Academic Dishonesty will not be tolerated in any form. I will strongly
adhere to the UCSB Academic Dishonesty Policy, should the need arise.
Instances of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to the
- Copying solutions from other students during homework
or during exams. Please see the collaboration policy below for
situations when collaboration is allowed.
- Solutions from previous years: It is forbidden to
look at or copy solutions for homework from previous years. There are
certain questions that are asked from year to year because they are
good questions: doing these questions yourself will assist in your
understanding of the course material and will be crucial in your
You are encouraged to work with other students on your assignments, and to
help other students complete their assignments, provided that you comply
with the following conditions.
- Honest representation: The material you turn in for
course credit must be a fair representation of your work. You are
responsible for understanding and being able to explain and duplicate
the work you submit.
- Active involvement: You must ensure that you are an
active participant in all collaborations, and are not merely dividing
up the work or following along while another student does the work.
For example, copying another student's work without actively being
involved in deriving the solution is strictly prohibited.
- Work individually or in small groups: Working in
groups of more than four people is discouraged because it limits the
amount of participation by each member of the group.
- Give help appropriately: When helping someone, it is
important not to simply give them a solution, because then they may
not understand it fully and will not be able to solve a similar
problem next time. It's always important to take the time to help
someone think through the problem and develop the solution. Often,
this can be accomplished by asking them a series of leading
questions. Remember the old saying:
Give someone a fish and they'll eat for a day.
to fish and they'll eat for a lifetime.
- If in doubt, ask your instructor: Be sure to ask in
advance if you have any doubts about whether a certain type of
collaboration is acceptable.
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