Clemson Computer Science Department Academic Honesty Policy

Since the Computer Science Department is part of the University, the general academic policies on cheating and plagiarism apply within the Department. The following statements reflect the department's interpretation of university policy; but in any case where current university policy differs from the following statements, university policy takes precedence.

The Clemson catalog states the following policy on Academic Integrity

As members of the Clemson University community, we have inherited Thomas Green Clemson's vision of this institution as a "high seminary of learning." Fundamental to this vision is a mutual commitment to truthfulness, honor, and responsibility, without which we cannot earn the trust and respect of others. Furthermore, we recognize that academic dishonesty detracts from the value of a Clemson degree. Therefore, we shall not tolerate lying, cheating, or stealing in any form.

Academic Integrity Policy

These policies suffice for much of our work, including examinations and written assignments. However, they do not deal explicitly with course work involving computers; thus, the policies must be extended to cover those cases.

The decision as to whether a student cheated depends on the intent of an assignment, the ground rules specified by the instructor, and the behavior of the student. Two guidelines help an instructor decide if cheating has occurred:

  • Program plagiarism will be suspected if an assignment that calls for independent development and implementation of a program result in two or more solutions so similar that substantial sections can be converted to another by mechanical transformation.

  • Cheating will be suspected if a student who was to complete an assignment independently cannot explain both the intricacies of his or her solution and the techniques used to generate the solution.
  • It is unreasonable to expect a complete definition of cheating; each case is important enough to be given careful, individual scrutiny. It is, however, helpful to have guidelines and precedents.


    The following are some examples of cases that are clearly cheating

    Unless specified otherwise by the course instructor, the following examples are cases generally considered not cheating:

    The following may or may not be considered as cheating, depending upon the individual instructor's preferences:

    The instructor and the instructor's syllabus should be consulted by the student for specific details about what the instructor considers as incidents if academic dishonesty.

    The following policies apply to all cases of cheating and plagiarism: When cheating is suspected, instructors will take reasonable action to establish whether it actually occurred. If it has, the instructor will apply appropriate disciplinary action.

    In the event that a faculty member accuses a student of cheating and imposes a penalty, the student who believes that the accusation is unjust has the right to request that the charge of cheating be reviewed by the Department Chair and/or the Student Grievance Committee.