Students should understand that Caltech's Honor Code is good preparation for the equally stringent ethical requirements which are imposed by employers, publishers, and granting agencies. Your instructors abide by the Caltech Honor code and will not tolerate any behaviors that take unfair advantage of others. We draw your attention to the specific policies regarding:

Computers. Computers shall not be used for hacking, transmitting viruses, or other similarly obnoxious and/or illegal activities. Students may request that software be installed on the machines in the computer lab, but may not install such software themselves (with the exception of programs or scripts written for this course). The computers may be used for laboratory work or other productive purposes, but persons so engaged must turn over a workstation on request to any student who needs it for course work.

Homework. Copying of other people's work is not permitted. You may consult with others on the problem sets, but the written work must be done independently by each student.

Plagiarism. Below is a statement from the Caltech Honor System handbook (2000):

In BMB/Bi/Ch 170, this policy applies to both homework and the final project. Although you may include sentences from the work of others in your homework or final project, you must enclose the sentences in quotation marks and provide a proper reference for the quotation (see example below). If plagiarism is discovered in a problem set or a final project,we will notify the Board of Control and the grade will be impacted accordingly.

Material cited verbatim should be formatted as in the following example:

Also, ideas and results must be cited even when the source text is not used verbatim and the material cited is not quoted. Example:

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