Computer Science 150:
Components and Design Techniques for Digital Systems
Spring 2010 - Cheating Policy
Lectures: Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00-3:30PM, 306 Soda
Lab Lecture: Friday, 2:00-3:00pm, 125 Cory
This policy is a largely adopted from a policy esteblished by Prof. Kristofer Pister.
We expect that none of you will cheat in this course (you really don't want to), so we do not expect to be in a position to apply this policy.
Please do your part to ensure this remains so.
University Policy on Cheating or Plagiarism (From the UCB General Catalog)
Achievement and proficiency in subject matter include your realization that neither
is to be achieved by cheating. An instructor has the right to give you an F on a single
assignment produced by cheating without determining whether you have a passing knowledge
of the relevant factual material. That is an appropriate academic evaluation for a
failure to understand or abide by the basic rules of academic study and inquiry. An
instructor has the right to assign a final grade of F for the course if you plagiarized
a paper for a portion of the course, even if you have successfully and, presumably, honestly
passed the remaining portion of the course. It must be understood that any student who
knowingly aids in plagiarism or other cheating, e.g., allowing another student to copy a
paper or examination question, is as guilty as the cheating student.
If I catch you cheating, I will give you an F on the assignment. If it is a midterm exam,
final exam, or final project, I will give you an F in the class. You will be reported to
the office of student conduct. If you have a previous case of cheating on your record, I
will push to have you expelled from the University.
What is cheating and plagiarism?
plagiarize, v. 1) To steal and use (the ideas or writings) of another) as one's own (from
the American Heritage Dictionary) cheat, v. 1) To act dishonestly; practice fraud (from
the American Heritage Dictionary)
If you turn in someone else's work as if it were your own, you are guilty of cheating.
This includes homework sets, answers on exams, verilog code, schematic diagrams, etc.
It is acceptable to discuss lab exercises and the final project with one another. And it
is acceptable to work together on homework sets. However, you cannot copy or exchange electronic
files, printouts, or handwritten materials.
Examples of student excuses
We have heard all of the following statements. All of the people making these statements
were given an F. The first few are easy:
These next few are a little trickier. Are you guilty of cheating if you give away something
that doesn't work, or if someone promises that they won't copy but just wants to look, or if
you put yourself in a situation where it is trivially easy for someone to copy your work?
YES! If someone breaks into your room or your account, or searches your backpack when you
aren't looking, that's not your fault. If you pin your homework on the bulletin board, or
leave it on the dining room table when your roommates are around, that is your
fault. F's for all of the following:
- "I didn't cheat. I did my own work, but I saw that hers was better, so I turned
hers in instead."
- "I finished the project early. My friends had midterms in other classes, and didn't
have time to work on it. I let them copy mine."
- "We made a deal - I did the odd numbered homeworks, and he did the even."
And then there is the appeal to friendship, common fraternity, ethnicity, you name it:
- "I didn't give them my project. I let them have an earlier version that didn't work."
- "She said that she just wanted to look at it for reference, but she promised not to
- "My friends and I all share passwords to our accounts since we're in a project group
in cs170. I had no idea that they copied my project."
What you can do is be very blunt: "Are you out of your mind? We can both be thrown out of
the university for this! I will not risk my entire college career on this."
- "He is my brother. What could I do?"
Anyone who asks you to cheat is threatening your grade and your future as well as his or hers.
Don't give in!
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