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This isn't something that has come up, so it's possible we can deal with each case on its merits. However, on other sites, there has been a strong disposition not to answer questions that have been set as, or appear to be, homework/assignment question for schoolwork.

Do we have an opinion/stance on this? Obviously each school will have its own academic honesty and/or plagiarism policies, where do we stand on this?

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When studying law there will often be times when a homework question proves difficult and students must seek out additional sources to find an answer. Some students may ask their parents, others may ask a tutor or a more experienced student, and others may ask online. There is nothing inherently wrong with asking questions about homework online if it is in the interest of expanding on one's knowledge.

Asking assignment questions designed to assess student's abilities however should be discouraged and any question that is obviously for an assignment (e.g. a scanned assignment sheet is posted) should be closed.

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  • I'm reasonably happy with this. Would we judge each question on its own? Or would we consider that a user may have asked many questions on similar topics, which appear to be for the purpose of answering some larger question/assignment? – jimsug Jun 8 '15 at 12:12
  • @jimsug, I don't believe we should have to try and detect students who are asking assignment questions. This would be a very subjective process resulting in many false positives. Rather only if there is strong evidence that a student is blatantly asking an assignment question (e.g. "Can someone help with this assignment question") should we close. Yes, a case by case basis. – Kenshin Jun 8 '15 at 12:15
  • @Mew - on StackOverflow, there's a fairly clear possible tell-tale: homework assignments in CompSci classes are frequently comprised of "Do task X, while only using approach Y and no other - with Y being a method that no sane developer would use in reality". If such a tell-tale is possible in legal homework, it may be worth examining (while still enforcing case by case inspection) – DVK Jun 13 '15 at 20:26

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