From Prof. Cynthia Furse, "Cheating Policy: Just Don't", Online: http://www.ece.utah.edu/~ece5960/Cheating%20Policy.htm
Here are some things that constitute cheating:
- Copying someone else's work on an exam. If you accidentally see another student's work on an exam, WRITE a NOTE in your exam and tell me during the exam. Honesty is of great value. You will not be penalized for this.
- Copying someone else's work on homework. I hope you WILL work in groups on your homework, labs, software assignments, etc. Try the work on your own first -- learning how to START a problem is a key part of doing well in engineering. Then, discuss the problem in your group, and learn from those who can help you or teach others what you know that helped you on this problem. Once you've learned from someone else how to do the problem, do it on your own WITHOUT copying from them. If you do not contribute to the group (had to work late and couldn't make the group meeting), then don't copy their work.
- Copying things from a book, web page, magazine, etc. Give a complete reference and clearly "quote" anything that you want to reference that someone (anyone) else has done. You can use other people's words; even paraphrase; but you must reference them! Even if you don't use their words, but you mention or discuss their ideas, give them a reference. If you are asked to write a report or essay, and you claim other's work to be your own (by not referencing them), it is called plagiarism. Plagiarism is cheating.
What happens if you cheat? Under University of Utah student code, you could receive an F in the class, be suspended from school, be fined, or be expelled from the university. So just don't cheat.