Academic Integrity in ENGR 131

Academic integrity is a core value in Purdue engineering, which expects all its students to embody integrity and honesty, to embrace the community of trust within the classroom, and to live up to the ideals of the university and the engineering profession. Academic integrity is your pledge, as a member of the Purdue community, to uphold high standards of responsibility and honor in all your academic work. In return, the community will provide you with an ethical learning environment that promotes honesty and good collaboration.  

A key part of your ENGR 131 experience is to learn how to be a good teammate and collaborator. This requires you to understand the difference between good teamwork and behaviors that cross the line into academic dishonesty. This information will help you understand the difference so that you can get a vibrant, collaborative learning experience in this course while maintaining the high academic integrity standards expected of all Purdue students.

There are two types of assessments that you will complete in ENGR 131: individual and team.

Individual assessments

You complete these problems on your own. You create your own solution independently. You can receive guidance and advice on these problems from the teaching team or your peers, but you are responsible for maintaining academic integrity while doing so. During Exams, you can receive guidance from only the teaching team and the course resources you have been advised to reference. This means all work you submit must be your own.

Team assessments

On team assignments, your team submits one piece of work on which every team member will be graded. You are expected to work together on these assignments, including delegating specific tasks to each team member. All work originates within the team. As in all assignments, your team can always get assistance but must maintain academic integrity while doing so.  

Team discussions about team assessments

Team members must each participate in the design of team solutions, and team members can discuss all aspects of the solutions. Your team should follow the guidelines above when soliciting help from people or sources outside the team. If your team receives help from a peer that alters your design or solution, then list them as a contributor on your submission.

Academic Dishonesty

Suspected cases of academic dishonesty may result in points being deducted from the assignment, a zero on the assignment, and/or reporting the case to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Solution Sharing

Any type of solution, partial or whole, given to or received from another source is strictly prohibited and violates Purdue’s academic integrity standards. You must not:

  • share your solutions directly with other students (including, but not limited to, email, GroupMe, printoffs, etc.),
  • receive solutions directly from another student,
  • upload your solutions to an online site (such as CourseHero or Chegg), or
  • access others’ solutions from an online site.

This includes all graded work in the course.


Plagiarism is when one student attempts to pass off someone else’s work as their own. Plagiarizing problem solutions is as serious as plagiarizing an essay or paper.

  • Do not jointly work on any individual problem. 
  • Do not copy another student’s work to complete or correct your own work.


Always be honest when discussing your work with your instructor or graduate teaching assistant. Misrepresenting or lying about your work or conduct exacerbates the consequences and betrays the university’s academic expectations. 


Be familiar with Purdue’s Academic Integrity and Student Conduct expectations.

Your instructor will support you in maintaining academic integrity. Contact your instructor or graduate teaching assistant for help if you observe cheating, have questions or concerns about your own work, or feel overwhelmed.