Academic and Professional Integrity

The University of Illinois statement on your obligation to maintain academic integrity is:

If you engage in an act of academic dishonesty, you become liable to severe disciplinary action. Such acts include cheating; falsification or invention of information or citation in an academic endeavor; helping or attempting to help others commit academic anfractions; plagarism; offering bribes, favors, or threats; academic interference; computer related infractions; and failure to comply with research regulations.

The Student Code gives complete details of the rules governing academic integrity for all students. You are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.

It is a requirement of this course for students to learn the definitions of cheating and plagiarism by September 5, 2014. Students must inform their instructor if they require help understanding the definitions. This knowledge may be tested on quizzes/exams/homework assignments.


Please note that accepting investment advice from professionals is considered unethical conduct and will be treated as such. Letting stock brokers, investment advisors, other professors etc. direct your investments negates the educational value of the investment challenge and will result in a mark of 0 for the Investment Challenge portion of the course.

Do not seek/receive any help or collaborate in any way, no matter how trivial, with anybody who is not a member of your group, except FIN300 instructors, FIN300 TAs/consultants, and the Market Information Lab employees.

Do not share electronic files with anyone outside of your group. Safeguard your electronic files and hard copies of your project. Do not reuse anything (text, figures, formatting, general outline, spreadsheets) from projects submitted for credit in FIN300 in the past. This includes your own projects if you are repeating this course.

A brief discourse on plagiarism.


Electronic Device Policies

Two models of business calculator are authorized for use:

  • Texas Instruments BA II Plus (including the BA II Plus Professional) and
  • Hewlett Packard 12C (including the HP 12C Platinum).

Other electronic devices, including, but not limited to, all programmable/graphing calculators, cell phones, pagers, PDAs, laptop computers, tablets and music players (including earphones/headphones), are prohibited during exams. Students must store them in such a way that they are not visible the student or to the proctors and are not readily accessible. Power must be removed from all devices that may emit sounds, such as cell phones. Electronic devices that are improperly stored will, at the minimum, be considered as evidence of attempted use of unauthorized study aids, which falls under the definition of Cheating in the Student Code. Students found in possession of such devices (even if they are not observed using them) will have their exam confiscated, will receive a score of 0 points on the affected exam, and will be subject to further disciplinary action.