Policy on Collaboration and Cheating
Cheating directly affects the reputation of the
Department and University and lowers the morale of other students. As is
consistent with departmental policy, incidents of cheating on homework
assignments or lab reports will result in a grade of zero on that assignment,
while cheating on exams will result in a failing grade in the course. All
incidents of cheating will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct where
records of academic misconduct are maintained.
Presenting another person's work as your own
constitutes cheating, whether that person is a friend or an unknown student in
this class or a previous semester's class. Everything you turn in must be your
own doing, and it is your responsibility to make it clear to the grader that it
really is your own work. If you are not sure whether a particular
interaction is appropriate, consult the instructor or aTA before you turn in
- Homework Assignments - You are encouraged to help each
other learn the course material by discussing the questions and explore
solution methods before you do the homework assignments. However, you have
to work out the solutions by yourself. There is no reason that you should
ever have another student's solution in your possession. You are also not
allowed to give a solution to another student, even with the
understanding that it will not be copied.
- Lab Reports -The lab reports in this course should be
done in teams of 2 or 3. You may not work with another team or share
solutions across teams. Each individual in a team is responsible for the
entire report, which means that you will be held responsible if your
partner copies another group's solution to produce part of your team's
Policy on Academic Dishonesty
all or part of another person's work, or using reference material not
specifically allowed, are forms of cheating and will not be tolerated. A
student involved in an incident of cheating will be notified by the instructor
and the following policy will apply:
- The instructor may take actions such as:
a) require repetition of the subject work,
b) assign an F grade or a 'zero' grade to the subject work,
c) for serious offenses, assign an F grade for the course.
- The recommended action for cheating on examinations or
term papers is 1(c).
- The instructor must inform the student and the
Department Chair in writing of the incident, the action taken, if any, and
the student's right to appeal to the Chair of the Department Grievance
Committee or to the Director of the Office of Student Conduct.
- The instructor must retain copies of any written
evidence or observation notes.
- The Department Chair must inform the Director of the Office
of Student Conduct of the incident, the student's name, and the action
taken by the instructor.
- The Office of Student Conduct may choose to conduct a
formal hearing on the incident and to assess a penalty for misconduct.
- The Department will recommend that students involved in
a second incident of cheating be dismissed from the University.