Policy Interpretation

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.

Under appropriate circumstances, there's nothing wrong with:

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 both written material and to computer programs. If you have any doubt, consult me before turning in the affected work.