CISC/CMPE 454 Policy on Plagiarism

CISC/CMPE 454 Policy on Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a kind of fraud: passing off someone else's work as your own in order to get a higher mark. Plagiarism is treated very seriously. The assignments you hand in must be your own and must not contain anyone else's work.

Guidelines for avoiding plagiarism

You may discuss assignments with friends and classmates, but only up to a point: You may discuss and compare general approaches and also how to get around particular difficulties, but you should not leave such a discussion with any written material. You should not look at another student's solution to an assignment on paper or on the computer screen, even in draft form. The actual coding of your programs, analysis of results, and writing of reports must be done individually, except for group projects.

If you do talk with anyone about an assignment, you must state this in your assignment, and must also state the extent of your discussion.

Note that it is also a serious offense to help someone commit plagiarism. Do not lend your printouts, reports or diskettes, and do not let others copy or read them. To protect yourself against people copying your work without your knowledge, retain all of your old printouts and draft notes until the assignments have been graded and returned to you. If you suspect that someone has stolen a printout or diskette, contact your instructor immediately.

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