academic cheating and plagiarism we mean presenting, as your own
work, material produced by or in collaboration with others, or
permitting or assisting others to present your work as their own
without proper acknowledgment.
While we encourage students to
together to learn and
understand concepts and material related to homework and other graded work, unless
permission from instructors is given, students are NOT to share their specific
homework solutions or any work (e.g. math formulas, code, reports etc, in hard copy
or in electronic form) with other students, especially before submission deadlines
for these assignments. Note that sharing in electronic form makes intentional or
unintentional plagiarism very easy.
If plagiarism occurs, both the students sharing and those using the work as their
own are considered to be responsible for plagiarism, and will be subject to
The policies of San Francisco State University with respect to cheating
and plagiarism are stated in the SFSU Bulletin. Courses involving
computer programming require special consideration because use of the
computer permits easy copying and trivial modification of programs. In
addition, our polices also address availability of content and services
on the Internet which can be used for plagiarism and cheating. The
following guidelines are provided to help in determining if an incident
of cheating or plagiarism has occurred.
instructor may suspect a student of program plagiarism if the
student submits a program that is so similar to the program submitted
by a present or past student in the course that the solutions
may be converted to one another by a simple mechanical transformation.
instructor may suspect a student of cheating, whether on a program
or an examination, if the student cannot explain both the intricacies
of his or her solution and the techniques and principles used
to generate that solution.
should be clear that there is latitude for difference among individual
instructors, particularly on the matter of when working with other
students or adapting material from a textbook is permissible.
The following general policy on cooperation on homework assignments
all circumstances it is acceptable to discuss the meaning of assignments
and general approaches and strategies for handling those assignments
with other members of the Academic Community. Any cooperation
beyond that point, including shared pseudocode or flowcharts,
shared code, or shared documentation, is only acceptable if specifically
so permitted by the class instructor in written guidelines distributed
to the entire class.