Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics

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Academic conduct

In short academic honesty means that the work you submit for assessment has to be your own work and not the work of someone else. Copying is not allowed and you have to use proper referencing when using the works of others. In many cases you will be encouraged to collaborate with others to enhance your learning, for example on hand-in exercises. But the final product which you hand in must be your own work. You are also not allowed to lend someone else your work for copying. Finally, you should  be aware that all university employees are obliged to report if they suspect that a student is attempting to “deceive during examinations or other forms of assessment of study performance”.

You can find more general information about academic conduct/integrity/honesty from the Lund University Libraries and Academic Writing in English Lund University (AWELU). There you can also find more information about an automatic system called URKUND which may be used in some courses to detect plagiarism as well as a link to the Guidelines and regulations on plagiarism and deceitful plagiarism in first-, second- and third-cycle education at Lund University.

There is also a film-clip on youtube with former Lund University vice-chancellor Göran Bexell entitled "On academic conduct".  Below you find a short excerpt from the clip:
"At a university like Lund University, as at all universities, originality in academic work is very important. This is true whether you are a student or a researcher. You study the literature and other people's ideas, you discuss with others. But your work must be independent, you write your own essays based on your own thinking. During assessment your own thinking is put to the test. So this is the cardinal point: Every kind of plagiarism or copying of other peoples work, citing without referencing, goes against this fundamental idea of intellectual independence."

If you have any questions, or if something is unclear about what is allowed or not, ask your teacher.

You can also download the information sheet we hand out to all students at the department