The strength of the university depends on academic and personal integrity. In this course, you must be honest and truthful. Ethical violations include cheating on exams, plagiarism, reuse of assignments, improper use of the Internet and electronic devices, unauthorized collaboration, alteration of graded assignments, forgery and falsification, lying, facilitating academic dishonesty, and unfair competition.
In addition, the specific ethics guidelines for this course are:
1. You are allowed to discuss homework problems with other fellow students, as long as you do the assignments on your own, without collaboration and without reference to notes taken during discussion. For homework assignments involving CAD tools, you are allowed to discuss use of the tools. Do not copy or otherwise replicate CAD files that are part of the assignment.
2. During the midterm you are expected to work on your own without cheating and in accordance to specific instructions given.
3. For the final project, you are expected to collaborate with your partners and be fair in dividing the effort. Do not copy or otherwise replicate work done by others, or make false statements or claims that are not supported by results you obtained (LVS, DRC, simulation).
Report any violations you witness to the instructor. You may consult the associate dean of students and/or the chairman of the Ethics Board beforehand. See the guide on "Academic Ethics for Undergraduates" and the Ethics Board web site (http://ethics.jhu.edu) for more information.