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:
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 collecting data and information, students need to actively avoid plagiarizing the work of others. Proper footnoting of source material and documentation of borrowed ideas are absolutely essential. Many professors are willing to show students how to correctly document their papers. Plagiarism, whether inadvertent paraphrasing or direct substitution, takes unfair advantage of any original authors, the instructor who incorrectly believes that the ideas are the plagiarist's, and other students who correctly footnote all sources.
In BMB 178, this policy applies to both homework and the final. 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:
"Copying material verbatim from a source and not explicitly quoting it and citing it is plagiarism. Students who plagiarize should expect a very poor grade." (Bjorkman and Rees, 2004; Clemons and Rees, 2006).
Also, ideas and results must be cited even when the source text is not used verbatim and the material cited is not quoted. Example: