Academic Honesty
  Updated:  22 December 2011

Introduction

The information here clarifies acceptable and non-acceptable behavior.  It is important that you understand and follow these policies.

General Policies

All the rules of WPI's Academic Honesty Policy will be in effect. You must review them and be familiar with them. They describe procedures that will be taken if dishonesty is suspected. Here, I describe how these policies will be applied to this course.

Homework

It is common for students to work on homework together in a study group. Except when explicitly stated otherwise, you may work on homework problems with your study group. When working in a group you must write all homework solutions up yourself.  When you turn the homework in, it will be assumed that you did write the homework yourself and, in particular, did not copy someone else's work.

If you worked in a group, you must include the names of all your group members on the cover page of your homework solution. I suggest you write the final version of your homework separate from your study group. You may not copy from any source (person, book, old homework, web etc.). If any part of your answer is copied from a source, you must cite this source. If you are not sure whether your or a classmate's behavior follows the Honesty Policies, be sure to ask.

  Other Students in Class Course Faculty/
Staff
Anybody
Else
Discussion Yes Yes Yes
Intent of Problem Yes Yes Yes
General Methods Yes Yes Yes
Specific Solution No Yes No
When appropriate, the answer*

Yes

Yes

No

*In other words -- you can't tell someone how to solve a specific problem, you can't let someone copy your solution, and you can't copy someone else's solution. However, if you have finished a problem and come up with an answer (for example, "10 dB") then you can ask another student who has already finished the problem too what answer they got so that you can be confident that you did it right.

* Course faculty are well aware that there are "solutions" to many homework problems available on the internet.  The statement "your work must be your own" is incompatible with the idea of copying solutions from others, from the internet, from a solutions manual or from any other source (a student, friend, previous homework, etc).  

Exams

When taking a class exam, make sure you sit at least one seat apart from other people in the classroom. Also, make sure you bring what ever reference material is allowed for the exam - whether it be a book, notes, programming aids or other material. If you miss an exam for any reason other than sickness (which must be documented) or a documented emergency, you will not be allowed to make up the exam. Plan your interviewing trips, travel arrangements (particularly at the end of a term), and other scheduling conflicts appropriately.

Special Note:   A missed exam is an automatic zero (0).
The only exception to this policy is a documented emergency or a critical illness.

* Cell phones and other electronic devices, other than dedicated calculators, are not allowed to be see or available during an exam.  Such electronic devices must either not be brought into the exam room or kept in a backpack or other type of holder that is inaccessible during an exam.

Laboratory Work

In most laboratory courses, it is common for students to work in teams of two on laboratory assignments. A problem typically arises that one person of the group does most of the work, but both group members receive the benefit of the grade. The following policies apply to Laboratory Work/Assignments.

  Other Students in Class Course Faculty/
Staff
Anybody
Else
Discussion Yes Yes Yes
Intent of Problem Yes Yes Yes
General Methods Yes Yes Yes
Specific Solution No Yes No
When appropriate, the answer*

No

Yes

No

Laboratory reports are expected to be turned in on time. See the table below (Grading) to understand what my policy is regarding late laboratory reports. For some laboratory assignments, you will be explicitly told to work alone. When this is the case, you may work together in groups much like a homework assignment to determine methods for solution, but the final work and solution must be your own with no outside help.

Grading

Will Late Work Be Accepted?

  Homework Lab Assignments Exams
 For Emergency    Yes
...with documentation.
   Yes
...with documentation.
   Yes
...with documentation.
 With Prior Instructor  Approval  Possibly**, but not
after solutions are posted
Possibly**, but not
after solutions are posted
Possibly**, with
documentation.
 With Penalty Yes, but not after
solutions are posted
Possibly**, but with
penalty after solutions
are posted.
 No

**ALL Homework and Laboratory Assignments MUST be completed to pass any course I teach.

**A student must individually pass the Homework, Laboratory and exam components to pass the course.
       For example, doing well on the exams and laboratory assignments, and not passing the homework
       assignments will result in a course failure - regardless of the performance on the other class components.

Can a Grade be Changed?
  Before Final Grades
are Submitted
After Final Grades
are Submitted
Exams Yes - but only if there is a grading error,
a grading problem or a misunderstanding
of the solution that resulted in a grading
error.

Only if there was a grading 
or grade assignment error.

Homework Yes - but only if there is a grading error,
a grading problem or a misunderstanding
of the solution that resulted in a grading
error.

Only if there was a grading
or grade assignment error.

Lab Assignments Yes - but only if there is a grading error,
a grading problem or a misunderstanding
of the solution that resulted in a grading
error.

Only if there was a grading
or grade assignment error.

In other words, all changes of grades must be requested before final grades are submitted.   Also,
final course grades can be changed only if there was an error in computing the final grade.

Under no circumstances will extra work or any other post-course work arrangements be permitted after
a course is over, EXCEPT for documented medical or other emergency reasons.

Special Note on Lowering a Grade to an NR - Under no circumstances will a final grade be lowered
to an NR at the request of a student.  All grades assigned at the end of a course will be the grades earned.   

Academic Honesty Links

WPI Academic Honesty Policy

WPI Judicial Policies

WPI Grade Appeal Policy