It is entirely your responsibility to follow these policies.
Please make sure you read it thoroughly and ask the instructor if you
have any questions. Thanks to Kris Schindler, Atri Rudra, and Carl
Alphonce for allowing us to adapt their policies.
- Midterm - 25 %
- Final - 25 %
- Programming Assignment 1 - 5 %
- Programming Assignment 2 - 15 %
- Programming Assignment 3 - 15 %
- Programming Assignment 4 - 15 %
Late Submission Policy
- Completed programming assignments are to be submitted by their
- Late submissions are allowed for one day and will result in a
20% penalty. A day is defined as 24 hours after the day/time the
assignment is due (excluding weekends or school holidays).
- No help will be available from the TAs or from the instructor for
a programming assignment after its scheduled due date.
- After one day, no submissions will be accepted.
- Homework assignments will also be given, but they will not be
graded. They are used to help students become proficient with the
- Programming assignments and exams may be submitted for regrades to
correct grading errors.
- Regrade requests are due no later than one (1) week after the
scores are posted.
- Regrade requests must be clearly written and attached to the
- Regrades requests are intended to correct grading errors,
NOT for negotiating a higher grade. When work is submitted for
regrade, the entire work may be regraded, which may
result in a lower grade.
- Work done in pencil may not be considered for regrade.
Exam (and Quiz) Policy
- No makeup exams will be given except in provably extreme
- Notify your instructor 24 hours prior to the exam via e-mail or
telephone (voice mail) if you are going to miss an exam. If it is
medically impossible for you to give prior notice, please obtain
a note from a physician detailing the period (and the reason) you
were medically incapable of communicating with the instructor.
- If you miss an examination because of sickness or similar
reasons, visit a physician and obtain a note detailing the period
and the reason you were medically incapable of taking the exam.
- You are responsible for knowing about the exam dates: you will
get plenty of notice about the exam dates. Please plan your travel
and other activities accordingly.
- Exam times are stressful and one could forget about the exam
time. Please make sure you arrange for multiple reminders so that
you do not forget about the exam(s).
- No "I" (Incomplete) will be given except under provably
- There is no grade negotiation at the end of the semester.
- If you have a diagnosed disability (physical, learning,
or psychological) that will make it difficult for you to
carry out the course work as outlined, or that requires
accommodations such as recruiting note-takers,
readers, or extended time on exams or assignments,
please advise the instructor during the first two weeks
of the course so that we may review possible
arrangements for reasonable accommodations. In
addition, if you have not yet done so, contact the Office
of Disability Services.
- All work submitted for CSE 486/586 must be your own and must be
done on an individual basis. We have zero tolerance on cheating
(homework, a PA, or an exam), which will result in automatic
failure of the course.
- Under any circumstance, you should not copy others' code.
- You need to get permission first when you copy from other sources,
e.g., the Web, books, etc. If you get the permission, then you also
need to clearly comment in your code which part you copied. This is
for your protection; otherwise, the course staff might not know
whether you have gotten the permission or not.
- The exception is Android
Developers. It contains many useful coding examples, and you are
free to copy any code from there. However, you still need to
clearly comment in your code that you copied from the developer
website. Again, this is for your protection.
- We will follow CSE
Department Policies on Academic Integrity.
- Additionally, the university has the following statement on
academic integrity (Source: http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/undergrad/policy_academic.php).
The academic degrees and the research findings produced by our
Department are worth no more than the integrity of the process by
which they are gained. If we do not maintain reliably high standards
of ethics and integrity in our work and our relationships, we have
nothing of value to offer one another or to offer the larger
community outside this Department, whether potential employers or
For this reason, the principles of Academic Integrity have priority
over every other consideration in every aspect of our departmental
life, and we will defend these principles vigorously. It is
essential that every student be fully aware of these principles,
what the procedures are by which possible violations are
investigated and adjudicated, and what the punishments for
these violations are. Wherever they are suspected,
potential violations will be investigated and determinations
of fact sought. In short, breaches of Academic Integrity will not be
- Departmental Statement on Academic Integrity in Homework and
All academic work must be your own. Plagiarism, defined as copying
or receiving materials from a source or sources and submitting this
material as one's own without acknowledging the particular debts to
the source (quotations, paraphrases, basic ideas), or otherwise
representing the work of another as one's own, is never allowed.
Collaboration, usually evidenced by unjustifiable similarity, is
never permitted in individual assignments. Any submitted academic
work may be subject to screening by software programs designed
to detect evidence of plagiarism or collaboration.
It is your responsibility to maintain the security of your computer
accounts and your written work. Do not share passwords with anyone,
nor write your password down where it may be seen by others. Do not
change permissions to allow others to read your course directories
and files. Do not walk away from a workstation without logging out.
These are your responsibilities. In groups that collaborate
inappropriately, it may be impossible to determine who has offered
work to others in the group, who has received work, and who may
have inadvertently made their work available to the others
by failure to maintain adequate personal security. In such
cases, all will be held equally liable.
These policies and interpretations may be augmented by individual
instructors for their courses. Always check the handouts and web
pages of your course and section for additional guidelines.
- Departmental Policy on Violations of Academic Integrity
Any student accused of a violation of academic integrity will be so
notified by the course director. An informal review will be
conducted, including a meeting between these parties. After this
review and upon determination that a violation has occurred, the
following sanctions will be imposed. It is the policy of
this department that, in general, any violation
of academic integrity will result in an F for the
course, that all departmental financial support including
teaching assistantship, research assistantship or scholarships be
terminated, that notification of this action be placed in the
student's confidential departmental record, and that the student
be permanently ineligible for future departmental financial
support. A second violation of academic integrity will
cause the department to seek permanent dismissal from the
major and bar from enrollment in any departmental
courses. Especially fiagrant violations will be considered under
formal review proceedings, which may in addition to
the above sanctions result in expulsion from the University.