Academic Misconduct Guidlines, S319/S519
DKP 9/22/04

1. Discuss mathematical concepts.

From the "Guidelines for Learning Mathematics and Working Problem Sets":

"The only way to develop your understanding of mathematics is by working on problems, studying examples, and talking about the concepts with your peers and instructors."


2. Do your own work on assignments.

From S319/S519 General Information:

"Students are expected turn in materials that are the result of their independent work. Since the projects are turned in using a word processor, students are cautioned that each report is to be independently written and entered into the computer, even though problems and issues are discussed with others. Usually Excel spreadsheets are also turned in as part of the work. Copying of other students' files, or partial files, will be considered cheating. "


3. Consider specific examples of copying from Computer Science Dept., Merrimack College (

"Particularly, for programming projects, students should work independently except where collaboration is expressly permitted by the professor. While it is generally permissible for students to discuss assignments, strategies and techniques, they should be careful not to reveal specifics of their own work to others. Directly examining the code of others can easily lead to unacceptable similarities in structure and style. It is generally not permissible for one student to develop an assignment by altering the work of another student or altering work from other sources such as the internet unless expressly permitted by the professor. In general, it is expected that students will submit homework assignments and projects that are their own work."
Allowing another student to examine and/or copy your work constitutes an instance of academic misconduct both by you and by the other student. Thus academic misconduct includes not only taking others' work and submitting it as your own, but also allowing others to use your work or submit your work as their own. Students allowing others to copy their work will be charged with academic misconduct."

"Examining and/or copying the work of another without their permission constitutes, in itself, a separate instance of academic misconduct.
Thus it is not permissible to examine the work of others which is found either in printed form, as in a lab, or in electronic form, as on a public hard drive. Students who take the work of others in this manner will be charged with academic misconduct."