What's OK and What's Not OK

This Honesty Matrix is modified from the one created by Prof. Ron Parr in our department.


Permitted without restrictions or prior permission.
Permitted only with explicit instructor consent.
Forbidden under any circumstances.


Consult class textbook or assigned readings
Search the internet on the topic of the assignment for basic definitions, terminology, etc.
Look at/search for solutions to specific problems from an assignment
Look at/search for solutions to similar problems to those from an assignment
Discussions* with classmates
Discussions with people outside of class
Explicit help from classmates in writing solutions
Explicit help from people outside class in writing solutions
Proofreading from classmates
Proofreading from outside class
Incorporate text from other sources
Incorporate figures/graphics from other sources
Reuse material from a previous or concurrent class that you took or are taking
Reuse material from a previous or concurrent class that somebody else took or is taking

*Discussions should be limited to small groups (2-3 people). If a solution or partial solution is reached during a discussion, each participant is individually responsible for writing down his/her solution based on their own understanding (so for example, transcribing a communally solved proof from a whiteboard and then later using these notes to write your own solution is NOT okay). All collaborators on a given assignment should be noted at the beginning of the write-up.

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