Students Tilburg University

Use the tips to avoid cheating

Sometimes, cheating or plagiarism happens unintentionally, simply because the rules and guidelines are not known. You can avoid this situation by using the following tips.

Written examinations

  • As soon as you enter the examination room, place your jacket and bag in the aisle, on the windowsill or at the front of the room. Do not take any valuables with you to the exam. Switch your mobile phone off and put it in your jacket or bag.
  • Be on time. If you arrive late, you will not be given extra time at the end. If you arrive more than 30 minutes late, you will not be allowed into the examination at all. It is also not permitted to leave the room until a half-hour after the start of the exam.
  • Make sure you can identify yourself with your Tilburg University student card. Place this on your table in such a way that it can be clearly seen. If you do not have a student card, make sure you have your passport, identity card or driving license with you.
  • A visit to the toilet will only be allowed in very exceptional circumstances. Invigilators allow only a very short break to be taken and do not permit more than one person to visit the toilet at the same time.
  • At the end of the examination, hand in your answer sheets and/or your multiple choice answer card at the invigilation table. An invigilator puts a tick after your name to show that you have handed in your exam paper.

Check the regulations for written examinations

Rules for citing and paraphrasing correctly

These days, cutting and pasting is so easy that some people are guilty of plagiarism without their realizing it. However, there are also cases of real plagiarism. You plagiarize something if you copy sentences, phrases, document sections or even ideas from the work of others - whether published or not - without mentioning the original author. Even if you replace some of the words in a piece of text, you have plagiarized it. So, what should you be doing?

  • Make clear in the text which ideas are your own and which are the ones you have borrowed from someone else.
  • If you paraphrase something, you still need to acknowledge the source.
  • Graphs, tables, statistics and images also need to be included in the acknowledgements.
  • Follow the rules for the correct way to cite and to paraphrase. You will find them on the library's website.

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