Academic Fraud

Academic Fraud

Fraud includes any behavior or negligence on part of the student that makes it impossible for an examiner to form a correct judgement of his or her knowledge, insight and skills, or that is aimed at intentionally manipulating the examination process.

Types of fraud:

  • Exam fraud (e.g., using not-allowed materials during an exam)
  • Plagiarism (e.g., taking credit for material that is not your own)
  • Scientific fraud (e.g., fabricating data)



When a suspicion of fraud is raised during or after exams or projects, the student receives no grade (yet), and case is handed over to the exam committee. If fraud is established, then consequences could be severe with respect to:

The default punishment for first time offenders is:

  • Student fails on the entire course (even when plagiarism occurred in a small intermediate assignment)
  • Student is excluded from taking the exams of that course for one year
  • The misconduct will be entered into the student’s file
  • and no longer eligible for a judicium when graduating (met hoge waardering / cum laude)

The maximum punishment (e.g., for a recidivist):

  • Student’s education at TU/e will be terminated


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