We expect our students to conduct themselves academically in a manner that upholds the integrity and reputation of our academic programs. Cheating on assignments, exams, essays and term papers is considered to be a serious violation of ethical conduct, and will not be tolerated.
Academic dishonesty in assignments includes(but is not limited to):
Assignments that are judged to be the result of academic dishonesty will, for the student's first offence, be given a mark of zero with an additional penalty equal to the weight of the assignment also being applied. The assignment(s) in question will be kept by the Department.
Tutoring: The role of tutoring is to help students understand course material, not to do most or all of an assignment for the students.
Plagiarism is a serious academic offence. The Western Senate Academic Handbook defines plagiarism as "The act of appropriating the literary composition of another, or parts or passages of his writings, or the ideas or language of the same, and passing them off as the product of one's own mind." ( Excerpted from H.C. Black, Black's Law Dictionary, West Publishing Co., 1979, 5th ed., p. 1035.)
Students must write their essays and term papers in their own words. Whenever you take an idea or a passage of text from another author, you must acknowledge the source both by using quotation marks where appropriate, and by properly attributing it to the author by using a citation or footnotes. For further clarification of what constitutes plagiarism, refer to the paper titled "Collaboration, Plagiarism, and Proper Attribution" by Professor Jamie Andrews. If in doubt, consult with your instructor.
Cheating on exams or tests includes (but is not limited to):
All scholastic offences will be reported to the Undergraduate Chair of the Department, who will make a final decision on the penalty. The Undergraduate Chair will inform the student in writing of the penalty, and also inform the Associate Dean (Academic) of the student's faculty. The Dean may decide on further penalties (such as a grade of F in the course), based on other information available to the Dean.
Students are directed to Scholastic Discipline and Penalties in the Western Academic Calendar, for a description of unacceptable conduct regarding assignments and exams, and a list of other penalties if cheating occurs repeatedly.
All students agree to comply with the Computer Science Department Rules of Ethical Conduct when they accept their computer account on Computer Science Department facilities.