Code of honour at DSV
DSV belongs to Stockholm University. Therefore, all students at DSV must follow Stockholm University's rules and regulations.
The department has also decided on its own code of honor, see below.
Code of honour
Evaluation of knowledge and skills are valuable elements of education. The teacher shall always keep this in mind when setting laboratory assignments, home assignments etc., as well as the written, traditional examination.
Teachers shall strive to make assignments that do not tempt students to copy. Assignments ought to be of reasonable difficulty, and assessment of students’ work shall be made in a spirit of generosity.
During group assignments, the role of the teacher is to permit all group members to demonstrate their individual efforts. Frankly declared shortcomings should be judged generously.
Students shall honestly declare the work that he/she has done and what he/she has not done.
If students have contributed in different degrees during group assignments, this shall be openly declared.
Courses may include other forms of examinations than written seated examinations. Everything that contributes to the assessment of the student’s performance and to which grade he/she has been assigned is an examination. Written assignments (individual or group work) are found to be more meaningful by both students and teachers. They are based on trust and place a greater burden of responsibility on the student. One condition for the success of the written assignments as a tool for knowledge assessment is that students carry out the assignments themselves. The student, who does not carry out the assignment him/herself, has not reached the level of knowledge indicated by his/her grade. Studies not only supply knowledge but are also a preparation for professional life where there will be demands placed upon an employee’s individual knowledge.
The Swedish regulations governing universities and colleges of higher education stipulate that disciplinary measures may be taken against students using prohibited aids or in any other way attempting deception at an examination or at any other time when study performance is judged, i.e. cheating attempts. Teachers, in accordance with the same regulations, are obligated to report well-founded suspicions of deception. Such matters are dealt with by Stockholm University disciplinary board, of which the President is the chairman.
The purpose of these regulations is to clarify what is permitted and what is forbidden. Any breach of these regulations (other than pure carelessness) is regarded as cheating.
The regulations apply to all examinations in all courses at the department. The course coordinator can supply complementary directives for individual courses. In addition to these regulations, regulations at Stockholm University for examinations naturally apply.
Regulation 1: All group members are responsible for group assignments
When working within a group, co-operation is naturally permitted. Each member of the group shall contribute equally to the assignment. Each group member shall, individually, be capable of giving an account of the entire assignment and the entire solution.
Regulation 2: Report correctly the help received and sources used
The student must inform the teacher if parts of a solution are not the work of the student.
On many occasions it is quite natural to use the material of others. During programming assignments, it can be natural to use complete examples to be found in course literature or in literature from course management. This shall be clearly shown e.g. in the form of comments in the code. When writing reports/essays, it is natural to use various types of sources and these shall be given in the form of references and a source list (direct quotes must be explicitly given). Any student using another party’s idea shall clearly state the origin of the idea. This also applies to ideas expressed vocally, e.g. during discussions with other students.
When facing difficulties with a (programming) assignment, it can be necessary to ask a tutor or a friend for debugging help or a tip. This is permitted, but this help shall be clearly acknowledged, e.g. in the form of code comments or in a laboratory report if it is a question of more than an odd code line or sentence. Any student looking for help in solving an assignment shall do so with the purpose of increased understanding – not with the purpose of rapidly and easily completing an assignment.
When a citation is made, the source must always be clearly stated!
It is up to the teacher to assess if a student has done a sufficiently large part of the solution him/herself to pass.
Regulation 3: Do not copy the solutions of others
Each student shall write his/her own text (own programming code). Plagiarising text (or programming code) from the solutions of others is forbidden, regardless of the source. Copying of text (or programming code) is forbidden, even if the text (or programming code) is rewritten so that the surface structure is different but the content remains the same.
Regulation 4: Be prepared to present your solution
Each student shall, during oral examination, be able to present the entire assignment and entire solution (including those parts which the student or group did not themselves complete)
Regulation 5: Use the attendance list correctly
For certain course sections, e.g. oral project review, there is mandatory attendance. This can be checked via an attendance list or in other ways. It is not permitted to attempt to give the impression that a person was present when in fact he/she was absent (e.g. by writing the name on the attendance of an absent friend).
Examples of conduct that can be regarded as being in violation of the code of honour and the regulations stated above:
- copying from another’s examination paper or allowing another to copy from one’s own paper,
- illicit collaboration,
- revising and resubmitting a quiz or exam for re-grading, without the instructor’s knowledge and consent,
- giving or receiving illicit aid on a take-home examination or
- represent the work of another as one’s own work.
Teachers are obligated to report well founded suspicions of deception to the president and the disciplinary board.
Last updated: March 24, 2021
Source: Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, DSV