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Academic Misconduct Statement

The Academic Regulations section of the Northern Illinois University Graduate Catalog states, in part, under the section entitled "Academic Integrity":            

Good academic work must be based on honesty. The attempt by any student to present as his or her own work that which he or she has not produced is regarded by the faculty and administration as a serious offense. Students are considered to have cheated, for example, if they copy the work of another or ... turn in as their own a paper or assignment written, in whole or in part, by someone else. Students are guilty of plagiarism, intentional or not, if they copy material from books, magazines, or other sources without identifying and acknowledging them. Students guilty of, or assisting others in, either cheating or plagiarism on an assignment ... may receive a grade of F for the course involved and may be suspended or dismissed from the university.

In general, unless you are assigned or allowed to work with others in a group project, you must work alone on all assignments, although you may discuss isolated details of an assignment with others and in programming assignments you may give and receive debugging help from other students (in moderation).

However, you must not borrow other people's work and you must not visually compare your work with others’ work (printed or on screen). You must not lend your work to others.  Obviously, you must not hand in someone else's work as your own.

If you are in doubt as to whether what you are doing is allowable, ask your Professor.

Individuals who are found to be cheating will receive at least a substantial grade penalty and an academic misconduct report will be filed. Further disciplinary action may be taken. You must understand that - if for no other reason - in fairness to all the students who are making the effort to do their own work, penalties for cheating must be assigned.

Consider the case of one student who is working very hard to get a B, versus another who cheats on assignments and therefore can get a B or perhaps an A with much less effort. Claims that a person "needs a B" or "didn't understand it" or "was under a lot of pressure" or "ran out of time" or "didn't realize the course was so hard" may be true - but they do not excuse cheating and will not prevent penalties from being assessed in cheating cases.