Appropriate Collaboration

The University of Alberta recognizes collaboration as an important part of intellectual and academic development. Collaboration can produce creative and innovative ideas and research; however, if students engage in inappropriate collaboration, it gives them unfair academic advantage and is a violation of the Code of Student Behaviour.

Much like citing your sources in a paper, it’s all about being transparent. When assigning you a grade, your professors need to know how much of the work was your own and to what extent you received help. Each professor may have different expectations, so be sure you know exactly how each professor prefers you to work. Ask the questions —are you allowed to work together? If so, to what extent? How should that collaboration be acknowledged?