Collaboration is prohibited on exams and homework. Collaboration
is required on projects. You may discuss homework
problems with other students and faculty, but each student is
responsible for writing up
his/her own solution from scratch.
Violations of the collaboration policy on any assignment
will result in a 0 for the assignment.
Violations of the collaboration policy on any exam
will result in a grade of NR or F for the course.
All suspected cases of academic honesty will be referred to the Student Life
Office, in accordance with WPI's academic
As examples, each of the following scenarios would constitute
cheating (this list is not exhaustive!):
- Two different students share a solution to a
single assignment question.
- Students sit side-by-side while
writing up their solutions and one student copies down what the other
student types up.
- You ask a classmate to explain his/her homework solution to you.
- You send the code for a completed homework question to a friend
"just so he can look at it to figure out how
to do the problem".
- You obtain a solution to a homework problem (or similar problem)
from on-line or from someone who took the course in a previous offering.
In constrast, the following scenarios would not constitute
- Students discuss an assignment (its goal, what it is asking you to do, what the
challenging parts are, or how to approach the problem).
- You ask the professor for
help in understanding or completing an
- A student shows his/her code to another student and asks for help
in understanding why the code is
wrong. (This would become cheating if the second student provided
or dictated a reasonable amount of the solution to the original pair).
If you are unsure whether an activity would constitute cheating,
ask the professor.
CS/ECE 545 Staff
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