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Suggested Statement to Give to Students Regarding Collaborative Work in Courses

(Source: University of Sydney)

(York University) encourages collaboration in learning. The active exchange of ideas is one of the most powerful teaching tools. In teaching, our lecturers are encouraged to share their particular insights with students, and to be generous in the guidance they offer in bringing deeper understanding to the subjects they teach. Students are encouraged to ask relevant questions in class, to seek the opportunity to make serious comment, and to discuss the substance of lectures with fellow-students.

(York University) does not object to students making audio tapes of lectures for their own individual study and for their own study group purposes provided permission is requested of the lecturer and the class is not disturbed. York University does warn, however, against the sale or purchase of any notes purportedly transcribed from lectures or tapes of lectures.

It is vitally important that in examinations and in assignments the work submitted is your own. This does not mean that the ideas you put forward will be necessarily of your invention, but they should represent your presentation and your considered response to a question.

One of the most serious forms of academic misconduct is plagiarism, or seeking to use someone else's material as your own. It is similar to the offences in commercial and professional life of passing off, of misrepresentation, of deceptive conduct. If in doubt, acknowledge the source of your information.

It is serious misconduct for a student to discuss the detailed writing of an answer to an assignment with another student, or to look at another student's answer before the assignments have been submitted.