice chancellor at Karolinska Institutet. The vice chancellor in turn, either decides upon remitting the matter to the Disciplinary Board or decides to dismiss the matter. Commonly the matter is remitted to the Disciplinary Board, to ensure that the handling of the matter is transparent, fair and objective.
As a student, you have the right to give a to statement he Disciplinary Board, and to speak further at the meeting of the Board. The Board can decide to dismiss the matter without further action or to occasion a caution. The caution implies that you, most likely, must retake the examination, but you can also be suspended from your studies at Karolinska Institutet for a certain period of time – usually six weeks and no more than six months. A suspension decision means that the student is prohibited from participating in instruction, tests or other activities within the area of education at the university.
Suspension will also result in the institution informing CSN about the period during which the student is suspended, since the student doesn’t qualify as a student during the suspension and therefore cannot be entitled to student finance. However, it’s up to CSN to decide upon how they’ll act, the university is only obliged to inform them about the suspension. A decision of suspension is normally put into effect immediately. An appeal against the decision of the Board can be filed at the Administrative Court, if the student in questions thinks the decision is wrong.
If you’re reported for suspected cheating/plagiarism, you’re welcome to contact the Students’ Ombudsperson who can help and advise you when you’re writing your statement to the Disciplinary Board.