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In many courses, particularly in the sciences or engineering where students may work with a laboratory team or on a group project, some of the work may be done in collaboration with fellow students. In such courses, a portion of your grade may be based on joint efforts with other students, and a portion may be based on independent work on papers and examinations.
To avoid confusion and possible violations of academic regulations, you must clearly understand what work must be done independently and what work may be done collaboratively. The standard for permissible collaboration varies from course to course. Some instructors permit students to do problem sets together and even to turn in an assignment together; other instructors allow students to discuss the problems but require them to write up their own answers; still others prohibit any collaboration at all on homework. The penalty for copying weekly homework can be just as severe as it is for plagiarism on a major term paper.
In the ideal case, each instructor will make explicit on the syllabus the expectations for your academic work. If the course policy is clear, you should follow it scrupulously. If the expectations and rules are unstated or unclear, ask the instructor. If a deadline is imminent and you are not sure of the course policy, you should do their work independently. You should never assume that you have permission to do a problem set or lab report collaboratively. Given the variability from instructor to instructor, it’s also very dangerous to rely on the “rules” from another course, even within the same department. Too many times, students have turned in identical or similar problem sets, lab reports, or papers, only to discover that they were operating under a false set of assumptions. The wise thing to do is to ask.
Content in this “Collaboration and group work” section is reused with permission from Princeton University’s Office of Communication and the Trustees of Princeton University. (from http://www.princeton.edu/pr/pub/integrity/pages/habits/)