Math.321.001 Differential Equations Fall 2016 
Academic Integrity

American University works hard to promote academic integrity and discourage dishonesty.  I agree with this attitude.  In today's culture, with the heavy emphasis on winning and results, and daily examples of corruption and dishonesty by  leaders in nearly all walks of life, it may be tempting to cut corners, looking for an easy way to meet your responsibilities.  Don't give in to the temptation.   Personal integrity is an important aspect of good character.  It deserves to be defended and preserved.

One element of AU's approach to this issue is to educate students about the meaning and nature of academic dishonesty.  All faculty are asked to spell out for their students behaviors that constitute cheating.  Some things are obviously dishonest.  It should go without saying that during an in-class examination, looking at another student's paper to copy and answer or even just to get a hint about a method is cheating.  But other cases are less clear.  So here are some specific do's and don'ts for this course.

On homework, you are free to consult with other students, tutors, and the instructor to figure out how to complete an assignment.  Similarly, you may look at the answers in the back of the textbook to check your work.  But some problems do not have answers in the book.  For these you are not permitted to consult answers or solutions from other sources, including the student solutions manual.  In no case is it allowed to copy a solution from anyone or any source.  Nor may you permit someone else to copy your work.  Each student is expected to make a good faith effort to understand each problem and then to produce his or her own write up of the solution. 

For assignments that are explicitly group activities, every member of the group should make a substantive contribution.  Permitting your name to be listed on a handed in paper to which you have not contributed is dishonest.  Either take an active role in the work of the group, or remove your name from the final product.

A second element of AU's approach is enforcement, with well defined procedures for handling cases of suspected dishonesty.  I am REQUIRED to report such cases to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  In part, this is to protect the rights of the students and ensure that no sanctions are imposed without due process.  But a potential drawback is that once I observe what appears to be cheating, the matter is out of my hands.  It will be adjudicated according to the college's formal procedures, and a finding of academic dishonesty may become part of a student's permanent record.  A typical sanction for cheating is a failing grade in the course.

All students are subject to the university's Academic Integrity Code, and should read it carefully.  It is accessible at http://www.american.edu/academics/integrity/code.cfm.