Someone was leeching off SO to get the SO people to do their homework for them.
That's fairly offensive to me, who actually had to learn that sorta stuff.
As an aid to understanding, I would like to provide further information about US code of conduct; in particular, the codes of conduct held at my University. I expect this to be generally the code of conduct of respectable academic institutions world-wide, modulo penalties.
In general, the goals of these codes is as follows(this is in general and I may have missed a few big points, specifics may not always apply):
- To ensure that one student does not gain an unfair advantage in a competitive situation
- To ensure that all students who pass the degree have a base level of knowledge, i.e., it's not been taken from other people and the student himself does not know it. Passing students who have cheated degrades the value of the degree.
- To ensure academic integrity; such lying is not tolerated in the academy: everyone has a proper citation and proper attributation.
- To ensure that student abilities are accurately and properly evaluated.
In particular, it should be noted that a student in a class has a different goal than a developer in the workplace. The student is being evaluated on his knowledge and critical thinking; his goal is to learn. The developer is being evaluated on his ability to push product out the door to the specified quality requirements; his goal is to make product.
This difference engenders a different rule of conduct for using code and asking questions, which is reflected in the student codes of conduct.
Any assignment that was created by another student that you are turning in as
your own work is considered cheating. Purchasing papers from websites or other
students on campus is academic dishonesty, the equivalent of cheating and/or
Cheating is the unauthorized use of information or study guides in any academic exercise. Any form of academic deception or any action that attempts to defraud could be considered cheating. The methods of cheating are varied and well known by students and instructors.
Plagiarism is an especially vile form of academic dishonesty. Plagiarism may include 1) the direct copying of another’s writings, with or without minor rephrasing, without citing the source, and 2) not indicating directly quoted passages when the work is cited as a general source. Academic honesty is governed by the Student Code of Conduct. All suspected instances of academic dishonesty will be referred to the Dean of Students. Sanctions, including receiving a grade of "F" for the course, may be imposed.
Plagiarism will NOT be tolerated.
Be sure to cite sources to support and lend credibility to all of your writing. Please be very zealous in citing sources for your ideas when you write. UI instructors now have at their disposal several powerful and sophisticated web-based instruments for detecting plagiarized text. Even a sentence or two plagiarized in a document is a form of scientific misconduct. It is very tempting and easy to copy text directly, but it works against the educational process and is a form of theft.