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Administrative Policies

Make-up Exam Policy

Make-up exams will only be allowed in the event of a documented emergency. The two exam dates are listed on the syllabus. You are responsible for avoiding conflicts with the exams. Do not plan to leave campus for the term before the final exam.


Late Assignment Policy

Late assignments will not be accepted without prior consent of the professor (the TAs are not allowed to grant extensions). Extensions will be granted only in the event of unforseen and documentable emergencies, or extenuating circumstances that you discuss with the professor well in advance. One pair member forgetting to turn in an assignment will not be considered an acceptable excuse for an extension.

Collaboration and Cheating Policy

Collaboration is prohibited on exams or the project (except if group project). Collaboration is encouraged on homework assignments and labs. You may discuss problems across pairs, but each pair is responsible for writing up their own solution from scratch.

Violations of the collaboration policy on any assignment or exam will result in an NR for the course and a referral to the Student Life Office, in accordance with WPI's academic honesty policy. Exceptions to this rule are possible only if you admit your violation to the professor or one of the current TAs before we detect the violation (this gives you a chance to pass the course if, for example, you cheated in desperation the night an assignment was due, then felt guilty about it in the morning). If we detect the violation before you admit to it, no exception to the NR policy will occur. Egregious violations (such as breaking into another student's account to copy a solution) may still earn an NR even if you admit to them. You can safely assume that we will not begin grading an assignment before noon on the calendar day after the assignment is due.

As examples, each of the following scenarios would constitute cheating (this list is not exhaustive!):
Two different homework pairs share a solution to a single assignment question.
Students from different homework pairs 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 part of the project to you.
You send the code for a completed homework question to a friend in another homework pair "just so he can look at it to figure out how to do the problem".
You obtain a solution to a homework problem from on-line or from someone who took the course in a previous semester.


In contrast, the following scenarios would not constitute cheating:
Students from two different homework pairs discuss a pair-assignment (its goal, what it is asking you to do, what the challenging parts are, or how to approach the problem).
You ask any member of the course staff (professor, TAs, SAs, tutors, or M*A*S*H leaders) for help in understanding or completing an individual assignment.
Students from the same homework pair share code to a solution.
Students from one homework pair show their code to a student from a different pair and ask for help in understanding why their code is wrong. (This would become cheating if the non-pair 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.

Special Needs and Disabilities Policy

Students requiring accommodation on exams or assignments due to disabilities must speak with the professor at the start of the term (and at least two weeks before the assignment due date or exam in question) to work out appropriate arrangements.

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