School authorities have been forced to suspend ten students at Lund University after they were caught cheating, wrote the Sydsvenskan newspaper on Wednesday.
The students were suspected after having been caught faking interviews and illegally collaborating in their papers, as well as plagiarizing material, wrote the local Sydsvenskan newspaper on Wednesday.
One student who had previously been suspended from the university was caught for a second time, this time taking other people’s interviews and trying to pass them off as his own for his master’s thesis.
The student was suspended for four months.
Another suspended student was a woman who was caught with “cheat sheets” written on a pink napkin that she took in to an exam.
The woman told authorities that they were just study notes that she accidentally took into the exam, however as she was caught with the napkin in her hand during the exam, it was deemed that the incident was no mistake.
She was suspended for two months by the university as punishment.
The number of reported cases of cheating at Lund have grown rapidly in recently years, jumping nearly 80 percent since 2008 when 53 cases were reported, resulting in disciplinary action for all but nine students.
By 2011, however, the number of students reported for cheating had ballooned to 95, of which 28 students were eventually freed from any suspicions.
Sanna Håkansson of the university’s Disciplinary Board claims that it’s hard to predict how many more cases will occur, though that it’s “not unusual” to see such figures.
“The most common form of cheating is plagiarism, and this is something we see in a big way every year,” she told the paper.