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Academic Integrity

The integrity of the classes offered by any academic institution solidifies the foundation of its mission and cannot be sacrificed to expediency, ignorance, or blatant fraud. Therefore, the instructor will enforce rigorous standards of academic integrity in all aspects and assignments of this course.

For all assignments except Participation Projects, students must work independently by themselves. Sharing of files is not permitted for any reason. Unless otherwise instructed, students must start working from a new blank file for each assignment.

For Participation Projects only, instructors may authorize groups of students to work together. Sharing of files is only permitted within the group.

CS101 strongly discourages students from allowing others to use their computers or from using other students' computers to complete their work. There are a number of academic integrity violations each semester where one student took another's files because they were easily accessible. If a student does not have their own computer, we suggest using a computer in the CS101 Learning Center or in the WVU Libraries where security protections are in place to prevent one person from accessing another's work.


Examples of academic integrity violations include but are not limited to:


A range of penalties is possible for academic integrity violations. The Office of Academic Integrity will be notified of all suspected academic integrity violations, which will be noted in your WVU record. Their office determines penalties, but at a minimum, students can expect to lose all credit for the assignment in question and be assigned additional educational sanctions. Subsequent violations generally result in harsher penalties. Suspension, expulsion, fines, and fees may be levied. Honors College policy to disassociate from honors students who have been found responsible for a violation.

Students with academic integrity violations are not eligible for any extra credit, including the MyLab Extra Credit Projects.

Additional information on WVU’s academic integrity policy is available in the West Virginia University Academic Catalog. If you have any questions about this policy or if an activity is allowed, it is your responsibility to check with your instructor beforehand.

This academic integrity policy continues to be in force even after you complete Computer Science 101. Post-completion penalties may be enforced through modifications to the final grade recorded on your transcript.

Policy Acknowledgment Form

All students must complete the online Policy Acknowledgment Form to receive credit for their work. Credit may not be granted for work due prior to when this form is completed.