CSC 8750, Fall 2003

Expert Systems
Th 6:15 - 9:00, Mendel 156
Dr. Paula Matuszek

Academic Integrity

You are expected to know and follow both the university's and the department's academic integrity policy. In particular, any work that is turned in for a grade must be your own.

We will use the web for many of our sources. You must reference any material you use from the web. Your research paper should be your own work, in your own words. You must explicitly quote any work you use from someone else, and quotes should not make up most of your paper. For the presentation of your research paper you may use anything you find useful to teach the content of your paper, including slides and other material posted on the web, but you must reference anything you use. A web reference should include at least the URL and the date you used the material. If you can identify an author, title, etc, you should also include those. Be sure the URL you provide actually points to the material you are using. Some sites are constructed so that you can't do deep linking to individual pages. If so then your reference should include the actions needed to reach the material. In other words, one purpose of the reference is to allow someone else to get to the same material.

For homework assignments the work should be your own; you can quote material found elsewhere, but you should not turn in an assignment consisting primarily of others' writing. And of course any material you use from elsewhere should be properly quoted and referenced.

Note that helping someone else violate the policy is also a violation. If you allow someone else to copy your work, you are both in violation..

The university policy can be found at http://www.academics.villanova.edu/AcademicIntegrity.html

I am serious about this. If someone commits a violation of academic integrity in my class, I will pursue it and I will impose penalties ranging from flunking the assignment to flunking the course. The university may also impose penalties. In general I try to make assignments and exams worthwhile and a part of the learning experience of the course, so if you do not do them you are missing out on some of that learning. I also need to assign grades which reflect what you know; if an assignment is only designed to show me that you know some material, I want it to be a measure of what you know.

If you have any questions about this, come talk to me, before there is a problem.