Inappropriate Collaboration

Inappropriate collaboration occurs when students work together beyond what is outlined as expected, e.g., students hand in assignments with sections that are identical when the assignment was to be done individually. The chances of inappropriate collaboration increase when:

  • there are ambiguous expectations around collaboration
  • the same answers are required from all students
  • the same assignment is given each year
  • the assignment is popular in many courses and at many universities (e.g., "What is the motivation for Hamlet?") so that it is easy to borrow or buy prepared answers