Honor Code Guidelines as Accepted by the Department of Computer Science (12/5/05)

Policies and Procedures Regarding Academic Honesty


The Department enforces the general university and school policies on academic honesty, as described in the University Honor Code. Further, the Department expects conduct appropriate to computer science professionals as specified in “ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct,” http://www.acm.org/constitution/code.html. Additionally, this policy addresses those aspects of academic honesty that are especially related to the use of computers and other electronic devices.


Unless specifically authorized by the instructor,

·         all coursework is to be done by the student working alone

·         no external aids or electronic devices are allowed in exams.

An instructor may refine academic honesty as appropriate for the course. As an example, instructors may specify rules regarding the conditions under which work done by other people or by the student previously, can be incorporated into an assignment, project, or exam. Violations will be subject to the standard academic and disciplinary penalties. If group work is permitted by an instructor, academic honesty policies continue to apply on a student-by-student basis; the full team is not necessarily held responsible for an individual's violations.

Instructors are asked to explain and to encourage student exploration of the Department's policy at the beginning of every course. They are to announce in class or by website that, by taking the course, the student is presumed to be aware of the departmental policy, and that the text of the policy can be found on the Web page with URL http://cs.umw.edu/CSHonorCode.html.  However, regardless of any question of instructor announcement or student discussion, student understanding of the policy is assumed.


If an instructor suspects academic dishonesty, the instructor contacts the student or students involved and asks for explanations. The instructor can request a meeting with the student or students, who may be seen individually or as a group, and with witnesses. If the explanations appear inadequate, the instructor informs the student or students with witnesses that academic dishonesty is suspected.  The accuser has five days to report the suspected violation to the Honor Council.


This document has been approved by the faculty of the Department of Computer Science.


Academic dishonesty is suspected if an assignment calling for independent design and implementation results in two or more essentially similar solutions or in a solution that can not be explained to the instructor in terms of general method or specific techniques.

It is impossible to define completely what constitutes academic dishonesty. In cases of uncertainty it is the student's responsibility to ascertain from their instructor whether an activity is allowed.

Not Academic Dishonesty

Academic Dishonesty