Aiding and Abetting


It is academic misconduct to encourage, enable or cause others to commit a breach of academic honesty. Anyone who helps or enables another in cheating, impersonation, plagiarism, or any other breach of academic honesty will be subject to the penalties outlined in York's Senate Policy on Academic Honesty. Providing academic work to another person if there is any expectation that the receiver will misuse it may be considered aiding and abetting.


Examples of aiding and abetting include sharing a lab report/formula/assignment/old exam/computer program with another student in person or electronically by email or on a social networking site such as Facebook. Both the owner of the lab report/formula/assignment/old exam/computer program and the person who copied may be charged with a breach of academic honesty.

Collaboration and Group Work

What is permitted as group work can vary from course to course, and from assignment to assignment within a course.


Collaborating with others can help you understand and retain information, clarify confusing subject materials, and apply what you have learned. However, it is your responsibility as a student to determine what kinds of collaboration are permitted within a particular course or assignment.


The course instructor will clarify and provide direction about what kinds of group work and collaboration are acceptable within a particular course or assignment.

Click the buttons below to review guidelines for acceptable group work or collaboration on assignments.

Remember, sharing your work with another student when sharing is not permitted constitutes

aiding and abetting. Both you and the person with whom you shared the work may be in violation of the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty.