Academic Honesty & Policy on Collaborations
The goal of homework is to give you practice in mastering the course materials. You are encouraged to collaborate on problem sets. Students who form study groups generally do better than students who work alone. If you do work in a study group, however, you owe it to yourself and your group to be prepared for your study group meetings. Specifically you should spend at least 30 minutes trying to solve each problem beforehand. If your group is unable to solve a problem, talk to other groups, or ask your instructors and TAs.

You must write up each problem solution independently without assistance, however, even if you collaborate with others to solve the problem. You must identify your collaborators on problem sets that you hand in. If you have not worked with anyone, write "Collaborators: None". If you obtain a solution through research (e.g., from a published paper, a book, or the web), acknowledge your source and write up the solution in your own words.

No collaboration whatsoever is permitted on exams. This includes quizzes, midterms, and finals.

Plagiarism and other anti-intellectual behavior cannot be tolerated in any academic environment that prides itself in individual accomplishment. The penalty for offences ranges from zero for the work involved to disciplinary actions by the university. If you have any questions about the collaboration policy, or if you feel that you may have violated the policy, please talk to your instructors. Although we are obligated to address all offences according to university policies, we can be more understanding and lenient if we find out from the transgressor himself or herself rather than from a third party.

Last updated: Sat Jan 4 17:30:37 GMT-8 2003