AJC Ruling on Academic Misconduct in Programming II Course

In November and December 2011 the Ashesi Judicial Committee (AJC) ruled against four students for academic dishonesty. Three of the students had copied off on assignments from their colleagues and handed it as their own. One of the students copied of his colleague in a quiz without his colleague’s knowledge. During the hearing all the students admitted to academic misconduct.

As stated in Ashesi’s student handbook, “Academic dishonesty includes plagiarism, unauthorized exchange of information or use of material during an examination, unauthorized transfer of information or completed work among students, use of the same paper in more than one course, unauthorized collaboration on assignments, and other unethical behavior. Disciplinary action will be taken against perpetrators of academic dishonesty”


  1. All four students received an F in the course and one student was suspended given it was his second appearance before the AJC.
  2. The students they copied from received a warning for negligence.

The AJC would especially like to advise students of the following:

  1. Adhere to the examination honour code.
  2. Avoid collaborating on work that requires you to work independently.
  3. Communicate with lecturers about any difficulties with assignments.