Policy on Academic Honesty


Plagiarism is a kind of fraud: passing off someone else's work or ideas as your own in order to get a higher mark. Plagiarism is treated very seriously. The assignments you hand in must represent your own work. You must acknowledge anyone else's ideas you have used. Discussion on assignments is encouraged, but please do your own work (unless the task is specifically designed as a group project).

If source code (to enhance) or other material from the WWW is used to complete your lab assignments, it should be acknowledged and a priori permission should be sought. Taking source code from a peer or the WWW or a book to complete a lab makes you culpable.

If I think cheating might have occurred, evidence will be gathered and forwarded to the University Board on Student Discipline and they will decide. If it is determined that cheating has occurred, an F grade will be awarded.

And here is the School's official disclaimer:
Academic Honesty plays a key role in our efforts to maintain a high standard of academic excellence and integrity. Students are advised that ALL acts of intellectual dishonesty are subject to disciplinary action by the School; serious infractions are dealt with in accordance with the Code of Academic Honesty (S10.01).

Policy on collaboration in homework assignments

Limited collaboration in discussing general approaches to problems is allowed; no collaboration is allowed in writing up solutions. You may discuss assignments with other people currently taking the course (you must list their names in your homework); however, you should not leave such discussions with any written material and you must write up your solutions alone. Violation of these rules constitutes a serious academic offense.

IMPORTANT: Your assignment submission should include a cover page...

The cover page for your assignments must contain: A sample cover page has been provided to you.

Helping each other

Although you must not solve your assignments with the help of others, there are still many ways in which students can help each other. For instance, you can go over difficult lecture or tutorial material, work through exercises, or help each other understand an assignment handout. This sort of course collaboration can be done in study groups or through the mailing list.

Richard (Hao) Zhang / haoz at cs dot sfu dot ca