AJC ruling on alleged plagiarism in the Introduction to Computing and Programming course

On 10 December 2015 the Ashesi Judicial Committee (AJC) adjudicated a case of alleged plagiarism in the Introduction to Computing and Programming course.

The AJC arrived at the conclusion that the student was not guilty of plagiarism on an assignment submitted in November 2015. After reviewing the statement, and interviewing the student and witnesses, the AJC found insufficient evidence to declare the student guilty.

The AJC would like to remind the Ashesi community of the following:

  • Students should take a great deal of responsibility for the use of their computers, and the manner in which they share them.
  • Students should be careful about the information they share with classmates. If fellow students need in-depth assistance on assignments, refer them to the lecturer or assistant, or the relevant learning lab.
  • Students should manage their time such that they do assignments far enough in advance to seek assistance from faculty and other resource people. This reduces the sense of desperation, and the tendency to seek unauthorized assistance
  • If students receive an Informal Resolution they should consider it a warning to take exceptional care in maintaining integrity. In a case where a student has a pre-existing Informal Resolution case, a second infraction, whether minor or major, will result in the case being escalated to the AJC level immediately.
  • Academic honesty is very important at Ashesi, and is central to our mission.