As at most Universities, UC
Berkeley has rules governing the behavior of our student community. These are contained in the “Student
Code of Conduct”,
at http://students.berkeley.edu/osl/sja.asp. You can find
the campus Code of Conduct, which defines
academic dishonesty including cheating
and plagiarism, available at:
http://sa.berkeley.edu/code-of-conduct.This code applies to all students;
you are responsible
for knowing the information it contains.
Cheating is defined as fraud, deceit, or dishonesty in an
academic assignment, or using or attempting to use materials, or assisting
others in using materials
, that are prohibited or inappropriate
in the context of the academic assignment.
Plagiarism is defined as use of intellectual material produced by another
person without acknowledging its source.
We add here some physics-specific comments. Plagiarism is often described for
textual material. The above definition does not fully cover the plagiarism
issue as it pertains to the way we study physics. Mastering physics and similar
sciences involves learning basic principles from books, the course lecture, the
Web, asking questions, discussion with peers
etc. However, the knowledge is of
no use until it is applied to real problems. Most of the learning is done by
solving problems; homework assignments are nearly 100% problem solving as are
the examinations used to evaluate a student’s progress.
It is essential to the learning process that students first try solving problems using their own analytical skills. Using aAvailable sources (texts, notes, solution manuals, the web) prove to beare, then use what you have learned to write your own solution. This is a scholarly approach, and done this way is not plagiarism. Plagiarism is the copying of another person’s solution or work verbatim and claiming it as one’s own, whether it is found on the web or in a book or in discarded homework solutions from a previous year. If there is a passage that is particularly relevant, citing it may be appropriate as long as appropriate credit is given to the original author, specifically meaning use of quotation marks and a citation. In fact, it is good practice to include a list of all outside sources that were consulted for a particular work. If you have questions, you should consult your advisor or course instructor. great study aids. If you find a published solution to a problem, study it carefully to learn as much as possible
Plagiarism and cheating are
considered serious disciplinary offenses in the academic world. The campus has
procedures in place for faculty to deal with academic dishonesty, including
discipline of cheaters and plagiarists. While the purpose of this form is
primarily to clarify the physics-specific issues around plagiarism, it is also
intended to make clear that if a case is discovered, the faculty of the Physics
Department will take appropriate action.
• Student Advocate Office – 204 Eshleman Hall, (510) 642-6912 http://advocate.berkeley.edu/
• UCB’s Center for Student Conduct – 221 Sproul Hall, (510)