Code of Student Conduct

academic integrity

VI. Academic Integrity
    A. Definitions:
        1. Academic integrity governs the way in which a student writes, performs research, and fulfills the responsibilities of learning
        in a positive and constructive manner at Bethlehem Central. It is founded on the principles of respect for knowledge, truth,
        scholarship and acting with honesty. These principles and values are the foundation of learning. The purpose of this section of
        the Code of Conduct is to outline the school district’s expectations regarding academic integrity.
        2. Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to: cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and facilitating dishonesty. Appropriate
        sanctions may be imposed on any student who has committed an act of academic dishonesty.
            a. Academic dishonesty is the attempt to secure unfair advantage for oneself or another in any academic exercise.
            b. The following is an extensive, though not exhaustive, list of actions that are considered to be academically dishonest.
        3. Cheating is the use or attempted use of deception, fraud and/or misrepresentation of one’s academic work. This includes,
        but is not limited to:
            a. copying answers from another student
            b. using books, notes, conversations with others,
            c. calculators, cell phones and other electronic devices or any other type of external assistance during an examination or
            other academic exercise without the permission of the instructor
            d. collaborating with others on homework, lab reports, computer programs, or other academic assignments without the
            permission of the instructor
            e. obtaining the answers to or a copy of an examination prior to its administration
        4. Fabrication is the falsification or invention of any information or citation in any academic exercise. This includes includes,
        but is not limited to:
            a. using "invented" information in any laboratory experiment or other academic exercise of research without permission of
            the teacher;
            b. altering and resubmitting returned academic work without permission of the teacher;
            c. misrepresenting the actual source from which information is cited (such as citing a quote from a book review as though it
            came from the original work);
        5. Plagiarism is the representation of the words or ideas of another as one's own work in any academic exercise. This includes,
        but is not limited to:
            a. failing to properly identify direct quotations by quotation marks or appropriate indentation and formal citation;
            b. failing to acknowledge and properly cite paraphrasing or summarizing material from another source;
            c. failing to acknowledge and properly cite information obtained from the Internet or other electronic media as well as
            other sources;
            d. submitting term papers written by another, including those obtained from commercial term paper companies or the
        6. Facilitating dishonesty is knowingly helping or attempting to help another commit any act of academic dishonesty. This
        includes, but is not limited to:
            a. substituting for another person in an examination
            b. allowing another to copy one's work in an examination or other academic exercise
        7. Other prohibited actions:
            a. submitting all or substantial portions of the same work to fulfill the requirements for more than one course without the
            prior permission of the instructor(s),
            b. self-plagiarism, forging or otherwise altering grades, transcripts, course withdrawal forms, or other academic document
            c. illegally accessing a computer drive, network folder, etc.
            d. stealing or destroying the academic work of another, such as a computer disk, external storage drive, term paper, or
    B. Consequences and Sanction for Violations of Academic Integrity
        1. A student implicated in any of the above will be given a grade of zero on the assignment. A school administrator will notify
        parents, and the student will be placed on formal academic probation for the remainder of his/her school career. A second
        incident of cheating will result in a note being placed in the student's academic file.
        2. If teachers or staff members observe any form of cheating for any reason during a quiz, test or exam, they will immediately
        pick up the test. No student may leave the examination room prior to the stated exam release time. Violation of these or any
        other testing procedures or rules announced by the proctor at the start of the examination will result in a grade of zero on
        the exam. Appeals must be made through the school principal.

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