Everyone wants to help a friend in need—after all, they would do the same for you, right?
So, when a friend asks to see one of your old assignments, or wants to do an independent project together, or asks to sit next to you in an exam to get help, it can be hard to say no.
Academic integrity standards not only affect how you do your own work, but also affects the kinds of help or support you can offer.
If you help your friend in a way that goes against the professor's expectations for an assignment—even if you're not in the same class or program—you would have helped them cheat, which means you would also be held accountable for an academic integrity breach. The same rules apply if you upload content to course-sharing or homework help sites, or if you share content even on a private Discord server or in a group chat.
Setting clear boundaries can sometimes be easier said than done—it can be hard to disappoint a friend, especially if you know they're dealing with other stressors outside of the classroom. But setting boundaries are important to all relationships as it helps others understand how you take care of yourself, how you build trust with others, and what you're comfortable doing to create a mutually beneficial friendship.
If your friend asks you to help them cheat, you could try these approaches in your conversation: