The MSMS Physics Department defines academic dishonesty to be any action in which a student claims work done by another person or machine as his or her own work. Some examples of academic dishonesty are as follows:
- Copying another person's work, report, etc.
- Putting a student's name on a project in which that student has not done an equal part
- Reporting on an assignment that has not been read, such as a book, extra-credit reading, etc.
- Using unauthorized notes or another person's work on a test
- Discussing material on a test with others who have not yet taken the test
In my courses, anything the student turns in for a grade must be pledged according to the following code:
"I promise that I have neither given nor received any unauthorized help on this assignment."
Simply writing "I Promise" near your name will serve as shorthand for the full pledge.
To clear up any confusion, note that any help at all on a test is unauthorized. On homework assignments, students are urged to give and receive help from others and in small groups, as long as copying is not the result. Help each other and compare answers on assignments done outside of class. Discuss those answers on which you disagree, changing your answers if you choose. The goal is for you to become an independent learner who also is capable of group interaction. However, after receiving help on a problem outside of class from another student, keep in mind that if you have the answer but do not understand how to get it yourself, then you have been helped to cheat and not to learn.