Code of Conduct
The University grading system is built on trust. The University trusts you to submit work which is solely your own, and the University trusts your instructor to assign grades fairly. When you break this trust and either submit work which is not entirely your own or permit others to submit your work as their own, you put the fairness of the entire grading system at risk. Therefore, cheating in this course will not be tolerated.
Cheating is defined as either submitting work which is not entirely your own or making it possible for another to submit your work as if it is their own. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following actions:
- Working with another individual in the completion of your course work. Asking isolated, specific questions of your classmates is acceptable; working side by side with them on the same assignment is not. All work for this course is expected to be done solely by the individual who will eventually submit it as their own. If an exception for collaborative work is allowed, it will be clearly stated in the assignment description. Exceptions include work completed with the guidance of an authorized individual such as your instructor, a PAC consultant (when available for this course), or a tutor approved by your instructor.
- Submitting work that was done under the step-by-step direction of another individual. If step-by-step demonstrations are necessary for you to learn how to do your course work, you should repeat those steps independently to create the work you actually submit as your own. This includes work completed under the step-by-step direction of an authorized individual (see above), since it is vital that you ensure that you understand what you are doing, not just how to mimic the guidance you have been given.
- Obtaining the work of another individual and submitting any part of it as your own. This even includes the basic raw materials provided for an assignment. It is your responsibility to get these materials directly from the official source provided or make alternative arrangements with your instructor. Never share files with another individual or download files or archives related to an assignmnent from the web. If you obtain content or code from a resource such as a book or a web site, you should ensure that the externally provided material forms a minimal percentage of your own work, clearly indicate the start and end of the externally provided material, and clearly indicate the source of that material. It also exceedingly important that you fully understand any snippets of code you utilize under these conditions. At any point, you may be asked to explain how that code works and why you have chosen to integrate it directly (rather than learn from it and write your own). Inadequate responses to such questions could be considered an indication of cheating.
- Allowing another individual to copy your work, in whole or in part. It is your responsibility to protect your work from those who may wish to copy it for their own use. Never share files with another individual. This includes both hardcopy and digital forms of your code and both physical and electronic forms of distribution (such as leaving printouts unattended or posting course-related code on networked servers, except as required for course purposes).
- Using unauthorized notes or materials, including the paper of a fellow student or unauthorized devices, during a quiz or exam. This would also include using a copy of the actual exam in preparing for the examination (unless that copy has been provided to you directly by your instructor as a study aid).
- Sharing exam-specific information with another student when one of you has taken the exam (or quiz) and the other has not.
If you forfeit the trust placed in you by taking an action which can be construed as cheating, it is very likely that you will be caught. And if you are caught cheating, it is a virtual certainty that you will be punished. The precise nature of the punishment will be decided only after an investigation of the circumstances is completed. However, unless significant mitigating circumstances can be identified, the most likely punishment will be failure from the course. At the very least, you will receive a punishment substantially worse than a simple zero for the assignment or exam in question.
Note that when you are failed from the course for cheating, your instructor is obligated by University regulations to inform their departmental chair, your academic advisor, and the dean of your college of this event in writing. Even if you are not failed from the course, your instructor may, at their discretion, provide written notice of their disciplinary actions to some or all of the same individuals. These letters of notification may, in turn, lead to additional consequences, such as further disciplinary action from the University and/or difficulty with future endeavors such as transfers, graduate school admissions, and/or employment opportunities.
It is also important for CS and IT majors to note that, under departmental policy, any subsequent occurrence of cheating (meaning second, third, and following offenses) is likely to trigger a disciplinary review by a committee charged with determining whether the repeat offender should be allowed to continue as a major within the department. Depending upon the outcome of this review, it is entirely possible that you will be expelled from the department’s programs and not allowed to continue as a major within the department.
You may be asked to explicitly agree to the following statement as part of the required coursework. If not, however, by remaining enrolled in the course beyond the add deadline established by the University you implicitly agree to the following statement:
Having read the above statements as they pertain to this course, I understand and accept both the definition of cheating presented above and the likelihood that I will be failed from the course if I am caught cheating in this course. I also understand that repeat instances of cheating may be grounds for expulsion from the CS and/or IT major.