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Computer Science Academic Programs


The department requires all work that contributes to a student's grade to be the unaided work of the student. Copying another's work, working together, asking others for help and giving help are not ethical and prohibited. The only allowable source of help is the instructor. These rules apply to homework, tests, quizzes, laboratory exercises, take-home examinations and in-class examinations. When exceptions are made, as in the case of group projects, the cooperation that is allowed will be explained by the instructor.

Any violation of the above rules or any other form of dishonesty, for example, changing an answer on an examination paper that has been returned and claiming credit for the corrected answer, will be treated seriously by the Department. In most cases, the students involved will immediately fail the course. Except in exceptional cases, where it can be demonstrated that work has been stolen from a student without the student's knowledge, the same penalties will apply to the provider and the copier.

Many cases of copying occur because students are desperately trying to meet deadlines. The department recognizes that students may make mistakes due to stress, and has taken the following steps to reduce this type of undue pressure that some students may experience:

  1. The total work required for a 3 hour course is designed to take no more than 10 hours a week including class time.
  2. Courses are designed so that the workload is spread out evenly across the semester.
  3. In many cases, large projects are seperated into smaller parts, and the project is given as a series of laboratory exercises.
  4. Students are allowed an ample amount of time to complete laboratory exercises, normally a week.

Except when doing work that determines a grade, the department encourages students to work together, to help each other with difficulties and to form study groups. The department recognizes that an excellent way to learn something is by explaining it to someone else. Study groups can be very helpful for students by allowing discussion of lecture notes on a weekly basis, studying problems from previous tests or from the text book, and finding areas of difficulty that need to be reviewed by the instructor. Instructors will provide play extra non-credit assignments that can be used for practice, self-testing, and cooperative work.