First Year Experience Policies

Academic Misconduct

Cheating and plagiarism are taken seriously.

(These policies have been adapted with permission from Harvard's Academic Integrity Policy.)

Students in the College of Computing and Software Engineering are expected to abide by KSU’s Student Codes of Conduct. This includes refraining from cheating and plagiarism. Additionally, we acknowledge that a certain amount of student interaction is expected, but any work submitted for credit must be your own. Students may not collaborate on any graded assignment unless explicitly given permission by the instructor (as in a group project). All work submitted must be entirely your own.  

To help clarify what this means, we provide the following scenarios. The following are reasonable examples of permissible student interaction:

  • Discussing a lab assignment with other students in English or another spoken language.
  • Discussing the course material with others in order to understand it.
  • Identifying bugs in a classmate's code (but not resolving those bugs for them).
  • Reviewing past semesters' quizzes and assignment solutions.
  • Showing your code to others only to help them identify problems in your code (you may not view other students’ solutions).
  • Using information found on an internet tutorial site or in a book for reference to help you better understand a concept (not to copy solutions from).
  • Whiteboarding solutions to a problem with your classmates or others using flow charts (but not actual code).
  • Working with a tutor (paid or not) to help you with the course (provided that the work you submit is exclusively your own. That is, the tutor should not be providing you solutions).

The following are some examples of behavior that constitutes academic misconduct:

  • Viewing a solution to your assignment prior to submitting your own.
  • Asking a classmate to see their solution to a problem before submitting your own.
  • Submitting a staff or faculty member’s solutions or example code as your own.
  • Failing to cite with comments the origins of code or techniques that you discover outside of the course content.
  • Giving or showing a classmate the solution to an assignment.
  • Looking at someone else’s work during an exam or graded assignment.
  • Paying someone to complete work and submitting it as your own.
  • Searching for a solution to an assignment online or elsewhere.
  • Falsifying facts about events in order to receive extensions on coursework or readministration of coursework.
  • Splitting the course workload with other students.
  • Submitting work for this class that you’ve submitted or will submit for credit in another course.
  • Submitting work for this class that you’ve completed for pay (for a job, internship, etc.).
  • Using any electronic device during an exam unless you have specific accommodations through Student Disability Services (you will need to take exams in the SDS office in order to use the specified device).
  • Collaborating and sharing materials related to assignments (including quizzes and exams) in a group chat (such as GroupMe).

Accomodations and SDS

If you have an accommodation plan with Student Disability Services, and you wish to use those accommodations for an exam in this class, you must make an appointment to take the exam in the Disability Services Office.  Because of our large class sizes, it is not feasible to provide the accommodations in the classroom or department. 

Your exam must be scheduled for the same day and time that the test will be administered in class unless you have a documented scheduling conflict with another course.  Please note that appointments must be scheduled a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the exam.  Failure to make the appointment in advance may result in you sitting the exam without accommodations in the traditional classroom setting.

Students register for an appointment through OwlAccommodate.  You may take your exam on either campus. 

Information on testing with SDS

Additional information about Disability Services Procedures for Testing is available here.

Late Work, Exam, and Make-up Policies

CSE 1300:

Late work will not be accepted.  If you have unforeseeable, documented circumstances that prevent you from completing an assignment (a lengthy hospitalization, family emergency, military orders, or similar), you must contact your instructor as soon as possible to discuss the situation.

If you must miss an exam due to a documented, legitimate reason (as above) a make-up exam will be administered. 

It is your responsibility to coordinate late work submission/make-up exams in a timely fashion (within one week of the date of the assignment/exam).  Documentation must be provided prior to the administration of a make-up exam.

CSE 1321/1322:

Late work will not be accepted.

No make-up exams will be allowed.  The final exam will replace any missed exam grades.  Any exams that were missed will appear as a 0 in our systems until the final exam is taken.

If a student takes all exams, their lowest test grade will be replaced by the cumulative final exam grade if that score is higher than their lowest exam grade.

If a student must miss the final exam due to a documented, legitimate reason (illness with documentation, family death, etc.), then a make-up final will be administered.  To coordinate this, contact the instructor within three days after the administration of the exam. It is your responsibility to coordinate late work submission/make-up exams in a timely fashion (within one week of the date of the assignment/exam).  Documentation must be provided prior to the administration of a make-up exam.

Grade Calculation

It is the responsibility of the students to calculate their overall grades.  Because of the complexity of our final exam policy, the grade reflected in D2L may or may not be accurate.

Exam Regrade Requests

Regrade requests for coursework must be submitted within 3 business days of being published.  If a student states that she/he took the exam but no grade was issued (i.e. the exam is missing), the student also must advise the professor within 3 business days of grades being published. The professor will then begin investigating to determine what happened.

For items in Gradescope (e.g. exams), the regrade request must be done via Gradescope.  Regrade requests should be submitted per question and abide by the communication policies of KSU.  You will receive an email from Gradescope (to your KSU student email) when grades are published.  When requesting a regrade, please understand that the entire question will be re-evaluated and scored accordingly.  Students can gain or lose points based on this new evaluation.

Excused Absences

Attendance points in FYE are bonus points and are not part of the course grade calculation. As such, we do not excuse absences for any reason. It is the student's responsibility to check-in via Arkaive for each class session. Professors will not make adjustments to Arkaive if you forget to log in.


On-Campus sections:

The numbers don't lie:  students who attend classes routinely consistently make better grades in our program.  Skipping classes, routinely arriving late, being present in body but not in mind--all of these will prevent you from earning the grade you want.  Come to class.  Come to learn. 

Remember, too, talking with your classmates (about material unrelated to lecture), using electronic devices for unrelated tasks, etc. are disruptive behaviors that may result in you being asked to step out so you do not impact other students' experiences. 

If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to catch up on the material you missed. 

Online sections: 
Online learning requires active engagement.  Students should plan to log into the course at least three times a week to check for announcements in addition to completing coursework by the deadlines.  If, for some reason, this isn't possible for you, please contact your instructor as soon as possible to discuss your situation.

Proctored Exams (Online)

On campus sections students are used to proctored exams, and should expect to attend all classes, as well as proctored exams. Online students should ALSO note that proctored exams are required for the online version of this course, as well. Online students must take proctored exams at scheduled time as assigned by instructor using the Respondus LockDown Browser with Respondus Monitor.  More information will be available from your instructor.

Communication Policy

All emails must be sent from your KSU email account ( and include the CRN number for your course in order to guarantee a response.  The official channel of communication (e.g. KSU email or D2L) will be specified in your course syllabus.

You are expected to be courteous and respectful to all members of the FYE team in your communications in class and online. Students are expected to follow the Core Rules of Netiquette (


Electronics and Classroom Behavior

The use of electronic devices will be limited to note-taking unless a class activity specifically requires the use of an electronic device. Video games and media streaming (YouTube, etc.) during class is expressly prohibited. 

If you are using an electronic device the classroom for anything other than the current classwork, you may be asked to step outside until you are ready to participate in class.

Cell phones should be on silent and put away.  If you need to take a call or send a text, please excuse yourself from the classroom.  This is college.  We all have busy lives, and you are free to handle whatever may arise (without disrupting class). 

If you are on your cell phone for any reason, you will be asked to put the device away or step outside until you are ready to participate in class.