The course cheating policy is based on the Carnegie Mellon University Policy on Cheating and Plagiarism. It is summarized by the quote below.
"It is the ethical responsibility of students to identify the conceptual sources of work submitted. Failure to do so is dishonest and is the basis for a charge of cheating or plagiarism, which is subject to disciplinary action."
New students are sometimes surprised at what CMU considers plagiarism.
Students should cite information sources whenever using ideas or information discovered outside of class (e.g., on the Web or in the library). A student is less likely to be accused of plagiarism when information sources are cited.
Students are also prohibited from cooperating on homework assignments unless the instructor states explicitly that cooperating is allowed. Students are allowed to discuss homework assignments, but not to collaborate in solving problems, writing answers, or writing computer software. If two students are found to have cooperated on a homework assignment, both students are considered to have cheated. It does not matter which student did the original work and which student copied.
Plagiarism, copying, and other forms of cheating can result in immediate failure of the course.