Working together on assignments and projects is often encouraged by faculty. Group project work is common in most faculties, especially in the Sciences and Engineering. This form of collaboration gives students the experience of working on a team and sharing ideas and strategies.
However, collaboration must be explicitly permitted by the course instructor or your supervisor, and only to the extent s/he specifies. If you have not been given permission to work
with others you must not assume it is allowed, and you need to ask your
supervisor or the course instructor whether collaboration
is appropriate or not. Working with others or receiving assistance
when it has not been permitted is inappropriate collaboration and
will result in academic sanctions and penalties (UW Policy 71).
Examples of inappropriate collaboration
Intellectual Property is defined as "any form of knowledge or expression created partly or wholly with one's intellect and which can be legally protected"
The act of 'creation' consists of producing:
UW Policy 73 states that
all contributors to scholarly works should receive appropriate recognition for their contributions. If you have created or produced something with the assistance or participation of someone else, you must credit that person's contribution.
Patents can be applied to "any product of the human intellect that is unique, novel, and unobvious to a person skilled in the field of invention"
Status as an inventor, the person with the original idea or whose contribution is a key stage in the invention, is different than just being named as the author, as it can entitle one to the proceeds that are generated from the invention. Not only is one's status as a scholar important, but professional reputation and finances may also be affected by being named on a patent. Therefore, it is very important that care is taken when deciding who to name as inventor.