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).