Zero Tolerance of Cheating and Plagarism


In the Spring 01 class three students received Fs for cheating on the first exam. They brought graphing calculators to class with prepared essays for the exam. They created a fiasco because they had to get an exam of a particular color. Other students were so pissed off that they turned them in. After thinking about the matter for a long time I have come to the following conclusion. Students who cheat are likely to become white collar criminals. The executives at Firestone killed more people than a serial killer through their negligence and stonewalling. When it comes to cheating I plan to press for the maximum penalities allowed by the Dean of Students.

I had some students who had completed the course early walk around the class during the last quiz to see how students cheated. I was horrified to find out that after increasing the number of quizzes from two to six, the cheaters were still busy at work. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!


In order to avoid problems I want to clearly specificy what I am going to do in the case a student plagarizes on the project.

1. There is now a plagarism service for faculty. I plan to sent the report that is 'too good to be true' to the plagarism service to find out how good a job they do.

2. I plan to post the winners on the WEB to provide the current events for the next test. If a group that lost, points out to me that a winner plagarised then the group that points out the plagarism takes their place.

3. In cases 1 and 2 the group is no longer in the contest and they will receive no bonus points. I will ask the group leader to give up the plagarist(s). If the group has a code of silence, that matter drops with the group getting zero points on the project. If the group leader gives up the plagarist(s), then we will follow the appropraite procedures as set in the Dean of Students Office. I will ask for an F in the course. You will have a black mark on your record. If an investigator finds a black mark on your record even if the record is sealed, you may lose an opportunity for a job.

How to avoid plagarizing:

A TA who grades papers for a small class in Industrial Organization was telling me that some students do not have a clear understanding of what plagarism is. Let me give you a procedure to avoid even the appearance of plagarism.

If you find a good article that take notes on the important points. When you write up your summary look only at your notes and not at the original article. This way you will avoid copying sentences after changing one or two words. Paraphasing (legal) means writing in your own words.

Now some of your are not good writers. You may write a covering paragraph and then use quotes from several sources. Using several sources shows me that you made a real effort and if the quotes capture the essence of the material that is great. When you quote you must say where you got the material.

Group Leaders

Up to 1/2 the material can be quoted material. Your job is to use your best writer(s) to get things neatly organized so that students can read your report and be prepared for the exam. Add reference sites. Also, when you submit your report and diskette add a folder with printed copies of your important references. For your video make an acknowledgement page at the end for any clips you might have used.

A condition of this course is that you sign the document below prior to the first quiz. We will give you a printed copy in class.

14 Jan 02

This class, Introduction to Macroeconomics ECO304L (29150) is a zero tolerance of cheating class. Cheating on group projects, quizzes and tests will be treated the same: I will strongly recommend an F in the course and/or suspension from the University of Texas at Austin.


1. Group projects: Cheating is
   a. Obtaining help form someone outside your group. For example, you must do your own editing and can not obtain help from, say, an RTF student.
    b. Plagiarizing material from other sources without references. On videos have an acknowledgment page at the end for clips.

2. Quizzes and Tests: Cheating is
a. Obtaining help or answers from someone else.
b. Using a calculator other than the class calculator.
c. Having notes of any kind including on paper, your body or clothes, or in an electronic device.
d. not immediately stop writing, turning over your quiz or exam and pass it in to your group leader when told the quiz or test is over.

I understand that this course is a zero tolerance of cheating and plagiarism class.

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