Conrad Weisert, 2010
The University's policy on academic dishonesty is clear. As in most
universities, penalties can be as drastic
as automatic failure in a course or even expulsion from the university.
Although common sense and long tradition define what we mean by
academic dishonesty, some
special situations that may arise in computer-based work need
clarification. These guidelines
apply to all work in this course.
Three forms of academic dishonesty are: plagiarism,
collaboration, and cheating.
- Cheating on examinations
involves the consulting of any unauthorized material, the use of
any unauthorized devices, or any communication, oral or written, among
looking at another student's examination paper is cheating, even if
nothing is copied from it.
- Plagiarism includes not only
the unacknowledged use of published or other written sources,
but also turning in material prepared by friends, relatives,
professional colleagues, other
students, or anyone else.
- Collaboration occurs when two
or more students work on a project or individual assignment together
and then turn in results containing significant common material as if it
were their individual
work. It's unethical for both of them, whether their individual
contributions were 50-50 or
Under appropriate circumstances, there's nothing wrong with:
- Consulting either reference material or experts.
- Basing your work on what you learn from such consultations.
- Studying in groups or having group discussions about individual course
The assignments and examinations you turn in, however, must always
represent your own work.
If, in the course of consulting references or studying with others, you
come across some material
that ideally fits the solution to an assignment, you may (and often
should) incorporate it into
your work. If you do, however, you must:
- Clearly identify which parts of the assignment are not your
original work and give proper
credit to the source, even if that source is a friend, a relative, or
another student in this course.
- Include sufficient original explanations to convince me
that you've thoroughly mastered the
material and understand exactly how it applies to the assignment.
These guidelines apply to written material, to diagrams, and to computer
programs. If you have any
doubt, consult me before turning in the affected work.