Computer Science Departmental Policy on Academic Honesty

The Computer Science policy conforms to the Lamar University policy as detailed in the Student Handbook. That policy (as amended to accommodate the special needs of the department) is as follows:

The Computer Science department expects all students to engage in academic pursuits in a manner that is above reproach. Students are expected to maintain complete honesty and integrity in the academic experience both in and out of the classroom. Any student found guilty of dishonesty in any phase of academic work will be subject to disciplinary action. A student found cheating on an examination of class assignment will, at the option the instructor, receive a grade of "F" for the examination, assignment, or for the entire course. Subsequent cheating will lead to the dismissal form the computer science program. The university and its official representatives may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of any form of academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating on an examination or other academic work which is submitted, plagiarism, collusion, and the abuse of resource materials.

Cheating includes (but is not limited to):

  1. Copying from another individual's test paper, laboratory report, computer files, data listings, and/or computer programs
  2. Using, during a test, materials not authorized by the person giving the test.
  3. Collaborating, without authorization, with another person during an examination or in preparing academic work.
  4. Knowingly, and without authorization, using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, soliciting, copying, or possessing, in whole or in part, the contents of an un-administered test.
  5. Substituting for another student; permitting any other person, or otherwise assisting any person to substitute oneself for another student in the taking of an examination or test or the preparation of academic work to be submitted for academic credit.
  6. Bribing another person to obtain an un-administered test or information about an un-administered test.
  7. Purchasing, or otherwise acquiring and submitting as ones own work and research paper, computer program, or other writing assignment prepared by an individual or firm. This includes copying from library or other sources or the Internet/WWW. This section does not apply to the typing of the rough and/or final versions of an assignment by a professional typist.
  8. Any copying from library or other resources, including the Internet/WWW, without the instructor's prior knowledge and approval, or without giving (clearly and conspicuously) the proper credit reference

Procedures for discipline due to academic dishonesty are described in detail in the Student Handbook.