I probably made it unclear or have interpreted your questions & statements wrong but I'm talking about ethics. Otherwise, I agree with you for the most part.So you're saying, that if hypothetically someone gave everyone all their resources from the previous semester then the entire cohort is going to be failed for academic misconduct? I think, if you reckon that something should be dealt about students passing on information then you need to raise it up with the maths department to never set similar things and confuse the students instead.
What's the problem with acquiring information to benefit their study? The way I see cheating is purposefully looking at something you were never given a right to, but a students' own material is their own stuff and they have that right. And it's not plagiarism unless it's clear that word for word replications have been made. I fail to see how passing on information constitutes academic misconduct.
Because this isn't a question about ethics. It's only about principles themselves. I don't see anything that has been defied just by asking the experienced for help in any way whatsoever.
In fact, it also makes you wonder how they obtained the information. Don't you at least suspect that the information has been passed around further more than just one cohort? Maybe even 5 cohorts?
Isn't plagiarism stealing work/ideas and presenting them as your own but doesn't necessarily has to be word for word replication? It's difficult to detect if someone has stolen ideas from past assignment and presented it as their own, so it's an ethical issue.
Yep, of course.