Rules and regulations

Rules and regulations

As a student at Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) you are covered by rights and rules concerning, among other things, your study environment, cheating, gender equality and information requirements.

Here you can find some key rules and guidelines on education at BTH, and in-depth information about plagiarism and cheating, appeal and copyright.


In higher education, the students’ knowledge and skills are tested and evaluated through some form of assessment. A more detailed description of what assessment entails and its different forms can be found in the brochure Examination at BTH.

The brochure also covers the rules on assessment and consequences of not complying with the rules.

In addition, the brochure includes tips on things to consider when being assessed – you can learn a lot from reading the brochure.

Plagiarism and cheating

Plagiarism means using someone else’s work without specifying who is the author or where the information was collected. Plagiarism is a serious offence and considered a violation of good academic practice. At worst, plagiarism can lead to suspension from studies. Because of this, it is important that students are aware of how to avoid plagiarism when writing an academic text.

If the student is suspected of cheating, this will be reported to the Vice-Chancellor and the case will be issued in the Disciplinary Committee. Possible disciplinary measures imposed as a consequence of attempt to cheat are: formal warning and suspension from participation in class and examination during a period of six months. All kinds of cheating during laboratory work, written exercises, essays and oral examinations, are considered equally serious at Blekinge Institute of Technology, BTH.

Read more about disciplinary measures at BTH


Refero is an online tutorial developed to help students understand what constitutes plagiarism. It also provides tips on how to cite and refer to others correctly to avoid plagiarism.

The tutorial was developed in collaboration between the libraries participating in the strategic university collaboration, Akademi Sydost, and is available in Swedish and English.

Refero – the anti-plagiarism tutorial    Information about disciplinary measures

The Disciplinary Board

Chapter 10, Section 3 of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) stipulates that cases involving disciplinary measures must be dealt with by a disciplinary board. Every higher education institution must have a board of this kind. Read more about the Disciplinary Board.


How to appeal

The following decisions can be appealed to the Higher Education Appeals Board:

  • Decision that an applicant fails to meet the entry requirements, and decision not to waive the entry requirements for admission to first- and second-cycle education.
  • Decision on credit transfer from prior studies or professional experience.
  • Rejection of a student’s request for exemption from a compulsory course component.
  • Decision to withdraw a doctoral student’s resources, and decision not to allow the student to recover the resources.
  • Decision to demand reimbursement of a doctoral grant.
  • Rejection of a student’s request for a degree or course certificate.
  • Decision not to let someone who is admitted to first- or second-cycle education to commence their studies or to continue their studies after an approved leave.

Written appeals are to be submitted to BTH

The written appeal is to specify

  • the decision you are appealing,
  • the change you want made to the decision,
  • why you consider the decision incorrect.

You must submit your appeal in writing no more than 3 weeks after you received the decision. The appeal is to be addressed to Överklagandenämnden för högskolan (Higher Education Appeals Board) but sent to:


Blekinge Tekniska Högskola

371 79 Karlskrona Sweden