Studying and Student life

Cheating and plagiarism

Committing fraud in examinations - more commonly called 'cheating' - is not allowed. Of course, you know this already, but what exactly is cheating? What is meant by plagiarism? How can you avoid breaking the rules - whether this happens intentionally or unintentionally? What sanctions does the university impose? These pages answer all these questions and more. This information is for all students and staff at Tilburg University. Not everyone is involved with this subject in the same way, so the information is divided up into sections for students, lecturers and invigilators.

Rules agreed on

Besides the rules on cheating and plagiarism that apply to the whole university, there are also additional rules and measures that each school has set out, so, you should also take a look at the websites. Links to the relevant school web information are given on these pages.

Code of conduct

The rules on cheating are derived from Tilburg University's Code of Conduct. This includes the following statement: "In view of the fact that students follow an academic course of study, they need to learn to work independently, to collect information carefully and to solve problems. Students need to prepare for examinations conscientiously."

Cheating in examinations, and when doing assignments and writing theses, does not belong in the sort of academic study the university has in mind for its students. Anyone who cheats is breaking university rules, and in some cases, the law as well. Not only the reputation of a student is being damaged if he or she cheats; the university's reputation is also at stake. This is why Tilburg University takes firm action if a case of cheating is discovered.