Code of Honor

For each examination, you are subject to the Code of Honor of the University of Zurich and must confirm knowledge of and compliance with the Code of Honor at the beginning of each examination. It is your duty to read the contents of the module and examination preparation carefully and to be aware of the legal consequences mentioned below.

WWF Ehrenkodex für Prüfungen und Leistungsnachweise (PDF, 126 KB)

WWF Examination and Assessment Code of Honor (PDF, 137 KB)

Code of Honor for Students Completing Official Assessments at the University of Zurich

Please read this Code of Honor carefully before you start the official assessment. With your confirmation, the University of Zurich (UZH) assumes that you are aware of its content as well as the possible consequences of any academic misconduct.

A. Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct as laid out in the Framework Ordinance of your Faculty is constituted by fraudulent or dishonest action.

Students at the UZH are committed to upholding honesty and integrity. In particular, this means that you must comply with the following principles:

  1. You may not claim someone else’s work as your own.
  2. You may not use unauthorized aids or receive or provide inadmissible support when completing official assessments.

B. Measures and Consequences

  1. Please be aware that the UZH may, according to the prevailing legal provisions, take organizational and technological measures to detect and document academic misconduct during official assessments.
  2. Any academic misconduct during an official assessment will result in a failing grade.
  3. Disciplinary proceedings may be initiated against you for academic misconduct. Disciplinary measures for academic misconduct may include temporary exclusion from the UZH.

C. Confirmation

“I hereby confirm that I will complete this official assessment myself and will not receive any inadmissible support.”

What does not comply with the Code of Honor

According to the Code of Honor, collaborations of any kind and the use or attempted use of appropriate aids during the examination are not permitted. These include, for example, chats, text messages, emails or any other means of jointly solving examination tasks or exchanging results online. It is also not permitted to employ other persons to help with the examination (identity fraud). The preparation of a fraudulent act in advance or the attempt to use the assistance of other persons in the run-up to the examination is also a violation of the Code of Honor and will be punished in the same way. On the contrary, the use of teaching materials or other generic materials (also online) is allowed for open book exams.

What are the consequences of a violation of the Code of Honor?

Actions that are contrary to the principles of the Code of Honor will be sanctioned according to the provisions of the program regulations, section 11.2. This means that violations of the Code of Honor lead to examination fraud, modules being marked with a grade 1 and disciplinary proceedings.

In addition, persons who write an examination – or parts of an examination – for others must, without exception, expect criminal proceedings to be initiated.