Arbeitskollegen machen entspannt Pause

Legal Protection for Students with Regard to Examinations and Cheating

Legal protection with regard to examinations

If any substantial shortcomings, disruptions, or problems occur during an examination (e.g. a fire alarm), students with a failing grade may submit an application for annulment of the examination to Study Regulations & Credit Transfer. This application must be submitted within two weeks of the announcement of the grades. Examinations that are declared void will not be counted as a lost examination attempt. Applications must be submitted to Study Regulations & Credit Transfer (Study Service Center, counters 1-3, building LC, level 2).

Procedures in the event of cheating

If a student uses unauthorized aids (e.g. a crib sheet, cell phone, earphones, copying from another student), the cheating student’s examination will not be assessed and the student will lose an examination attempt. Please report such situations to studienrecht@wu.ac.at using the form “Report of Cheating or Academic Fraud.” The cheating student will be blocked from retaking or registering for the exam in question for a period of four months.

If a student attempts to take an exam under a false name on behalf of another student, the exam will be declared void and it will count as an examination attempt. Please report such situations to studienrecht@wu.ac.at. For a period of four months, all students involved will be blocked from retaking or registering for any exams in the subject where the fraud was committed.
If an instance of cheating is not discovered until the exam is corrected, the examination will be declared void by means of an official notification. Please report any suspicious cases you may encounter to studienrecht@wu.ac.at.

If a student attempts to take an exam under a false name on behalf of another student or presents counterfeit ID or forged documents of any kind, the student will be reported to the public prosecutor’s office.

Anyone who creates a work for another person for a fee or free of charge or makes it available to another person, that is to be used as a seminar, examination or thesis to prove that they have not performed independent work is punishable by a fine of up to 25,000 euros.

Likewise, anyone who publicly offers to produce such a work for another person or to make it available to another person must be punished. If someone gets regular income through this, the fine is up to 60,000 euros.

Free assistance that does not impair the intellectual and technical independence of the seminar, examination or thesis of the designated author is not to be punished.

The criminal liability expires after 30 years.