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The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and
honesty. Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic
honesty and to uphold the policies of the University in this respect. Students are
particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student
Behaviour (online at www.governance.ualberta.ca) and avoid any behaviour which could
potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or
participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in
suspension or expulsion from the University.
All forms of dishonesty are unacceptable at the University. Any offense will be reported
to the Associate Dean of Science who will determine the disciplinary action to be taken.
Cheating, plagiarism and misrepresentation of facts are serious offenses. Anyone who
engages in these practices will receive at minimum a grade of zero for the exam or paper
in question and no opportunity will be given to replace the grade or redistribute the
weights. As well, in the Faculty of Science the sanction for cheating on any examination
will include a disciplinary failing grade (NO EXCEPTIONS) and senior students
should expect a period of suspension or expulsion from the University of Alberta.
Collaboration on Assignments:
Every term there are several students who receive academic penalties for copying
assignments. Here are some tips to avoid copying on assignments:
(1) Do not write down something that you cannot explain to your TA or instructor.
(2) When you are helping other students, avoid showing them your work directly.
Instead, explain your solution verbally. Students whose work is copied also
receive academic sanctions.
(3) If you find yourself reading another student's solution, do not write anything
down. Once you understand how to solve the problem, remove the other person's
work from your sight and then write up the solution to the question yourself.
Looking back and forth between someone else's paper and your own paper is
almost certainly copying and will result in academic sanctions for both you and
your fellow student.
(4) If the instructor or TA writes down part of a solution in order to help explain it to
you or the class, you cannot copy it and hand it in for credit. Treat it the same
way you would treat another student's work with respect to copying, that is,
remove the explanation from your sight and then write up the solution yourself.
(5) There is often more than one way to solve a problem. Choose the method that
makes the most sense to you rather than the method that other students happen to
use. If none of the ideas in your solution are your own, there is a good chance it
will be flagged as copying.
Please refer to the site “Collaborating on Assignments” link on the Truth in Education