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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 CS101 Open Lab 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 standard penalties are listed below, but more severe penalties including an unforgivable F for the course can be applied.


Standard Penalties

First Occurrence

For violations not related to an Exam or MyLab Bonus Project, no credit will be given for the assignment. An additional 50-point penalty will be applied.

For violations related to a MyLab Bonus Project, no credit will be given for any MyLab Bonus Project. An additional 50-point penalty will be applied.

For violations related to an Exam, a failing grade (F) will be issued for the course.

Second Occurrence or After

Failing grade (F) will be issued for the course. This penalty can be applied even if the student had no notice of the First Occurrence violation.

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.

If an academic integrity violation is suspected, you will be notified via e-mail. You may appeal to the Course Coordinator within 10 class days of the notice being sent. Failure to appeal or reply within this time period will be considered an admission of guilt and applicable penalties will be applied.

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.

Policy Acknowledgment Form

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

Academic Integrity Compliance Audit

At any time, CS101 may audit a student’s compliance with the Academic Integrity Policy. Students who do not successfully complete the Audit will lose all credit for assignments being audited. The audit may also lead to the finding of academic integrity violations.