i had submitted an assignment requiring distributed code to achieve a fairly complex application. Since this was my first attempt I took help in the form of tutoring , demos of particular libraries and discussed solutions but did not directly copied any work or passed someone's work as mine . I took the the help of my childhood friend and he helped me in the limits of tutoring and discussions but he casually asked for the coursework and he emailed me all the solutions . I did not even cared to open that email but he did that on my uni account. Some solutions were different from mine , as i had taken a different approach. Although i have graduated in 2015 -- can this come back to bite me , just because of this email?I am scared because i am about to apply for a Phd
Once you have your degree, your university probably can't do anything, and would not bother with something like this anyway. If it were a thesis, it might be different, but not just one assignment. I give this information as the person who handles plagiarism, etc., in my department.
Anyway, the important thing is that you did not submit someone else's work. Getting help is fine as long as you submit your own work, and it sounds as if this is what happened.
- Plagiarism: Passing of work by someone else (also partially) as your own. You didn't hand in your tutor's solution, as far as I understand. So your assignment isn't plagiarism.
- Cheating: Using forbidden aids in an assignment or exam. Whether you are allowed to use the help of an outside tutor for your assignment depends on the university's (or instructor's) rules on cheating.
Generally speaking, I believe you are worrying too much. You didn't plagiarize, and you could even prove that you didn't, since your solutions were different from those of your tutor. You might have cheated, but likely you didn't. In any case, this will be long forgotten and a minor "offense" that won't undermine your PhD application.
I agree with the two answers submitted. However, I am going to make a suggestion: Explain the situation to the director of graduate/undergraduate studies in your department.
If your department considers the information you supply and decides you did nothing wrong, I think you will be able to stop worrying.
If they decide you made a mistake at some point along the way, that will be a learning experience for you. You will feel less guilt and paranoia after bringing the situation out into the open.