You are expected to abide by the university
academic integrity standards, which means (among other things)
that you should never copy anyone else's homework nor let anyone
copy your homework.
This is particularly important for your final project, especially
if you refer to the scientific literature in your project.
You must also never plagiarize, which
means (among other things) that any text that you
copy from another document must be properly
attributed (with quotation marks around the
copied material, and citation to the document from which you
have copied the material). Even paraphrasing can count
All violations of academic integrity standards will be
reported to the appropriate university offices. Serious
violations will result in a failing grade for the course.
Please see this page for a brief discussion of this issue, and
academic integrity page.
The academic integrity code is applied to the
homework assignments, as follows.
Similarly, the academic integrity code is applied
to your final project by the expectation that you
will not copy text from any paper, and you will
appropriate credit to all material that you use
from prior publications, websites, etc.
You are encouraged to work with other students on the
homework, but if you do this, this is what you should do.
First, indicate on the homework who you worked with.
Second, do not look at the other homework solutions when you write
your own solutions; this includes not looking at
someone else's write-up of a critique of some literature.
Third, and more generally, you must write your homework solutions
entirely on your own, using your own language. Please do not
under any circumstances copy homework solutions from anyone
else, or let anyone copy from you.
It is particularly
important to think about ethics in the context of your
I have written up some scenarios challenging research integrity, but also see the interesting article in WIRED on
The Young Billionaire Behind the War on Bad Science
and the Retraction Watch website.