Achievement and proficiency in subject matter include your realization that neither is to be achieved by cheating. An instructor has the right to give you an F on a single assignment produced by cheating without determining whether you have a passing knowledge of the relevant factual material. That is an appropriate academic evaluation for a failure to understand or abide by the basic rules of academic study and inquiry. An instructor has the right to assign a final grade of F for the course if you plagiarized a paper for a portion of the course, even if you have successfully and, presumably, honestly passed the remaining portion of the course. It must be understood that any student who knowingly aids in plagiarism or other cheating, e.g., allowing another student to copy a paper or examination question, is as guilty as the cheating student.
Every faculty member that I have ever spoken to on the subject takes
cheating very seriously. Some faculty are willing to work with a
student who has cheated, to try to find an accomodation, understand the
problem, the motivation, etc. I am not one of these faculty.
If I catch you cheating, I will give you an F on the assignment.
If it is a midterm exam, final exam, or final project, I will give you
an F in the class. You will be reported to the office of student
conduct. If you have a previous case of cheating on your record,
I will push to have you expelled from the University.
plagiarize, v. 1) To steal and use (the ideas or writings) of another)
as one's own (from the American Heritage Dictionary)
cheat, v. 1) To act dishonestly; practice fraud (from the American Heritage Dictionary)
If you turn in someone else's work as if it were your own, you are guilty
of cheating. This includes homework sets, answers on exams, lab writeups,
SPICE decks, schematic diagrams, etc.
I have heard all of the following statements. All of the people
making these statements were given an F.
The first few are easy:
Anyone who asks you to cheat is threatening your grade and your future as well as his. Don't give in!