Chegg and Similar Sites Policy
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

The undersigned instructors and courses in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering have adopted the policy that submission of student work (e.g. assignments and/or exam solutions) based on those found on Chegg, Brainly, Quizlet, and other similar websites will result in an Academic Dishonesty Report (ADR) and an automatic failing grade of zero (0.0) for the course. The ADR for students personally posting questions from assignments or exams to these sites will request additional sanctions.

Chegg and similar sites have, wittingly or unwittingly, industrialized cheating in Computer Science courses. They provide a mechanism whereby students can pay for a solution to assigned work. Students who do not do their own work negatively impact the quality of the course and our academic programs, cheapening the value of a degree from Michigan State University. Sadly, it has become all too common that students will look to Chegg and other websites for answers rather than doing their own work. In recent history, larger numbers of students are choosing this shortcut.

Computer Science courses utilize programs such as Measure of Software Similarity (MOSS) to compare student submissions to each other and to submissions found online on sites such as Chegg. These programs are designed to work even when programs have been modified to attempt to mask their origin, so using a solution from these sites will almost certainly be caught and the students involved will receive a zero in the course per this policy.

Do not seek solutions to programming assignments online. Visiting sites such as Chegg risks an automatic failing grade in a course. And certainly, do not post assignments on those sites. It’s fundamentally dishonest and the temptation to use the solution puts other students at risk.

If you have questions about this policy, or what does and doesn't constitute academic dishonesty in a course, please consult your instructor.

Courses participating in the Chegg and Similar Sites policy

  • CSE 232, Joshua Nahum
  • CSE 260, Sandeep Kulkarni
  • CSE 320 H. Metin Aktulga
  • CSE 331 Sebnem Onsay
  • CSE 335 Charles Owen and Matthew Rupp
  • CSE 404 Kristen Johnson
  • CSE 410 Li Xiao
  • CSE 431 Joshua Nahum
  • CSE 440 Vishnu Boddeti
  • CSE 450 Matthew Rupp
  • CSE 460 Eric Torng
  • CSE 471 Yiying Tong

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Additional Information

Any student who receives a zero in the course due to an ADR will still be allowed to remain in the class and complete all remaining assignments. This is in compliance with University Regulations.

Recommended Syllabus Language

This course has adopted the Chegg and Similar Sites policy. Submission of student work (e.g. assignments and/or exam solutions) based on those found on Chegg, Brainly, Quizlet, and other similar websites will result in an Academic Dishonesty Report (ADR) and an automatic failing grade of zero (0.0) for the course. The ADR for students personally posting questions from assignments or exams to these sites will request additional sanctions.