Unauthorized collaboration is working with another person to complete an assignment without the permission of the professor or instructor.
The professor may allow collaborative work during a course but then give an assignment that is to be completed on your own. If you don’t read the syllabus or directions and work with someone else, you could face an unauthorized collaboration charge.
You are discussing the assignment with another student and don’t give away any answers but help lead them in the right direction. Maybe you tell them the sources you used or the pages that had the answers. If you end up with an answer that is too similar or sources that are the same, you could face an unauthorized collaboration charge.
Online study groups are growing in popularity and are a great way to work with others. However, if an assignment or take-home exam are given and the study group discusses it, you could find yourself in trouble. Even if you did not participate in the discussion, belonging to the group may be enough to charge you with unauthorized collaboration.
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