Scenario 4: Helping a Classmate

Both Students F and G are in the same class. Problem sets due weekly, and the course syllabus specifies that problem sets are to be done individually. On one assignment, Problem 2 and 4 seem particularly difficult. After working on the problem set for a couple hours, Student F figures out how to do Problem 2, but Problem 4 remains incomplete. Student G determines a solution to Problem 4, but does not have the answer to Problem 2. During a study break, Students F and G talk about the progress they are making. They realize that together they solutions for Problems 2 and 4, but they are each stuck on one problem. To help finish the assignment and move to homework in other classes, they decide to look at the other's solution — not to copy, but to get an idea for how to get started. Over the next hour, they look at each other's solution several times, and their resulting answers eventually look quite similar.

Discussion Questions

  1. Are either Students F or G responsible for academic dishonesty?
  2. Suppose only Problem 2 was at issue; Students F and G solved all other problems on their own. As above, Student F solved Problem 2 and allowed Student G to look at the solution. In this situation, is either Student F or G responsible for academic dishonesty?

created 12 June 2014
last revised 13 June 2014
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